People shared the wisest advice they ever got, so listen up if you’re a mess.

People shared the wisest advice they ever got, so listen up if you’re a mess.

It’s always annoying to get unsolicited advice, but since you're the one clicking on this, you’re clearly in need of a fortune cookie. We'll do you one better with 15 of the best pieces of wisdom given to 15 complete strangers on Reddit who aren’t you. Just pick and choose which ones you want to take to heart. After all, we're not here to tell you what to do, but hopefully you're a better person after finishing this list.


1. TheGodfather3 is no longer a smoker.

An 18 year old me was given this slightly inappropriate piece of wisdom by a random old man with an oxygen tank several years ago. I was smoking a cigarette outside of where I worked when he approached me and said, "Put out that cigarette! Do you know how hard it is to get pussy with an oxygen tank?".

I didn't quit for a few years after that but it always kind of stuck with me. Haven't smoked for 2+ years now.

2. One of fa105934's strengths is having a spectacular grandfather.

"Don't compare your weaknesses to someone else's strengths" – my grandpa

3. Radiation_Dude realized he was being controlled by his irritating little brother.

"He who angers you controls you." told to me by my dad at a very young age when my little brother was annoying me one day.

Your car is your master.

4. Heatseek will never live long enough to become the villain.

"no one is the villain of their own story"

It has always helped me to read more in to the motivation of others

5. ​MirrorB has never had a fatal breakup.

My grandpa once told me that a broken heart is always serious but seldom fatal. He was a smart man. Those words have helped me push through a lot of heartache.

6. 77remix sounds pretty broke.

"In a year from now, you'll wish you started today"

Made me really think about a lot life decisions like going back to school and saving money early on


7. Do you rock? Harzoo_Zo-Morakh does not.

Worrying is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn't get you anywhere.

8. Colleoni loves Netflix.

"Every day it gets a little easier. But you have to do it every day. That's the hard part. But it does get easier." from Bojack Horseman

9. Ancientappleiic wants to die on a hill, but the right hill. The perfect hill.

Pick your battles and make them few. Think, is this the hill you want to die on?

Next time.

10. You don't always get what you want, and philpalmer2 doesn't need to get it anyway.

"Wanting something is sometimes better than having it"

11. Uncieniles has obviously never heard of Sriracha.

The best ingredient you can add to your food is hunger.

12. Casabamelon does the math.

If you run into a person who's an asshole, you had to deal with an asshole.

If everyone you run into is an asshole, you're the asshole.

13. And Dougdahead has a similar equation.

"If one person doesn't like you, screw them. If two people don't like you, screw them both. If three or more people don't like you, what are you doing to make these people dislike you?"

14. PureRandomness529 might not love rom-coms.

Love isn't something you find, it's a choice you make daily

Apparently this look is a choice.

15. And Ono412 knows something you don't.

"Everyone knows something, at least one thing, that you don't"

My dad, who while not having a college degree, solves a crossword a day, fixes anything around the house, constantly knows over 70% of Jeopardy questions, and can explain in depth alpha and beta decay in nuclear reactors. It can really help humble yourself and appreciate others. Sometimes thinking you're the smartest guy in the room is a way of knowing you may actually be the dumbest.