"Spend your free time the way you like, not the way you think you’re supposed to. Stay home on New Year’s Eve if that’s what makes you happy. Skip the committee meeting. Cross the street to avoid making aimless chitchat with random acquaintances. Read. Cook. Run. Write a story."
"Own only what you can always carry with you: know languages, know countries, know people. Let your memory be your travel bag."
"What is the point of being alive if you don’t at least try to do something remarkable?"