Accept who you are; and revel in it.
Invest in the human family. Invest in people. Build a little community of those you love and who love you.
We all know how to be a child.
All I was afraid of is saying good-bye.
It's not contagious, you know. Death is as natural as life. It's part of the deal we made.
Well, for one thing, the culture we have does not make people feel good about themselves. We're teaching the wrong things. And you have to be strong enough to say if the culture doesn't work, don't buy it. Create your own. Most people can't do it.
As you grow, you learn more. If you stayed as ignorant as you were at twenty-two, you'd always be twenty-two. Aging is not just decay, you know. It's growth. It's more than the negative that you're going to die, it's the positive that you understand you're going to die, and that you live a better life because of it.
It's not just other people we need to forgive. We also need to forgive ourselves. For all the things we didn't do. All the things we should have done.
We're so wrapped up with egotistical things, career, family, having enough money, meeting the mortgage, getting a new car, fixing the radiator when it breaks-we're involved in trillions of little acts just to keep going. So we don't get into the habit of standing back and looking at our lives and saying, Is this all? Is this all I want? Is something missing?
Be compassionate ... and take responsibility for each other. If we only learned those lessons, this world would be a better place.
Learn how to live and you'll know how to die; learn how to die, and you'll know how to live.
What she mostly wanted, he learned, was the same thing many people want--someone to notice she was there.
Death ends a life, not a relationship.
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
What's wrong with being number 2?
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.
People are only mean when they are threatened.
When you learn how to die, you learn how to live.
Don't let go too soon, but don't hold on too long.
Sometimes, they say, the moon is so busy with the new souls of the world that it disappears from the sky. That is why we have moonless nights. But in the end, the moon always returns, as do we all.
When you're in bed, you're dead
Dying is only one thing to be sad over. Living unhappily is something else.
The problem is that we don't believe that we are much alike as we are. Whites and blacks, Catholic and Protestants, men and women. If we saw each other as more alike, we might be very eager to join in one human family in this world, and to care about that family the way we care about our own.
You don't know how to live until you learn how to die.
For many of us, the curtain had just come down on childhood.
The truth is, once you learn how to die, you learn how to live.
You have to find what's good and true and beautiful in your life as it is now. Looking back makes you competitive. And, age is not a competitive issue.
Taffy. He thinks about taffy. He thinks it would take his teeth out now, but he would eat it anyhow, if it meant eating it with her.
Forgive yourself before you die. Then forgive others.
The truth is, part of me is every age. I'm a three-year-old, I'm a five-year-old, I'm a thirty-seven-year-old, I'm a fifty-year-old. I've been through all of them, and I know what it's like. I delight in being a child when it's appropriate to be a child. I delight in being a wise old man when it's appropriate to be a wise old man. Think of all I can be! I am every age, up to my own.
That's because no one is born with anger. And when we die, the soul is freed from it. But now, here, in order to move on, you must understand why you felt what you did, and why you no longer feel it.
Giving to other people makes me feel alive. Not my car or my house. Not what I look like in the mirror. When I give my time, when I can make someone smile after they were feeling sad...
The truth is, when our mothers held us, rocked us, stroked our heads -none of us ever got enough of that. We all yearn in some way to return to those days when we were completely taken care of - unconditional love, unconditional attention. Most of us didn't get enough.
That's what heaven is. You get to make sense of your yesterdays
Have you found someone to share your heart with? Are you giving to your community? Are you at peace with yourself? Are you trying to be as human as you can be?
The years after graduation hardened me into someone quite different from the strutting graduate who left campus that day headed for New York city, ready to offer the world his talent. The world, I discovered. was not all that interested.
There is no fair in life and death. If it were, no good men would die young.
I know I cannot undo this. None of us can undo what we've done, or relive a life already recorded.
There is no formula to relationships. They have to be negotiated in loving ways, with room for both parties, what they want and what they need, what they can do and what their life is like.
We move through places every day that would never have been if not for those who came before us. Our workplaces, where we spend so much time--we often think they began with our arrival. That's not true.
I like myself better when I'm with you.
There is no formula to relationships.
With Marguerite, he wanted only time-more and more time-and he was granted it, nighttimes and daytimes and nighttimes again.
I thought about all the people I knew who spent many of their waking hours feeling sorry for themselves. How useful it would be to put a daily limit on self-pity. Just a few tearful minutes, then on with the day.
This is how you start to get respect, by offering something that you have.
You say you should have died instead of me. But during my time on earth, people died instead of me, too. It happens every day. When lightning strikes a minute after you are gone, or an airplane crashes that you might have been on. When your colleague falls ill and you do not. We think such things are random. But there is a balance to it all. One withers, another grows. Birth and death are part of a whole.
I worked because I could control it.
We all have the same beginning--birth--and we all have the same end--death. So how different can we be?
But she wasn't around, and that's the thing when your parents die, you feel like instead of going in to every fight with backup, you are going into every fight alone.
Small towns are like metronomes; with the slightest flick, the beat changes.
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