Maybe (Maybe Not)

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Random House Publishing Group, 1997 - Religion - 236 pages
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If I was absolutely certain about all things, I would spend my life in anxious misery, fearful of losing my way. But since everything and anything is always possible, the miraculous is always nearby and wonders shall never, ever cease. I believe that human freedom may be stated in one term, which serves as a little brick propping open the door of existence: Maybe. Such is the philosophy that has built Robert Fulghum's All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, It Was on Fire When I Lay Down on It, and Uh-Oh into international bestsellers. His first book of wit and wisdom, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, occupied the number one spot on the New York Times bestseller list for some 96 weeks. It was also number one in Ivy paperback, spent 133 weeks on the New York Times list, and has achieved the status of a contemporary classic. It Was on Fire When I Lay Down on It, his second book, also soared to instant success, becoming part of publishing history by seizing the New York Times' top hardcover slot while Kindergarten remained a simultaneous hardcover and paperback bestseller. Uh-Oh, another number one bestseller, also reflects on the wonders of everyday life. Fulghum's books radiate a spiritual, yet down-to-earth universality that has made his writing appealing to readers in twenty-four languages; his books are distributed in ninety-three countries. To those modern classics, he now adds Maybe (Maybe Not), his wisest and most entertaining work to date. Opting for constant surprise, he continues to amuse and inspire with enlightenment encountered in the most unexpected ways and places. Consider Fulghum's thoughts on the secret life (that nonstop epic playinginside our heads, where all our best-laid dreams are hatched), on barbershop mythology, the shifting significance of nicknames over the course of a lifetime, or the circumstances of one's own conception. Contemplate along with him the revelations afforded by ironing a shirt, a rousi
 

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Contents

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Section 2
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About the author (1997)

Robert Fulghum was born in Waco, Tex. in 1937. He attended the University of Colorado and obtained a degree in history and philosophy from Baylor University. He also spent some time at a Zen Buddhist monastery in Japan. Fulghum's ideas about how to make life better and appreciate its simple joys inspired him to write the bestselling All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. Several other successful books authored by Fulghum have followed, such as It Was On Fire When I Lay Down On It, Maybe (Maybe Not), Uh-Oh: Some Observations From Both Sides of the Refrigerator Door, From Beginning to End, True Love, What On Earth Have I Done?, and Third Wish.

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