From kottke: 24 pieces of life advice from Werner Herzog
They’re are all fantastic, but I especially like these:
4. Never wallow in your troubles; despair must be kept private and brief.
5. Learn to live with your mistakes.
6. Expand your knowledge and understanding of music and literature, old and modern.
11. Ask for forgiveness, not permission.
16. Manoeuvre and mislead, but always deliver.
17. Don’t be fearful of rejection.
18. Develop your own voice.
The accompanying photo is priceless.