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What can we learn from Tuesdays with Morrie
We can learn many lessons from Tuesdays with Morrie. Every Tuesday that Morrie and Mitch meet there is a lesson that can be learned. Their talks range from death to how love continues, so there is a whole range of topics that we can learn from from reading this book. We can learn some of the greatest lessons in life, and how we should always keep our promises, and how friendships seem more important when you are going to lose that friend. We can also learn that family and friends are some of the most important people in our life, and we should stay close to them, and always be there for them.

Answers to Essential Questions

What do you value most in life?
I think that I value my family and my religion most in life. Both of them are important to me. My family is close to me, and I live with them and love them, and my religion is what I believe in, so it is very important to the way I live.

Who are the people that influence you the most in your life?
The people that influence me the most in my life are my family, my parents and grandparents. My parents are supposed to raise me and teach me what to do, and my grandparents have gone through life, so they are wiser, and know what it probably best for me, so I think it is important to listen to them.

What is life’s greatest lesson?
Life’s greatest lesson is to learn from your mistakes. If you don’t learn from your mistakes, then you will never grow wiser, and you won’t be able to make a better decision the next time that same thing happens.


Favorite Quotes and Their Meanings

“When you’re in bed, you’re dead.”- This quote means that when you’re in bed, and therefore probably doing nothing productive, you are theoretically dead.

“Money is not a substitute for tenderness, and power is not a substitute for tenderness. I can tell you, as I’m sitting here dying, when you most need it, neither money nor power will give you the feeling you’re looking for, no matter how much of them you have.”- No material thing can replace what you get from love and tenderness, even if you have all the material things in the world.

“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.”- This quote explains how to have a better and more successful marriage. It is good to know if you are going to be married.

“The fact is, there is no foundation, no secure ground, upon which people may stand today if it isn’t the family. It’s become quite clear to me as I’ve been sick. 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. As our great poet Auden said, ‘Love each other or perish.’”- This quote shows the importance of family, and how important it is to love each other. I think it is true, that if you don’t get much love and concern from your family, then you don’t have anything.

Summary of Book

Tuesdays with Morrie is a book about a man who goes back to visit his favorite old teacher from college who is dying of ALS. When Mitch, the student, left college, he told Morrie, his professor, that he would stay in touch, but he doesn't. When he learns his professor is dying he goes back to him, and his old teacher teaches him many important lessons about dying, living, and things in life.