If it doesn't look yummy now, why stick it in the fridge?
From a Girl Scout leader while lost on a hike: When in doubt, take the high road.
Don't let anyone take pictures of you naked.
And no matter how much you feel like leaving with nothing but the clothes on your back, do take the pots. (Love may fade, but cast iron is forever.)
The Boston Globe columnist Ellen Goodman, who didn't remember what Adlai Stevenson told Radcliffe grads in 1963 until she looked it up in preparation for her 50th reunion this week, said it actually was quite a remarkable speech.
Stevenson addressed a class that, just a month after the publication of Betty Friedan's "Feminine Mystique," was "the first to receive the message that we were the elite women who could write the Great American Novel while the children were napping," Goodman said.
In one way, it was ahead of its time, asking whether graduates would soon turn from "scholar to slave" while changing diapers. Yet in another way Stevenson, too, was a product of his time, praising Radcliffe for allowing students "to carry on their scholastic and professional interests part-time to prepare for greater participation in the post-domestic years."
"Throw another hero on the fire," Goodman joked.
In the years that followed, the best advice she didn't take, she says, was just this: Wear flats.
Elizabeth Drew, who believes her graduation speaker at Wellesley was "some banker," says one of her favorite pearls came from William Shawn, "the justly legendary editor of the New Yorker, as I was struggling to decide what to say in the introduction to my first book, on Watergate:
"Let it go, Elizabeth; the last decision you make isn't necessarily the best decision, it's just the last decision."
So many of my best nudges in the right direction came from my college writing teacher and friend Elizabeth Christman:
The passive voice is the enemy.
There will be time enough.
Deciding is the hard part; the rest is just work.
No extraneous words.
"Middlemarch" is the best book written in English.
Soon you will be happy to be referred to as girls.
My father still quotes his father: "Don't quit in the chasm; keep on." And as per my mom, who has nearly always had the last word, everybody looks better in nylons and a little foundation.
Henneberger is a Washington Post political writer and She the People anchor who has spent the last semester at the Harvard Kennedy School's Shorenstein Center. Follow her on Twitter at @MelindaDC.