33 Great Morrie Schwartz Quotes

33 Great Morrie Schwartz Quotes

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Morrie Schwartz was an author and sociology professor at Brandeis University. He made his claim to fame when one of his former students began coming over for weekly visits with Schwartz. After his student, Mitch Albom, discovered that Morrie had ALS, a terminal neurological disease, he began to record his visits. After Morrie lost his battle with the disease in 1995 Albom turned the conversations into the infamous book, “Tuesdays With Morrie: An Old Man, A Young Man, And Life’s Greatest Lesson.”

“As long as we can love each other, and remember the feeling of love we had, we can die without ever really going away. All the love you created is still there. All the memories are still there. You live on—in the hearts of everyone you have touched and nurtured while you were here.”

“As you grow old, you learn more. If you stayed at twenty-two, you’d always be as ignorant as you were at twenty-two. Aging is not just decay, you know. It’s growth. It’s more than the negative that you’re going to die, its also the positive that you understand you’re going to die, and that you live a better life because of it.”

“Build a little community of those you love and who love you.”

“Death ends a life, not a relationship.”

“Death: the only true emotion felt in an apathetic world.”

“Devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.”

“Don’t let go too soon, but don’t hang on too long.”

“Dying is only one thing to be sad over… Living unhappily is something else.”

“Everything that gets born dies.”

“Forgive yourself before you die. Then forgive others.”

“Grieve and mourn for yourself not once or twice, but again and again.”

“How come you didn’t call me Coach?”

“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”

“I’d always been interested in psychology.”

“If we can remember the feeling of love we once had, we can die without ever going away.”

“If you’ve found meaning in your life, you don’t want to go back. You want to go forward.”

“It’s not too late to develop new friendships or reconnect with people.”

“Learn how to live and you’ll know how to die; learn how to die, and you’ll know how to live.”

“Life is a series of pulls back and forth. You want to do one thing, but you are bound to do something else. Something hurts you, yet you know it shouldn’t. You take certain things for granted, even when you know you should never take anything for granted.”

“Life is like a wrestling match– we struggle to fight but we never know that the only side that wins is the one with great love in it.”

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

“One hundred and ten years from now no one who is here now will be alive.”

“So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they’re busy doing things they think are.”

“Sometimes you cannot believe what you see, you have to believe what you feel. And if you are ever going to have other people trust you, you must feel that you can trust them too-even when you are in the dark. Even when you’re falling.”

“The little things, I can obey. But the big things – how we think, what we value – those you must choose yourself. You can’t let anyone – or any society – determine those for you.”

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

“We have a sense that we should be like the mythical cowboy… able to take on and conquer anything and live in the world without the need for other people.”

“We’re involved in trillions of little acts just to keep going.”

“What is it about silence that makes people uneasy?”

“What tipped the scales was that psychology involved working with rats.”

“When you look at it that way, you can see how absurd it is that we individualize ourselves with our fences and hoarded possessions.”

“When you’re in bed, you’re dead.”

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