Literary Birthday – 4 June – Robert Fulghum

Happy Birthday, Robert Fulghum, born 4 June 1937.


  1. 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.
  2. Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.
  3. Sticks and stones will break our bones, but words will break our hearts.
  4. 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.
  5. I think my writing is part of my ministry.
  6. Live a balanced life – learn some and think some and draw some and paint some and sing and dance and play and work everyday some.
  7. Ignorance and power and pride are a deadly mixture, you know.
  8. I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death.
  9. 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.
  10. It doesn’t matter what you say you believe – it only matters what you do.

Robert Fulghum is an American author best known for writing All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. The book stayed on the New York Times bestseller lists for nearly two years. Fulghum has more than 16 million copies of his books in print, published in 27 languages in 103 countries.

Source for Image: Author’s Website

by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 4th June 2013