H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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H. Jackson Brown, Jr. is an American author best known for his inspirational book, Life's Little Instruction Book, which was a New York Times bestseller (1991–1994).[1][2][3] Its sequel Life's Little Instruction Book: Volume 2 also made it to the same best seller list in 1993.[4]


Born in 1940, in Middle Tennessee (where he still lives), before becoming a writer, Brown acted as a creative director of an advertising agency in Nashville, Tennessee.

Brown first published A Father's Book of Wisdom, which was quickly followed by P.S. I Love You, a collection of sayings and observations from his father and mother. The latter contains the famous quote on travel (see below) which is often misquoted[5] as having been said by Mark Twain. Both were very popular and led to Life's Little Instruction Book, which was originally written as a going-away present for his college-bound son, Adam.[6] This book contained 511 reminders about "how to live a happy and rewarding life" and became a best-seller worldwide. It has logged more than two years on the New York Times best-seller list, including more than a year at the number one spot. Life's Little Instruction Book was the first book to ever occupy the number one spot on the New York Times best-seller list in both paperback and hardback formats simultaneously. Live and Learn and Pass It On followed and also became a New York Times best-seller. "Live and Learn and Pass It On," was co-authored with his wife Rosemary C. Brown, who is herself an author with books like Rosemary Brown's Big Kitchen Instruction Book.

Brown's books have been translated into 35 languages. They have spawned calendars, posters, apparel items, daily journals, greeting cards, audiocassettes, screensavers and even fortune cookies.

Remarking on his books, Jackson has said, "Most of us know what we need to do to make our lives more fulfilled and useful, but sometimes we forget. My little books are gentle reminders of those simple things which, if done well and in a spirit of love, can significantly change our lives."



"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." (from the book "P.S. I Love You")[7] [8] [9]

"Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring, and integrity they think of you"[10]

"I've learned...that being kind is more important than being right" (from "Live and Learn and Pass It On Vol. 2")[11]


  1. ^ "PAPERBACK BEST SELLERS: September 1, 1991". New York Times. September 1, 1991. 
  2. ^ "PAPERBACK BEST SELLERS: July 25, 1993". New York Times. July 25, 1993. 
  3. ^ "PAPERBACK BEST SELLERS: July 3, 1994". New York Times. July 3, 1994. 
  4. ^ "PAPERBACK BEST SELLERS: June 20, 1993". New York Times. June 20, 1993. 
  5. ^ "Twenty years from now". Quote Investigator. Retrieved 2 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "'yMushy Tushy" and other important lessons". WBTW. January 2, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Quote by H. Jackson Brown". P.S: I love you. Good reads. Retrieved 2 January 2014. 
  8. ^ "Twenty Years From Now". Quote Investigator. Retrieved 2 January 2014. 
  9. ^ Brown, Jackson (2000). P.S. I Love You. Thomas Nelson. ISBN 1418571202. 
  10. ^ "H. Jackson Brown Jr. Quotes". goodreads. 
  11. ^ "H. Jackson Brown Jr. Quotes". goodreads. 

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