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What is the best philosophy you ever heard, so you make it a rule you live by?

Asked by BeccaBoo (2710 points ) April 27th, 2011

What has someone said to you in your past, present that really made you sit up and listen? A rule you now live by and would want to pass on to your kids, grandchildren etc.

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rooeytoo's avatar

Without a doubt the Golden Rule.

If that doesn’t make it for you, how about the Golden Rule of dogs, if you can’t eat it or play with it, then piss on it!!!

jlelandg's avatar

To be a great referee you need to act like a great referee. For some reason this philosophy bled over into just about anything I’ve done since basketball refereeing in college. If I pretend to do the things I think a great ____ does, I’m usually satisfied with myself.

dabbler's avatar

This is a bit tongue-in-cheek but somewhat useful:
Don’t sweat the petty stuff and don’t pet the sweaty stuff.

@jlelandg I like your referee paradigm a lot as there is an explicit intention keep the game rolling and resolve conflict in an orderly fashion.

AstroChuck's avatar

Question everything.

Megan64's avatar

If death is certain, and the time of death uncertain, what is the next right action?

antimatter's avatar

Make very moment count…
So I try to make the best of everything.

ucme's avatar

Never rub another man’s rhubarb! Roughly translated to, keep the hell away from my woman!

bleh's avatar

It is never too late to give up.

YoBob's avatar

It’s not so much what somebody said to me, but the email signature line of a man whom I have great respect for. It states:

“The secret to life is not about surviving the storm, but rather in learning how to dance in the rain.”

SundayKittens's avatar

Don’t compromise yourself.

john65pennington's avatar

When In Doubt, Don’t.

Has worked for me for 50 plus years.

mattbrowne's avatar

Think big, start small.

Cruiser's avatar

I have 3…

Say I love you to those you love every chance you can.
Live each day like there is no tomorrow.
If you never give up you can’t possibly lose.

tigerlilly2's avatar

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent”

-Eleanor Roosevelt

ram201pa's avatar

1. Pay yourself first.
2. Live beneath your means.

mazingerz88's avatar

Don’t sweat the small stuff

diavolobella's avatar

My Mom always says “Don’t trouble Trouble, until Trouble troubles you.” In other words, don’t waste time worrying about what bad thing might happen. It might never happen at all, and if it does, you’ll need the energy you wasted worrying and wondering about it to act to surmount it.

TrollOfHearts's avatar

The Golden Rule. I’ve always believed that the world would be perfect if this rule was practiced by every human being.

cheebdragon's avatar

Never trust a dude in a tunic.

ratboy's avatar

Words of wisdom from a variety of sexual partners: “nice guys finish last.”

The_Idler's avatar

“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.”

KateTheGreat's avatar

Speak softly and carry a big stick. It seems to get me pretty far in life :)

cheebdragon's avatar

@katethegreat yeah having a big dick can get you very far in life, just look at ron Jeremy! Oh wait, you said big stick, yes that’s important too, especially if you need to beat something off (hey that’s just funny). Big assets (?) are important in life.

KateTheGreat's avatar

@cheebdragon Oh, you’re horrible. But I like it!

MilkyWay's avatar

1. Treat others like how you want to be treated yourself.
2. Only say sorry if you really mean it.
3.Don’t let anything or anyone stop you from acheiving your goals in life.

incendiary_dan's avatar

“Those creatures that survive in the long run survive in the long run; you don’t survive in the long run by destroying the place you live; you survive in the long run by making it better.”

“Nobody is free until we’re all free!”

starsofeight's avatar

Let thy speech be short, comprehending much in few words.
by Anonymous

Roby's avatar

Live and let live.

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