The Time-Keeper by Mitch Albom


I read this book yesterday and how I even found the time to read a pocketbook is beyond me. Just kidding! I actually read the first half before going to sleep (yeah, reading over sleep), and then read the other half during my daily commute (20 minutes to school and 20 minutes going home), and during our class breaks (a total of 30 minutes). It’s good. I’m sure there are other books with the same idea, but this is the first time I’ve read something about it. It’s interesting to read about “Father Time” in this way, as if he were a real person. Anyway, enough about that. Here are some of the quotes I liked from the book:

Yet all around you, timekeeping is ignored. Birds are not late. A dog does not check its watch. Deer do not fret over passing birthdays. Man alone measures time. Man along chimes the hour. And, because of this, man alone suffers a paralyzing fear that no other creature endures. A fear of time running out.

“Learn what you do not know,” the old man said. “Understand the consequences of counting the moments.”
“How?” Dor asked.
“By listening to the misery it creates.”

He cried that night for all that he had lost, but he would say it taught him a valuable lesson: that holding on to things “will only break your heart.”

“We all yearn for what we have lost. But sometimes, we forget what we have.”

“Do you understand now” he asked. “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.”
“To make each one precious.”


About Therese

28 years old | Chinese-Filipina | University of the Philippines Diliman - BA European Languages (Spanish major, Speech Communication minor) 2011 | National Chengchi University - MA International Development | Working in the freight forwarding/logistics industry Learning to believe in myself more and not being afraid to seize opportunities ♥

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