Things to worry about:
Worry about courage
Worry about Cleanliness
Worry about efficiency
Worry about horsemanship
Things not to worry about:
Don’t worry about popular opinion
Don’t worry about dolls
Don’t worry about the past
Don’t worry about the future
Don’t worry about growing up
Don’t worry about anybody getting ahead of you
Don’t worry about triumph
Don’t worry about failure unless it comes through your own fault
Don’t worry about mosquitoes
Don’t worry about flies
Don’t worry about insects in general
Don’t worry about parents
Don’t worry about boys
Don’t worry about disappointments
Don’t worry about pleasures
Don’t worry about satisfactions
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s advice to his 11-year-old daughter.
It’ll just be something you see and all of a sudden you realize, ‘I’m on the wrong page,’ or ‘I’m on the right page, but I’m on the wrong note,’ and I’ve gotta get in sync with everyone else to understand what’s happening in this country.
I give as much attention to a letter as I do to anything I write.
If equal affection cannot be,
Let the more loving one be me.
My mother said to me, ‘If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.’ Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso.
Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.
If you don’t know what you love, you are lost.
The real marriage of true minds is for any two people to possess a sense of humor or irony pitched in exactly the same key, so that their joint glances on any subject cross like interarching search-lights.
Edith Wharton, A Backward Glance