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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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I read this book long ago, when I was in high school. I remember thinking it was a really deep, important book at the time. On re-reading it in adulthood, I no longer think it is either deep or important.

There is a sort of smug satisfaction cloaked in humility in a lot of these very short essays about life, and they now feel like someone who is trying to seem wise, rather than someone who is wise.

But, there is definite value to be found in this book. I especially like his idea that we shouldn't bother searching for the meaning of life, and instead should be looking, all the time, to find the meaning in life.

Perhaps this book is best enjoyed by dipping into it here and there, rather than reading it from start to finish in a short period of time. ( )
  evenlake | Mar 23, 2021 |
A Monty Python-dal jutott az eszembe, amikor elolvastam: "Always look on the bright side of life". No meg Bobby McFerrin "Don't Worry Be Happy" című dala. Nagy témák hihetetlen könnyedséggel. Humor a köbön - magunkon lehet a legjobbat nevetni. Egyszóval: léleküdítő és frissítő - mindenkinek ajánlott időnként egy adagot elfogyasztani belőle. ( )
  gjudit8 | Aug 3, 2020 |
I thought it was rather humourous ( )
  nlmii | Jul 31, 2020 |
"And another thing: There are contradictions in here. You may be reading
along and think, "Didn't he just say the opposite of that a few pages back?"
Yes. It's just that I seem to hold in my head some mutually exclusive
notions. For example, it is true that the unexamined life is not worth living,
and true that ignorance is bliss, and so on. I haven't made up my mind about
everything yet." (Page viii) ( )
  bread2u | Jul 1, 2020 |
Softer than Andy Rooney, but just as insightful into the workings of people. ( )
  LindaLeeJacobs | Feb 15, 2020 |
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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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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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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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