Tolstoy's 10 Rules of Life

From Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project, via BoingBoing, this list of Tolstoy's "10 Rules of Life." I think this is a pretty good list, well all except for the keep away from women...thoughts?

Get up early (five o'clock)

Go to bed early (nine to ten o'clock)

Eat little and avoid sweets

Try to do everything by yourself

Have a goal for your whole life, a goal for one section of your life, a goal for a shorter period and a goal for the year; a goal for every month, a goal for every week, a goal for every day, a goal for every hour and for evry minute, and sacrifice the lesser goal to the greater

Keep away from women

Kill desire by work

Be good, but try to let no one know it

Always live less expensively than you might

Change nothing in your style of living even if you become ten times richer


Bungalow Builder said...

Tolstoy doesn't sound like anyone I'd want to be friends with.

Katerina said...

It' an interesting list, with a very ascetic connotation. But if I have to wake up at 5 am it will be the misery project for me, rather than the happiness project.

Also, I wonder what he means by trying to do everything by yourself. Is that even possible? Excessive self-sufficiency is another way to avoid living a full life really...

hrmustang said...

wow that is seriously an awesome list of things. They definitely apply, I love the going to bed early and waking up early part! It's so true! And also eating small amounts and cutting down on sweets. As for the avoid women part... hmm... it can be good I think, to avoid those relationships in general, especially the short ones. You should really only have a couple, or even one, in your whole life!