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Maxims to Live By Answered

I'd like to ask everyone to post a principle you live your life by that has helped you. Please keep it short!



7 years ago

"Be happy while you're living, for you're a long time dead." An old Scottish proverb.


11 years ago

God is Dead

Nietzsche is Dead

Piece of superb graffiti spotted by someone in New York.


Ah, C'mon is that really a principle that's helped you out in life? I wanna read the good stuff, H.B. What makes you tick?

Now that's my kinda funny. Thanks. :)

"There comes a point in life when you have to decide; are you a falling angel or a rising ape?" - Pratchett. "Do what thou wilt, an it harm none." - Druid Credo.

Oh, and; "Sometimes it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission." (I forget where that came from)

I'm pretty sure someone in the government first turned that phrase! ;)

government <-> forgiveness That might qualify as an oxymoron. Shirley, you jest!

I think RS means the government asking forgiveness of the people.

And, mad sheep that they are, "the people" tend to give it.

Oh, and stop calling me Shirley!

Thats genious Im stealing that from you

"Estimate the amount of time it will take you to do something, then quadruple it". My father

If something can't be explained with a cricket analogy or a diagram, it's not worth knowing.

Who's that? I'd google it, but, you know, there's Harry Potter to be read.

Richard Feynman who is the man in my avatar. Read the wiki entry on him.

My Dad's a scientist and a cricket obsessee. So most things have been explained to me by those methods.

When I was in high school my bf's dad told me: It's ok to talk to yourself. It's ok to answer yourself. But, when you start saying, "huh?", then you got a problem.

An acquaintance once told me something similar--It's ok to talk to yourself; it's even ok to argue with yourself, but when you start LOSING the arguments . . .

I seem to loose the argument most of the time...

No one wants to know what you think, They want to discover what they think.

If you were hanging on to a rising balloon, you're presented with a difficult decision... let go before it's too late? Or hang on and keep getting higher? Posing the question, how long can you keep a grip on the rope? L (Withnail and I)

Live life for today, because there may not be a tomorrow.

There's a variation I like: I don't buy green bananas anymore, but I still plant cherry trees. Kind of a both. Living now but still preparing for tomorrow.

All things in moderation. Including moderation.


11 years ago

You gotta wanna, Desire is essential.

If you give a little love, then it all comes back to you! NAHH NAAH NAHH NA NA Na NA! The world will reward ya for the things that you say and do! NAHH NAAH NAHH NA NA Na NA!

Strive for adventure, embrace chaos, live to discover!

Too much is too much. - Papou Seraphim

If you want to gain someone's trust, work alongside them.

Never be too proud to clean a toilet. This has several meanings -- 1) Being willing to work any job instead of waiting around for the perfect job, even if it means cleaning toilets. 2) Every job has menial, repetitive tasks involved somewhere. Always be willing to do those tasks, and do them well.

Hmm. A bit like this classic? "A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects." - Robert Heinlein

(To be serious)
"It's better to regret something you have done, than to regret something you haven't done.


It's a good one, I particularly like Graveyard track 10 L

I've lost that disc years ago so I can't quite say. I saw them play in Tokyo once with the Boredoms opening for them and in a way it was a mistake. The Boredoms were a ferocious storm of energy that killed the place. After them, the Surfers seemed so tame. Man, the Boredoms were so transcendentally good at that show.

. The more I learn the more I realize just how ignorant I really am.

When someone slaps you,turn the other cheek. When someone makes me really angry I give them my lunch and force them to eat it.

"When someone slaps me, I punch them in the nads."

"Everyone has the right to believe in something, but not to force it on others. "

. A hot steam pipe looks exactly like a cold steam pipe. . Found that out the hard way.

Never, ever date someone just to be nice.

Disagree. You might learn something. w.ref my comment Jun 5th

Group date, sure. Single date, never.