‘Pop’ psychology: What’s the best advice your dad ever gave you?

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“You’ll never go bankrupt by being generous.”
– Keith B. of Derry

We asked New Hampshire men about fatherly advice — the best they received from their dads, and the best they’ve given to their own children. Here’s a sampling of their answers.

On character

Joe R

“Respect yourself and your name. Once lost, it’s hard to regain.”
– Joe R. of Nashua

“Cheating only cheats yourself”
–Aaron C. of Manchester

“Don’t take yourself too seriously.”
– Dave A. of Manchester

“You’ll never go bankrupt by being generous.”
– Keith B. of Derry

“It’s OK to make mistakes; just learn from them so you don’t repeat them.”
– Brad V. of Hudson

“Empathy is one of the most important things you can have.”
– Rich H. of Windham

On work ethic

“Never ever give up. Quitting is not an option.”
– Tim L. of Nashua

“You’re never too good for a job if it provides for your family.”
– Keith B. of Derry

“Work smarter, not harder. Tools were invented for a reason.”
– Michael C. of Suncook

“Use your obsessions to better the world around you.”
– Keith W. of Hooksett

“If there’s a problem, do something about it instead of just worrying about it.
– Tim C. of Nashua

On other people

“Treat women with respect.”
– Don S. of Nashua

“Treat everyone with dignity and respect so when they’re talking to you, they feel like the most important thing in your life at that moment.”
– Sandy B. of Hudson

On the future

“Worrying about things is a complete waste of time.”
– Gary L. of Merrimack

“Even when you’re having fun, you should plan ahead.
– Tim C. of Nashua

“No matter how bad you think things are, the sun is still gonna rise in the morning.”
– Gene O. of Salem

General Dad-isms

“Always keep a bucket of sand in the trunk of your car in the winter.”
– Michael C. of Suncook

“Keep the blade pointed away from you.”
– Dave A. of Manchester

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“Trust, but verify.”
– Michael C. of Suncook (on left, with his father)

“Cut once. Measure twice.”
– Brian M. of Nashua

“Honesty is the best policy.”
– Brad V. of Hudson

“If it looks too good to be true, it is.”
– Gary L. of Nashua

“Question everything.”
– Manny R. of Nashua

 

Tim L

“Never ever give up. Quitting is not an option.”
– Tim L. of Nashua

 

 

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