The Wisdom of Morrie
Living and Aging Creatively and Joyfully
- Expected Apr 18, 2023
“Beautiful…Those lucky enough to read this book will be inspired.”—Deepak Chopra
From the eponymous subject of the beloved classic Tuesdays with Morrie comes an insightful, poignant masterpiece on staying vibrant and connected for life.
Who am I really? What have I done? What is important and meaningful to me? What difference does it make that I have lived? What does it mean to be truly human, and where am I on that scale?
Morrie Schwartz, the beloved subject of the classic, multimillion-copy number one bestseller Tuesdays with Morrie, explores these questions and many more in this profound, poetic, and poignant masterpiece of living and aging joyfully and creatively. Later life can be filled with many challenges, but it can also be one of the most beautiful and rewarding passages in anyone’s lifetime. Morrie draws on his experiences as a social psychologist, teacher, father, friend, and sage to offer us a road map to navigate our futures.
A great companion to Tuesdays with Morrie or the perfect introduction to Morrie’s thoughtful philosophies, The Wisdom of Morrie is filled with empathic insights, stories, anecdotes, and advice, told in Morrie’s reassuring, calm, and timeless voice. Let The Wisdom of Morrie be your guide in exploring deep questions of how to live and how to love.
In this sage posthumous treatise, Schwartz (Morrie in His Own Words), the subject of Tuesdays with Morrie who died in 1995, explores the art of aging well. His son, Rob Schwartz, later found the manuscript for this book in his father's desk drawer, and was taken by the meditation on "living... with greater joy" in one's later years and by his father's reflections on his 40-year career as a sociology professor. Getting older, Schwartz explains, can allow for growth, increased self-knowledge, and the achievement of long-held goals. After acknowledging ageism, Schwartz encourages readers to approach age-related challenges—illnesses, general decline, the fear of death—with healthy acceptance. He outlines suggestions for living well as an older adult, among them pursuing hobbies and committing to a cause that one is passionate about. It's also important, he writes, to cultivate a "kind heart" and to not neglect one's spiritually, which can entail meditating or deepening one's personal relationship with God. In the end, Schwartz posits, "aging is not a problem we need to solve, but a stage in life to be lived well," and the insight and non-sugar-coated wisdom he deploys make that point difficult to refute. Not only those over the hill will want to take a look.