The Rules of Living

 Lady Whimsy's Rules of Living

Nota Bene: If there is any discrepancies between this list and the original posts, my apologies. I am constantly penning new ones, and unfortunately, they do not come to me in order of importance. This list will present the correct, reordered rules, and the original posts shall remain the same, for posterity.

Rule 35: Be not ashamed of tripping over flat surfaces.
Corollary to Rule 35: Be less ashamed of tripping over stairs.
Rule 34: "Life itself is a quotation." Jorge Luis Borge
Rule 33: When people are free to do as they please, they usually end up imitating each other.
Rule 32: It's always darkest before it goes pitch black
Rule 31: Invisible friends count as real ones.
Rule 30: If your water has an ingredient list, it's not water.
Rule 29: "Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast." Oscar Wilde
Rule 28: "Chocolate flavor" is not chocolate.
Rule 27: Chew, then swallow.
Rule 26: Coming home is always more fun if you have to break and enter to do so.
Rule 25: It is impossible to gracefully hike in a skirt. Either you hike, or you walk gracefully.
Rule 24: "Your dresses should be tight enough to show you're a woman and loose enough to show you're a lady."  Edith Head
Rule 23: "Music with dinner is an insult both to the cook and the violinist." GK Chesterton
Rule 22: Never argue with the driver.
Rule 21: Know your enemy as yourself.
Rule 20: True friends stab from the front.
Rule 19: Victory favors the well-prepared
Rule 18: If you're going to crash, crash hard.
Corollary to Rule 18: Injuries are inevitable, so there's no point avoiding them. Live victoriously.
Rule 17:  Pain is merely an electro-chemical impulse.
Corollary to Rule 17: Pain is a figment of the imagination.
Rule 16: That which does not kill me makes me stronger
Corollary to Rule 16: That which does not kill me postpones the inevitable
Corollary to Rule 16: That which does not kill me should be tried more often.
Rule 15: Music is life.
Rule 14: Everyone deserves to be heard.
Rule 13: It is better to suffer an injustice than to do an injustice
Rule 12: Living is a habit that should not be broken.
Rule 11: The rain is made for dancing in.
Rule 10: Even a nobody is somebody to someone.
Corollary to Rule 10: Be somebody to many
Rule 9: "Always be comic in a tragedy. What the deuce else can you do?" GKC
Rule 8: There is always a light at the end of the tunnel.
Corollary to Rule 8: Be the light at the end of someone's tunnel
Rule 7:  Love never fails. I Corinthians 13:8
Rule 6: The Truth stands up to questioning.
Corollary to Rule 6: Question everything.
Rule 5: Faithful are the wounds of a friend.
Rule 4: Seek first to understand before you are understood.
Rule 3: Never leave a fallen comrade
Rule 2: Love your neighbor as yourself.
Rule 1: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. Mark 12:30