From Tuesdays With Morrie, is it possible to list all of the aphorisms in the book?
Since Morrie's aphorisms run throughout the novel's narrative, obtaining all of them is a task beyond the scope here. For, gleaning all the aphorisms would probably require the reader to record them as he/she reads them. Perhaps it will, at least, be helpful to provide some of these.
- On "The First Tuesday" Mitch visits Morrie and notices that his old professor has newspapers about, demonstrating that he keeps up with the news. Morrie commiserates with Mitch who feels badly about the war in Bosnia. He tells Mitch, But a wise man named Levine said it right. He said, "Love is the only rational act."
- On "The Second Tuesday" Morrie speaks of feeling sorry for himself, but allowing only a minimal amount of time for it: "How useful it would be to put a daily limit on self-pity. Just a few tearful minutes, then on with the day."
- On "The Third Tuesday" Morrie reflects upon how American culture does not encourage people to reflect upon things; a fault of this society because reflection is essential to self-knowledge. Therefore, he tells Mitch “You need someone to probe you in that direction. It won’t just happen automatically.”
- On the "The Fourth Tuesday" Morrie tells Mitch that there are benefits to knowing when one is going to die as one can prepare. He reflects, “Everyone knows they’re going to die, but nobody believes it.” He later adds, “Once you learn how to die, you learn how to live.”Further, Morris advises Mitch,
Well, the truth is, if you really listen to that bird on your shoulder, if you accept that you can die at any time then you might not be as ambitious as you are...You might have to make room for some more spiritual things.
- On "The Fifth Tuesday" Mitch and Morrie talk about family as the providers of love and support to the dying person and those who are living. He tells Mitch that fame or financial security cannot provide what caring members of family can, “The fact is, there is no foundation, no secure ground, upon which people may stand today if it isn’t the family."
- On "The Sixth Tuesday" Morrie continues his theme of dealing with things and then moving on. He instructs Mitch to learn to detach himself from emotions; however, Mitch asks if this advice does not contradict what Morrie has earlier advised about allowing oneself to dive into emotions and truly experience them. Morrie explains,
But by throwing yourself into these emotions, by allowing yourself to dive in, all the way, over your head even, you experience them fully and completely.... And only then can you say, "All right. I have experienced that emotion. I recognize that emotion. Now I need to detach from that emotion for a moment."
- On "The Seventh Tuesday" Morrie tells Mitch, "Forget what the culture says," meaning not to try to fit the behaviors of one's culture. Instead of "fighting" his debilitation, Morrie begins to enjoy being carried, being taken helped and cared for. Further, about aging Morrie declares, "All this emphasis on youth—I don’t buy it,” and observes “How can I be envious of where you are—when I’ve been there myself?”
- On "The Eighth Tuesday" Morrie observes, “We put our values in the wrong things. And it leads to very disillusioned lives." Morrie discusses with Mitch the materialistic culture that teaches people that owning things is so important. When people believe this, they lose sight of real values.
- On "The Ninth Tuesday" Morrie reflects upon all the lives that he has moved and feels grateful. He tells Mitch, "...love is how you stay alive, even after you are gone.”
- On "The Tenth Tuesday," Mitch has his wife sing a lovely song to Morrie, who "dances inside" when he hears it. Later, he reflects upon marriage and tells Mitch,
“ there are a few rules I know to be true about love and marriage: If you don’t respect the other person.... If you don’t know how to compromise....If you can’t...
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