We asked the people we interviewed to share with us, in one sentence or less, the secret to a fulfilling and happy life. We invited them to share their secret with those younger than themselves. In some cases, they went over the one-sentence limit, but putting a lifetime in one sentence isn’t easy.
Here are some selected secrets to life:
There are ten-minute funeral lines and ten-hour funeral lines. Live your life so that when you die people will want to stay and tell stories about the kind of life you lived and how you touched them.
—Ken Krambeer, town barber, 64
Recognize that you are born with the capacity to be in the world and not dependent on the circumstance in which you find yourself; don’t take ...