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Life Advice and Inspirational Quotes

Susan O’Malley asked for advice from more than 100 people of all ages and created text-based images inspired by some of her favorites among the nuggets of wisdom she received. Here are some favorites…

If you were 80 years old and could look back in time, what advice would you give yourself today?

That’s the question artist Susan O’Malley asked more than 100 people of all ages. She then created images based on their inspiring answers. 

Find encouragement, joy and motivation in O’Malley’s artwork, collected here and excerpted from Advice from My 80-Year-Old Self: Real Words of Wisdom from People Ages 7 to 88published by Chronicle Books. 

Guideposts: image reading, You already know what you need

1 of 10 Bella, age 21

Guideposts: image reading, Be Nicer to Yourself

2 of 10 Kristine, age 35

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Guideposts: Image reading, This is a good moment. Don't forget this moment

3 of 10 Elaine, age 71

Guideposts: Image reading, You are smarter and stronger than you realize

4 of 10 Laurie, age 24

Guideposts: Image reading, It is possible

5 of 10 Julian, age 56

Guideposts: Image reading, Life is good. Enjoy every bit of it now

6 of 10 Marcy, age 82

Guideposts: image reading, You'll get through it

7 of 10 Hope, age 22

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Guideposts: Image reading, Do things that matter to your heart

8 of 10 Caroline, age 71

Guideposts: Image reading, You can't change anyone but yourself

9 of 10 Sarah, age 50

Guideposts: Image reading, Do more of what you love

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