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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Sacrifice, The Captain said. You made one. I made one. We all make them. But you were angry over yours. You kept thinking about what you lost. You didn?t get it. Sacrifice is a part of life. It?s supposed to be. It?s not something to regret. It?s something to aspire to. Little sacrifices. Big sacrifices. A mother works so her son can go to school. A daughter moves home to take care of her sick father? That?s the thing. Sometimes when you sacrifice something precious, you?re not really losing it. You?re just passing it on to someone else.

Silence is worse when you know it won't be broken.

Sometimes, if you do not get the love you want, by making you think you're going to get it.

Take one story, viewed from two different angles. It is the same day, the same moment, but one angle ends happily... and the other ends badly.

The big things - how we think, what we value - those you must choose yourself. You can't let anyone - or any society - determine those for you.

The more you defend a lie, the angrier you become.

The truth is, when our mothers held us, rocked us, stroked our heads -none of us ever got enough of that. We all yearn in some way to return to those days when we were completely taken care of - unconditional love, unconditional attention. Most of us didn't get enough.

None of us can undo what we've done, or relive a life already recorded. But... there is no such thing as too late in life.

Only God can write the end of your story.

Same for loneliness: you let go, let the tears flow, feel it completely--but eventually be able to say, All right, that was my moment of loneliness. I'm not afraid of feeling lonely, but now I'm going to put loneliness aside and know that there are other emotions in the world, and I'm going to experience them all.

Silence was his escape, but silence is rarely a refuge. His thoughts still haunted him.

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.

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