Monday, July 25, 2016

Leave Others Be

An important corollary to the Golden Rule is to leave others be as you would have them leave you be.


All anyone can tell you about the next life is -- plan to get there ahead of your luggage.


You can as easily find the one true recipe for happiness as you can find the one true recipe for shepherd's pie.


How do you become a good person?  You practice the mannerisms until they become your own.



Time is the only one of life's resources that when it's all spent, you wish you had spent more of it foolishly.



Life is like a fancy restaurant -- it will always try to seat you at the worst table you will accept.



Hard as it is to be a true friend, it's easier than pretending.




~~ Robert Brault

Saturday, July 16, 2016

I'll Tell You What's Sad


"I'll tell you what's sad.  It's sad to see little kids grow up and lose all their superhero powers."



"You don't have to train to be a grandparent.  Nature just molds you into an entertainment suitable for a younger audience."




"The trouble with getting up in the morning is that it's hard to rescue a day that begins with such a basic mistake."




"It's great to be friends with someone who's fun, but when they stop being fun, it doesn't necessarily mean they don't still need a friend."




"Two's company, three's a crowd, which leaves us to decide for ourselves what one is."




"First, without consulting you, they stop consulting you, and then you're notified you will no longer be notified."




"Change does not happen overnight -- until it's ready to happen, then overnight is exactly when it happens."



~~ Robert Brault



Thursday, July 7, 2016

Be Reluctant To Judge


Be reluctant to judge another, for it's hard to know another person's true intent -- or the true intent of the judge.



I look at it this way -- if I always got what I prayed for, I'd be praying to someone no wiser than I am.



I believe in divine intervention.  I just don't believe it's the reason any particular number comes up in Powerball.



I'll tell you what's annoying.  It's annoying when people say, "You're only kidding yourself," when you're seriously trying to delude yourself.



There's nothing like seeing your reflection in a store window to get you thinking, "There but for the grace of God go I."



Madness is defined in different ways at different times, sanity being the knack of keeping current.



There are words you'd be ready to believe again -- if only someone would say them again.


~~ Robert Brault

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Touching Base #2


Life is a process by which, one by one, the trophies on your mantel are replaced by pictures of the grandkids.


I've come to believe that you win at life by quietly accumulating the most consolation prizes.


It's  a tough mindset to change --  that nothing can be worth anything unless you beat someone to it.  


Never be discouraged by the opinion of people who don't know what you're about to accomplish.


If only regret had action's purpose.  If only action had regret's information.


It takes no skill to belittle people -- to scoff at their harmless pretenses and strip them of their all-too-transparent masks.  It takes only a greater pretense and a more subtle mask.



~~ Robert Brault

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Touching Base

I have resumed work on my third book after an "extended" break of one day.  I've also discovered that a periodic post is probably required to keep this site on Google's priority search list.  Hence here is the first of what will be several strategically-placed posts over the course of the summer.

And while I'm here, a few new thoughts:


"When someone you know seems always defensive, how do you suppose you seem to them?"


"I suppose we could all live in our own private bubbles.  You could even place them side-by-side and call them neighborhoods"


"I don't defend my honor.  My honor is perfectly able to defend itself.  If I'm defending it, it's my pride."


"People who would never trespass on your property will trespass on your time, as if your time were not your property."


There are things you've done that come back to haunt you -- and things that haunt you that you're still doing."


"You can't talk sense to people who oppose it on principle."


~~ Robert Brault

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Bottom Of The Bag

Here is everything left in my work file, pretty much as it occurred to me.  I will now turn my attention to cranking out a new book for September.  See all you folks then.  In the meantime, if you haven't discovered my current books, please feel free to click the links over in the sidebar.  I depend on sales of these books to keep from dropping out of the middle class. (smile)  I do wish a glorious summer to you all.

                                                                 *******

"You can wander a loneliness on your own, but it takes two to explore a solitude."

"Yes, I've been lost in a crowd, usually having gone there for that purpose."

"It's a rare couple that doesn't celebrate the anniversary of more than one promise."

"You cannot return to a time, but you can return to a place where promises were made."

"There is almost no good thing you search for alone in life that you don't find only half of."

"I've learned this about paying your respects -- it is very hard to overdress for the occasion."

"My wish for everyone is to live happily ever after -- but not until your story is over."

"You can appeal to someone's common decency, but you can't supply it for them."

"How to make a marriage last?  You keep working at it, and in the meantime, you keep
celebrating anniversaries of the same wedding."

"I wouldn't mind living my life over, this time with the ability to say no."

"It is hard sometimes to remember that you woke up just a few hours ago with no intention whatever of antagonizing anyone."

"You can't talk sense to people who oppose it on principle."

"I dunno, there are days when I feel that if I walked down the street in a mask, no one would recall seeing anyone in a mask."

Today's thought question: "Haven't you always been too good with your hands to wring them now in despair?"

"The one thing I would guess about the Lord of Judgment is that He probably won't blame your parents."

It's not that two people say, "Let's grow apart."  It's that there's never anything else they feel like doing.

"The great unspoken truth is how much of kindness is unspoken truth."

"The advantage of silence over words is that there's a wider range of things you can claim you didn't mean by it."

"Stay out of the court of self-judgment, for the jury has already formed an opinion."

"I've never thought it my business to judge others, preferring to take the chance that I am not God."

"One of love's greater challenges is to travel diverging paths and still meet back every night at the same place."


With apologies where due,
Robert Brault

Friday, May 20, 2016

A Watershed Moment...


"A watershed moment in life is when you realize that what you can or can't do is a decision, not a recollection."


"Learn to hold your tongue, and you will be fluent in every language and on all topics."


"Sometimes a lasting relationship just comes down to two people both wanting it to be the way it was."


"For most of us, the proof that there is Someone to pray to is the incontrovertible fact that there is someone to pray for."


So the other night I'm gazing into the stars and thinking, "Maybe we're alone in the universe because no one else got thrown out of Paradise."


"The good news?  The good news is that a meteor is headed for Earth and is expected to get here before the election."


~~ Robert Brault