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Mitch Albom quotes

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.

I believe the biggest themes of life are put into the best focus when held up against the very sharp light of mortality.

We all lose somebody we care about and want to find some comforting way of dealing with it, something that will give us a little closure, a little peace.

I used to be a classic workaholic, and after seeing how little work and career really mean when you reach the end of your life, I put a new emphasis on things I believe count more. These things include: family, friends, being part of a community, and appreciating the little joys of the average day.

Critics have a problem with sentimentality. Readers do not. I write for readers.

In a newspaper, you only have so much room. It teaches you the value of getting to the point, of not pampering yourself with your glorious writing. I've always been much more interested in one powerful sentence that stays with you. That's my style.

Detroit is a place where we've had it pretty tough. But there is a generosity here and a well of kindness that goes deep.

You have to be strong enough to say if the culture doesn't work, don't buy it.

You're not a wave, you're a part of the ocean.

Mortality means you don't have forever to work things out. You can live your life unexamined but then on the last day you're going to think: 'I've left things a little late.'

I don't know about Heaven or Hell, but I do know that we are visited all the time by the spirits of those who affected us in life.

You have to work at creating your own culture.

A memoir should have some uplifting quality, inspiring or illuminating, and that's what separates a life story that can influence other people.

For years I wrote in my basement. More recently I graduated to one floor above, an office with all my books and music and - ta da! - a window.

I had a very high-grade publisher tell me I was incapable of writing a memoir.

I would lying if I said I would laugh in the face of death.

If you are fully alive to the prospect of dying, you really start reprioritising your life.

Love each other or die.

I find interesting characters or lessons that resonate with people and sometimes I write about them in the sports pages, sometimes I write them in a column, sometimes in a novel, sometimes a play or sometimes in nonfiction. But at the core I always say to myself, 'Is there a story here? Is this something people want to read?'

If you're always battling against getting older, you're always going to be unhappy, because it's going to happen anyhow.