Tuesdays With Morrie
Written by MItch Albom

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What can we learn from reading this book?
From Tuesdays With Morrie, we can learn how to appreciate life, and how to live every day like it was our last. What I mean by appreciating life is, we shouldn’t go about living unhappy lives; we should appreciate the fact that we are alive and well, but also that we should do something productive with our lives. And to live everyday like it’s your last, treat every day like a gift – that’s why we call it the present. By doing so, we can live more fulfilling lives, like Morrie was instructing us to do so.

Favorite Quotations:

1. “The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in.” – page 52.
To Morrie, the most important thing in life is basically to learn how to keep your heart ‘open’ so love can find a way in, and to learn how to give your love, by means of volunteer work or loving another human being.

2. “Everyone knows they’re going to die, but nobody believes it.” – page 80.
Nowadays, people know that someday they are going to die, but do not believe it when they’re young. A young person thinks death will come with old age, but that is not always the case.

3. “Once you learn now to die, you learn how to live.” – page 82.
Instead of fretting the day you die and being terrified of death, Morrie wants us to learn how to die in order to learn how to live. When you’re dying, you want to preserve every last minute of life you have, and to make the most of your time left. If you appreciate every moment of every day, you truly know how to live.

4. “The fact is, there is no foundation, no secure ground, upon which people may stand today if it isn’t the family.” – page 91.
Today, the strongest and most secure foundation people stand on is family. Our family gives us strength in time of trouble and worry, and family is there in your time of need. With family, there is always a sense of security, no matter what the situation may be.

Answers to Essential Questions:
· What do you value most in life?
o I value a few things in life. In my own life, I value the friendships I share with all of my friends – old and new, and those still to come. Without those friendships, I would not be the person I have become today. Something else I value in life is my family. They give me the strength to achieve my dreams, and I don’t know what I would have done without them. I also value the relationship I have with God that I have built.
· Who are the people that influence you the most in your life?
o The people that influence me most in my life are my family members and my friends. I have grown up with the values that my family treasures, and I have been greatly influenced with the friends whom I hang out with. I found a small circle of friends this school year who have brought out my best qualities, and have helped me greatly. :)
· What is life’s greatest lesson?
o I believe that life’s greatest lesson is to live like you were dying, and to live every day like it’s your last. You need to treasure every moment of every day in order to appreciate life, like Morrie teaches us through the memoir Tuesdays With Morrie. Once we have discovered how to live every day like it was our last, we will live fulfilling lives full of purpose.