I spent the first four days of my trip abroad in Paris, and while in Paris I spent a good deal of time drinking coffee, eating bread and reading Hemingway. I read, of course, A Moveable Feast, and this is my favorite quote from the book:
I would stand and look out over the roofs of Paris and think, "Do not worry. You have always written before and you will write now. All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence you know."
I love this quote obviously as an aspiring writer, but I love it just as much in the context of life in general. I think that as we age, we come to appreciate the value of truth and we have less patience with or interest in falseness and/or facade. I find a certain freedom in being myself, and as I age, there is less fear surrounding truth, particularly as it applies to myself.
I love the last bit of Hemingway's quote: Write the truest sentence you know.
I think that I will apply it to life in general: be the truest person you know.