Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Tuesdays with Morrie

An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson


跟这本书擦身而过无数次,就是提不起劲去翻阅。
一个月前因为太闲了,跑了几趟图书馆!
然后就到树荫下看书~ 太爱这个地方了


这本书稍微改变我对事物的看法。
人与人的关系,人与事物的关系,人与上帝的关系..






这里有一些我个人非常喜欢的名句。

"The culture we have does not make people feel good about themselves. And you have to be strong enough to say if the culture doesn't work, don't buy it." (p.42)

"People are only mean when they're threatened, and that's what our culture does...And when you get threatened, you start looking out only for yourself. You start making money a god. It is all part of this culture." (p.42)

"Love wins. Love always wins. "(p.40)

''We...need to forgive ourselves...For all the things we didn't do. All the things we should have done. You can't get stuck on the regrets of what should have happened. ''(p.166)

''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. ''(p.43)

''The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in. ''(p.52)

"...the truth is...if you accept that you can die at any time--then you might not be as ambitious as you are." (p.83)

"The fact is, there is no foundation, no secure ground, upon which people may stand today if it isn't the family." (p.91)

"If you don't have the support and love and caring and concern that you get from a family, you don't have much at all. Love is so supremely important." (p.91)

"Don't cling to things, because everything is impermanent." (p.103)

"You can't substitute material things for love or for gentleness or for tenderness or for a sense of comradeship." (p.125)

"If you hold back on the emotions--if you don't allow yourself to go all the way through them--you can never get to being detached, you're too busy being afraid." (p.104)

"Don't let go too soon but, but don't hang on too long." (p.162)

"Aging is ot just decay...It's growth." (p.118)

"If you're always battling against getting older, you're always going to be unhappy, because it will happen anyhow." (p.118,119)

"...if you're trying to show off for people at the top, forget it. They will look down on you anyhow. And if you're trying to show off for people at the bottom, forget it. They will only envy you. Status will get you nowhere. Only an open heart will allow you to float equally between everyone." (p.127)

"...there are a few rules I know to be true about love and marriage: If you don't respect the other person, you're gonna have a lot of trouble. If you don't know how to compromise, you're gonna have a lot of trouble. If you can't talk openly about what goes on between you, you're gonna have a lot of trouble. And if you don't have a common set of values in life, you're gonna have a lot of trouble. Your values must be alike." (p.149)

"...no matter where you live, the biggest defect we human beings have is our shortsightedness. We don't see what we could be. We should be looking at our potential, stretching ourselves into everything we can be come." (p.156)

"In the beginning of life, when we were 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." (p.157)

"What's wrong with being number two?" (p.159)

"Death ends a life, not a relationship." (p.174)

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