11 Things Joan Rivers Taught Us About Life

Sure, she was funny. But the late entertainer was also quite wise, as evidenced by these profound words to live by.

Say what you will about Joan Rivers' fashion jabs, but the outspoken comedian and Fashion Police host — who died Thursday at age 81 — never failed to display pure badass-ery in the form of outspoken "I don't give a crap" hilarity. While it was Rivers' innate ability to be genuine at all times that fuels our personal high level of respect, it needs to be noted that not everything the one-time Tonight Show fixture said was tinged with her trademark self-deprecating humor — the woman was actually deep and prolific, too.

Rivers faced some trying times, to say the least — especially in 1987, when longtime TV producer husband Edgar Rosenberg committed suicide at age 62 shortly after the cancellation of her talk show. But much like her face in recent years (we can only imagine she'd appreciate our own humor, too), the entertainer was nothing if not buoyant, and always bounced back from difficulties with grace, confidence and a fierce independence that was still alive and well up until the end. 

Here are 11 of our favorite Rivers quotes that teach us how life should truly be lived.


Happiness is when you're too busy to wonder if you're happy or not. 


Does fashion matter? Always. Though not as much after death.


I enjoy life when things are happening. I don't care if it's good things or bad things. That means you're alive. Things are happening. 


Never be afraid to laugh at yourself. After all, you could be missing out on the joke of the century. 


I was smart enough to go through any door that opened. 


I have become my own version of an optimist. If I can't make it through one door, I'll go through another door or I'll make a door. Something terrific will come no matter how dark the present.


Life is very tough. If you don't laugh, it's tough. 


I have no methods. All I do is accept people as they are. 


The ideal beauty is a fugitive which is never found. 


I'm in a business where it's not about race. It's about talent. And hard work. Period. You got it, you make it. You don't got it, you don't make it. Over and out.


A lot of downs. A lot of ups. I'm still standing. A little osteoporosis, but I'm still standing.