Mitch Albom, fully Mitchell David "Mitch" Albom

Albom, fully Mitchell David "Mitch" Albom

American Author, Journalist, Screenwriter, Dramatist, Radio and Television Broadcaster and Musician

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Sometimes, kids want you to hurt the way they hurt.

Tapes, like photographs and videos, are [nothing more than] a desperate attempt to steal something from death's suitcase.

The carnivals gave me my names, Edward. Sometimes I was the Blue Man of the North Pole, or the Blue Man of Algeria, or the Blue Man of New Zealand. I had never been to any of these places, of course, but it was pleasant to be considered exotic, if only on a painted sign. The 'show' was simple. I would sit on the stage, half undressed, as people walked past and the barker told them how pathetic I was. For this, I was able to put a few coins in my pocket. The manager once called me the 'best freak' in his stable, and, sad as it sounds, I took pride in that. When you are an outcast, even a tossed stone can be cherished. One winter, I came to this pier. Ruby Pier. They were starting a sideshow called the Curious Citizens. I liked the idea of being in one place, escaping the bumpy horse carts of carnival life. This became my home. I lived in a room above a sausage shop. I played cards at night with the other sideshow walkers, with the tinsmiths, sometimes even with your father. In the early mornings, if I wore long shirts and draped my head in a towel, I could walk along the beach without scaring people. It may not sound like much, but for me, it was a freedom I had rarely know.' He stopped. He looked at Eddie. Do you understand? Why we're here? This is not your heaven. It's mine.

The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in. Let it come in. We think we don?t deserve love, we think if we let it in we?ll become too soft. But a wise man named Levin said it right. He said, Love is the only rational act.

The truth is, you don't get satisfaction from those things. You know what really gives you satisfaction? ... Offering others what you have to give.

Not aging is not the same as living, and without human contact, his soul dried up.

Or how we feel a surge of love for a partner but we don't say anything because we're frozen with the fear of what those words might do to the relationship.

Scenery without solace is meaningless.

Sitting high above the city, Father Time realized that knowing something and understanding it were not the same thing.

Sometimes, love brings you together even as life keeps you apart.

Tears are okay.

The culture we have does not make people feel good about themselves. We?re teaching the wrong things. And you have to be strong enough to say if the culture doesn?t work, don?t buy it. Create your own. Most people can?t do it.

The news of life is carried via telephone. A baby's birth, a couple engaged, a tragic car accident on a late night highway - most milestones of the human journey, good or bad, are foreshadowed by the sound of a ringing.

The truth was, they had not kept in touch. War could bond men like a magnet, but like a magnet it could repel them, too. The things they saw, the things they did. Sometimes they just wanted to forget.

Not aging is not the same as living.

People don?t die because of loyalty. They don?t? She smiled. Religion? Government? Are we not loyal to such things, sometimes to the death? Eddie shrugged. Better, she said, to be loyal to one another.

Secrets? they'll tear you apart.

Small towns are like metronomes; with the slightest flick, the beat changes.

Sometimes, questions are more hurtful than insults.

Tell me about your family, I said. And so she did. I listened intently as my mother went through each branch of the tree. Years later, after the funeral, Maria had asked me questions about the family - who was related to whom - and I struggled. I couldn't remember. A big chunk of our history had been buried with my mother. You should never let your past disappear that way.

The dead sit at our tables long after they have gone.

The only thing scarier than leaving a small town is never leaving it at all.

The universe is too grand and harmonious to believe it's all an accident.

Nothing haunts us like the things we don't say.

People in grief can imagine many things. It makes them feel better. It doesn't make it real.

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American Author, Journalist, Screenwriter, Dramatist, Radio and Television Broadcaster and Musician