7 of Joan Rivers' Best Life Lessons, From Style Advice to Never Becoming Friends With Your Dog

It is a sad day for the entertainment community and the world: Comedian Joan Rivers passed away at the age of 81 on Thursday morning. The Fashion Police host was on life support since last Thursday and her daughter Melissa confirmed her mother's death a week later. Rivers' career was never-slowing and lasted an impressive 50-plus years. And during her time in the spotlight, Rivers offered her fans an abundance of advice, from never becoming friends with your dog to being the change you want to see in the world. Seven of our favorite tips and lessons follow.

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Don't Make Friends With Your Dogs

As Joan Rivers put it, ”Don’t make friends with your dogs! The sons of bitches will literally die ahead of you and cause you grief!”

She did have a point — Dogs are woman’s best friend, but sadly, they will likely not outlive you.

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The awards you win are only as good as what they're made out of

“I’ve learned to appreciate landmark moments like the Emmy I won in 1990, one of the best moments of my career. Unfortunately, when I went to pawn it, it turned out not to be gold,” she joked. Although knowing the sassy comedian, perhaps she wasn’t joking at all.

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Giving Back is important, especially if you can write it off on taxes

Joan Rivers gave back to a lot of great causes, like God’s Love We Deliver, Guide Dogs for the Blind, American Society of Suicide Prevention. She spoke about the importance of giving back, and looking good while doing so:

“I’ve learned the importance of being charitable. Of course, I only give net to charity. You can deduct a lot of stuff such as clothes – and lipo should be under the clothes. You have to look nice if people will give you money for charities. I always like a charity with people who don’t speak English because I get them to do all kinds of things around my house.”

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Having a sense of style is like having an STD

Oh Joan, we will miss your sense of sexual adventure oh so much! The Fashion Police host infamously said, ”Style: It’s like herpes. You either have it or you don’t.”

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Sometimes exercise just isn't worth it

The first time I see a jogger smile I’ll consider it.” Well said, lady. Now if only we could use this as an excuse to never go to the gym.

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Be Weary to Trust Any Ol' Advice

A wise woman once said: “Don’t follow any advice, no matter how good, until you feel as deeply in your spirit as you think in your mind that the counsel is wise.”

Atta girl, Joany. Keeping us in check!

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Be the change you want to see

Although at first this lesson seems a bit morbid, in essence it is positive. The world is a grueling place, and it is up to us to change ourselves to adapt and grow. Rivers said: “I wish I could tell you it gets better. But it doesn’t get better. You get better.”

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