Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Best Advice

Margaret Truman, only child of Harry and Bess, 
February 17, 1924 – January 29, 2008

I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it. - Harry S Truman

John Steinbeck and his 19-year-old son visit President Johnson 
John's son leaving for Vietnam, 1966

No one wants advice, only corroboration. - John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck's eldest son, 14-year-old Thomas, wrote home from boarding school telling his father that he had fallen in love. A portion of Steinbeck's letter to his son: 

New York

November 10, 1958

Dear Thom:

If you are in love—that’s a good thing—that’s about the best thing that can happen to anyone.

The object of love is the best and most beautiful. Try to live up to it.

Girls have a way of knowing or feeling what you feel, but they usually like to hear it also.

It sometimes happens that what you feel is not returned for one reason or another—but that does not make your feeling less valuable and good.

And don’t worry about losing. If it is right, it happens—The main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away.


Francesca Annis and Anneke Wills, 
carefree bachelor girls, 1960s London.

My advice to the women of America is to raise more hell and fewer dahlias. - William Allen White

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