Favorite advice

  • Tread lightly upon the Earth
  • Play good defense
  • Remember where you parked
  • Don't die guessing
  • Be a gift to others
  • Know how to keep a secret
  • Listen for the music of silence
  • You schmooze, you lose
  • The past is all in your head
  • The largest fish in the pond is always the most cautious
  • One spends the first half of life learning how to live; the second half learning how to die
  • Never bet the farm
  • As humans grappled to explain the universe, religion is supplanted by philosophy; philosophy is supplanted by science
  • Know your time to go
  • Remember that all religions, and all conceptions of God, are invented by the imaginations of men
  • Hear a voice other than your own
  • Sometimes the truth depends upon a walk around the lake
  • Innocence is not a vacuum to be filled with experience
  • The antidote to exhaustion is wholeheartedness
  • Even Buddha had another step to take
  • Boredom is a failure of the imagination
  • Knowing is better than seeing
  • Write a little every day, without hope, without despair
  • Make something better
  • Bring something to the table
  • Promptly do what needs to be done
  • There are two kinds of people in the world: the one who comes home from a bad day at work and kicks his dog, and the one who gives his pup a good scratch behind the ears
  • Listening is loving
  • Deprivation breeds obsession
  • Max-out your 401(k) or equivalent employee contribution • Buy inexpensive, well-diversified mutual funds such as Vanguard Target funds • Never buy or sell an individual security; the person on the other side of the table knows more than you do about this stuff • Save 20% of your money • Pay your credit card balance in full every month • Maximize tax-advantaged savings vehicles like Roth, SEP, and 529 accounts • Pay attention to fees; avoid actively managed funds • If you use a financial advisor, select only one who commits to a fiduciary standard • Promote social insurance programs to help people when things go wrong.
  •  When it comes to messing with your investments, this is frequently the best advice: don't do something--just stand there
  • The secret to walking on ice is to allow someone else to go first
  • Survival is a talent
  • The problem with history is that you can't go back and prove it wasn't so
  • Do what you say you will do
  • There's no such thing as a free puppy
  • Start out as you mean to go on
  • Make an effort
  • Never pass-up an opportunity to pee
  • Create something
  • You need to believe to be deceived
  • Use for yourself little, but give to others much
  • Never say something to your spouse that you wouldn't say on a first date
  • There are not degrees of compatibility, only degrees of acceptance
  • Live within your means
  • Possession is an illusion
  • Cut your spouse some slack
  • Be easy to live with
  • Things tend to go right very slowly—and wrong very quickly
  • Always go to bed hungry
  • Avoid going to bed angry
  • If you want to be liked, be likeable; if you want to be loved, be lovable
  • Living a life is like folding bed sheets: you can do it yourself, but it's a little easier if you find somebody to help
  • Leave the campground better than you found it
  • Tenacity is the mother of completion
  • Life is not a rehearsal, so you'd better get on with it
  • If you can't do great things, do small things in a great way
  • Go straight ahead until you hit something
  • If you're talking, you're not listening
  • All places are the same places with slightly different CSS
  • Ability has nothing to do with opportunity
  • Nothing is quite as important as you think it is while you're thinking about it; the mere act of thinking about something makes it more important than it's going to be.
  • Plan now -- to help your older self.
  • If you do what  you always do, you will get the same result.
  • The grass is greenest where you water it.
  • Soul-mates aren't found, they are made.