What I've Learned Special: The Best Advice I Can Give You...

Imagine asking twenty successful men who've been around the block for the single best piece of advice they would pass on, the life lesson that has stuck with them along the way. Well, imagine no longer. We've compiled 20 pearls of wisdom from a selection of Esquire greats

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"You can’t know it all. You don’t have the time." Robert Altman, Director

"Things are never going to turn out how you think they will." Alan Arkin, Actor

"Do things as soon as you can. If a decision needs to be made, make it. It gives you more time to change your mind." James Watson, Scientist

"It’s now or never. This is simple to say, but then to live like that is not easy at all, I’m sorry. You have to be aware enough so that you can see situations as they pass in front of you and be able to catch the instant, whatever it is. Many times, you just don’t see the moment when you were yawning and then it’s too late." Vincent Cassel, Actor

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"You have to learn how to duck, because they’re going to throw it at you." Arthur Miller, Writer

"Men make the mistake of being too serious with women. Some men go out with a woman three times and think they own them. I just hoped they liked me enough to stick around." David Bailey, Photographer

"One thing a person won't do when he's laughing is try to beat you up." Leslie Nielsen, Actor

"Go to bed early and wake up early. The morning hours are good." Jeff Bezos, Entrepreneur

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"I've had a pretty good lesson in human nature. It's more important to try to surround yourself with people who can give you a little happiness, because you only pass through this life once, Jack. You don't come back for an encore." Elvis Presley, Musician

"If you don’t know your gift, you’ve got no lift." Tony Curtis, Actor

"If in doubt, don’t." Sebastian Coe, Athlete

"There will be people who hate everything you do. And some people will really love it. But that’s not really different from the people who really hate it." John Malkovich, Actor

"The best piece of wisdom my father gave me came fairly recently. I was trying to decide on a new woman in my life. He said, 'Well, just listen to your medulla oblongata. It'll tell you what to do.' So I listened to my medulla oblongata, and it said, "Get with that Nigerian-Irish chick. Go with the hottie.' Iggy Pop, Musician

"The first thing that comes to mind is don’t take no shit off anyone ever." Johnny Depp, Actor

"It keeps coming back to, “We’ve come this far, let’s not ruin it by thinking.” Clint Eastwood, Director

"Giving up a lot of yourself isn’t really that hard when you realize that you get more than you give up." John Goodman, Actor

"If you don’t go, you’ll never know." Robert De Niro, Actor

"If you're not sure of your path, think about it overnight. Something happens when your subconscious goes to work. Your soul will point the way. That's why Sleep on it is an adage that's been passed on for thousands of years." John Voight, Actor

"My motto is more good times." Jack Nicholson, Actor

"Acceptance is the key to everything." Michael J Fox, Actor

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