What "Rules for Life" should I pass on to my 15 year old brother?
May 28, 2007 7:40 PM Subscribe
So I'm putting together a collection of "Rules for Life" as a gift for my 15 year old little brother, that I'll likely put together on one of those one-off vanity book publishery things... and I'm looking for some suggestions as to some good rules.
Looking for real advice for obscure situations one might find themselves in, great quotes that can inspire someone to live their life better, serious thoughts that people have realized later in their life that they wish someone had told them previously, and a good dose of humor. Cliche as it is, Mary Schmich's "Wear Sunscreen" column
gives a decent examples of the general tone I want for most of it.
So.... What else should I put in the book?
posted by John Kenneth Fisher to human relations (86 answers total) 137 users marked this as a favorite
Excerpt Examples (I expand on each of them more in the book so far, but to give the general tone of what I'm looking for:)
- Rule #34: "The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one." - Elbert Hubbard.
- Rule #833: If you're pulled over in your car, turn on the inside light, place your hands on the wheel, and don't give the officer any reason to think he is in danger.
- Rule #256: "The reasonable man adapts himself to the world. The unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. All progress, therefore, depends upon the unreasonable man." — George Bernard Shaw
- Rule #44: Much of your life will be spent, at work, doing work. Try to find a job you love to do -- As long as you can pay your bills, a job you love is far more important than having a high paying job that you hate.
- Rule #728: If you find yourself back in time -- for the love of God, whatever you do, DON'T TOUCH ANYTHING.