In the 1980s, the #1 bestseller All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten was published. The author, Robert Fulghum, realised one day that “what’s necessary to live a meaningful life” wasn’t “all that complicated.” He’d already learned it in kindergarten. Here’s some of what he wrote: 

All I really need to know … I learned in kindergarten. Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate-school mountain, but there in the sandpile at Sunday School. These 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 you’re sorry when you hurt somebody. 

Wash your hands before you eat. 


Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.  

Live a balanced life — learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some. 

Take a nap every afternoon. 

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

And he said, Think what a better world it would be if we all — the whole world — had cookies and milk about three o’clock every afternoon and then lay down with our blankies for a nap. 

Reference: Robert Fulghum, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten: Reconsidered, Revised & Expanded, with Twenty-Five New Essays (Ballantine, 2004), pp. 2-3


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