Robert Fulghum

1937 -

A Quote by Robert Fulghum on expectations, needs, love, gifts, and holidays

How will you know someone really loves if they only meet your expectations and not your needs

Robert Fulghum (1937 -)

Source: Maybe (Maybe Not) (Maybe Not : Second Thoughts from a Secret Life), Pages: 68

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A Quote by Robert Fulghum on action

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The line between good and evil, hope and despair, does not divide the world between "us" and "them".  It runs down the middle of every one of us.  I do not want to talk about what you understand about this world.  I want to know what you will do about it.  I do not want to know what you hope.  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 (1937 -)

Source: It Was On Fire When I Lay Down On It, Pages: 107

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A Quote by Robert Fulghum on he who laughs lasts, unquenchable laughter, immobilization, and laughter

To get through this life and see it realistically poses a problem.  There is a dark, evil, hopeless side to life that includes suffering, death, and ultimate oblivion as our earth falls into a dying sun.  Nothing really matters. 
On the other hand, the best side of our humanity finds us determined to make life as meaningful as possible NOW; to defy our fate.  Everything matters.  Everything. 
It is easy to become immobilized between these two points of view - to see them both so clearly that one cannot decide what to be or do.
Laughter is what gives me forward motion at such intersections. We are the only creatures that both laugh and weep.  I think it's because we are the only creatures that see the difference between the way things are and the way they might be.  Tears bring relief.  Laughter brings release. Some years ago I came across a phrase in Greek - asbestos gelos - unquenchable laughter.  I traced it to Homer's Iliad, where it was used to descibe the laughter of the gods.  That's my kind of laughter.  And he who laughs, lasts.

Robert Fulghum (1937 -)

Source: It Was On Fire When I Lay Down On It, Pages: 210

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A Quote by Robert Fulghum on marriage, great companions, friends, significant others, maze, and mazes

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 (1937 -)

Source: It Was On Fire When I Lay Down On It, Pages: 149

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A Quote by Robert Fulghum on consequences

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 (1937 -)

Source: It Was On Fire When I Lay Down On It, Pages: 196

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A Quote by Robert Fulghum on water

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The grass is not always greener on the other side of the fence. 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 (1937 -)

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A Quote by Robert Fulghum on good, jobs, life, and questions

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 (1937 -)

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A Quote by Robert Fulghum on beauty, crisis, earth, funny, gold, happiness, imagination, people, rest, secrets, time, weapons, and world

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 (1937 -)

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Robert Fulghum on sharing

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Share everything. Don't take things that aren't yours. Put things back where you found them.

Robert Fulghum (1937 -)

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A Quote by Robert Fulghum on earth and understanding

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 that 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.

Robert Fulghum (1937 -)

Contributed by: Zaady

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