Guiding Philosophy, or Motto?

Just wondering what other people use as a guiding philosopy, or motto ? I have two:

If you can make another smile, you have made the world a better place.


The only true, and lasting form of wealth is the friendship of good people. A person with good friends is a wealthy person.

I know they sound kind of hokey, but they work for me. What works for you?

Mine are:

‘Display some Fucking Adaptability Soldier!’


‘If you can’t say something nice, go talk to the really annoying person down in admin.’
Heh. No, I’m just kidding. Sort of.

Be Bold with Bananas

—I got it from an old cookbook title, and it has held me in good stead.

I’ve always had a fond spot in my heart for the chorus to this wonderful marching song, from the first moment I’d ran across it:

Get a bloody move on,
Have some bloody sense,
Learn the bloody art of
Self de-bloody-fense!

Try bellowing it, in appropriate accent, when feeling glum. You’ll see what I mean.

As a serious answer, the Four Noble Truths wrap it up nicely for me.

Mine’s basically “Think, how would you feel if this happened to you?”

On a more frivolous note “Never date another phsyicist, even if they’re really cute”.

“Everybody wants to go to Heaven but nobody wants to die.”

We will either find a way, or make one. – Hannibal

‘its just life’

My motto since college:

“Whatever works.”

It’s an oldie but a goody,

rattles through my head every single day.

(Feel free to sing along)

“The secret to life is enjoying the passage of time,
There ain’t nothin’ to it,
Any fool can do it.”

“Don’t be an asshole.”

“It never hurts to ask.”

Sometimes the only thing you can change is your attitude.