The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom

by Catherine Chiu

  • Man rarely knows his own power.
  • Soon man will count all his days, and then smaller segments of the day, and then smaller still — until the counting consumes him, and the wonder of the world he has been given is lost.
  • that holding on to things “will only break your heart”
  • He was doing what man does when left with nothing.
    He was telling his own life story.
  • It is never too late or too soon. It is when it is supposed to be.
  • “Only God can write the end of your story.”
    “God has left me alone,” Dor said.
    The old man shook his head. “You were never alone.”
  • Sometimes, when you are not getting the love you want, giving makes you think you will.
  • But a man who can take everything will find most things unsatisfying.
  • A heart weighs more when it splits in two; it crashes in the chest like a broken plane.
  • And when hope is gone, time is punishment.
  • When we are most alone is when we embrace another’s loneliness.
  • But hurting ourselves to inflict pain on others is just another cry to be loved.
  • “I would have given my life.”
    “Would you have taken it?”
    “No, child,” he said. “That is not ours to do.”
  • “I mad such a fool of myself,” she lamented.
    “Love does not make you a fool.”
    “He didn’t love me back.”
    “That does not make you a fool, either.”
    “Just tell me. . .” Her voice cracked. “When does it stop hurting?”
    “Sometimes never.”
  • With endless time, nothing is special. With no loss or sacrifice, we can’t appreciate what we have.
  • “There is a reason God limits our days.”
    “Why?”
    “To make each one precious.”
  • When you are measuring life, you are not living it.
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