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"Tuesdays With Morrie"

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Rachel Goldberg

on 28 February 2014

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Transcript of "Tuesdays With Morrie"

"What's wrong with being number 2?"
"Have I told you of the tension of opposites?" he says. "The tension of opposites?" "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. A tension of opposites, like a pull on a rubber band. And most of us live somewhere in the middle." "Sounds like a wrestling match," I say. "A wrestling match." He laughs. "Yes, you could describe life that way." "So which side wins?" I ask. He smiles at me, the crinkled eyes, the crooked teeth. "Love wins. Love always wins."
"The truth is, once you learn how to die, you learn how to live."
The lesson, or theme, of "Tuesdays with Morrie" is that death is a part of life. One of the main characters in the book, Morrie, is faced with a disease that climbs up his body, making the body parts unable to move, but still able to feel pain. He knows that death is inevitable, but chooses to accept and welcome it in every way possible. Morrie not only embraces death, but all aspects of life such as love, pain, and hope.
"Don't let go too soon, but don't hold on too long."
Mitch, another one of the main characters, was one of Morrie's students. Morrie was a psychology professor, and also Mitch's favorite professor. Mitch sees Morrie on an interview on TV years later, and remembers that Morrie wanted them to stay in touch. Mitch visits Morrie on a Tuesday, and Mitch finds himself visiting every Tuesday after that. They talk about several things, and Mitch realizes how important life is once you embrace death.
"When he smiles it's as if you'd just told him the first joke on Earth."
Mitch grows to look forward to these meetings every Tuesday and learns things about life that are so obvious but things that would be incredibly different for one to think up. Morrie tells him that the world is brainwashed by the words, "more is better. More is better," so that in the end, everyone is competing for more money, the newest toy, the biggest house, etc. Mitch learns to appreciate life, and also appreciate death. This book shows amazing lessons and portrays very interesting quotes that can bring anybody to life; even more so than they already are.
"Because if you've found your meaning in life, you don't want to go back. You want to go forward."
Morrie tells Mitch that he is so grateful for what he has. Mitch is confused. This sick man, a man much, much older than he is, is grateful. Why would he feel grateful in a wheelchair, barely able to chew his own food? With the disease that was creeping toward his lungs, filling with fluid, and having coughing fits that could last hours? Everyone had a place in their heart for Morrie, the optimistic old man. What had brought him to think that way?
"All I was afraid of is saying good-bye."
Morrie is very optimistic. Every day, he thinks, "Am I doing what aI want to be doing? Have I forgiven who I want to forgive?" Before he got the sickness, Morrie loved to dance. He would go to dance parties, and no matter who was watching or what was playing, he would be dancing. Dancing was his true passion, and although his disease kept him from dancing, he still loved it. A lot of people came to visit Morrie and talk with him, ask him questions about his life. Gradually, he had to cancel meetings with them because he didn't have enough energy. Tiredness and coughing fits began to take over his life.
"Tuesdays With Morrie"
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