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100 Robert Fulghum Famous Sayings, Quotes and Quotation.

Robert Fulghum Sayings: All of these are names given me by other people, but not names I would 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.
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Robert Fulghum Sayings: And good neighbors make a huge difference in the quality of life. I agree. And good neighbors make a huge difference in the quality of life. I agree.
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Robert Fulghum Sayings: The kindergarten children are confident in spirit, infinite in resources, and eager to learn. Everything The kindergarten children are confident in spirit, infinite in resources, and eager to learn. Everything is still possible.
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Robert Fulghum Sayings: I'm good at doing the laundry. At least that. And it's a religious experience ... I'm good at doing the laundry. At least that. And it's a religious experience ... Water, earth, fire-polarities of wet and dry, hot and cold, dirty and clean. The great cycles-round and round-beginning and end-Alpha and Omega, amen.
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Robert Fulghum Sayings: As one old gentleman put it, Son, I don't care if you're stark nekkid and As one old gentleman put it, Son, I don't care if you're stark nekkid and wear a bone in your nose. If you kin fiddle, you're all right with me. It's the music we make that counts.
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Robert Fulghum Sayings: Even if your watch is full of diamonds the hour is still 60 minutes Even if your watch is full of diamonds the hour is still 60 minutes
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Robert Fulghum Sayings: Manuals have their uses ... but they are not to be confused with living. Manuals have their uses ... but they are not to be confused with living.
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Robert Fulghum Sayings: You can't always explain everything you do to everybody, you know. You can't always explain everything you do to everybody, you know.
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Robert Fulghum Sayings: So you drive as far as you can, even when you can clearly read the 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 doesn't apply to you. But it does. Life is still a dead end. And we still have a hard time believing it
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Robert Fulghum Sayings: If only the scientific experts could come up with something to get it out of If only the scientific experts could come up with something to get it out of our minds. One cup of fixit fizzle that will lift the dirt from our lives, soften our hardness, protect our inner parts, improve our processing, reduce our yellowing and wrinkling, improve our natural color, and make us sweet and good.
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Robert Fulghum Sayings: Above all, if what you've done is stupid, but it works, it ain't stupid. Above all, if what you've done is stupid, but it works, it ain't stupid.
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Robert Fulghum Sayings: Imagination is better than knowledge. Imagination is better than knowledge.
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Robert Fulghum Sayings: The heart will turn to a prune if love is always by the numbers. How 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?
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Robert Fulghum Sayings: I talk about very serious human affairs but with a lightness of heart. I talk about very serious human affairs but with a lightness of heart.
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Robert Fulghum Sayings: I don't think there is a hidden purpose to the universe that you have to I don't think there is a hidden purpose to the universe that you have to puzzle out.
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Robert Fulghum Sayings: The grass is not always greener on the other side of the fence. The grass The grass is not always greener on the other side of the fence. The grass is greenest where it is watered.
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Robert Fulghum Sayings: Alice's robes were seasonal. She hadn't exactly plannedit that way, but that's how it evolved. Alice's robes were seasonal. She hadn't exactly planned
it that way, but that's how it evolved. In winter there was a long,
warm, deep purple terry-cloth robe. In spring she changed to a new
blue-and-white cotton kimono. In summer there was a white chenille
bathrobe with a pattern on it, and in the fall she wore a cotton robe her
husband had bought her as a surprise gift. They were useful, practical
garments, but when she thought about it, she realized she wore them as
much for the feelings and memories they evoked as much as their physical
comfort. When I told her I thought her robes had become like temple
garments, she smiled,Yes.
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Robert Fulghum Sayings: The winding down of summer puts me in a heavy philosophical mood. The winding down of summer puts me in a heavy philosophical mood.
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Robert Fulghum Sayings: Don't worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you. Don't worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.
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Robert Fulghum Sayings: Dreams are more powerful than facts. Dreams are more powerful than facts.
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Robert Fulghum Sayings: The point is that getting married for lust or money or social status or even 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.
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Robert Fulghum Sayings: Arguing whether or not a God exists is like fleas arguing whether or not the 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.
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Robert Fulghum Sayings: My own movement of thought is not meant to be a straight point-to-point, linear line 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.
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Robert Fulghum Sayings: Only an open mind still has room for new knowledge. What is outgrown and used Only an open mind still has room for new knowledge. What is outgrown and used up must be discarded to make room for what is yet to be learned. And much of the best thinking is done alone-in deserts, on beaches, in bed, behind closed doors. It is why we say we need to get away-to escape from clutter and busyness-to hear ourselves think.
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Robert Fulghum Sayings: My mother was pulling my leg on that one. I have collected so much gift-wrapped My mother was pulling my leg on that one. I have collected so much gift-wrapped trash over the years from people who copped out and hurriedly bought a little plastic cheapie to give under the protective flag of good thoughts. I tell you, it is the gift that counts. Or rather, people who think good thoughts give good gifts. It ought to be a rule - the Brass Rule of Gift Exchange.
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Robert Fulghum Sayings: Liberation, I guess, is everybody getting what they think they want, without knowing the whole Liberation, I guess, is everybody getting what they think they want, without knowing the whole truth. Or in other words, liberation finally amounts to being free from things we don't like in order to be enslaved by things we approve of. Here's to the eternal tandem.
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Robert Fulghum Sayings: Life is. I am. Anything might happen. And I believe I may invest my life Life is. I am. Anything might happen. And I believe I may invest my life with meaning. The uncertainty is a blessing in disguise. If I were absolutely certain about all things, I would spend my life in anxious misery, fearful of losing my way. But since everything and anything are always possible, the miraculous is always nearby and wonders shall never, ever cease.
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Robert Fulghum Sayings: Think what a better world it would be if we all-the whole world-had cookies and 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.
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Robert Fulghum Sayings: Until you have experienced raccoons mating underneath your bedroom at three in the morning, you Until you have experienced raccoons mating underneath your bedroom at three in the morning, you have missed one of life's sensational moments.
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Robert Fulghum Sayings: Pardon me, but my father says that it is a lie that Americans have everything. Pardon me, but my father says that it is a lie that Americans have everything. You have no sheep, no goats, no trees, no oil, no vines, no wine, not even chickens. He asks, 'What kind of life is that?' He says, 'No wonder you don't sing or dance or recite poetry very often.
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Robert Fulghum Sayings: Remember, most of us got something for nothing the first time just by showing up Remember, most of us got something for nothing the first time just by showing up here at birth. Now we have to qualify.
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Robert Fulghum Sayings: Only now have I finally realized that my life has been an unending field trip. Only now have I finally realized that my life has been an unending field trip. And I have tried hard not to be a tourist. But to be an adventurer, a traveler, an explorer, a learner, and a pilgrim.
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Robert Fulghum Sayings: It will be a great day when our schools have all the money they need, It will be a great day when our schools have all the money they need, and our air force has to have a bake-sale to buy a bomber.
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Robert Fulghum Sayings: It's the spirit here that counts. The time may be long, the vehicle may be It's the spirit here that counts. The time may be long, the vehicle may be strange or unexpected. But if the dream is held close to the heart, and imagination is applied to what there is close at hand, everything is still possible.
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Robert Fulghum Sayings: Almost anything can be dealt with if people are of good will and light hearts Almost anything can be dealt with if people are of good will and light hearts and strong values.
Robert Fulghum Sayings: You will continue to read stories of crookedness and corruption - of policemen who lie You will continue to read stories of crookedness and corruption - of policemen who lie and steal, doctors who reap where they do not sew, politicians on the take. Don't be misled. They are news because they are the exceptions.
Robert Fulghum Sayings: If you notice phrases, ideas, and anecdotes that closely resemble those that appear elsewhere in 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 Sayings: Remember the little seed in the Styrofoam cup. The roots go down and the plant 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 Sayings: Play fair. Don't hit people. Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody. Play fair. Don't hit people. Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody.
Robert Fulghum Sayings: Then he read the words of the scroll slowly, first in Japanese and then carefully 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 Sayings: Life will examine us continually to see if we have understood and have practiced what Life will examine us continually to see if we have understood and have practiced what we were taught that first year of school.
Robert Fulghum Sayings: Never forget that music is too important to be left entirely in the hands of Never forget that music is too important to be left entirely in the hands of professionals.
Robert Fulghum Sayings: An artists job is to see. And to go out in the world and see An artists job is to see. And to go out in the world and see it firsthand, just as it is; to report with line and words what is seen. To be in the world, not just study about the world, that is the artists task
Robert Fulghum Sayings: You are free to give life meaning, whatever meaning you want to give it. You are free to give life meaning, whatever meaning you want to give it.
Robert Fulghum Sayings: The name is not important anymore - it's the tone that counts. I feel like The name is not important anymore - it's the tone that counts. I feel like an old dog I know. He will come to any name you call him, just so long as your demeanor carries with it the promise of affection and food
Robert Fulghum Sayings: I am a fragment of a mirror whose whole design and shape I do not I am a fragment of a mirror whose whole design and shape I do not know. Nevertheless, with what I have - I can reflect light into the dark places of this world - into the black places in the hearts of men - and change somethings in some people. Perhaps others may see and do likewise. This is what I am about. This is the meaning of my life.
Robert Fulghum Sayings: The grass is not, in fact, always greener on the other side of the fence. 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 Sayings: Life-and-death. Lifedeath. One event. One short event. Don't forget. Life-and-death. Lifedeath. One event. One short event. Don't forget.
Robert Fulghum Sayings: The myth of the impossible dream is more powerful than all the facts of history. The myth of the impossible dream is more powerful than all the facts of history.
Robert Fulghum Sayings: It doesn't matter what you say you believe - it only matters what you do. It doesn't matter what you say you believe - it only matters what you do.
Robert Fulghum Sayings: The pig was so earnest. So sincere. So very "there." The pig brought gravity and The pig was so earnest. So sincere. So very "there." The pig brought gravity and mythic import to this well-worn fairy tale.
Robert Fulghum Sayings: Public lives are lived out on the job and in the marketplace, where certain rules, 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 Sayings: What I notice is that every adult or child I give a new set of What I notice is that every adult or child I give a new set of Crayolas to goes a little funny. The kids smile, get a glazed look on their faces, pour the crayons out, and just look at them for a while ... The adults always get the most wonderful kind of sheepish smile on their faces
a mixture of delight and nostalgia and silliness. And they immediately start telling you about all their experiences with Crayolas.
Robert Fulghum Sayings: The Indian danced on alone. The crowd clapped up the beat. The Indian danced with The Indian danced on alone. The crowd clapped up the beat. The Indian danced with a chair. The crowd went crazy. The band faded. The crowd cheered. The Indian held up his hands for silence as if to make a speech. Looking at the band and then the crowd, the Indian said, Well, what're you waiting for? Let's DANCE.
Robert Fulghum Sayings: I often say that I don't worry about the meaning of lifeI can't handle that 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 that I do. What counts is not what I do, but how I think about myself while I'm doing it.
Robert Fulghum Sayings: Even the finest workman needs to inspect his work critically. Even the finest workman needs to inspect his work critically.
Robert Fulghum Sayings: Life is. I am. Anything might happen. Life is. I am. Anything might happen.
Robert Fulghum Sayings: Don't sell yourself short. You may never have proof of your importance, but you are Don't sell yourself short. You may never have proof of your importance, but you are more important than you think.
Robert Fulghum Sayings: You may never have proof of your importance but you are more important than you You may never have proof of your importance but you are more important than you think. There are always those who couldn't do without you. The rub is that you don't always know who.
Robert Fulghum Sayings: We even make ourselves up, fusing what we are with what we wish into what 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 Sayings: No. I was an only child. No. I was an only child.
Robert Fulghum Sayings: The examined life is no picnic. The examined life is no picnic.
Robert Fulghum Sayings: Hide-and-seek, grown-up style. Wanting to hide. Needing to be sought. Confused about being found. Hide-and-seek, grown-up style. Wanting to hide. Needing to be sought. Confused about being found.
Robert Fulghum Sayings: Is it always to be a winners-losers world, or can we keep everyone in the 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 Sayings: If you can't find the exact quote you want, make it up. If you can't find the exact quote you want, make it up.
Robert Fulghum Sayings: Sirius, the brightest star in the heavens ... My grandfather would say we're part of 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 Sayings: Speed and efficiency do not always increase the quality of life. Speed and efficiency do not always increase the quality of life.
Robert Fulghum Sayings: My secret agenda is to convey my values to my kids. My secret agenda is to convey my values to my kids.
Robert Fulghum Sayings: Weddings seem to be magnets for mishap and for whatever craziness lurks in family closets. Weddings seem to be magnets for mishap and for whatever craziness lurks in family closets. In more ways than one, weddings bring out the ding-dong on everybody involved.
Robert Fulghum Sayings: I fear the boredom that comes with not learning and not taking chances. I fear the boredom that comes with not learning and not taking chances.
Robert Fulghum Sayings: All I really need to know ... I learned in kindergarten. All I really need to know ... I learned in kindergarten.
Robert Fulghum Sayings: Clean up your own mess. Clean up your own mess.
Robert Fulghum Sayings: Instructions For Wayfarers They will declare: Every journey has been taken. You shall respond: I Instructions For Wayfarers They will declare: Every journey has been taken. You shall respond: I have not been to see myself. They will insist: Everything has been spoken. You shall reply: I have not had my say. They will tell you: Everything has been done. You shall reply: My way is not complete. You are warned: Any way is long, any way is hard. Fear not. You are the gate - you, the gatekeeper. And you shall go through and on ... - Alexandros Evangelou Xenopouloudakis, THIRD WISH
Robert Fulghum Sayings: Sometimes, when asked the what-do-you-do question, it occurs to me to say that I work Sometimes, when asked the what-do-you-do question, it occurs to me to say that I work for the government. I have a government job, essential to national security. I AM A CITIZEN. Like the Supreme Court judges, my job is for life, and the well-being of my country depends on me. It seems fair to think that I should be held accountable for my record in the same way I expect accountability from those who seek elected office. I would like to be able to say that I can stand on my record and am proud of it.
Robert Fulghum Sayings: You feel like an ant contemplating Chicago. You feel like an ant contemplating Chicago.
Robert Fulghum Sayings: These are the things I learned: share everything, play fair. Don't hit people. Put things These are the things I learned: 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. Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you. Live a balanced life. Learn some and think some and draw some and paint and sing and dance and play and work some every day. Take a nap every afternoon, and, when you go out into the world, watch for traffic, hold hands, and stick together.
Robert Fulghum Sayings: Never, ever regret or apologize for believing that when one man or one woman decides Never, ever regret or apologize for believing that when one man or one woman decides to risk addressing the world with truth, the world may stop what it is doing and hear. There is too much evidence to the contrary.
Robert Fulghum Sayings: The Sikh gave him the money. When Menon asked for his address so that he The Sikh gave him the money. When Menon asked for his address so that he could repay the man, the Sikh said that Menon owed the debt to any stranger who came to him in need, as long as he lived. The help came from a stranger and was to be repaid to a stranger.
Robert Fulghum Sayings: Children are sent to school to be civilized, to learn to be part of the Children are sent to school to be civilized, to learn to be part of the social enterprise.
Robert Fulghum Sayings: Life is lumpy. And a lump in the oatmeal, a lump in the throat, and 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 Sayings: I believe it is in my nature to dance by virtue of the beat of I believe it is in my nature to dance by virtue of the beat of my heart, the pulse of my blood and the music in my mind.
Robert Fulghum Sayings: The world does not need tourists who ride by in a bus clucking their tongues. 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.
Robert Fulghum Sayings: Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup - they all die. So do we.
Robert Fulghum Sayings: If I don't have time to live my life well the first time, when am 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 Sayings: I wanted to be a citizen of the world but not in a superficial way. I wanted to be a citizen of the world but not in a superficial way.
Robert Fulghum Sayings: If you do not join the dancing you will feel foolish. So why not dance? If you do not join the dancing you will feel foolish. So why not dance? And i will tell you a secret: If you do not join the dance, we will know you are a fool. But if you dance, we will think well of you for trying. if you dance badly to begin and we laugh, what is the sin in that? We will begin there.
Robert Fulghum Sayings: If you want an interesting party sometime, combine cocktails and a fresh box of crayons If you want an interesting party sometime, combine cocktails and a fresh box of crayons for everyone.
Robert Fulghum Sayings: To ponder is not to brood or grieve or even meditate. It is to wonder To ponder is not to brood or grieve or even meditate. It is to wonder at a deep level.
Robert Fulghum Sayings: If we could just figure out how to have more fun at it, maybe more If we could just figure out how to have more fun at it, maybe more of us would join the ranks of those who seek after justice and mercy.
Robert Fulghum Sayings: Embassy Row in Washington, D.C., the summer I turned Embassy Row in Washington, D.C., the summer I turned
Robert Fulghum Sayings: Why is love easy? I don't know. And the raccoons don't say. Why is love easy? I don't know. And the raccoons don't say.
Robert Fulghum Sayings: I've always made a clear distinction between making a life and making a living. I've always made a clear distinction between making a life and making a living.
Robert Fulghum Sayings: I and you-We are infinate, rich, large, contradictory, living, breathing miracles-free human beings, children of 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 Sayings: I do not want to know what you will hope for. I want to know 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 ain't, get out of the way'.
Robert Fulghum Sayings: Think of what a better world it would be if we all - the wholeworld Think of what a better world it would be if we all - the whole
world had cookies and milk about 3 o'clock every afternoon and then
lay down with our blankets for a nap.
Robert Fulghum Sayings: Nobody goes "AAAAAAAGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!" when they sing it. Maybe because it puts the life adventure in Nobody goes "AAAAAAAGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!" when they sing it. Maybe because it puts the life adventure in such clear and simple terms. The small creature is alive and looks for adventure. Here's the drainpipe
a long tunnel going up toward some light. The spider doesn't even think about it
just goes. Disaster befalls it
rain, flood, powerful foces. And the spider is knocked down and out beyond where it started. Does the spider say, "To hell with that"? No. Sun comes out
clears things up
dries off the spider. And the small creature goes over to the drainpipe and looks up and thinks it really wants to know what is up there.
Robert Fulghum Sayings: If you break your neck, if you have nothing to eat, if your house is If you break your neck, if you have nothing to eat, if your house is on fire, then you got a problem. Everything else is inconvenience.
Robert Fulghum Sayings: My goal now is to dance all the dances as long as I can, and My goal now is to dance all the dances as long as I can, and then to sit down contented after the last elegant tango some sweet night and pass on because there wasn't another dance left in me.
Robert Fulghum Sayings: Water is everywhere and in all living things; we cannot be seperated from water. No 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 Sayings: I love this child. Red-haired - patient and gentle like her mother - fey and I love this child. Red-haired - patient and gentle like her mother - fey and funny like her father. When she giggles I can hear him when he and I were young. I am part of this child. It may be only because we share genes and that therefore smell familiar to each other ... It may be that a part of me lives in her in some important way ... But for now, it's jelly beans and 'Old MacDonald' that unite us.