Rules Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old rules quotes, rules sayings, and rules proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.     

Ansel Adams

Rules are made for people who aren't willing to make up their own.     

Chuck Yeager

Rules are, like an ashtray-in-progress, meant to be thrown, poked and reshaped to suit yourself.     

Sara Genn

Know the rules well, so you can break them effectively.     

Dalai Lama XIV

There are no rules, just really good advice.     

Sandra Taylor Hedges

There are no rules; we each have our own mind and way of working. Do exactly what you feel at the time.     

Suzanne Partridge

It is a good idea to obey all the rules when you're young just so you'll have the strength to break them when you're old.     

Mark Twain

Some rules are nothing but old habits that people are afraid to change.     

Therese Anne Fowler

The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.     

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

If you follow the rules, it's your own fault.     

Marty Rubin

The rules of wildlife are simple and clear, which is not the case for men.     

Laurent Baheux

You don't learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.     

Richard Branson

The first rule is to keep an untroubled spirit. The second is to look things in the face and know them for what they are.     

Marcus Aurelius

There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds.     

Gilbert K. Chesterton

In every society some men are born to rule, and some to advise.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

A true ruler does not rule others, he rules himself.     

Andrija Jonić

If the rules make such a difference, then it becomes very important who gets to make them.     

Abhijit V. Banerjee

Rules are for the obedience of fools and the guidance of wise men.     

Douglas Bader

It's not wise to violate rules until you know how to observe them.     

T. S. Eliot

Rules are not necessarily sacred, principles are.     

Franklin D. Roosevelt

A man's life is about keeping rules, breaking them, and making new ones.     

Ogwo David Emenike

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

Katharine Hepburn

A ruler isn't always straight.     

Robert Half

Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.     

Pablo Picasso

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

Katharine Hepburn

Rules are a great way to get ideas. All you have to do is break them.     

Jack Foster

Sometimes breaking the rules is extending the rules.     

Mary Oliver

Don't break the rules when you haven't fully figured them out yet.     

Pawan Mishra

There is no rule on how to write. Sometimes it comes easily and perfectly; sometimes it's like drilling rock and then blasting it out with charges.     

Ernest Hemingway

He who reigns within himself and rules passions, desires, and fears is more than a king.     

John Milton