Ten fortune cookies

  1. A dose of adversity is often as needful as a dose of medicine.
  2. A man can fail many times, but he isn’t a failure until he gives up.
  3. Make serious decisions in the last few days of the month.
  4. The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.
  5. Regenerate your system through diet and exercise. Save the cookies!
  6. Plan your work and work your plan.
  7. Luck will visit you on the next new moon.
  8. Common sense is not so common.
  9. Courage comes through suffering.
  10. Hold faithfulness and sincerity as first principles.

Numbers one and two were characterized by my dining companion as being part of the “New England Series” when we got them one Sunday night. I’d say five, six, eight, and nine would also qualify (all, in fact, are printed with the same blue ink, with the same registration marks, and all include lucky numbers and “learn Chinese” on the back). Note that only one is a fortune. And one of these isn’t really from a cookie, but from the Analects of Confucius.