Robert Fulghum quote

"Arguing whether or not a God exists is like fleas arguing whether or not the dog exists. Arguing over the correct name for God is like fleas arguing over the name of the dog. And arguing over whose notion of God is correct is like fleas arguing over who owns the dog."

Robert Fulghum

Born: June 4, 1937

Occupation: Author

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I and you-We are infinate, rich, large, contradictory, living, breathing miracles-free human beings, children of God and the everlasting universe. That's what we do.

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Why is love easy? I don’t know. And the raccoons don’t say.

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Remember, most of us got something for nothing the first time just by showing up here at birth. Now we have to qualify.

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And good neighbors make a huge difference in the quality of life. I agree.

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You may never have proof of your importance but you are more important than you think. There are always those who couldn’t do without you. The rub is that you don’t always know who.

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Life is lumpy. And a lump in the oatmeal, a lump in the throat, and a lump in a breast are not the same lump. One should learn the difference.

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The gift was not large as money goes, and my need was not great, but the spirit of the gift is beyond price and leaves me blessed and in debt.

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As one old gentleman put it, " Son, I don't care if you're stark nekkid and wear a bone in your nose. If you kin fiddle, you're all right with me. It's the music we make that counts.

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Play fair. Don't hit people. Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody.

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Don't worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.

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Sticks and stones will break our bones, but words will break our hearts.

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I believe in dancing.

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Clean up your own mess.

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To be human is to keep rattling the bars of the cage of existence, hollering, 'What's it for?'

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It doesn’t matter what you say you believe - it only matters what you do.

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To ponder is not to brood or grieve or even meditate. It is to wonder at a deep level.

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A giraffe has a black tongue twenty-seven inches long and no vocal cords. A giraffe has nothing to say. He just goes on giraffing.

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Hide-and-seek, grown-up style. Wanting to hide. Needing to be sought. Confused about being found.

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We even make ourselves up, fusing what we are with what we wish into what we must become. I'm not sure why it must be so, but it is.

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Always trust your fellow man. And always cut the cards. Always trust God. And always build your house on high ground. Always love thy neighbor. And always pick a good neighborhood to live in.

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About winning and losing: It isn't important, what really counts is how you play the game. About playing the game: PLAY TO WIN!

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The grass is not always greener on the other side of the fence. The grass is greenest where it is watered.

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Doing a straight-forward, clear-cut task that has a beginning and an end balances out the complexity-without-end that often vexes the rest of my life. Sacred simplicity.

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Wherever and however any one of us may be conceived, it is the same. We come into being in the arms of God.

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Is it always to be a winners-losers world, or can we keep everyone in the game? Do we still have what it takes to find a better way?

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The heart will turn to a prune if love is always by the numbers. How will you know if someone really loves you if they only meet your expectations and not your needs?

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Above all, if what you've done is stupid, but it works, it ain't stupid.

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It is the chair in honor of all those who, however competently, embrace the impossible. Sit in that chair someday.

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If you tell people you talk to God, they'll think you're religious, but if you say God talks to you, it's ten to one they'll think you're crazy.

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The habit of arguing in support of atheism, whether it be done from conviction or in pretense, is a wicked and impious practice.

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