The best fortune cookie sayings have the potential to make one think deeply, laugh, smile, or scratch their head in confusion; all elements of which make them a legendary part of eating at a Chinese-food restaurant. You have doubtless cracked open an amazing fortune once or twice in your life, but you have no idea what odd wisdom lives inside some of the millions of other cookies produced and sayings to accompany them. In compiling our list of the 40 best fortune cookie sayings, we wanted all kinds of messages to be represented: bizarre, promising, sad, mean, inspirational, apocalyptic, creepy, funny and (my personal favorite) self-referential.
The origin of these receptacles of prophecies, enlightenment, advice and lucky numbers is somewhat unclear. They are served as a Chinese dessert, and though supposedly made of traditional Japanese crackers, various Californians claim to have invented them. All in all, fortune cookies themselves are as baffling as the words they treasure inside. Confusing as they are, we surely do love them and the mysteries they entail. But if you’re looking for some more down-to-earth quotes to get inspired, you should check out our list of The 20 Most Inspirational Warren Buffett Quotes on Business, Investing and Life.
Approximately 3 billion fortune cookies are manufactured every year around the world, for it’s not only Americans who adore the vanilla fortune tellers. As with many other traditions, there are some superstitions you should be familiar with when enjoying the auguries fortune cookies unveil: they must be eaten for the fortune to come true, you must read such fortunes before eating the cookie (read it aloud, preferably) and you must choose the cookie with your eyes closed.
I’m sure you’re eager to find out which are the absolute best fortune cookie sayings, so let’s take a look at the list, beginning with numbers 40 through 31.
40. You will find a bushel of money
39. Your smile will tell you what makes you feel good.
38. Don’t panic
37. The best year-round temperature is a warm heart and a cool head
36. It could be better, but it’s good enough.
35. You will find a thing. It may be important
34. Your reality check about to bounce.
33. Two days from now, tomorrow will be yesterday.
32. When chosen for jury duty, tell judge fortune cookie say “guilty!”
31. Stop eating now. Food poisoning no fun.
The strange cookies with their humorous, sometimes prophetic, sometimes bizarre sayings continues on the next page with numbers 30 to 21 of the best fortune cookie sayings.