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All I Really Need to Know I Learned in

By Robert Fulghum

need to know about how to live and what to do, and

Most of what I reallykinde
rgarten. Wisdom was not at the top of the
how to be, I learned in
graduate school mountain, but there in the sandbox at nursery

These are the things I learned:

Share everything.
Play fair.
Don't hit people. you found them.
Put things back where
Clean up your own mess.
that aren't yours.
Don't take thingswhen
hurt somebody.
Say you're sorry beforyou
e you eat.
Wash your hands
Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
Live a balanced life. some and draw and paint and sing and dance
Learn some and think every day some.
and play and work
Take a nap every into
When you go out the world, watch for traffic, hold hands and
stick together.
Be aware of wonder. seed in the plastic cup? The roots go down
Remember the littleup and nobody really knows how or why, but

and the plant goes

we are all like that. Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and
even the little seed in the plastic cup -- they all die; so do we.
And then remember the book about Dick and Jane and the first
word you learned, the biggest word of all: LOOK.

is in there somewhere: The Golden Rule and

Everything you need to know
ecology and politics and sane living.
love and basic sanitation;

it would be if we allthe whole worldhad

Think what a better world
3 o'clock every afternoon and then lay down with our

cookies and milk about

other nations
blankets for a nap. Or if we had a basic policy in our nation and
our own
to always put things back where we found them and cleaned up
go out into
messes. And it is still true no matter how old you are, when
the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together.
Courtesy of Syndi Seids Advanced Etiquette

1988 Robert Fulghum

Reprinted with permission