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worry that children never listen to you;
worry that they are always watching you.
that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is
more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than
That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the
cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death.
The grass is not, in fact,
always greener on the other
side of the fence. No, not at all. Fences have nothing
to do with it. The grass is greenest where it is watered.
When crossing over fences, carry water with you and tend
the grass wherever you may be.
Think what a
better world it would be if we all--the whole world--
had cookies and milk about three o'clock every afternoon and
lay down with our blankies for a nap. Or if all governments
a basic policy to always put things back where they found
and to clean up their own mess.
And it is still true, no matter how old
you are-when you go out
into the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together.
person passing through this life will unknowingly leave something
and take something away. Most of this ďsomethingĒ cannot
be seen or
heard or numbered or scientifically detected or counted.
Itís what we
leave in the minds of other people and what they leave in
The census doesnít count it. Nothing counts without it.
Sticks and stones may break our bones, but words
will break our hearts.
heart will turn to a prune if love is always by the numbers.
How will you know if someone really loves you if they
only meet your expectations and not your needs?
not want to know what you will hope for. I want to know
what you will work for. I do not want your sympathy for the
needs of humanity. I want your muscle. As the wagon driver
said when they came to a long, hard hill: "Them thatís
with us, get out and push. Them that ainít, get out of the way."
often say that I don't worry about the meaning of life--I
that big stuff. What concerns me is the meaning in
life--day by day,
hour by hour, while I'm doing whatever it is that I do. What
is not what I do, but how I think about myself while I'm doing it.
Robert Fulghum has published seven best-selling books: All
Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, It Was on Fire When
I Lay Down on It, Uh-Oh, Maybe (Maybe Not), From Beginning to End
-- The Rituals of Our Lives, True Love and Words I Wish I
Wrote. There are currently more than 16 million copies
of his books in print, published
in 27 languages in 103 countries.
Fulghum has performed in two television adaptations of his work
PBS, and is a Grammy nominee for the spoken word award. He
has been a speaker at numerous colleges, conventions, and public
events across the United States. He has been a
nationally-syndicated newspaper columnist. His writing has
been adapted for the stage in two theater pieces: All I
Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, and Uh-Oh,
Here Comes Christmas. There have been more than 700
national and international productions of the plays.
Robert Fulghum was born in 1937, and grew up in Waco, Texas.
youth he worked as a ditch-digger, newspaper carrier, ranch hand,
singing cowboy. After college and a short career with IBM,
to graduate school to complete a degree in theology. For 22
served as a parish minister of Unitarian churches in the Pacific
Northwest. During this same period he taught drawing,
philosophy at the Lakeside School in Seattle. Fulghum is an
accomplished painter and sculptor. He sings, and plays the
guitar and mando-cello. He was a founding member of the
authors' collective rock-and-roll band, the Rock-Bottom
Fulghum has four children and seven grandchildren. He
Seattle, Washington, and on the Greek island of Crete.
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