Manly P Hall’s 10 Basic Rules for Better Living

Manly P. Hall, who I consider to have been one of the wisest men of the 20th century, has featured more than once on this blog – with good reason.

Not only was Hall a man with a tremendous amount of esoteric knowledge, but he also had the wisdom, insight and common sense to advise us all towards a greater path of living, as he voraciously demonstrated in his chosen career of communicating his enlightening knowledge to the masses,

“In his over 70-year career, Hall delivered approximately 8,000 lectures in the United States and abroad, authored over 150 books and essays, and wrote countless magazine articles.”

So here I present to you, from the man himself, ten basic rules of wisdom which should provide the foundations towards living a better life…hopefully.

A concise guide for spiritual living in the modern world:

1. Stop worrying.

2. Stop trying to dominate and possess your friends and relatives.

3. Moderate ambition.

4. Do not accumulate more than you need.

5. Learn to relax.

6. Cultivate a sense of humor.

7. Find a reason for your own existence.

8. Never intentionally harm any other person.

9. Beware of anger.

10. Never blame others for your own mistakes.


  1. All good rules. Simple and straightforward. Amazing how success & ambition-driven people are-most don’t even know how to relax.

  2. Jason Cooper says:

    Yes, NP. The simplicity and tranquility gained by just relaxing cannot be beaten…Unfortunately, we have all been conditioned to believe by society to think that relaxation is akin to laziness.

    But who cares what anybody thinks! I’ll relax and be lazy when I can anyway.