The Last Lecture

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Logan is Randy’s second son, who Randy describes as “the ultimate Tigger”—he’s always making everything he does into an adventure, and he’s constantly smiling and never stops moving. Logan is also enamored with his older brother Dylan; the best and worst parts of his day are usually “playing with Dylan.”

Logan Quotes in The Last Lecture

The The Last Lecture quotes below are all either spoken by Logan or refer to Logan. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Hyperion edition of The Last Lecture published in 2008.
Introduction Quotes

Under the ruse of giving an academic lecture, I was trying to put myself in a bottle that would one day wash up on the beach for my children.

Related Characters: Randy Pausch (speaker), Dylan, Logan, Chloe
Related Symbols: The Head Fake
Page Number: xiv
Explanation and Analysis:

This quote occurs in the first passage that Randy writes in the book, right after Jai’s foreword. It tips readers off to the fundamental head fake that underscores the entire narrative of The Last Lecture—that, though Randy’s lecture is supposedly about achieving your dreams (and thus how to lead your life), the deeper purpose of his book is to leave a piece of himself—of his beliefs, ideas, and personality—behind for his young children to remember him by. The notion of teaching one thing (like how to achieve your dreams) in order to actually teach another thing (like telling his children who he was and what he cared about) will recur throughout the book. This is also an example of another trick that Randy consistently teaches: using obstacles as opportunities. Randy uses the horrid obstacle of his impending death as an opportunity to do as much as he possibly can to leave behind remnants of himself for his children (and anyone else) to find.


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Chapter 4 Quotes

…kids—more than anything else—need to know their parents love them. Their parents don’t have to be alive for that to happen.

Related Characters: Randy Pausch (speaker), Randy’s Dad, Dylan, Logan, Chloe
Page Number: 26
Explanation and Analysis:

This quote occurs after Randy discusses his circumstances and mindset when he began his last lecture. While it seems that this quote refers to Randy’s relationship with his own children (he wants them to know that he loves them, even though he won’t be alive to tell then), Randy then takes a step back to discuss his own lower middle-class childhood, indicating that he is also talking about how he knows his father loves him, even though his father is no longer alive to tell him so. Randy feels his parents’ love, in part, because he recognizes how lucky he is to have had parents who allowed him to dream, but were also honest with him and didn’t coddle him. In the end, Randy loops back around to his own children, and he says that he believes his dad would have approved of the ways that Randy is being proactive and positive in the wake of his impending death. Randy is doing everything he possibly can to leave behind messages to his wife and kids that he loves them and wants desperately to shape their lives.

Chapter 21 Quotes

At Christmas, I had made an adventure out of putting the lights on the tree. Rather than showing Dylan and Logan the proper way to do it—carefully and meticulously—I just let them have at it haphazardly. However they wanted to throw those lights on the tree was fine by me. We got video of the whole chaotic scene, and Jai says it was a “magical moment” that will be one of her favorite memories of our family together.

Related Characters: Randy Pausch (speaker), Jai, Dylan, Logan, Chloe
Page Number: 100
Explanation and Analysis:

This quote occurs after Randy, on his last New Years eve, has taken his son Dylan to go see the movie Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium, which turns out to be a melancholy experience; Randy’s son cries on his lap during the movie when the toymaker in the film tells his apprentice that he is going to die. Afterwards, Randy is depressed, so Jai tries to cheer him up by recounting all the happy memories their family experienced over the past year.

Jai highlights this one memory in particular from a week or so earlier, and Jai telling Randy she is so glad they recorded it is, in a way, Jai’s attempt to turn an obstacle into an opportunity. Normally she might have been mad at the messiness, or she might not have recorded it at all, but because of Randy’s impending death, Jai is cognizant of the need to record as many memories with Randy and the kids as possible. Also, Randy allowing his kids to have creative freedom with the lights, rather than having the attitude that it needs to look as professional as possible, turns an often-mundane activity into a fun adventure, which is very similar to how Randy would make normal activities into adventures with his niece and nephew.

Chapter 59 Quotes

…my dreams for my kids are very exact: I want them to follow their own path to fulfillment. And given that I won’t be there, I want to make this clear: Kids, don’t try to figure out what I wanted you to become. I want you to become what you want to become.

Related Characters: Randy Pausch (speaker), Dylan, Logan, Chloe
Page Number: 198
Explanation and Analysis:

This quote occurs in the final section of the book, where Randy writes directly to his kids about his hopes and dreams for their lives. Randy’s dreams for his kids amount to exactly this: he wants them to have dreams of their own, and to chase them passionately and enthusiastically, just like their old man did. Randy doesn’t believe in parents prescribing dreams for their kids: he thinks that everyone should discover what it is they’re passionate about, and then chase that with everything they have. Childhood dreams are so powerful because of the unadulterated enthusiasm surrounding them. Chasing someone else’s dreams will not be nearly as exciting or fulfilling a chasing your own, and the kind of enthusiasm that propels a person to do great things cannot be forced on them.

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Logan Character Timeline in The Last Lecture

The timeline below shows where the character Logan appears in The Last Lecture. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 37: Watch What They Do, Not What They Say
Attitude and Positive Behavior Theme Icon his advice, and that it could come in handy for his boys Dylan and Logan, too. (full context)
Chapter 59: Dreams for My Children
Obstacles as Opportunities Theme Icon
Attitude and Positive Behavior Theme Icon tell his children, but right now they’re too young to understand. Dylan is six, Logan three, and Chloe eighteen months. He wants them to know who he is, what he... (full context)
Obstacles as Opportunities Theme Icon
Attitude and Positive Behavior Theme Icon
Every night, Randy asks Logan the best and worst parts of his day, and to both he always answers “Playing... (full context)
Attitude and Positive Behavior Theme Icon
Logan “makes everything into an adventure.” From the moment he was born, it took two doctors,... (full context)
Dreams in Reality Theme Icon
Teaching, Learning, and Feedback Loops Theme Icon
Attitude and Positive Behavior Theme Icon become. Randy says he’s not even sure if he should’ve made that comment about Logan becoming social chair of a fraternity, as he doesn’t want Logan to think Randy expected... (full context)
Chapter 61: The Dreams Will Come to You
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...last slide, which is a picture of Randy standing by the swing set, smiling with Logan and Chloe in each arm, and Dylan sitting happily on his shoulders. (full context)