Life Lessons and Rules (LLR)

The purpose of this page is to inspire and celebrate life -- to laugh, think, reflect, wonder, examine, smile, search, cry, and be.  The page shares stories, poems, influential books, jokes, quotes, photos, videos, and more -- all for you to be the best you.  Nearly all of the content was created, recommended, and submitted by Your Life Counseling and Coaching clients -- people just like you, on their life journey to meaning, purpose, and fulfillment.  You are encouraged to read, watch, share, and contribute!

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May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.  Nelson Mandela.

Those who are able to see beyond the shadows and lies of their culture will never be understood, let alone believed, by the masses. Plato

Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.  Nelson Mandela.

The high-minded man must care more for the truth than what most people think.  Aristotle.

Amateurs practice until they can get it right; professionals practice until they can't get it wrong.  Harold Craxton

It's the little grain of sand that becomes the pearl.  Anonymous

You can fool some of the people all the time, and all the people some of the time, but you can't fool all the people all the time.  Abraham Lincoln.

What is Success?  To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty; To find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived; this is to have succeeded.  Ralph Waldo Emerson.

I'd rather die on my feet, than live on my knees.  Emiliano Zapata.

The belief that there is only one truth, and that oneself is in possession of it, is the root of all evil in the world.  Max Born.

Being honest may not get you lots of friends, but it will always get you the right ones.  
John Lennon.

Good enough isn't good enough if it can be better and better isn't good enough if it can be best.  Dr. Rick Rigsby.

What lies before us, what lies behind us, is nothing compared to what lies within us.  Ralph Waldo Emerson.

The great danger for most of us lies in not setting our aim to high and falling short; but in setting our aim to low, and achieving our mark.  Michelangelo. 

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.  Mark Twain.

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods; There is rapture on the lonely shore; There is society, where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar: I love not man the less, but nature more.  Lord Byron.

If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got.  Anonymous

Every man dies.  Not every man really lives.  William Wallace.

When you fish for love, bait with your heart, not your brain.  Mark Twain.

Civilization is the limitless multiplication of unnecessary necessities.  Mark Twain.  

Don't tell fish stories where the people know you; but particularly, don't tell them where they know the fish.  Mark Twain.

It is just like man's vanity and impertinence to call an animal dumb because it is dumb to his dull perceptions.  Mark Twain. 

When in doubt tell the truth.  Mark Twain.

Live free or die; Death is not the worst of evils.  General John Stark.

He who has the why to live, can bear almost any how. Friedrich Nietzsche.

Today.  It is a moment surrounded on all sides by darkness and oblivion. In the entire history of the universe, let alone in your own history, there has never been another just like it and there will never be another just like it again. It is the point to which all your yesterdays have been leading since the hour of your birth.  It is the point from which all your tomorrows will proceed until the hour of your death.  If you were aware of how precious it is, you could hardy live through it. Unless you are aware of how precious it is, you can hardly be said to be living at all."  This is the day which the lord has made,” says the 118th Psalm. “Let us rejoice and be glad in it.”  Or weep and be sad in it for that matter.  The point is to see it for what it is because it will be gone before you know it.  If you waste it, what you miss may be the moment you’ve been waiting for always.

All other days either disappeared into darkness and oblivion or not yet emerged from it. Today is the only day there is.  Frederick Buechner.

Genetics load the gun, but lifestyle (your choice) pulls the trigger.  Unknown.

We judge ourselves by our intentions and everyone else by their actions.  Unknown.

Life Quotes


In the silent depths of my heart, a faint voice whispers to my ear.  Soft, like fuzz on a ripe peach and gentle like the moon's shadow.  Melodies bare fruit in my seasonless world, and clay takes shape with the motion of the wheel.  Thorny vines wither, and naked toes dance on fresh cut grass.  I muddy myself without thought and laugh as the wind blows.  Free am I, the monarch travels, and my love grows.  Anonymous.

Influential Books

  • Caught in the Middle: Protecting the Children of High-Conflict Divorce.  Carla B. Garrity and Mitchell A. Baris
  • Co-Parenting with a Toxic Ex: What to Do When Your Ex-Spouse Tries to Turn the Kids Against You.  Amy J.L. Baker and Paul R. Fine   
  • The Tao of Fully Feeling.  Pete Walker
  • The Boy Who Was Raised As A Dog.  Bruce D. Perry, PhD. and Maia Szalavitz 
  • The Prophet.  Kahlil Gibran
  • The Four Agreements.  Don Miguel Ruiz
  • The Art of Living.  Thich Nhat Hanh
  • The Body Keeps The Score.  Bessel Van Der Kolk, M.D.
  • Wherever You Go There You Are. Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • The Art of Happiness.  Dali Lama
  • The Road Less Traveled.  M. Scott Peck, M.D.
  • The Way of the Peaceful Warrior.  Dan Millman
  • The Art of Living: Vipassana Meditation, S. N. Goenka.  William Hart
  • The World's Religions.  Huston Smith
  • The Portable Thoreau.  Henry David Thoreau
  • Fatu-Hiva.  Thor Hyderal


- What is a snowman's favorite food?  Brrrr-ritos!

- What does a nosey pepper do?  It gets jalapeno business! 

- What do you call a alligator in a vest? An investigator

- What's the difference between roast beef and pea soup?  Anyone can roast beef, no one can pea soup!

- Why did Cinderella get kicked off the softball team?  Because she kept running from the ball!

- What do you call a deer with no eyes?  No idea!

- What do you call a cow with no legs?  Ground beef!

- What do you call a fake noodle?  An impasta!

- What smells like blue paint?  Red paint! 

- What time do you go to the dentist?  Tooth-hurty!

- How do you make a Kleenex dance?  Put a little boogie in it!

- Why can't you trust an Atom?  Because they make up everything!

- Knock-knock; Who is there?  Impatient chicken. Impatient chicken who? (cackle out loud before question is asked).

- Ham sandwich walks into a bar.  Bartender looks at the sandwich and says, "We don't serve food here!"

- How do you make Holy Water? You boil the hell out of it!

- You are a fart smella -- oops, I meant smart-fella!

- Why did the pony take a cough drop?  Because he's a little horse!

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