Be kind, Harold. You see, I’ve lived a long time, seen all that I wished, done all that I could, yet it’s been my experience that it’s kindness that matters, and kindness is what the world sorely lacks.”

– Maude



“Senior Citizen Weds Teenage Arsonist in Funeral Chapel”

Harold and Maude (1971) is a story of unconventional love, life, and death way ahead of its time.

Little Book of Maudism is my tribute to the vision of writer, Colin Higgins and director, Hal Ashby. This is a philosophy, involving ten lessons for you to live by that Maude teaches Harold in their week together.

To appreciate Maudism you don’t need to be spiritual or religious, but you can be. These teachings are quite simply about being human – what it means to be human.

We are mortal beings; and death acceptance is at the core of Maude’s message. Ultimately, we all die and if we can embrace the circle of life and immerse ourselves in nature we can live a richer existence. Desire for permanence and fear of change only limits our human experience.


“Thank you so much for reminding me of this meaningful and life-changing movie which I grew up with. Little Book of Maudism is beautifully written and beautifully illustrated. I am very grateful for the lessons to pass on to my three Harolds. I had somehow forgotten them along my own journey, but am so thrilled to have been reminded.”


“Thank you for such a wonderful book. I’m so glad there are others out there that connect to Harold and Maude like I do.”


“Maudism strikes me as a philosophy in the very best sense of the word: as something open, life-affirming and radical, rather than prescriptive and constrained. That is important. Be very proud.”