Mitch Albom, fully Mitchell David "Mitch" Albom

Albom, fully Mitchell David "Mitch" Albom

American Author, Journalist, Screenwriter, Dramatist, Radio and Television Broadcaster and Musician

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When you're rotten about yourself, you become rotten to everyone else, even those you love.

You can?t get stuck on what should have happened. That doesn?t help you.

You knew me. You knew that person, but you don't know the person I'm trying to become... You are not your past!

Young men go to war. Sometimes because they have to, sometimes because they want to. Always, they feel they are supposed to. This comes from the sad, layered stories of life, which over the centuries have seen courage confused with picking up arms, and cowardice confused with laying them down.

There's a big confusion in this country over what we want versus what we need, Morrie said. You need food, you want a chocolate sundae. You have to be honest with yourself. You don't need the latest sports car, you don't need the biggest house. The truth is, you don't get satisfaction from those things. You know what really gives you satisfaction?...Offering others what you have to give...I don't mean money, Mitch. I mean your time. Your concern. Your storytelling. It's not so hard.

Time is not something you give back. The very next moment may be an answer to your prayer.

We cannot stop what Heaven chooses.

What if I lose you? You can't lose your mother, Charley.

When death takes your mother, it steals that word forever.

Whenever you have two characters in a book, whether it?s a novel or nonfiction, you run the risk that the reader is going to like one more than the other. They?re going to read one chapter and say, ?I can?t wait to get back to the other guy.?

You can?t substitute material things for love or for gentleness or for tenderness or for a sense of comradeship. Money is not a substitute for tenderness, and power is not a substitute for tenderness.

You know what that reflects? Unsatisfied lives. Unfulfilled lives. Lives that haven't found meaning . Because if you've found meaning in your life, you don't want to go back. You want to go forward. You want to see more, do more. You can't wait until sixty-five.

Your father was no longer a young man. he was already in his fifties.' Fifty-six,' Eddie said blankly. Fifty-six,' the old woman repeated. 'His body had been weakened, the ocean had left him vulnerable, pneumonia took hold of him, and in time, he died.' Because of Mickey?' Eddie said. Because of loyalty,' she said. People don?t die because of loyalty.' They don?t?' she smiled. 'Religion? government? Are we not loyal to such things, sometimes to the death?' Eddie shrugged. Better,' she said, 'To be loyal to one another.

There's a reason why God limits our days. Why? To make each one precious.

Time,' the Captain said, 'is not what you think.' He sat down next to Eddie. 'Dying? Not the end of everything. We think it is. But what happens on earth is only the beginning... I figure it's like in the Bible, the Adam and Eve deal...Adam's first night on earth? When he lays down to sleep? He thinks it's all over, right? He doesn't know what sleep is. His eyes are closing and he thinks he's leaving this world, right? Only he isn't. He wakes up the next morning and he has a fresh new world to work with, but he has something else, too. He has his yesterday...That's the way I see it, that's what we're getting here, soldier. That's what heaven is. You get to make sense of your yesterday.'

We do not realize the sound the world makes -- unless, of course, it comes to a stop. Then, when it starts, it sounds like an orchestra.

What if today were my last day on earth?

When he died, he took part of me with him . I was stuck after that.

Why are we embarrassed by silence? What comfort do we find in all the noise?

You cannot talk when you first arrive. It helps you to listen.

You know what the Buddhists say? Don't cling to things, because everything is impermanent.

Your voice will come. We all go through the same thing. You cannot talk when you first arrive. He smiled. It helps you listen.

There's a story behind everything? but behind all your stories is always your mother's story? because hers is where yours begins.

Timing is everything. That?s right. Which is why our sages tell us to repent exactly one day before we die. But how do you know it?s the day before you die? I asked. He raised his eyebrows. Exactly

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.

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American Author, Journalist, Screenwriter, Dramatist, Radio and Television Broadcaster and Musician