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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What do people fear most about death? I asked the reb. Fear? he thought for a moment. 'Well, for one thing, what happens next? Where do we go? Is it what we imagined? That's big. Yes. But there's something else. What else? He leaned forward. Being forgotten, he whispered.

When a baby comes into the world, its hands are clenched, right? Like this? He made a fist. Why? Because a baby not knowing any better, wants to grab everything, to say the whole world is mine. But when an old person dies, how does he do so? With his hands open. Why? Because he has learned his lesson. What lesson? I asked. He stretched open his empty fingers. We can take nothing with us.

When you're in bed, you're dead.

You can touch everything and be connected to nothing.

You have to start over. That's what they say. But life is not a board game, and losing a loved one is never really starting over. More like continuing without.

You'll come to my grave? To tell me your problems? My problems? Yes.' And you'll give me answers? I'll give you what I can. Don't I always? I picture his grave, on the hill, overlooking the pond, some little nine foot piece of earth where they will place him, cover him with dirt, put a stone on top. Maybe in a few weeks? Maybe in a few days? I see myself sitting there alone, arms across my knees, staring into space. It won't be the same, I say, not being able to hear you talk. Ah, talk . . . He closes his eyes and smiles. Tell you what. After I'm dead, you talk. And I'll listen.

There's a better approach. To know you're going to die, and to be prepared for it at any time. That's better. That way, you can actually be more involved in your life while you're living it.

Time flies with you.

We are too involved in materialistic things, and they don't satisfy us. The loving relationships we have, the universe around us, we take these things for granted.

What happened next depends on how much you believe.

When a lost loved one appears before you, it's your brain that fights it, not your heart.

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.

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