我们鲜少谈人生，或许是人们认为“人生”这个话题范围实在是太大，无法对其有一个准确的定义。但是，我们偏偏有时候又渴望听到真正的智者谈谈人生这个词。余秋雨在《相约星期二》中文版的序中认为，最有资格谈论人生的就是老人，于是我们等待着期待着有那么一位智慧老人的出现，最终，作者 Mitch 的老师 Morrie 教授出现在我们面前。
Mitch 几乎把生活的全部都投入到了全新的事业中，去追求事业上的成功，没有精力去关心他的妻子，也没有精力去思考 Morrie 教授曾教给他的“成为一个人”以及“关心他人”，因为他不想像他舅舅那样做着一份自己不喜欢的工作并在痛苦中逝去，他希望在他重病和死去之前，用尽每一刻去得到自己想要的成就，但恰恰就在忙碌中迷失了自我。
幸运的是，他在电视上偶然看到了采访 Morrie 教授的节目得知教授患上了 ALS （肌萎缩侧索硬化，也叫运动神经元病），于是，在与教授联系断开十六年之后，Mitch 回到了教授的身边。
“So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they're busy doing things they think are important. This is because they're chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.”
“Accept who you are; and revel in it.”
“Death ends a life, not a relationship.”
“The truth is, once you learn how to die, you learn how to live.”
“You see, you closed your eyes. That was the difference. Sometimes you cannot believe what you see, you have to believe what you feel. And if you are ever going to have other people trust you, you must feel that you can trust them, too--even when you’re in the dark. Even when you’re falling.”
“If you hold back on the emotions--if you don't allow yourself to go all the way through them--you can never get to being detached, you're too busy being afraid. You're afraid of the pain, you're afraid of the grief. You're afraid of the vulnerability that loving entails. But by throwing yourself into these emotions, by allowing yourself to dive in, all the way, over your heard even, you experience them fully and completely.”
“Life is a series of pulls back and forth... A tension of opposites, like a pull on a rubber band. Most of us live somewhere in the middle. A wrestling match...Which side win? Love wins. Love always wins” .
“there are a few rules I know to be true about love and marriage: 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.' ”
“Well, for one thing, 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.”
“if you're trying to show off for people at the top, forget it. They will look down on you anyhow. And if you're trying to show off for people at the bottom, forget it. They will only envy you. Status will get you nowhere. Only an open heart will allow you to float equally between everyone.”
“This is part of what a family is about, not just love. It's knowing that your family will be there watching out for you. Nothing else will give you that. Not money. Not fame. Not work.”
“Have you ever really had a teacher? One who saw you as a raw but precious thing, a jewel that, with wisdom, could be polished to a proud shine? If you are lucky enough to find your way to such teachers, you will always find your way back. Sometimes it is only in your head. Sometimes it is right alongside their beds”.