When the world quiets to the sound of your own breathing, we all want the same things

Mitch-Albom

I used to think I knew everything. I was a “smart person” who “got things done,” and because of that, the higher I climbed, the more I could look down and scoff at what seemed silly or simple, even religion. But I realized something as I drove home that night: that I am neither better nor smarter, only luckier. And I should be ashamed of thinking I knew everything, because you can know the whole world and still feel lost in it. So many people are in pain-no matter how smart or accomplished – they cry, they yearn, they hurt. But instead of looking down on things, they look up, which is where I should have been looking, too. Because when the world quiets to the sound of your own breathing, we all want the same things: comfort, love, and a peaceful heart.

― Mitch Albom


Mitch Albom, 55, was born in Passaic, New Jersey.  He is an American best-selling author of the blockbuster bestsellers Tuesdays With MorrieThe Five People You Meet In Heaven and For One More Day. His books have sold over 35 million copies worldwide. He was an acclaimed sports journalist at the Detroit Free Press and he is a frequent participant on the ESPN Sports Reporters. Albom has also achieved success as a screenwriter, dramatist, radio broadcaster and musician.

He grew up in a small, middle-class neighborhood from which most people never left. Mitch was once quoted as saying that his parents were very supportive, and always used to say, “Don’t expect your life to finish here. There’s a big world out there. Go out and see it.” Albom once mentioned that now his parents say, “Great. All our kids went and saw the world and now no one comes home to have dinner on Sundays.”


Credits: Portrait. Quote: Thank you Geoff.


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  1. lovely piece of writing. Thanks!

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  2. Reblogged this on Meaning Mindfulness and NonViolence.

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  3. yes and i love the parents’ quotes too.

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  4. With every passing day I come to understand better that it’s really just that simple….

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  5. Reblogged this on Bright, shiny objects! and commented:
    Great quote; loved his book Tuesdays with Morrie…

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  6. It really comes down to this…these basic lessons, these simple wishes. And recognizing those moments when those needs are aligned.

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  7. “comfort, love and a peaceful heart.” That’s it. Really.

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  8. Uncover your own way, and love. hb

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  9. Great post, very helpful to me today. Thank you.

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  10. He’s amazing. His words always seem to say what I’m feeling…

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  11. ah, yes. thank you.

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  12. Reblogged this on Views from the Hill and commented:
    Excellent perspective, particularly in these difficult times…

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  13. Great perspective. I’ve taken the liberty of re-blogging this on “Views on the hill.” Thanks for sharing this

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  14. I have read a couple of his books and they make you think and reflect. His first one “Tuesdays with Morrie” was an eye opener for him and the reader.

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  15. Absolutely… “…comfort, love, and a peaceful heart.” 🙂

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  16. Amen!

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