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The Best Advice Ever

Wise counsel—only half a dozen words.

Best Advice: This issue's winners


Thousands of you shared the favorite half-dozen words of wisdom you've either given or received. Here are a few of our favorites.

Books and dogs make good companions.
Penny Abbott, 57, San Antonio, Texas
Retired school counselor

Forget head, heart. Go with gut.
Lorraine Gibson, 55, Frederick, Maryland
Former microbiologist and biosafety specialist

Greatest things in life aren't things.
Stella Kugler, 72, New York, New York
Retired actor and model

When cookies are passed, take one.
Mary Ann Vechionne, 68, Little Falls, New Jersey
Retired teacher

Life's a rummage sale. No returns.
Sally Friedman, 71, Moorestown, New Jersey

Love unlovely; they need it most.
Jan Wininger, 58, Washougal, Washington
Homeowners association / golf-course administrator

Moderation in all things (including moderation).
Mark Rotter, 55, Alexandria, Virginia
Science adviser


Larry Smith, who selected these memoirs, is the founder and editor-in-chief of SMITH Magazine and creator of the Six-Word Memoir project. He is also the coeditor, with Rachel Fershleiser, of a new book, It All Changed in an Instant: More Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous & Obscure.

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