"Dance First. Think Later"

618 Rules to Live By

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By Kathryn Petras

By Ross Petras

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Timeless in their wisdom, thought-provoking in their message, surprising in their truth and memorable in their originality, the right words can give direction, inspiration, and sometimes a tangible boost onto the right path. For example, Steve Jobs once read “Stay hungry Stay foolish” on the back cover of The Whole Earth Catalog, and those four words came to guide his life.

Created by Kathryn and Ross Petras, connoisseurs of quotes, whose books and calendars have over 56 million copies in print, “Dance First. Think Later.” is a collection of the greatest life wisdom from an unexpected group of speakers, doers, and thinkers. There are 618 rules to live by—funny, sly, declarative, thoughtful, offhanded, clever, and always profound:

“Watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you, because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places.” —Roald Dahl

“If everything is under control, you are going too slow.” —Mario Andretti

“Never make a credit decision on a beach.”—Victor J. Boschini

“Dance first. Think later. It’s the natural order.”—Samuel Beckett

“The only time to eat diet food is while waiting for the steak to cook.” —Julia Child

“What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight; build it anyway.” —Mother Teresa

And: “Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.”—Oscar Wilde


Excerpt

Rule No. 1

The first and great commandment is: Don't let them scare you.

— Elmer Davis
writer

Rule No. 2

Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.

— Kurt Vonnegut
writer

Rule No. 3

Never make a credit decision on a beach.

— Victor J. Boschini
college administrator

Rule No. 4

Believe in life!

— W.E.B. Du Bois
sociologist/civil rights activist, in "last message to the world"

Rule No. 5

Do not wait for the Last Judgment. It takes place every day.

— Albert Camus
writer

Rule No. 6

Don't panic.

— Douglas Adams
writer

Rule No. 7

If you're alone in the kitchen and you drop the lamb, you can always just pick it up. Who's going to know?

— Julia Child
chef

Rule No. 8

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle.

— Ian Maclaren
writer

Rule No. 9

Do stuff you will enjoy thinking about and telling stories about for many years to come. Do stuff you will want to brag about.

— Rachel Maddow
political commentator

Rule No. 10

The only dream worth having . . . is to live while you're alive and die only when you're dead.

— Arundhati Roy
activist/writer

Rule No. 11

"It depends" is almost always the right answer in any big question.

— Linus Torvalds
software engineer

Rule No. 12

Spend the afternoon. You can't take it with you.

— Annie Dillard
writer

Rule No. 13

Remember, you don't owe anybody any explanations, you don't owe your parents any explanations, you don't owe your professors any explanations.

— Bono
musician/activist

Rule No. 14

Laugh. Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful though you have considered all the facts.

— Wendell Berry
writer/farmer

Rule No. 15

If you can't get what you wish for, forget about it.

— Antonio Pierro
world war i veteran

Rule No. 16

Don't forget that some things count more than other things.

— William Saroyan
writer

Rule No. 17

Create a posse of dead people. Create an entourage of heroes. Put their pictures on your wall, and keep them in your mind.

— David Brooks
columnist

Rule No. 18

A little money helps, but what really gets it right is never— I repeat— never under any condition face the facts.

— Ruth Gordon
actress/writer

Rule No. 19

Never refuse a chance to sit down. And never refuse an opportunity to relieve yourself.

— Edward, Duke of Windsor

Rule No. 20

Nothing important was ever accomplished without chutzpah. Columbus had chutzpah. The signers of the Declaration of Independence had chutzpah. Don't ever aim your doubt at yourself. Laugh at yourself, but don't doubt yourself.

— Alan Alda
actor



Rule No. 21

Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.

— E. B. White
writer

Rule No. 22

Never trust someone who can't eat a meal alone at their own kitchen table.

— Ellen Barkin
actress

Rule No. 23

Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.

— Oprah Winfrey
media magnate

Rule No. 24

Just because you like Jimi Hendrix doesn't mean you can play like Jimi Hendrix.

— Anthony Bourdain
chef

Rule No. 25

Never spend money before you have it.

— Thomas Jefferson
statesman

Rule No. 26

No matter how big or soft or warm your bed is, you still have to get out of it.

— Grace Slick
singer

Rule No. 27

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.

— Arthur Ashe
tennis player

Rule No. 28

If you don't get what you want, it's a sign either that you did not seriously want it, or that you tried to bargain over the price.

— Rudyard Kipling
writer

Rule No. 29

Work hard each day.

—"Rainbow Rule"
posted in mrs. foltz's first-grade class, waterboro elementary school, east waterboro, maine

Rule No. 30

Never practice two vices at once.

— Tallulah Bankhead
actress

Rule No. 31

When you see a good move, look for a better one.

— Emanuel Lasker
chess master

Rule No. 32

Live your life the way you want. You'll figure it out.

— John Grisham
writer

Rule No. 33

Never kick a fresh turd on a hot day.

— Harry S. Truman
statesman

Rule No. 34

Let the world know you as you are, not as you think you should be, because sooner or later, if you are posing, you will forget the pose, and then where are you?

— Fanny Brice
comedian

Rule No. 35

Better to do a little well than a great deal badly.

— Socrates
philosopher

Rule No. 36

Question everything! You never know where a "silly question" may lead you.

— Derek Abbott
physicist/electronic engineer

Rule No. 37

We are all bozos on the same bus, so we might as well sit back and enjoy the ride.

— Wavy Gravy
clown/activist

Rule No. 38

If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.

— Katharine Hepburn
actress

Rule No. 39

Unless you have a hundred unanswered questions in your mind, you haven't read enough.

— Daniel J. Bernstein
mathematician/programmer

Rule No. 40

Dance first. Think later. It's the natural order.

— Samuel Beckett
writer



Rule No. 41

Life is half delicious yogurt, half crap, and your job is to keep the plastic spoon in the yogurt.

— Scott Adams
cartoonist

Rule No. 42

If you wish to be a writer, write.

— Epictetus
greek philosopher

Rule No. 43

You can't build a reputation on what you intend to do.

— Liz Smith
gossip columnist

Rule No. 44

Live as if you were already living for a second time and as if you had made the mistakes you are about to make now.

— Viktor Frankl
psychiatrist

Rule No. 45

Trust everyone, but always cut the cards.

— Benny Binion
casino operator

Rule No. 46

If you intend to go to work, there is no better place than right where you are.

— Abraham Lincoln
statesman

Rule No. 47

Once you can accept the universe as matter expanding into nothing that is something, wearing stripes with plaid comes easy.

— Albert Einstein
physicist

Rule No. 48

Follow your passion, stay true to yourself. Never follow anyone else's path, unless you're in the woods and you're lost and you see a path, and by all means you should follow that.

— Ellen DeGeneres
comedian/talk show host

Rule No. 49

Don't be afraid of missing opportunities. Behind every failure is an opportunity somebody wishes they had missed.

— Jane Wagner
writer/director

Rule No. 50

If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love. Don't be surly at home, then go out in the street and start grinning "Good morning" at total strangers.

— Maya Angelou
writer

Rule No. 51

When angry, count four; when very angry, swear.

—Mark Twain
writer

Rule No. 52

The boss is never your friend, even if you're sleeping with him.

— Jacob M. Appel
playwright

Rule No. 53

Take it easy, but take it.

— Woody Guthrie
folksinger

Rule No. 54

If you have an important point to make, don't try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time—a tremendous whack.

— Winston Churchill
statesman

Rule No. 55

Never tell people how you are. They don't want to know.

— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
writer

Rule No. 56

Stop eating while still hungry and do not continue until you are satisfied.

— Saint John Cassian
mystic

Rule No. 57

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On Sale
Feb 24, 2011
Page Count
425 pages
ISBN-13
9780761161707

Kathryn Petras

Kathryn Petras

About the Author

Kathryn Petras is an author and quote connoisseur who, along with her brother, Ross Petras, has published numerous quote collections including Age Doesn’t Matter Unless You’re a Cheese. The Petras's calendar, The 365 Stupidest Things Ever Said, has sold over 4.6 million copies. Kathryn lives with her family in Seattle.


Ross Petras is an author and quote connoisseur who, along with his sister, Kathryn Petras, has published numerous quote collections including Age Doesn’tMatter Unless You’re a Cheese. The Petras's calendar, The 365 Stupidest Things Ever Said, has sold over 4.6 million copies. Ross lives with his family in Toronto.

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Ross Petras

Ross Petras

About the Author

Ross Petras is an author and quote connoisseur who, along with his sister, Kathryn Petras, has published numerous quote collections including Age Doesn’tMatter Unless You’re a Cheese. The Petras's calendar, The 365 Stupidest Things Ever Said, has sold over 4.6 million copies. Ross lives with his family in Toronto.


Kathryn Petras is an author and quote connoisseur who, along with her brother, Ross Petras, has published numerous quote collections including Age Doesn’t Matter Unless You’re a Cheese. The Petras's calendar, The 365 Stupidest Things Ever Said, has sold over 4.6 million copies. Kathryn lives with her family in Seattle.

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