What Can We Learn From Reading This Book?

Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom

A better question is: What can't we learn from reading this book? Tuesdays with Morrie takes some of the most important issues for people in the world today and breaks them down into the wise and clear words of a dying old man. From reading this book, we learn that feeling sorry for ourselves gets us nowhere, dying is a way of life, family is one of the most important things you can ever have, money and material possesions break a person down rather than build them up, and, perhaps most important of all, love really does make the world go round. Tuesdays with Morrie gives the reader an insight into the life of a man named Morrie as he makes his journey into the afterlife. Here we have a weak, sickly old man who is possibly one of the happiest people in the world, despite his physical condition. Even though his body is deteriorating with the passing of each day, Morrie still finds time to send words of wisdom, strength, and power into each and every person around him. Personally, I have never read a more awe-inspiring and thought provoking book in my entire life.

Favorite Quotes

"Love each other or die."

---I really like this quote. I like how it basically says if you don't love each other, then you hate each other. When you choose to hate each other instead of loving each other and getting along, the world falls to ruins. And when the world falls to ruins, you die. So you choose: Either love each other, or die.

"Once you learn how to die, you learn how to live"

---The meaning of this quote is that once you realize that you are dying, once you accept the fact that your time on this world is limited, you start to sort of see everything for the first time. You appreciate things more because you know eventually, you won't be here to appreciate them at all. Morrie is an excellent example of this. Once he accepts the fact that he is dying, he starts to appreciate everything so much more. He enjoys watching the beautiful trees outside his window, and he enjoys talking and spending time with all of his friends and family like never before.

"All this emphasis on youth- I don't buy it. I know what a misery being young can be, so don't tell me it's so great."

---This quote is basically saying that although society may say being young is absolutely wondrous, the truth is that being young can be the most miserable thing to ever happen to you. I totally agree with this quote. I hate being young. I hate how mean kids are. I hate going to school because of the pressure and the hostility of people who don't care about your existence one little bit. I hate high school. High School is a nightmare. But I'm also afraid to grow old. I'm afraid of the responsibilities that will be dumped on me. In the end, yeah, being young sucks. But I'm also not in a big hurry to grow up yet either.

"You can't substitute material things for love or for gentleness or for tenderness or for a sense of comradeship."

---People do this all the time: They surround themselves with material posessions in the hope that they can be used as a substitute for love. In this quote, Morrie is saying that no matter how much money or power you may have, if you don't have love and companionship, then you're nothing but a hollow shell.

"Money is not a substitute for tenderness, and power is not a substitute for tenderness."

---This quote goes with the above one. No matter how much you may try, money does not equal love. Ever. "Death ends a life, not a relationship" ---Basically, this quote is saying that even after someone dies, the relationships that they formed with their loved ones will forever live on. The memories and experiences that the person shared with all the people around them will never die. You may be able to kill a body and end a life, but you can't kill a relationship built on love.

Morrie Schwartz

Essential Questions

Essential Questions

1.) What do you value most in life?

Faith, Family (including pets!), Friends. In that order, those are probably the three things I value most in my life. Now, I value the fact that I'm alive and breathing, too, but, in general, I value my faith the most, my family second most, and my friends third most. I use the term "friends" lightly though. When I say friends, I mean true family friends. Not like some of the "friends" I have at school that really don't care about me at all and are actually better defined as just acquaintances.

2.) Who are the people that influence you most in your life?

As one might imagine, the people that influence me most in my life are the people I look up to and the people that I spend the most time with, person number one being my mom. My mom is always there for me. Always. So naturally, I greatly respect her and often copy the good examples that she sets. My brother influences me, too. He's such a popular and well-liked guy that of course I want to be just like him. Then there's people like musical artists that I absolutely love, so they too influence me. What can I say, it's human nature to be influenced by the people that you look up to. For me, I'm most influenced by certain members of my family, like my mom and brother. However, unlike some people, I try my hardest not to be influenced by my friends. I wear black because I like to be my own person and show that I am not influenced by the Hollister and Abercrombie clothes my friends wear. So I guess on one hand, I'm influenced greatly by some people. On the other hand, I try not to be too influenced by people because I want to be my own person.

3.) What is life's greatest lesson?

Oh this is a hard one. Life's greatest lesson could be defined as so many things. If we're talking about life's greatest lesson on a note that doesn't deal with spirituality, I'd have to say life's greatest lesson is the fact that you're alive, and you need to learn how to appreciate your life to the fullest extent possible. In other words, you need to be happy with what you have, you need to learn to help others, you need to focus on what's truly important in life (like faith, family, and friends, for example) and you need to love. Like Morrie says, "Love wins. Love always wins."