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Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, and gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it. For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly twenty years ago.

Maybe, like Mitch, you lost track of this mentor as you made your way, and the insights faded. Wouldn't you like to see that person again, ask the bigger questions that still haunt you?

Mitch Albom had that second chance. He rediscovered Morrie in the last months of the older man's life. Knowing he was dying of ALS - or motor neurone disease - Mitch visited Morrie in his study every Tuesday, just as they used to back in college. Their rekindled relationship turned into one final 'class': lessons in how to live.

210 pages, Paperback

First published August 18, 1997

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Mitch Albom is the author of numerous books of fiction and nonfiction, which have collectively sold more than forty million copies in forty-eight languages worldwide. He has written eight number-one New York Times bestsellers – including Tuesdays with Morrie, the bestselling memoir of all time, which topped the list for four straight years and celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2022 – award-winning TV films, stage plays, screenplays, a nationally syndicated newspaper column, and a musical. Through his work at the Detroit Free Press, he was inducted into both the National Sports Media Association and Michigan Sports halls of fame and is the recipient of the 2010 Red Smith Award for lifetime achievement. After bestselling memoir Finding Chika and “Human Touch,” the weekly serial written and published online in real-time to raise funds for pandemic relief, his latest work is a return to fiction with New York Times bestseller The Stranger in the Lifeboat (Harper, November 2021). In 2006, he founded the nonprofit SAY Detroit, whose operations include a dessert shop and popcorn line to fund programs for Detroit’s most underserved citizens. He also operates an orphanage in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, which he visits monthly. He lives with his wife, Janine, in Michigan. Learn more at www.mitchalbom.com, www.saydetroit.org, and www.havefaithaiti.org.

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November 17, 2007
Ugh, it was like stapling together eighty greeting cards and reading them straight through. Hate.
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805 reviews305 followers
December 30, 2022
If I were to die unexpectedly, I wouldn’t be ashamed in the least of someone finding my porn stash. And by the way, that video isn’t bestiality, it’s just two guys in a moose suit—big difference. I'd have a more difficult time explaining why I have the first season of 90210 on my iPod, something I downloaded for a friend’s fourteen-year-old daughter, I swear. Note to self: delete it now! I’m more worried about someone coming across Tuesdays with Morrie or Eat, Pray, Love in my book collection. I have some explaining to do.

Like any pseudo-intellectual dip-shit, I wouldn’t normally be caught dead with pieces of pop trash like those two ginormous bestsellers in my library, but I believe that given my current living situation there are extenuating circumstances. I buy books compulsively, especially when they're really inexpensive. I pass by a pawn shop about once a month to buy books for .50€ each. Books in Spain are generally a bit expensive so at this price I'll buy almost anything—even the offal mentioned above. I give away lots of books to friends and acquaintances, especially when they come this cheaply.

I actually read Tuesdays with Morrie, or at least I speed-read part of it for the purposes of this essay, and I'd read Eat, Pray, Love some years ago, or at least most of it. Both are best sellers meant for people who almost never read. They're books for people who claim a book is brilliant simply because they were able to finish it.

"Look everyone! I'm reading, I'm really reading!" they shout in glee.

I think anything people read is better than not reading, but that’s all the praise I have for these particular works promising to give the reader the deep secrets to the meaning of life. Any book claiming to explain life's mysteries should set off the alarms for anyone with half a brain; books like the Bible, the Talmud, and the Koran fall into this category of snake oil literature.

I’m sorry folks, there are no “answers” in life. There's only wisdom and wisdom takes time, certainly more than the 192 pages that make up Tuesdays with Morrie.

Answers are simply created by people who are terrified that there might not be answers.

The problem is when religions, or the Mitch Alboms and Elizabeth Gilberts of the world start infringing on the domain of the rational with their moronic explanations of the spiritual or existential. I would say that these institutions (religions and hack writers) constantly violate the airspace of the rational and scientific.

Tuesdays and Eat claim to be instruction manuals for life, or at least imply it. They have about as much spiritual depth as a newspaper horoscope or a fortune cookie. In the case of the aphorisms in Tuesdays, I’d say they were pretty lousy fortune cookies. A few examples:

Learn to forgive yourself and forgive others.
Accept the past as past and what you are not able to do.
Don’t assume that it’s too late to get involved.

Morrie is certainly a fountain of banalities. "Whenever people ask me about having children or not having children, I never tell them what to do." Why the fuck would he? He was a sociology professor, not Heinrich Himmler.

Wisdom is difficult to define but I think I know it when I see it. I ain't seeing it here.

PS: If I dated a girl who had this book on her bed table I would probably escape by jumping out her third story bathroom window. It would creep me out, like when that girl saw the fingernails on the wall in Silence of the Lambs.

PPS: I wrote this mainly to get a few laughs. If you don't think the review is funny, it may just mean that you are a normal, well-adjusted human being. People who write comedy aren't. Before you crucify me in the comments of this review, I suggest you read one of my reviews of a book that I loved. There are many. I'm not always cynical (skeptical).

Afterword Liz (Goodreads Friend) mentioned that Saint Mitch Albom is actually a full-blown asshole who is completely contemptuous of people with shitty, minimum wage jobs—a more accurate description is the working poor. How dare I have to repeat what I said to you about my coffee order! I don't care if you are distracted because you are worried sick because you don't have health care or a dental plan, and forget about making ends meet. Yes, the poor are to blame for the downfall of our republic, or whatever it is.

And be sure to remember this clever quip that applies to this review and your comments:

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104 reviews158 followers
October 7, 2022
I already know this will be a book I revisit. I picked it up at a local charity book fair. It’s nice to think that buying this book (which had a profoundly positive impact on me), had a positive impact on others too. I think Morrie would probably like that.

For those unfamiliar with this classic, it involves author, Mitch Albom, reuniting with his former college professor, Morrie Schwartz, who is dying from ALS. During a series of Tuesday visits, they discuss all facets of life – their last thesis together.

“Morrie would walk that final bridge between life and death, and narrate the trip.”

I regularly had to pause reading. A particular sentence would hit a certain way, or cause me to reflect on life, my understanding of others and my place in the world. It packs a punch for a short book. The use of flashbacks to their time in college and Morrie’s earlier life, were effective at painting a picture of this remarkable man.

“Because I know my time is almost done, I am drawn to nature like I’m seeing it for the first time.”

Quotes like that made me think of my grandmother. After I kissed her forehead goodbye one last time, I was struck with the realisation she wouldn't get to see the sunshine tomorrow, or the kookaburras laughing in the trees, or the sprinkling of snow over the mountains outside her window – ever again.

“I came to love the way Morrie lit up when I entered the room. He did this for many people, I know, but it was his special talent to make each visitor feel that the smile was unique.”

It got me thinking of my dog too, now elderly and blind, who still possesses that same talent and instantly lights up, wags her tail and literally smiles when anyone enters the room.

The author, like many of us, had become consumed by the frenetic pace of life since last seeing Morrie upon graduation. He had turned into a jerk. So, it was touching to follow his transformation through the book too.

“Now, more than ever, material things held little or no significance. When people die, you always hear the expression ‘You can’t take it with you.’ Morrie seemed to know that a long time ago.”

Tuesdays with Morrie delivered great awareness for ALS and it made me better appreciate all that my body does for me. Through these series of visits, we come to know Morrie so intimately, that you feel he’s your friend too - so it really hurt when the inevitable happened. I felt like I was grieving also.

Tuesdays with Morrie makes you stop. It makes you more present. It makes you reassess your priorities in life and embrace life itself. It makes you take less for granted. It makes you wish everyone had a teacher like Morrie. And it makes you grateful that his wisdom was immortalised in this book.

“Devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.”
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February 23, 2015
This is one of those books where I find myself agreeing with the five star reviews and the one star reviews with almost equal enthusiasm.

On one hand, it's the sweet story of a man as he reconnects with a former mentor/professor, who is facing a death sentence via ALS. It's obvious that Albom's "Tuesdays with Morrie" provided them both with something substantially satisfying. And that's inspiring and poignant.

Yet on the other hand, Albom's attempts to enlighten us transforms it into a "Hallmark" card on steroids, a rather dramatic and prolonged one that does little more to demystify the true meaning of life than offer up tired and somewhat ambiguous cliches like "love conquers all." Though an honorable sentiment, it's not markedly more substantive or instructive than the alternative, "life sucks and then you die."

Let's face it. Death scares the *%(^ out of most of us...as it should, especially when you consider that no one really knows what it's like to be dead, if it's like anything at all. Add to that the fact that in the grand scope of things we're all insignificant blimps/statistically insignificant(tens of thousands of people die every day around the world and yet most of their deaths go relatively unnoticed) and the glaring reality that it takes markedly more than "love" to make it through life, and these comforting cliches suddenly lose some of their "comfort."

However, that doesn't mean life has to be or feel meaningless, it simply means it is up to each of us to find and give our lives meaning...whatever that may mean.

Tuesdays with Morrie definitely encourages the reader to stop and think about what is important, yet falls short of providing any new insight into how one actually figures it out for themselves and/or how we reach that balance between living as if there is a tomorrow while simultaneously realizing that, at least for some us, there won't be.

Alas...3 stars. A book worth reading, but not a life-changing or even an attitude-changing one.

I should add that this book might hold more appeal to someone who,like Morrie, is coming to immediate terms with his own mortality as they may find inspiration in his personal story.
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1,294 reviews21.7k followers
September 1, 2014
I have decided to delete this review. It was not my intention to upset anyone who either suffered from the disorder discussed in this book nor anyone related to such a person (See comment 270).

Nonetheless, I still believe this to be a particularly poorly written book that contains more saccharine than substance.

Still, if it brings you some sense of comfort - more strength to you.

I have chosen not to delete the comments thread as not all of the comments are mine to delete.
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July 31, 2021
Tuesdays with Morrie, Mitch Albom

First Publication date: 1997.

The story was later recreated by Thomas Rickman into a TV movie of the same name, directed by Mick Jackson, which aired on December 5, 1999 and starred Jack Lemmon and Hank Azaria.

Tuesday's With Morrie examines the interactions and phenomena between the human experience of living and dying.

A theme of personal transcendence appears for both characters: Morrie and Albom.

عنوانهای چاپ شده در ایران: «سه شنبه‌ ها با موری»؛ «سه شنبه‌ ها با موری»، «سه شنبه های به یاد ماندنی»؛ «سه شنبه‌ ها با موری، مرد پیر، مرد جوان و بزرگترین درس زندگی»؛ «سه شنبه‌ ها با موری، عاشقانه زیستن تا لحظه ی مرگ»؛ نویسنده: میج آلبوم؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش روز دوازدهم ماه جولای سال 2008میلادی

عنوان یک: سه شنبه‌ ها با موری؛ نویسنده: میج آلبوم؛ مترجم مهدی قراچه داغی؛ ویراستار: شهلا ارژنگ؛ تهران، البرز، 1379، در 176ص، شابک9644222554؛ موضوع سرگذشتنامه، روابط استاد با شاگرد، دانشگاه براندیس، از نویسندگان ایالات متحده آمریکا - سده 20م

عنوان دو: سه شنبه‌ ها با موری، سه شنبه های به یاد ماندنی؛ نویسنده: میج آلبوم؛ مترجم محمود دانایی؛ تهران، جیحون، 1379، در 191ص؛ شابک9646534228؛

عنوان سه: سه شنبه‌ ها با موری، مرد پیر، مرد جوان و بزرگترین درس زندگی؛ نویسنده میج آلبوم؛ مترجم طاهره صدیقیان؛ تهران، نقطه، 1380، در176ص، شابک 9645548810؛

عنوان چهار: سه شنبه‌ ها با موری، عاشقانه زیستن تا لحظه ی مرگ؛ نویسنده میج آلبوم؛ مترجم لیلی نوربخش؛ تهران، آیه مهر، 1382، در 207ص، شابک 9649375848؛

عنوان پنج: سه شنبه‌ ها با موری، مرد پیر، مرد جوان و بزرگترین درس زندگی؛ نویسنده میج آلبوم؛ مترجم ماندانا قهرمانلو؛ تهران، قطره، 1383، در262ص

عنوان شش: سه شنبه‌ها با موری، مرد پیر، مرد جوان و بزرگترین درس زندگی؛ نویسنده میج آلبوم؛ مترجم بهروز زارع؛ تهران، دانشگران محمود، سال1387، در 173ص، شابک 9789647992305؛

عنوان هفت: سه شنبه‌ها با موری، عاشقانه زیستن تا لحظه ی مرگ؛ نویسنده میج آلبوم؛ مترجم لیلی نوربخش؛ تهران، تالیا، 1389، در 207ص، شابک9786009036073؛

عنوان هشت: سه شنبه‌ها با موری؛ نویسنده میج آلبوم؛ مترجم ندا برزویی؛ تهران، نشرگستر، 1389، در 132ص، شابک 9789645544957؛

عنوان نهم: سه شنبه‌ها با موری؛ نویسنده: میج آلبوم؛ مترجم محمود دانایی؛ قم، صبح صادق، 1392، در 191ص؛ شابک 9789648403992؛

عنوان دهم: سه شنبه‌ها با موری؛ نویسنده: میج آلبوم؛ مترجم علیرضا نوری؛ تهران، آوای مکتوب، 1393، در 160ص؛ شابک 9786009402069؛

یک استاد پیر دانشگاه پروفسور «موری شوارتس»، در انتظار پیک مرگ، از شاگرد پیشین خویش (نویسنده ی کتاب) میخواهند سه شنبه ها به دیدار استاد خویش برود، و گفتگوی دو نفره را یادداشت کند، داستان کتاب واقعی است؛ قهرمان اصلی داستان «موری» بیمار است، بیماری او بتدریج اعضای بدنش را از کار میاندازد، و باعث مرگ سلولی بافت‌ها، و ماهیچه‌ های بدن می‌گردد، «موری» مرگ را پذیرفته؛ او خواهد مرد، اما در واپسین روزهای زندگی می‌خواهد به کمال برسد

جملات برگزیده نقل از متن: درسته، من مربی تو میشم و تو میتونی بازیکن من باشی؛ تو میتونی تمام قسمتهای دلپذیر زندگی رو که من واسه انجام دادنش پیر هستم رو بازی کنی
وقتی مردن را می‌آموزی، زندگی کردن را یاد می‌گیری
تنها راه معنی دادن به زندگی این است که خودت را وقف دوست داشتن دیگران بکنی
مرگ زندگی را به پایان میرساند نه یک رابطه را
تو موج نیستی بلکه قسمتی از دریا هستی
اگر می‌خواهی برای آدم‌های طبقه بالا پز بدهی زحمت نکش؛ آن‌ها همیشه به نظر حقارت نگاهت می‌کنند؛ اگر هم می‌خواهی برای زیر دست‌هایت پز بدهی باز هم زحمت نکش چون فقط حسودیشان را تحریک می‌کنی؛ این نوع شخصیت کاذب تو را به جایی نمی‌رساند؛ فقط قلب باز است که به تو اجازه می‌دهد در چشم همه یکجور باشی
بعضی وقتها آدم نمی‌تواند به چشمهایش نیز اعتماد کند؛ باید به احساساتش اعتماد داشته باشد؛ اگر می‌خواهی دیگران به تو اعتماد داشته باشند باید تو هم به آنها اعتماد داشته باشی؛ حتی در تاریکی مطلق؛ حتی وقتی داری می‌افتی
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1,589 reviews155k followers
December 9, 2020
4.5 stars

"You know, Mitch, now that I'm dying, I've become much more interesting to people."
While he was an undergrad, Mitch absolutely loved Morrie Schwartz's college courses - he took every class that professor taught.

But, like most students, Mitch lost contact with everything and anything to do with his undergraduate years as soon as he graduated.

That is...until he learns that his favorite professor doesn't have long left.
ALS is like a lit candle: it melts your nerves and leaves your body a pile of wax.
So, Mitch (on an impulse) decides to visit Morrie one last time...and that one last time turned into something else entirely.
The class met on Tuesdays. It began after breakfast. The subject was The Meaning of Life. It was taught from experience.
Over the course of a couple of months, Mitch reconnects with Morrie and in the process, learns the last great lesson from his college professor.
"Everyone knows they're going to die," he said again, "but nobody believes it. If we did, we would do things differently."
Wow - what a book.

The slow progression of the disease, combined with Morrie's calm demeanor and Mitch's grief just absolutely cinched this book for me.

How can you argue with lines like this?
Do I wither up and disappear, or do I make the best of my time left?
or this?
His philosophy was that death should not be embarrassing; he was not about to powder her nose.
This book was so refreshing, and sweet and beautiful.

The author had such an amazing way with words. I cannot even begin to describe the feelings of peace that flowed through me.

This should be on everyone's list.
His voice dropped to a whisper. "I want someone to hear my story. Will you?"
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971 reviews17.6k followers
May 27, 2023
‘A wrestling match.’
He laughs, ‘Yes, you could describe life that way.’
So which side wins, I ask?
Morrie smiles at me, the crinkled eyes, the crooked teeth.
‘Love wins. Love always wins.’

So who’s winning the wrestling match in YOUR life right now? Is it Love? Or is it his dark twin half-brothers, Anxiety and Hopelessness?

This wrestling match is REAL. I’m not making this up! Ordinary evil wants our soul. But so does LOVE.

As long as we live, our devils will try with all their might to show us love is an illusion.

But it’s not. It’s real as sliced bread!

And the love of life is so palpable in Morris’s soul he’s determined not to give up an INCH of ground in Love’s fair land to the devils’ threats.

There’s a Spanish Train that runs to old Seville...
That train is right on time
Many souls are on the line -
Oh, Lord - DON’T let him win!

But Morrie says love ALWAYS wins, unlike old Chris de Burgh - though the singer’s got a point - but whatever way you slice it, the Struggle’s Real!

Morrie knows the goodness of love and he’s not going to sacrifice it to empty and vain promises of material gain.

His Faith is that love always wins - but everyday life is chock-a-block FULL of challenges that can set us right back to Square One of this Snakes ‘n Ladders game called Life!

Love always wins but its detours are always painful. You can never go back home right away once you’ve started one.

His life is thus inordinately VALUABLE to him. He KNOWS what a rare and wonderful chance he’s been given!

So he can’t flub his chance...

Have you read Kevin Kuhn’s WONDERFUL new feel-good fantasy Do You Realize?

You must get it!

In it, the urban seer Shiloh - inventor of a Time Machine that PROVES this point - tells the desolate hero George why life is so valuable:

“Have you heard of the Rare Earth hypothesis? ...what you learn is that the conditions of life are so precise that it’s almost impossible. You need the right kind of galaxy, in the right location, with the right orbit in that galaxy...

“...personally, I think we’re lucky to have ONE day here! And for those of us that have a lifetime, it’s like we hit the cosmic LOTTO.”

Kevin, that’s exactly the way Morrie sees it!

Even without Shiloh’s amazing Apple Watch Time Machine...

You know, it’s too bad they don’t make books like Morrie and Do You Realize into movies that’re every bit as good. Just too bad.

Books like this are soft and human. The Films, though, when they come out, are hard and edgy. Thank goodness we have our books!

Morrie is a guy you can wrap your imagination around, with the BOOK in your hand. It’s just like hugging the old guy.

He’s a beautiful old-timer, and our imagination can turn him into our own sentimental grandfather, if we like.

Or Uncle Billy in It’s A Wonderful Life (Frank Capra had no time for angst and edginess, either)!

Why does the modern world think it’s cool to be edgy?

Back in the war years, people were more concerned about being close to loved ones than with looking cool.

And Morrie knew that.

He grew up in those years. Love and decency were the hallmark of that time.

Young Mitch Albom - in his rôle in this novel - was right to give Morrie a slice of his life, and Morrie enjoyed it too. Because ALL old guys like talking to young kids who’ll listen.

Oh sure, my older friends love to tell their stories to me as well - but kids like Mitch can REALLY inspire us old guys, if we see they’re already making the right choices in life.

In spite of all those traps and snares around us!

And if we older readers have also successfully learned - like these kids - that life’s not a game, but a continual battle against malicious intent, then our life will be worthwhile too.

Just as MORRIE’s life was for him -

Because there was such real LOVE in it!

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77 reviews15.9k followers
April 4, 2019
So i didn't realise this book was actually nonfiction until after i'd just finished reading it.. and now my feelings are all over the place!!
This was a beautiful story, I would definitely recommend reading it if you haven't already.
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February 15, 2010
I have never written a review like this before but this book truly inspired me.

So I just finished reading "Tuesdays With Morrie". What a wonderful book, I couldn't put it down! I cannot even imagine going through the last stages of my own life and being as brave (for lack of a better word in my head right now) as Morrie. He was filled with such happiness and joy in his own life. He had regrets but realized that it is ok as long as you can reconcile with yourself in the end. I'm not the type of person to find quotes in the literature I read. However, as I turned page after page through this book and submersed myself into the text I was reading I found myself getting out of bed in the middle of the night to find some post-its only to tag so many different paragraphs and pages that inspired me or had me think about things in my own life.

The idea of detaching oneself from emotions just baffled me. I myself fell in love and was heart broken in the end. I felt, and sometimes still feel, that I never want to experience such pain and heartache again. But Morrie says it best "If you hold back on the emotions - if you don't allow yourself to go through them - you can never get to being detached, you're too busy being afraid. You're afraid of the pain, you're afraid of the grief. You're afraid of the vulnerability that loving entails. But by throwing yourself into these emotions, by allowing your self to dive right in, all the way, over your head even, you experience them fully and completely. You know what pain is. You know what love is. You know what grief is. And only then can you say, 'All right. I have experienced that emotion. I recognize that emotion. Now I need to detach from that emotion for a moment.'" Who would have thought it is ok to show emotions as long as one does not stay with that emotion for too long.

Another quote that I find so enlightening... "In the beginning of life, when we are infants, we need others to survive, right? And at the end of life, when you get like me, you need others to survive right?... But here's the secret: in between, we need others as well." This line in the book had me stop and think about everything I have in my life rather than anything I am "missing" in life. WHy should we focus on not having that special someone when truly many of us have multiple people in our lives who care for us and will be there for us in the end. Although Morrie does go on to say that everyone should find that love to marry. But why do we need to? I know that there are people who would take care of me later in life. Those that will be there for me always. While I hope to find my "true love" I still am blessed for those I have met in the past to years. I am only ashamed that I never saw them sitting right there in front of me until I read this book. Thank you for being there for me everyone! And, I hope for many more days spent with all of you and even more people to share my life with.
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4,297 reviews2,291 followers
December 25, 2022
I didn't know this book was a memoir when I picked up this book. I wasn't even consciously looking for this book. It's one of the books in my sister's collection. I picked it up because I needed some kind of motivation/inspiration to live life again with zeal. But what this book offered me was something I wasn't expecting from it.

This beautiful small book is divided into 27 small, concised chapters. It's written in a very simple style but dang, it's the kind of simplicity that would destroy you because it reaches you straightaway.
It talks about a retired professor who is suffering from a terminal disease. It's how he takes this inevitable journey till the end seeing it from a very different perspective from that of someone else's who would be in the same shoes as he was.
He wants to document this journey with the people he cared about. This journey deals with the misconceptions and doubts about ageing, death and illnesses. It deals well with the concept of social relationships and the various relationships in one's life. It's highly likely for anyone to become withdrawn, self-conscious and constantly bitter with such a condition but this old professor thought about doing something different and utilise his remaining time to be grateful and let the people in his life know what they mean to him and what difference they have made in his life.

The greatest lesson this memoir taught me is that our spirit dies earlier than our actual death.

And this is the first ever book (fiction or nonfiction) that I am reading about an old person who has accepted themselves as how they are wholly, and this is the first book which represents the various psychological issues that old people face so vividly.

No, he wasn't in denial regarding what's happening with him.
Instead what he chooses to do is reach out & talk about the world as a whole, when most of us do is feeling sorry for ourselves, keep having regrets, busy playing blame games.

The issue of dealing with death is the main highlight of this book.

The book talks about family, aging, money and marriage. There are parts where it talks about the basic human emotions, the relations we have and the culture we are thriving in.

This is one gem of a book! It made me cry, laugh but made me realise so many amazing truths about life & human nature.
There is nothing in this book that makes you feel like you are not a part of this book.
This book made me feel at home right away.
Reading this book is like talking with someone who has accepted life with all its flaws & blessings. Even though I cried a lot at the end, it was while I was accepting everything how the book was going to end, and about real life.

I am sure I am going to reread this book after a decade. Made me cry tears of realisation about many things about our mortal lives.
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July 1, 2018
چقد عجیب. چقد امتیازهای بالا.

خیلی هم زیاد دستم موند. بس که برام مسخره بود. من عادت دارم کتابی رو که دارم می‌خونم با خودم همه‌جا ببرم، حتی توی توالت. :)) اینم همه‌جا می‌بردم و با این قطر کمش باید زود هم تموم می‌شد. اما از بس سر هر قسمت حرص می‌خوردم یا میل نداشتم بخونمش، کشش دادم. حتی خواهربزرگمم یه روز بم گفت مثل اینکه این کتابه ازین الکی معروف‌هاست که یه هفته روی دستت مونده. گفتم آره، واقعاً هست!

کتاب‌های میچ آلبوم درون‌مایه‌محورن، بنابراین خیلی توی گونه‌ای قرار نمی‌گیره که نقد تخصصی از نظر داستانی روشون انجام بشه. نیمه‌زردن به‌عبارتی. اما این کتاب برای من کاملاً زرد بود. یه زردِ مسخره و بی‌فایده. اگه موری یه آدم معمولی بود، باهاش مشکلی نداشتم. ولی طرف مثلاً استاد دانشگاه بوده، مثلاً میچ آلبوم ازش خیلی چیز یاد گرفته بوده. جز تیکه‌هایی که دربارۀ مرگ و زندگی و خونواده صحبت می‌کرد، بقیه جاهاش رو اصلاً دوست نداشتم. سوای اینکه ظرافت ادبی و داستانی هم نداشت و ازین نظر هم جذبم نمی‌کرد، خودِ بحث‌ها هم ابتدایی بودن. توی یکی از ریویوها خوندم که حتی به بحث وارد نمی‌شد و در حد مقدمه می‌موند، اینو که خوندم گفتم دقیقاً! نمدونم چطور وقتی خیلی شعاری و سطحی دربارۀ هر مبحث بحث می‌کرد، اینقدر روی همه تأثیر گذاشته. شاید درست به همین خاطر هم بوده؛ شاید مردم فقط یه چیزِ دل‌خوش‌کُنَکی می‌خوان. مثل قرص، سریع و راحت بخورن و سریع و راحت هم جواب بگیرن و تموم.

درحاشیه اینم بگم که من سه‌شنبه‌ها با موریِ نشر قطره رو خوندم و از نشر قطره تعجب کردم! اولاً ترجمه دو سه تا ایراد خیلی واضح داشت که کاش یادداشت می‌کردم اینجا می‌گفتم. بعدم انگار کتاب رو یک نفر هم قبل چاپ نخونده بوده! حرفم بی‌رحمانه‌ست. ولی انگار ویراستار نداشته. از بس پُر از مشکلات ویرایشی، اونم بعضاً مشکلات پیش‌پاافتاده بود.

سه‌شنبه‌ها با موری رو با امید این خوندم که حالم خوب شه. یه دوره‌ای سردماغ نبودم. حالمم بدتر کرد؛ کاش این‌قد سطحی نبود. هیچ‌جایی منو متأثر نکرد. یکی دو جمله ازش یادمه که برا حسن‌ختام می‌گم حالا که اینقد ازش بد گفتم. :))

عین جمله رو یادم نیست ولی می‌گفت ماها قبل اینکه بچه‌دار شیم همه‌ش فکر می‌کنیم بچه‌هامون رو به بهترین شکل ترب��ت کنیم و اشتباه‌های بقیه رو نکنیم، ولی وقتی بچه‌دار می‌شیم بدترین مادر و پدرهای دنیاییم.
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1,145 reviews2,183 followers
May 3, 2022
This book was recommended to me by a British couple during a train journey. They told me that it was their favorite book.

The amount of bravery shown by Morrie during his final days was truly remarkable. This book tells us more about ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) or Lou Gehrig's disease or motor neuron disease. Morrie will teach us how to handle our emotions and how to detach from our feelings.
"The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in. Let it come in. We think we don't deserve love, we think if we let it in we'll become too soft. But a wise man named Levin said it right. He said, "Love is the only rational act."
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February 3, 2008
Review inspired by Eddie Greenwell

Wisdom grows with age. But the development of wisdom also accelerates when mortality becomes clear. Mortality shined down on Morrie Schwartz, a happy not-quite-old man through a quick diagnosis of ALS – or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Morrie was a professor of sociology at Brandeis University; he dedicated his life to the study of individuals’ actions in their respective societies and together he and Mitch Albom wrote his final paper: a study of his life in his society.

The framework for Albom and Morrie’s message of love and returning to what’s important is archetypal in world literature. The Bible, Koran and other religious books trumpet the theme that the relationships of familial love end up giving you ultimate joy in the end.

Literary fiction is a wonderful genre, but literary fiction shouldn’t tell the reader outright there is some lesson to be learned. It should be the same with non-fiction as well. In this story, the message is one of those direct, sappy ones: surround yourself with loved ones and know what is important, and don't get caught with money and business. We have heard that a million times! Worse, he doesn’t write it in a more creative way that we have heard it in the past.

The problem is that Tuesdays with Morrie seems like some kind of self help book. Albom needs to learn to give only the story and let the reader make of it what she wants. He shouldn’t preach to the reader, "I traded lots of dreams for a bigger paycheck" (p. 33). That is why his work comes across so sappy – one liners creep into the pages all over.

In comparing Tuesdays to Five People you Meet in Heaven, they make Albom look like a one-trick pony. Much of the content is the same. A character (Eddie in "Five People..." and Mitch in "Teusdays...") has a lesson he needs spelled out for them...and they cry...a lot. They don't just live the story, they take on the empty-headed-learning perspective. His characters don't bring much to the table, but seem naive and ignorant, without common sense. Along these lines, no character in good literature can just be told a lesson and then live it. For example, would A Christmas Carol really have been much of a story if the ghosts would have just sat down and talked to Ebenezer Scrooge—who is highly comparable to Mitch in this novel—and said "Hey, you work too much and you don't really enjoy life," and then Ebenezer just did it. No, Ebenezer had to live through the consequences of his lifestyle and then choose for himself. The best part of a great and lasting character, and the part that Albom severely misses out on, is the growing. A good character doesn't just get told and then accept. Albom's characters are spoon-fed quotes and lessons like children and the reader is supposed to buy it! Well, I don't. I need to learn human development, not be told how to develop.
To jazz Tuesdays up, give us more of Mitch's life as a reporter. Not just glimpses of and a complete summary (a literary no-no) of his life as a business man. Albom needs to take the time out to develop the friction between Mitch's life in Detroit and his life at Brandeis. The true beauty about this inherent conflict that most readers can identify with is that there is an allure to making all that money and living it up as a great sports writer as opposed to living with less money but happier. It is a more dynamic and relevant story and teaches more than Albom’s classroom environment.

Some of Morries lessons are inconsistent, and the reader must forget what Albom heralded at the beginning of the encounter. For example, Morrie was adamant at the beginning of the novel that he was not embarrassed about his humanity; he lived his own life without thinking about his stature, power or wealth. He claimed that one should never worry about what other people thought about him. Later in the book, after his ALS progressed, he complained about being embarrassed about how degenerate his body had become. He stopped letting visitors be with him much and identified that his biggest thorn was that the nurse had to help him with his intimate needs in the bathroom. These inconsistencies make the reader confused as to whether Morrie progressed and realized his humanity or truly lived out of the rat race.

If Albom has grown as an author, it is simply to write in such a sappy dramatic way that the general public eats it up, but does not digest. As he says in Tuesdays: "Yet they gave up days and weeks of their lives, addicted to someone else's drama" (42). Perhaps he should spend some time reading Hemmingway before his next novel, and really dig into the characters and conflicts.

The criticality of this novel stems from Albom’s desire that his audience think about and learn from the piece. It was too sappy to be taken seriously and truly learn from.

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185 reviews342 followers
May 14, 2016

موری داستان هم درد استیون هاوکینگ را تحمل میکند و لحظه به لحظه به مرگ نزدیک میشود اما دیدگاه انسانیش به مرگ و وصیت هایی که برای میچ شاگرد قدیمی اش به جای میگذارد فوق العلاده ترین کلام هاست و باعث میشود در کنار تلخی مرگ آهسته اش , شیرینی دیدگاه انسانی و والای یک انسان مثل موری داستان , زیر دندان من خواننده بنشیند و حس کنم چقدر آدم های اینگونه را دوست دارم که تا آخر��ن لحظه ی عمر میجنگند تا افکار منفی و یاس و نا امیدی به انها غلبه نکند و با دستی پر و دلی پر مهر به مرحله ای دیگر از زندگی قدم بگذارند و این جهان و تن و گوشت و پوستشان را ترک کنند و شیرین بروند و مردمی را هم شیفته ی عقاید و کلام و نگاه شان به زندگی کنند , این کتاب را دوست داشتم چون پدر بزرگ خود من هم با وجود سرطانی که فلجش کرده بود و کاری کرده بود که دیگر نای حرکت نداشت به زندگی مثل موری این داستان از همین زاویه نگاه میکرد و وقتی روحش از بند تنش آزاد شد , اول گریه کردم بعد شاد بودم چون شادی روحش را احساس میکردم , نه تنها من بلکه تمام اطرافیانم هم همیشه میگویند که پدر بزرگم شاد و خوشبین از این دنیا رفت و مرد
بزرگی بود
...یادش گرامی

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696 reviews1,074 followers
July 6, 2017
"I looked at him. I saw all the death in the world. I felt helpless."

This book broke me.
It was raw, thought provoking, heart breaking and real.
Such a simple concept, a young man caught up in his busyness and business, competing to be the best in his job finds out that his old college professor is sick. And so begins a tale of regular meetings between Mitch and his old professor - Morrie.
I know this book wouldn't be everyone's cup of tea, but anything that makes me stop and think for a while and even tear up is what I love about reading.
As a memoir, you don't have to agree with everything they discuss, it's just beautiful to hear thoughts from someone facing the end and to be reminded of our own humanity and fleeting lives.
This book touched me, what else can I say?
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3,226 reviews2,057 followers
August 23, 2022
Loved it. So, so sad and yet so uplifting at the same time.
Tuesdays with Morrie definitely makes you look around and realise how lucky you are, and that you should make the most of life while you still can.
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105 reviews504 followers
April 3, 2023
honestly, i’ve been procrastinating finishing this book because i didn’t want it to end. it’ll stay with me forever.

this is a book better to take your time with to reflect on and sit with some of the feelings and emotions it brings out of you.

i’ve owned this book for a while and it took me a really long time to actually sit down and read it. i don’t regret that though because i think this book is one that will resonate with you regardless of what stage you’re at in life. you can continue to reread it and it will affect you differently each time. you’ll understand and see the book differently depending on what experiences and lessons you’ve learned over time.

everytime i opened this book and read a little bit, my eyes would start getting glassy. the writing is so beautiful. it has this ability to bring tears to your eyes from the very beginning even though you hardly know the characters in the book. i would read one chapter and get the urge to bawl my eyes out. i shamelessly cried throughout most of the read.

i feel like i mourned with him and i feel such deep pain even though we knew where this was going.

this book isn't just about death and dying. it’s a book about life, family, connection, culture, and above all else, love. i know you always hear the saying “live like its your last day” but morrie embodies that. he truly teaches you how to live like it’s your last day. this book made me sit back and reflect on all the time i waste with unimportant matters while neglecting the beautiful and important things in this life.

mitch often found himself wondering why his professor loved him so much, and i think this is one of those beautiful things where you don’t need some grand reason to love someone or connect deeply with them. morrie just loved him unconditionally. he didn’t need mitch to give him anything in return. he had found a wonderful connection with his student, he reminded him of his younger self, and he cherished him a lot. i loved reading about how much morrie still adored mitch even after all those years with no contact. and i think if we could’ve gotten morrie’s perspective, he would tell us how much light mitch brought into his world.

morrie was such a sentimental, kind, loving man with so much wisdom he wanted to share with the world. i wish i had a morrie in my life that would cherish me and wanna meet with me every tuesday to teach me all the important things i should be focusing on. *sobs* everyone needs a morrie in their life.

there are so many things i want to take away from this book, but one of the ones that resonated with me a lot was about “detaching from your emotions.” it’s not exactly what it sounds like. but it’s essentially where you allow yourself to fully feel your emotions and then give yourself a moment to detach from those emotions afterwards, and that's how you let go. but you cannot fully detach, if you do not fully embrace the emotion.

there are many lessons in this book that i want nothing more than to come back to and reflect on. it was so incredibly difficult for me to finish this book because i did not want to say goodbye. i’m so happy i read this book. i think everybody should read it at least once in their lifetime. you don’t need to rush to read it, but pick it up when you feel it’s a good time for you. it’s touched me in so many ways i can't even do it justice.

i’ll leave you with some special quotes:

“Shouldn’t the world stop? Don’t they know what has happened to me? But the world did not stop, it took no notice at all.”

“The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in.”

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

“Once you learn how to die, you learn how to live.”

“Without love, we are birds with broken wings.”

“Don’t let go yet.”
“No. Not yet. We still have work to do.”

“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.”

“All younger people should know something. If you’re always battling against getting older, you’re always going to be unhappy, because it will happen anyhow.”

“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. Do you understand? How can I be envious of where you are—when I’ve been there myself?”

“Do the kinds of things that come from the heart. When you do, you won’t be dissatisfied, you won’t be envious, you won’t be longing for somebody else’s things. On the contrary, you’ll be overwhelmed with what comes back.”

“This disease is knocking at my spirit. But it will not get my spirit. It’ll get my body. It will not get my spirit.”

“Death ends a life, not a relationship.”

“Why don’t you just accept their sympathy?”
“Mitch, why would I take like that? Taking just makes me feel like I’m dying. Giving makes me feel like I’m living.”
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September 15, 2018
Given the popularity of Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom, I'm surprised I only just read it this week. It's been in my queue for years, but I never had a copy and for some reason, I just didn't buy it. Earlier this year, I found a copy on my apartment building's bookshelf, so I snatched it up and included it in my September TBR list. I enjoyed it a lot, but it wasn't as good as I expected it to be. Knowing how much you can take away from the messages, I ended up with 4.5 stars even though part of me thought it could have pushed the envelope a bit more. Then again, it is almost 15 years old and this type of literature has only become popular in recent years. For its time (minimal social media or digital blogs!), it was pretty motivating.

Rather than critique the book, I've decided to focus more on the messages within it. Life is short. You should remember the valuable things when you're in the latter stages approaching death. Perhaps if you develop a terminal illness, you've been given an opportunity to squeeze in as much as possible before you do actually pass on. It seems odd to phrase it in such a manner, but rather than just die unexpectedly, you have a rough time period in your head... you can try to achieve a few goals and make whatever changes you can before it's too late. Of course, a terminal illness comes with extraordinarily negative impacts, but I'd prefer to focus on the benefits you can reap from the messages in such a book.

It's not important how clean your house is, tho I often obsess over it. It doesn't matter if you traveled the world and saw amazing things when you don't have anyone you love by your side. And you're not gonna focus on the little things in those last few moments. So make the most of it... find people you care for and share your feelings. That's basically the gist of the autobiographical work on a very cursory level. Albom goes back and forth between his younger days with Morrie and his older days with Morrie, and as readers, we see the change in him across time.

I kinda feel like this was one big way to accomplish a goal, but we can also implement his ideas in smaller form across each day. That's where I found the greatest lessons in his words. I'm on a kick to read a few more of his books this fall, too.
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121 reviews69 followers
November 23, 2011
I'd heard raves about "Tuesdays with Morrie," so I was went into this with high hopes due to hype,and this book delivered and enchanted me. It is truly a book about teaching and teachable moments. A book for anyone that is looking for something that can help him or her through life when it gets hard. "Tuesdays with Morrie" starts off as a teacher who watches his student, Mitch Albom, go through college and then later in life Mitch experiences this same teacher (or Coach, Morrie) struggle with a life threatening disease.

After college Mitch Albom was wrapped up in material things and career concerns until he was reunited with his dying professor. Albom's time with Morrie Schwartz, before his death, is chronicled in this charming little book. The lessons might seem cliché or overdone in the hands of another writer; however, because Albom had such a close relationship with Morrie the professor's personality really comes through in the book. What might've been super sappy, and at sometimes it is a little bit, otherwise comes through with heartfelt meaning and the sincerity with which it was so lovingly passed on to Albom as he talked with his friend in his dying days. This book is not all heavy and filled with seriousness though, there's a great deal of humor in Morrie's attitude, lessons, and stories and I found myself laughing every now and then.

I rated this book a five out of five because I think it's a book that every person should read at some point in his or her life. Morrie helps you look at life from a different angle or with a different lens. Morrie makes you realize how good life really is, despite his condition, and how we should value our time on Earth. He speaks on death not being a bad thing, but a good thing especially if you have lived the life that you wanted to. When Morrie was dying he explained that everyone should do what they dream of doing, don't let life get in the way of things. Money, power, etc. All that stuff is a cultural blinder, and that we should make sure we get a chance to do all of the things that we want to before we die.

In addition to the great story, I was also impressed with the layout of the book. Albom intermingles old memories from his college days in Morrie's classes among the short chapters dealing with specific life lessons like aging, love, and death. This method of layout made for an engrossing, and very fast-moving read. I blew through the book in only a few hours and was completely satisfied with its well roundedness. There was laughter as well as tears, and I came away from the book feeling enriched. I had a couple friends say to me that they had to read this book in school, now after reading it I say, I wish I had this assigned to me, it was a great read. Funny that I finished this book on a Tuesday, Morrie would say, "we're Tuesday people."

"In the beginning of life, when we are infants, we need others to survive, right? And at the end of life, when you get like me, you need others to survive right?... But here's the secret: in between, we need others as well." - Morris Schwartz

"Have you ever really had a teacher? One who saw you as a raw but previous thing, a jewel that, with wisdom, could be polished to a proud shine? If you are lucky enough to find your way to such teachers, you will always find a way back. Sometimes it is only in your head. Sometimes it is right alongside their beds." - Mitch Albom
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368 reviews967 followers
January 6, 2021
"زندگی مجموعه ای است از پسروی ها و پیش روی ها. تو می خواهی کاری را انجام بدهی، اما به زور مجبور می شوی کار دیگری انجام دهی.آسیب می خوری، در حالی که نمی دانی نمی بایست آسیب می خوردی"

این کتاب دیدگاه متفاوتی از مرگ ارائه میده، این که دیر شدنِ انجام کاری معنی نداره و مرگ می‌تونه مسبب کمال انسان شه و نه نابودی او.
نمی‌تونم بگم کتاب یک شاهکار ادبیه یا جملات فیلسوفانه‌ایه داره که زندگی‌تونو متحول می‌کنه یا داستان خیلی خاصی داره، در واقع تبلیغات کمی اغراق کردند و کتاب در کل یک وصیت‌نامه یا نصحیت‌نامه از روزهای آخر پیرمرد مریضیه ک داره با مرگ دست و پنجه نرم می کنه، اما بعضی از جملات کتاب قابل تامل بودند که سعی کردم در قالب آپدیت هام ثبتشون کنم. کتابی نیست که بشینم در موردش فکر کنم تا عمیقا متاثر شم اما اگه به ایده‌هایی که داده به برخی جمله‌هاش یا سرفصل‌هاش فکر کنیم و درموردشون مطالعه کنیم شاید به نتایج خوب و قابل تاملی برسیم.

و بزرگترین درسی که می‌شد از کتاب گرفت این بود که کاری کنیم تا از مرگ خودمون هیچ وقت شرمنده و متاسف نباشیم.

پ.ن: ۳.۵ ستاره به نظرم درست‌تره.
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76 reviews27 followers
May 29, 2019
تو یه سری از ریویو ها و کامنت ها میخوندم که دوستانی بودن که عقیده داشتن هرکی از این کتاب خوشش بیاد زرد پسند و عامه پسنده..و ستاره دادن به این کتاب برابره با تز روشن فکری برداشتن😁
واقعا چرا؟😊
از این کتاب خوشم اومد..کتاب جمع و جور و خلاصه ایه..چند تا نکته رو بهم یادآدوری کرد که خیلی وقت بود فراموش کرده بودم.تو یه جمله بگم که لذت بردم از خوندنش😉
Profile Image for Neha Shehrawat.
54 reviews29 followers
January 19, 2022
“Death ends a life, not a relationship.”
The last recorded lines of Morrie by Mitch. I read this sentence again and again and again. It just got immersed with me, just the way this novel did. It makes you think about the lost ones, who once were your lifeline. I just asked myself about the bond that I had with my NANI. Yes, she is gone, but the relationship still stays and always will. I never understood that even after 5 years without her, what is it that I still cling to her? This particular sentence gave me that clarity. Anyways, coming back to the novel.

Well, that's what this novel does to you. It opens the door, less visited by you. Gives you answers to all the unanswered questions which, once you might have thought about but after not reaching any conclusion you left those questions there and then.

“Ted, this disease is knocking at my spirit. But it will not get my spirit. It will get my body. It will not get my spirit.”

Tell me, you don't get shivers, chills, after reading these lines. The lines said by a person on his death bed. And not just this, there were many lessons like- “ Don't let go too soon, but don't hang on too long.” also is something that will stay with me always.

Overall, this novel will give your life true meaning. Only if you don't simply read it for the sake of reading instead you truly want to absorb it. Mitch, in his conclusion, wrote that a dying person fears the most about being forgotten. Well, I hope, the people who have read this book, can never forget Morrie.
Profile Image for Peiman E iran.
1,394 reviews706 followers
February 9, 2019
‎دوستانِ گرانقدر، این رمان در موردِ مردی به نامِ <میچ> میباشد که در زمانِ دانشجویی استادِ جامعه شناسی به نامِ <موری> داشته که دانشجویان او را بسیار دوست داشته اند... <موری> به بیماریِ بدونِ درمانِ "ای-ال-اس" مبتلا شده است... پس از ۱۶ سال <میچ> پس از دیدنِ <موری> در تلویزیون، تصمیم میگیرد به دیدنِ او رود... بیماری پیشرفت کرده و از پایین، بدنِ موری در حالِ فلج شدن و از کار افتادن میباشد... میچ تصمیم میگیرد تا این روزهایِ پایانی را با استادش بگذراند... بنابراین هر سه شنبه به دیدنِ موری رفته و با او به گفتگو مینشیند....و این کتاب به گفتگوهایِ این شاگرد و استاد در تعدادِ 14 سه شنبه، از زبانِ میچ پرداخته است
‎در زیر به انتخاب برخی از اندرزهایِ موری، خطاب به میچ را در زیر برایتان مینویسم
‎اگر میخواهی برایِ اشخاص در رده هایِ بالا تظاهر به دارندگی کنی، بهتر است فراموش کنی. به هر صورت به تو به دیدگاهِ حقارت نگاه میکنند... برایِ اشخاصِ واقع در رده هایِ پایین هم تظاهر به بزرگی نکن. تنها به حالِ تو غبطه میخورند.. جاه و مقام، تو را به جایی نمیرساند، تنها با دلی با دریچه هایِ گشوده، همجریانِ بقیه میشوی
‎��شکال بر سرِ این است که همه عجله دارند، مردم به معنایی در زندگیشان نرسیده اند، به همین دلیل پیوسته شتاب دارند که آن را بیابند. به فکرِ اتومبیل بعدی، خانهٔ بعدی و شغلِ بعدی هستند. بعد میبینید که اینها مقولاتی تهی و بی معنا هستند، از این رو به دویدن ادامه میدهند
‎جسم به مثابه صدفی است برایِ حفظِ روح و روان.. وقتی مُرد، از بدنش جُز مُشتی پوست و استخوانِ بیفایده باقی نخواهد ماند، با این ذهنیت دل کندن از تن راحت تر میشود
‎ما عادت نداریم لحظه‌ای بایستیم، پشتِ سرمان را نگاه کنیم، زندگی‌هایمان را ببینیم و به خودمان بگوییم، همه چیز همین است؟ همه‌ٔ چیزی که من میخواهم همین است؟ آیا این وسط چیزی گم نشده؟
‎تا زمانی که بتوانیم یکدیگر را دوست بداریم و مهر و عشقی را که داشتیم بخاطر بیاوریم، میتوانیم بی آنکه واقعاً برویم، بمیریم.. عشقی که ایجاد میکنید، پایدار باقی میماند، خاطراتی را که می آفرینی باقی میماند.. زنده باقی میمانی- در دلِ همهٔ کسانی که رویِ آنها اثر گذاشته ای
‎همه میدانند که روزی میمیرند، اما کسی این را باور نمیکند.. اگر باور میکردیم، رفتارمان را تغییر میدادیم
‎پیر شدن صرفاً زوال و تحلیل رفتن نیست، رشد هم هست. چیزی بیشتر از نزدیک شدن به مرگ است.. همه اش جنبهٔ منفی نیست، جنبهٔ مثبت هم دارد.. میفهمی که باید بمیری و با این علم و اطلاع، بهتر زندگی میکنی
‎امیدوارم این ریویو در جهتِ آشنایی با این کتاب، کافی و مفید بوده باشه
‎<پیروز باشید و ایرانی>
Profile Image for Aj the Ravenous Reader.
1,030 reviews1,045 followers
April 12, 2016
* Reread

"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."

Whenever someone asks me to tell them my favorite books of all time, I always put this book at the top of the list. I blame but thank this book for becoming the reader that I am today and even though this book drowned me in a pool of tears...

this is still one of my most inspiring reads. ^^ Reading this book was like taking a complete course on life and living and there is no better life coach than Morrie. This may sound exaggerated but I felt like I became a different person and a better one at that after reading this.

I thank Mitch Albom for sharing not only his special gift in writing, but also his incredible experience as one of Morrie's students. This is honest to goodness the book that literally changed my life and I will be forever grateful. <3 <3 <3
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305 reviews166 followers
August 1, 2018
Tuesdays with Morrie is about death, but what we learn about is much more than the loss of dying but it is about love and friendship. Mitch Albom met with his dying mentor once a week and rediscovered in his last months a person he had lost contact with. This is a tale of life, even if we have to die.

For those dealing with any kind of loss, I recommend Tuesdays with Morrie, a story of someone that was able to deal relatively well with the devastation of ALS. When I read it, I had just lost my father from this terrible disease, and reading it was beautiful, comforting, and touching.

“The truth is, once you learn how to die, you learn how to live.”

“Be compassionate," Morrie whispered. And take responsibility for each other. If we only learned those lessons, this world would be so much better a place."
He took a breath, then added his mantra: "Love each other or die.”
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87 reviews67 followers
January 22, 2019
“The truth is, once you learn how to die, you learn how to live.”

I love this book so much.
This is the first time i really want to just go buy a book and give it as a gift to others.
So grateful i finally picked this one up.
Honestly, i didn’t expect it to be this good. Turns out It touches my heart.
While reading, It’s like you’re sitting, listening and learning from Morrie as well.
It’s easy to get into the story and be connected with.
Those are valuable time Mitch (the author) felt spending with his beloved coach and so i, while reading it, feel just the same.
It’s kinda like a simple story but one that we’re all needed the most.
This book covered all the major thing that matters in life and i’m so grateful for the author for writing and sharing the story with us.
I’d say this book is so meaningful it warms my heart. It teaches me and reminds me of some important stuffs. So beautiful and valuable.
I can’t help but love and want to say thanks to Morrie as well. ❤️
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366 reviews365 followers
October 6, 2018
Thought provoking and uplifting. The author does a marvelous job of writing as well as reading. Audiobook includes some of his actual sound recordings with Morrie.
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250 reviews569 followers
May 24, 2015
همین که پیرمرد قصه یه جورایی نفسش از جای گرم بلند میشد خورد تو ذوقم

مریض باشه و بدنش کم کم از پاهاش شروع کنه به فلج شدن و همین طوری بیاد بالا و اون قدر دستش به دهنش برسه که نه تنها از عهده ی مخارج این بیماری مهلک برمیاد بلکه شصت نفر هم فول تایم تو خونه ش استخدام کنه که به امورش رسیدگی کنند...خب اعتراف کنین که طرف خیلی خاصه! متفاوته! مرفهه

زندگی پیچیده تر از اونیه که همه مون بخوایم لای خطوط یه کتاب به این سادگی با یه قانون شسته رفته پیداش کنیم بخصوص اگه این آقای معلم زندگی، تو همچین شرایط متفاوتی از وضعیت اکثریت باشه

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385 reviews79 followers
August 8, 2007
I'm ashamed to own that I've read this. All I can say is: I did it for a good cause. That is, to promote reading in general (for a library talk).

Mawkishly sentimental (here I am, trying to wipe off the stale stench of yesterday's coffee mornings) and terribly trite.

Any person leaning to the left should, or would, recognise what Mitch is talking about. It isn't that Morrie is talking shit. He isn't. However, I think it's terribly ironic that such a venture (it screams "self-help" and "it will touch you!") has been undertaken by Mitch. I bet ol' Morrie is really angry now. It's like encouraging capitalism by using Marx.... The stuff in there, about wanting money etc, it's all in Marx....

Here's my tip: ditch the book and either meet Morrie (impossible) or read Marx or any other Marxist (recommended). Even Morrie's essays presumably, if available, would probably be a good read. It's Mitch that's the problem, the money-grubbing critter that he is.

PS as an aside it's sad to note how things that start off really radical get co-opted in the most tragi-comic ways possible...
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