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All I Really Need to Know I Learned in…

All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

by Robert Fulghum

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A book to raise the spirits and warm the heart. Includes the famous Kindergarten essay that was read on the floor of the U.S. Senate.
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Softer than Andy Rooney, but just as insightful into the workings of people. ( )
  LindaLeeJacobs | Feb 15, 2020 |
One of the most enjoyable books that I ever read! I'd you find yourself in its pages, check your pulse, and if it doesn't give all of your emotions a good workout, check your dang pulse again! ( )
  lomerson2 | Nov 16, 2019 |
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"Irreverent at times, but refreshing practical wisdom." ( )
  jamesrrouse | Dec 12, 2018 |
I read this a long time ago. The fact that I once lived in Seattle added to my enjoyment. Stories are interesting and provide a message. ( )
  CarolJMO | Dec 12, 2016 |
grandma's copy
  cookierooks | Nov 16, 2016 |
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Fulghum, a retired Unitarian minister, does not express uncommon thoughts here: his thoughts are those we all wish were true.... Fulghum approaches each topic here with lump-in-the-throat sentimentality, which is sure to feed the public's perceived hunger for happy talk.
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Each spring, for many years, I have set myself the task of writing a personal statement of belief: a Credo.
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Most of what 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 sandpile at Sunday School.
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 your 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

  • Take a nap every afternoon

  • When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, stick together

  • BE aware of Wonder

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