All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten - Robert Fulghum

All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

By Robert Fulghum

  • Release Date: 2004-05-04
  • Genre: Self-Improvement
Score: 4
From 32 Ratings


Essays on life that will resonate deeply as readers discover how universal insights can be found in ordinary events.

More than thirty years ago, Robert Fulghum published a simple credo—a credo that became the phenomenal #1 New York Times bestseller All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. Today, after being embraced around the world and selling more than seven million copies, Fulghum’s book retains the potency of a common though no less relevant piece of wisdom: that the most basic aspects of life bear its most important opportunities.

Here Fulghum engages us with musings on life, death, love, pain, joy, sorrow, and the best chicken-fried steak in the continental United States. The little seed in the Styrofoam cup offers a reminder about our own mortality and the delicate nature of life . . . a spider who catches (and loses) a full-grown woman in its web one fine morning teaches us about surviving catastrophe . . . the love story of Jean-Francois Pilatre and his hot-air balloon reminds us to be brave and unafraid to “fly” . . . life lessons hidden in the laundry pile . . . magical qualities found in a box of crayons . . . hide-and-seek vs. sardines—and how these games relate to the nature of God. All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten is brimming with the very stuff of life and the significance found in the smallest details.

In the editions since the first publication of this book, Robert Fulghum has had some time to ponder, to reevaluate, and to reconsider, adding fresh thoughts on classic topics including a short new introduction.

Praise for All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

“A healthy antidote to the horrors that pummel us in this dicey age.”—Baltimore Sun

“Within simplicity lies the sublime.”San Francisco Chronicle

“It is interesting how much of it applies not only to individuals, grown or small, but even to nations.”—New York Daily News

“As universal as fresh air and invigorating as the fragrance of a Douglas fir.”Los Angeles Times


  • A gentle, reinvigorating cleansing of the soul...

    By Productivity
    "All I really need to know" is wonderful book to read that leaves us refreshed and makes us wonder how our lives have become unnecessarily complicated as adults. Robert Fulghum brings us back in touch with fundamental values, a sense of wonder, fairness, discovery and play we possessed as children and often buried as adults. Robert Fulghum's essays are easy to read, even for those severely challenged in time. Each of them will touch you. This book is a classic that will survive time and will be applicable to and appreciated by many generations to come. This is a must read for anyone that secretly desires to be the biggest kid on the block!