I have a couple really, and most from Harry Potter. So I’ll put the ones that I can remember here.
Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus- Hogwarts motto.
“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”– Albus Dumbledore
All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
– ancient verses of prophecy translated from the Elvish by Bilbo, referring to Aragorn
Home is now behind you, the world is ahead! – Gandalf
OK, so these aren’t so much pieces of advice but rather, quotes. But I take them as advice. Serious advice.
Books have so much good advice for so many different occasions. I think yesterday’s epigraph is quite a nice general one and, as with yesterday’s epigraph, there is no “best”. But I’ll go with something from The Bell Jar (which, coincidentally, is more or less along the same lines…).
“I’d discovered, after a lot of extreme apprehension about what spoons to use, that if you do something incorrect at table with a certain arrogance, as if you knew perfectly well you were doing it properly, you can get away with it and nobody will think you are bad-mannered or poorly brought up. They will think you are original and very witty.”
–Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
I don’t subscribe to doing weird things with the sole intention of having people think you’re cool/unique/hipster/interesting, but I do believe in not being afraid to challenge preconceptions and to be wrong and to be yourself (those things tend to come as a package anyway).