I’ve been hooked to this book for more that a decade now. Every time I felt lonely or alone, this book help me somehow to recuperate with whatever personal issues I am dealing with. Such a powerful insight, emphasizing how to live a meaningful life and how to say good bye while still alive.
Here’s my personal favorite quotes from Tuesdays With Morrie book:
“Status will get you nowhere. Only an open heart will allow you to float equally between everyone.”
“So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they’re busy doing things they think are important. This is because they’re chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.”
“Look, no matter where you live, the biggest defect we human beings have is our shortsightedness. We don’t see what we could be. We should be looking at our potential, stretching ourselves into everything we can become. But if you’re surrounded by people who say ‘I want mine now,’ you end up with a few people with everything and a military to keep the poor ones from rising up and stealing it.”
“You can’t substitute material things for love or for gentleness or for tenderness or for a sense of comradeship”
“Life is a series of pulls back and forth… A tension of opposites, like a pull on a rubber band. Most of us live somewhere in the middle. A wrestling match…Which side win? Love wins. Love always wins”
“If you’re trying to show off for people at the top, forget it. They will look down on 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.”
“Don’t cling to things, because everything is impermanent… But detachment doesn’t mean you don’t let the experience penetrate you.
On the contrary, you let it penetrate you fully. That’s how you are able to leave it…You’re afraid of the pain, you’re afraid of the grief… But by throwing yourself into these emotions, by allowing yourself to dive in, all the way, over your head even, you experience them fully and completely.You know what pain is. You know what love is. “All right. I have experienced that emotion. I recognize that emotion. Now I need to detach from that emotion for a moment.”
“Learn how to live and you’ll know how to die; learn how to die and you’ll know how to live”
“Because if you’ve found meaning in your life, you don’t want to go back. You want to go forward”
“It’s not to late to develop friendships and reconnect with people”
“The best way to deal with that is to live in a fully conscious, compassionate, loving way. Don’t wait until you’re deathbed to recognize that this is the only way to live”