What can we learn from reading this book?

From reading this book, we can learn many lessons about life, living and death. We can learn that life should be treasured and lived out to the fullest every day of our lives. We can also learn that we take up too much space by not living life on the edge. Morrie preaches much about not getting involved with society's view of happiness and life. He says to look to the simpler things to bring us happiness. These people are other people. He also says to embrace old age and the benefits that go along with being old. When you are old, you are wiser due to greater experiece in life. Morrie finally preaches to us that death is inevitable. He claims we do not understand death until we are faced with it ourselves. He preaches for everyone to have a positive outlook on death, and to live out our lives fully until we die.

Favorite quotes and explanations of them

"Forgive yourself before you die. Then forgive others." (164)

This quote is great quote to explain that we cannot live life and regret our decisions. The past is the past, and we must look forward. If, by chance, we live life and still have regrets, we must forgive ourselves for commiting these mistakes. Once we do that, we will be at peace with ourselves. After that, we may make peace with others.

"At one point in the midst of 'We're number one!' he rises and yells, 'What's wrong with being number two?' " (159)

This quote is humorous more than anything, although we can definitely take lessons from it. He is confident enough in himself that he can stand up to a group of college students and yell that. He also probes the question of whether always being number is the most important part in life. That is a highly debatable question.

"Don't cling to things, because everything is impermanent" (103)

This quote is a great quote to explain that even though we are so attached to our phones, computers, social networking websites, or even boyfriends or girlfriends, we must look beyond these material goods because they good be gone in an instant. We need to look at the permanent things in our lives; ourselves, our family, and our religion.

Answer to Essential Questions

What do you value most in life?
I value my life, my family and my freedom of choice the most in life. I was granted life, and therefore I will take advantage of the time I spend here on Earth. My family blesses me with love, morals and a life for which I can only thank. Choice lets me remain accountable for my mistakes and my successes.

Who are the people that influence you the most in life? The most influential people in my life are my my mom and dad. I take, equally, ideas and principles from them that form me into the person I want to become.

What is life's greatest lesson? Life's greatest lesson is to teach us the smaller lessons that amount to something greater than ourselves.