Tuesday, February 16, 2010

12 Rules to Live By - Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)
  • Make up your mind to be happy. Learn to find pleasure in simple things.
  • Make the best of circumstances. No one has everything and everyone has something of sorrow.
  • Don't take yourself too seriously.
  • Don't let criticism worry you. You can't please everybody.
  • Don't let your neighbors set your standards; be yourself.
  • Do things you enjoy doing but stay out of debt.
  • Don't borrow trouble. Imaginary things are harder to bear than actual ones.
  • Since hate poisons the soul, do not cherish enmities and grudges. Avoid people who make you unhappy.
  • Have many interests. If you can't travel, read about places.
  • Don't hold post-mortems or spend time brooding over sorrows and mistakes.
  • Do what you can for those less fortunate than yourself.
  • Keep busy at something. A very busy person never has time to be unhappy.

Good Rules For All
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Gal Friday said...

Thank you, thank you--you have inspired me this Sunday, seeing the amazing sky photo(very Maxfield Parrish )and the words to live by. I *think* I do try to live by those words, generally, but it is good to remind oneself. I am printing your list out.

Diane said...

I just sent this to my lovely daughter.. perfect timing... thank you Cheers, Diane

Stacey Snacks said...

Amen to all of that!

Joanne said...

Love these. Much truth to be found in them.

Anonymous said...

Thank you, I need to read this everyday!

Millie said...

Needed this reminder today - perfect timing!
Millie ^_^

teaorwine said...

Wonderful words to ponder.


no wonder he was such a brilliant poet! wise words i should like to follow. thanks for that inspiring post rosemary!

Tracy Watier said...

Amen. Where do you find all this stuff?!
Thanks Rosemary!