The Last Lecture

By Randy Pausch

Author's Purpose

In the Last Lecture author Randy Pausch explains life lessons learned through his never-ending battle against cancer. His purpose is to inform as well as entertain the reader to pass on the lessons he learned.

I am a father of three young children, and married to the woman of my dreams. While I could feel sorry for myself that, wouldn't do them or me any good.

This quote from the book shows although Pausch has cancer and is going to die soon he still cares more about others and being happy than himself, he was a thoughtful parent and teacher.

She was so struck by the sight of me. She knew my cancer diagnosis was grim. And yet, as she wrote in her email, she was moved by how content I seemed. In this private moment I was obviously in high spirits.

This quote is a prime example of how Pausch looked at all negative things with a positive attitude, although the cancer is terminal he is still at peace with himself and his life, which is a life lesson in its own way.

While my sister was outlining the rules, I slowly deliberately opened a can of soda, turned it over, and poured it on the cloth seats in the back of the convertible. My message: People are more important than things.

The quote shows exactly how Pausch taught life lessons, he would show them directly and they had very positive results. This exert from the book is my favorite because it's a great life lesson.

The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.

This is my absolute favorite quote in the book, it shows the fact that a hard work and ambition can eventually overcome any "brick wall" Pausch was successful because he didn't let the brick walls stop him from achieving greatness.


The book The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch is a great book about life lessons and life in general. Pausch uses many examples from his life in order to show direct examples of life lessons, which can be helpful to everyone who reads this great book. As you read you can't help but be thankful for your life and for all you have because you never know when you might be gone and lose it. It's really hard to think Pausch stood in front of all his students and his wife and basically said goodbye and it literally was his "last lecture". I really loved the end of the book when he discusses the head fakes, one in particular, which was that his last lecture was actually made for his children so that he can still show them all these life lessons. Pausch's book will surely be a go to book recommendation from me and it will be my go to good mood book, because although it is a very sad book it has a lot of reasons to be very happy and grateful hidden in each page.