Words to live by, as quoted by

A philosophy professor at Brandeis University who realized and shared his views on life while dying of ALS. Schwartz was interviewed several times by Ted Koppel on "Nightline", and he is the subject of the New York Times bestseller "Tuesdays With Morrie" by Mitch Albom. Schwartz himself wrote a book before he died called "Letting Go" Morrie's Reflections on Living While Dying.~

  • Once you know how to die, you know how to live.
  • Why does silence make people so uneasy?
  • Why do people only find comfort when they're filling the air with words?
  • How do you spare people's feelings by denying them?
  • Death ends a life, not a relationship.
  • Dying is the only one thing to be sad over. Living unhappily is something else.
  • Love wins. Love always wins.
  • Money is not a substitute for tenderness.
  • Invest in the human family. Invest in people.
  • Forgive yourself. Forgive others. Don't wait.
  • You're not a wave, you're part of the ocean
  • What's wrong with being Number Two?

Imagine there's a bird on your shoulder and every day you ask it,

  • "Is today the day that I die?
  • Am I ready?
  • Am I living the life I want to live?
  • Am I being the person I want to be?
  • Never do work that uses, hurts or degrades people.

Never make money off the sweat and pain of others. The tension of opposites. We learn from what hurts us, as much as what loves us.


"Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson" ( Doubleday, 1997)  a loving tribute written by one of his former students, Detroit-based sportswriter Mitch Albom. With 2.8 million copies in print, the book has remained on the "New York Times" best-seller list for two years running. It has been translated into 22 languages. And earlier this year, "Morrie: In His Own Words" ( Walker and Co., 1999 ), a collection of his aphorisms, was republished.  

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