Maybe (Maybe Not): Second Thoughts on a Secret Life

Maybe (Maybe Not): Second Thoughts on a Secret Life

by Robert Fulghum


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I once began a list of the contradictory notions I hold:
Look before you leap.
He who hesitates is lost.
Two heads are better than one.
If you want something done right, do it yourself.
Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
Better safe than sorry.
Out of sight, out of mind.
Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
You can't tell a book by its cover.
Clothes make the man.
Many hands make light work.
Too many cooks spoil the broth.
You can't teach an old dog new tricks.
It's never too late to learn.
Never sweat the small stuff.
God is in the details.
And so on. The list goes on forever. Once I got so caught up in this kind of thinking that I wore two buttons on my smock when I was teaching art. One said, "Trust me, I'm a teacher." The other replied, "Question Authority."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679419600
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/10/1993
Pages: 228
Product dimensions: 5.73(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.91(d)

About the Author

Robert Fulghum is a writer, philosopher, and public speaker, but he has also worked as a cowboy, a folksinger, an IBM salesman, a professional artist, a parish minister, a bartender, a teacher of drawing and painting, and a father. All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten has inspired numerous theater pieces that have captivated audiences across the country. Fulghum is also the author of many New York Times bestsellers, including It Was on Fire When I Lay Down on It, Uh-Oh, and Maybe (Maybe Not), as well as two plays: All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten and Uh-Oh, Here Comes Christmas. He has also written two novels: Third Wish and If You Love Me Still, Will You Love Me Moving?

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A rabbi and I once engaged in a friendly intellectual hockey match trying to choose a single word to summarize human wisdom. He submitted a Hebrew term—timshel. It’s found in the oldest story in our common literature—in Genesis—the book of beginnings.

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Maybe (Maybe Not): Second Thoughts on a Secret Life 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
BookAngel_a on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A nice light read. I didn't always agree with his thoughts, but I usually did. Books like this always make me want to write my own book. I read it and think, "Hey - maybe someone would want to read my opinions and observations too!" Clean, and family friendly.
nderdog on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A wonderful collection of stories and musings. Some make you think, others just make you laugh. Very fun to see inside someone else's head.
callista83 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
All of Robert Fulgham's books are hilarious! His stories are well told and easy to read and follow.