Tuesdays With Morrie’s author Mitch Albom or Mitchell David Albom is an American writer, journalist, screenwriter, and playwright; his books have been adapted to Emmy-winning and critically acclaimed films. He is also an accomplished musician, lyricist, and songwriter.
Mitch Albom has written several books which have accumulated massive attention and praises from the readers over the years. Selling over 39 million copies globally, Albom is well-known for his inspirational stories that are entangled with the themes of inspiration, soul-searching, and motivational ideas. His books have been translated into more than 45 languages and have remained on the New York Times Bestseller list for more years.
Morrie Schwartz was an American professor of Sociology at Brandeis University. He is the subject of the book ‘Tuesdays with Morrie.’ The book revolves around a string of visits Mitch Albom made to Professor Morrie who became the philosophical guide in his life during his college days. The two lost touch after Albom completed his graduation but as luck would have it, Albom rediscovered Morrie after seeing him on a show called ‘Nightline.’ Albom immediately contacts his former professor and soon traveled to Massachusetts to visit him.
As the title itself suggests, they meet every Tuesday. Morrie once again becomes Mitch Albom’s teacher, but this time instead of teaching him the academic courses they journey through the lessons of life itself. The book, based on real-life meetings, sifts the remarkable teacher-student relationship, which strung to an extent where they appear like friends. Their bond is special and a gift to both of them as Albom begins to rethink various aspects of his life that he overlooked before, and Morrie whose ailment is slowly consuming him revisits his past to enlighten Albom about the nature of life — that being both living and dying.
Like all of us, Albom was lost in the short-lived and ephemeral happiness, compromising his true joy for things that were not permanent. As Morrie who was on the verge of losing the battle of his life guides him through the very essence of life, Albom discovers himself opening doors to let the positivity in and liberating his mind to truly enjoy the life he was blessed with. Morrie has conveyed numerous important lessons and Albom has imbibed each of them wonderfully spanning over fourteen chapters. It is a must-read if you are looking for outlooks about the meaning and importance of an individual’s life. It will make you rethink and re-analyze this world and the life you are living!
The book received positive reviews from the audience. It held the title in the New York Times Non-Fiction Bestsellers list for 23 weeks and in the Bestsellers list for more than four years. In the year 2006, it was named the best-selling memoir of all time.
1. “The truth is, once you learn how to die, you learn how to live.”
2. “Accept who you are; and revel in it.”
3. “Don’t let go too soon, but don’t hold on too long.”
4. “Find someone to share your heart, give to your community, be at peace with yourself, try to be as human as you can be.”
5. “If you really want it, then you’ll make your dream happen.”
6. “Everyone knows they’re going to die but nobody believes it. If we did, we would do things differently.”
7. “The culture we have does not make people feel good about themselves. And you have to be strong enough to say if the culture doesn’t work, don’t buy it.”
8. “As you grow, you learn more. Aging is not just decay…it’s growth. It’s more than the negative that you’re going to die, it’s also the positive that you understand that you’re going to die and that you live a better life because of it.”
9. “Money is not a substitute for tenderness, and power is not a substitute for tenderness.”
10. “Accept what you are able to do and what you are not able to do.”
11. “Part of the problem . . . is that everyone is in such a hurry. . . . People haven’t found meaning in their lives, so they’re running all the time looking for it. They think the next car, the next house, the next job. Then they find these things are empty, too, and they keep running.”
12. “If you’re trying to show off for people at the top, forget it. They will look down at you anyhow. And if you’re trying to show off for people at the bottom, forget it. They will only envy you. Status will get you nowhere. Only an open heart will allow you to float equally between everyone.”
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