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Robert Fulghum
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I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. Robert Fulghum
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Water is everywhere and in all living things; we cannot be seperated from water. No water, no life. Period. Water comes in many forms - liquid, vapor, ice, snow, fog, rain, hail. But no matter the form, it's still water. Robert Fulghum
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I get tired of hearing it's a crummy world and that people are no damned good. What kind of talk is that? I know a place in Payette, Idaho, where a cook and a waitress and a manager put everything they've got into laying a chicken-fried steak on you. Robert Fulghum
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No. I was an only child. Robert Fulghum
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I often say that I don't worry about the meaning of life-I can't handle that big stuff. What concerns me is the meaning in life-day by day, hour by hour, while I'm doing whatever it is I do. What counts is not what I do, but how I think about myself while I'm doing it. Robert Fulghum
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It was' in books. It was' in a church. What I needed to know was out there in the world. Robert Fulghum
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There is nothing in your budget for joy. No books, no flowers, no music, not even a cold beer. And there is nothing in your budget to give away to someone else. We do' help people who do' have better values than you do. Robert Fulghum
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Is it always to be a winners-losers world, or can we keep everyone in the game? Do we still have what it takes to find a better way? Robert Fulghum
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Love is the grand prize and the garbage heap. Love is a spiritual root canal and the only thing that makes life worth living. Love is a little taste of always and a big bite of nothing. And love is everything in between these extremes. Robert Fulghum
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If you want an interesting party sometime, combine cocktails and a fresh box of crayons for everyone. Robert Fulghum
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My secret agenda is to convey my values to my kids. Robert Fulghum
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Children are sent to school to be civilized, to learn to be part of the social enterprise. Robert Fulghum
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Everything we can imagine becomes real. Robert Fulghum
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We even make ourselves up, fusing what we are with what we wish into what we must become. I'm not sure why it must be so, but it is. Robert Fulghum
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But since everything and anything are always possible, the miraculous is always nearby, and wonders shall never, ever cease. Robert Fulghum
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The myth of the impossible dream is more powerful than all the facts of history. Robert Fulghum
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The point is that getting married for lust or money or social status or even love is usually trouble. The point is that marriage is a maze into which we wander - a maze that is best got through with a great companion. Robert Fulghum
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One of life's best coping mechanisms is to know the difference between an inconvenience and a problem. Robert Fulghum
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Maybe we should develop a Crayola bomb as our next secret weapon. A happiness weapon. A beauty bomb. And every time a crisis developed, we would launch one. It would explode high in the air - explode softly - and send thousands, millions, of little parachutes into the air. Floating down to earth - boxes of Crayolas. And we wouldn't go cheap, either - not little boxes of eight. Boxes of sixty-four, with the sharpener built right in. With silver and gold and copper, magenta and peach and lime, amber and umber and all the rest. And people would smile and get a little funny look on their faces and cover the world with imagination. Robert Fulghum
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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 then lay down with our blankies for a nap. Robert Fulghum
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Public lives are lived out on the job and in the marketplace, where certain rules, conventions, laws, and social customs keep most of us in line. Private lives are lived out in the presence of family, friends, and neighbors who must be considered and respected even though the rules and proscriptions are looser than what's allowed in public. But in our secret lives, inside our own heads, almost anything goes. Robert Fulghum
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Sirius, the brightest star in the heavens.... My grandfather would say we're part of something incredibly wonderful - more marvelous than we imagine. My grandfather would say we ought to go out and look at it once in a while so we don't lose our place in it. Robert Fulghum
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To look this way is to see. To see is to have vision. To have vision is to understand. To understand is to know. To know is to become. To become is to live fully. To live fully is to matter. And to matter is to become light. And to become light is to be loved. And to be loved is to burn. And to burn is to exist. Off and on. Robert Fulghum
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When my neighbor walks the dogs, he performs a ritual act of sacer simplicitas, to use the church Latin: "sacred simplicity." Walking the dog is in truth a ritual of renewal and revival on an intimate scale - a small rebirth of well-being on a daily basis. Robert Fulghum
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My own movement of thought is not meant to be a straight point-to-point, linear line of march, but horizontal exploration from one area of interest to another. There is no ultimate destination - no finish line to cross, no final conclusion to be reached. It's the way I feel about dancing - you move around a lot, not to get somewhere, but to be somewhere in time. Robert Fulghum
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Peace is not something you wish for, ? it is something you make, something you are, something you do,?and something you give away. Robert Fulghum
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But it does no good-solves nothing-to distance myself from the front lines of human need by using the mail as a safe shelter. I believe that serving the best ends of humanity means getting out in the middle of it just as it is, not staying home writing checks and thinking hopeful thoughts. The world does not need tourists who ride by in a bus clucking their tongues. The world as it is needs those who will love it enough to change it, with what they have, where they are. And you're damned right that's idealistic. No apology. When idealism goes into the trash as junk mail, we're finished. Robert Fulghum
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If I don't have time to live my life well the first time, when am I going to find the time to go back and live it over? Robert Fulghum
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The leaves let go, the seeds let go, and I must let go sometimes, too, and cast my lot with another of nature's imperfect but tenacious survivors. Robert Fulghum
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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 then lay down with our blankies for a nap. Or if all governments had as a basic policy to always put things back where they found them 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. Robert Fulghum
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I've always thought anyone can make money. Making a life worth living, that's the real test. Robert Fulghum
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Remember the little seed in the Styrofoam cup. The roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that. Robert Fulghum
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All of these are names given me by other people, but not names I would have given myself. My name is not mine, it's theirs. It's a series of costumes put on my life by other people. Robert Fulghum
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Life is lumpy. And a lump in the oatmeal, a lump in the throat, and a lump in a breast are not the same lump. One should learn the difference. Robert Fulghum
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Peace is not something you wish for, it's something you make Robert Fulghum
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Living things have been doing just that for a long, long time. Through every kind of disaster and setback and catastrophe. We are survivors. Robert Fulghum
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Ignorance and power and pride are a deadly mixture, you know. Robert Fulghum
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Manuals have their uses ... but they are not to be confused with living. Robert Fulghum
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So you drive as far as you can, even when you can clearly read the sign. You want to think you are exempt, that it does' apply to you. But it does. Life is still a dead end. And we still have a hard time believing it Robert Fulghum
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The 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? Robert Fulghum
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Doing a straight-forward, clear-cut task that has a beginning and an end balances out the complexity-without-end that often vexes the rest of my life. Sacred simplicity. Robert Fulghum
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Arguing whether or not a God exists is like fleas arguing whether or not the dog exists. Arguing over the correct name for God is like fleas arguing over the name of the dog. And arguing over whose notion of God is correct is like fleas arguing over who owns the dog. Robert Fulghum
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If someone were to ask me whether I believed in God, or saw God, or had a particular relationship with God, I would reply that I don't separate God from my world in my thinking. I feel that God is everywhere. That's why I never feel separated from God or feel I must seek God, any more than a fish in the ocean feels it must seek water. In a sense, God is the "ocean" in which we live. Robert Fulghum
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I and you-We are infinate, rich, large, contradictory, living, breathing miracles-free human beings, children of God and the everlasting universe. That's what we do. Robert Fulghum
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Share everything. Play fair. Don't hit people. Put things back where you found them. Clean up your own mess. Don't take things that aren't yours. Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody. Wash your hands before you eat. Flush. Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you. Live a balanced life-learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some. Robert Fulghum
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Life-and-death. Lifedeath. One event. One short event. Don't forget. Robert Fulghum
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Why is love easy? I don't know. And the raccoons don't say. Robert Fulghum
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And I'm not confused about the lack of, or the need for, imagination in low or high places. We could do better we must do better. There are far worse things to drop on people than crayolas. Robert Fulghum
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All I really need to know... I learned in kindergarten. Robert Fulghum
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Clean up your own mess. Robert Fulghum
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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. Robert Fulghum
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The best feelings in your life come when you start feeling good after you've been feeling just awful Robert Fulghum
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All I really need to know about how to live and what to do and how to be, I learned in kindergarten. Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate-school mountain, but there in the sand pile at Sunday School. These are the things I learned. These are the things you already know: Share everything. Play Fair. Don't hit people. Put things back where you found them. Clean up your own mess. Don't take things that aren't yours. Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody. Robert Fulghum
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I do 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 that's going on with us, get out and push. Them that ai', get out of the way". Robert Fulghum
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It's harder to talk about, but what I really, really, really want for Christmas is just this: I want to be 5 years old again for an hour. I want to laugh a lot and cry a lot. I want to be picked or rocked to sleep in someone's arms, and carried up to be just one more time. I know what I really want for Christmas: I want my childhood back. People who think good thoughts give good gifts. Robert Fulghum
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Maybe we should develop a Crayola bomb as our next secret weapon. A happiness weapon. A Beauty Bomb. And every time a crisis developed, we would launch one... And people would smile and get a little funny look on their faces and cover the world with imagination. Robert Fulghum
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The older I get, the more I realize the importance of exercising the various dimensions of my body, soul, mind, and heart. Taken together, these aspects give me a sense of wholeness. I want to be a whole human being rather than one who limps on one leg because I don't know how to use all of my parts. Intellectual, emotional, and physical activity are not separate entities. Rather, they are dimensions of the same human being. Robert Fulghum
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Wherever and however any one of us may be conceived, it is the same. We come into being in the arms of God. Robert Fulghum
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It is the chair in honor of all those who, however competently, embrace the impossible. Sit in that chair someday. Robert Fulghum
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You can't always explain everything you do to everybody, you know. Robert Fulghum
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You want my opinion? We're all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness - and call it love - true love. Robert Fulghum
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Too much high-content information, and I get the existential willies. I keep sputtering out at intersections where life choices must be made and I either know too much or not enough. The examined life is no picnic. Robert Fulghum
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If you notice phrases, ideas, and anecdotes that closely resemble those that appear elsewhere in my writing, it's not a matter of sloppy editing. I'm repeating myself. I'm reshuffling words in the hope that just once I might say something exactly right. And I'm still wrestling with dilemmas that are not easily resolved or easily dismissed. I run at them again and again because I am not finished with them. Any may never be. Work-in- progress on a life-in-progress is what my writing is about. And some progress in the work is enough to keep it going on. Robert Fulghum
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When my father finally got around to teaching me to drive, he was impressed at my "natural" talent for driving, not knowing that I had already been secretly driving my mother's car around the neighborhood. When I took the test and got my license and my father gave me my own set of keys to the car one night at dinner, it was a major rite of passage for him and my mother. Their perception of me had changed and was formally acknowledged. For me the occasion meant a private sanction to do in public what I had already been doing in secret. Robert Fulghum
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Desire is the intangible quality that has more impact on success than talent, education, or IQ. You can't see desire, but you can feel its presence, and see its results in the lives of successful people. Robert Fulghum
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Then he read the words of the scroll slowly, first in Japanese and then carefully translated into English: 'There is really nothing you must be. And there is nothing you must do. There is really nothing you must have. And there is nothing you must know. There is really nothing you must become. However. It helps to understand that fire burns, and when it rains, the earth gets wet. . . .' 'Whatever, there are consequences. Nobody is exempt,' said the master. Robert Fulghum
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Making a living and having a life are not the same thing. Making a living and making a life that's worthwhile are not the same thing. Living the good life and living a good life are not the same thing. A job title doesn't even come close to answering the question. "What do you do?". Robert Fulghum
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This is an exercise in power - the power of mind over matter. If you don't mind being inadequate, it doesn't matter. Robert Fulghum
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Everyone has doors in the living room of their lives that they assume are locked. Doors that lead to artistic expression. People say "I have no talent - I can't dance or sing or paint or write poetry or play an instrument." More often than not the doors are not locked, just closed. One may turn the handle, open the door and pass through into a larger life space. Robert Fulghum
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Speed and efficiency do not always increase the quality of life. Robert Fulghum
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