Advice from Fortune Cookies

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The secret of getting ahead is getting started. To choose time is to save time. Time is what we want most, but what alas! We use worst. One self-approving hour whole years outweigh. A scholar’s ink lasts longer than a martyr’s blood. As if you could kill time without injuring eternity! The first step to better times is to imagine them. People who are late are often happier than those who have to wait for them. There is a time to be born and a time to die.

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Character is the result of two things: mental attitude and the way we spend our time. Very few are able to raise themselves above the ideas of their times. The greatest danger could be your stupidity. Character cannot be purchased, bargained for, rented, or imported from afar. Every man is the architect of his own character. Character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world. Characters do not change—opinions alter, but characters are only developed. It doesn’t matter. Who is without a flaw?

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Never trouble trouble till trouble troubles you. He who laughs at himself never runs out of things to laugh at. He who laughs last is laughing at you. He who throws dirt is losing ground. A closed mouth gathers no feet. A cynic is only a frustrated optimist. A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind, and won’t change the subject.

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You are talented in many ways. The world may be your oyster, but it doesn’t mean you’ll get its pearl. Do not mistake temptation for opportunity. Take some time and really listen to your own inner wisdom. The wise are aware of their treasure while fools follow their vanity. The greatest fool is the man who fools himself. He who thinks himself the wisest is generally the greatest fool. No man can be wise on an empty stomach. A man’s wisdom is his best friend; folly is his worst enemy. Wise men learn more from fools than fools from the wise.

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None of the secrets of success will work unless you do. The bottom of the ladder is crowded, there’s plenty of room at the top. Failure is the mother of success. Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired. Much more grows in the garden than that which is planted there. If you want the rainbow, you must put up with the rain. Good things will come to you in due course of time. Good news will come to you from far far away. You will stumble into the path that will lead your life to happiness. You can always find happiness at work on Friday.

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Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence. We are shaped and fashioned by what we love. Love is never lost. If not reciprocated it will flow back and soften and purify the heart. Don’t forget, you are always on our minds. If you would be loved, love and be lovable. If there is anything better than to be loved, it is loving. The worst thing an old man can be is a lover. The time is right to make new friends. Flattery will get you far tonight.

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Old age is the tyrant who forbids, at the penalty of life, all the pleasures of youth. Woe to the man who becomes old without becoming wise. We are willing to live, but afraid to die. As we age, the mystery of time more and more dominates the mind. To know how to grow old is the master-work of wisdom, and one of the most difficult chapters in the great art of living.

A conclusion is simply the place where you got tired of thinking.

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The Author

Marcel Hidalgo was born in New York City and holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College, where he produced the first draft of “Advice from Fortune Cookies”. Besides theNewerYork, his work has also appeared in The Huffington Post and Prefix Magazine. In 2012, Marcel was an Honorable Mention for the Nancy Lynn Schwartz Prize for Fiction. He can be reached at mhidalgo@gm.slc.edu.

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