Quoting from Advice to Undergraduates and Other Lost Souls, written by John Perry, professor in Stanford’s philosophy department. :

Perry has been known, even counted on, to add welcome twists of levity to dour debates at meetings of the Faculty Senate, and he didn’t disappoint in the quiet setting of the side chapel. Explaining that he had lived his life and organized his talk around four issues, Perry ticked them off to accompanying laughter:

  • Life is what happens while you’re making other plans.
  • What you care about determines who you are.
  • Happiness is the product of the pursuit of your goals and not a reasonable goal in and of itself.
  • Size matters.