Monday, July 13, 2015

See You In September

To my small but elite band of followers:

I am taking a summer break.  Plan to resume posting every Tuesday and Friday beginning the day after Labor Day.  Hope to see you then.

My books, "Round Up The Usual Subjects" and "The Second Collection" remain available both on Amazon and from me personally.  Would really appreciate your giving them a look.

Do enjoy a pleasant summer.


"A pleasant smile is the wisest comment, always interpreted favorably and rarely misquoted."

~~ Robert Brault

Friday, July 10, 2015

Friday Flea Market #3

"You can look forward to happiness, and you can look backward on it, but it's so hard to notice it to your left or right."

"What is a child's mind but a small world, and what is a teacher's job but to shine on it like the sun."

"Evidence suggests that every life form on Earth was given the choice of intelligence or perfection, and all but one chose perfection."

"It is hard to know the difference between right and wrong if you don't know the difference between wrong and different." 

"Any religion that allows one person to sin against another and apologize to a forgiving third party is going to have followers."

"There is no belief so preposterous that something more preposterous cannot be cited as further proof."

"Silence is not always wise, but it is seldom stupid."

"One day the world will end, and everything human beings have ever done will fade into oblivion, and the one consolation is that it probably has happened before."

~~ Robert Brault

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Tuesday Tag Sale #2

A Toast:

"May you have a good friend to keep you out of trouble -- and a best friend to help you go looking for it."


"You can't make someone happy by making yourself miserable, no matter how diligently you keep up your end of the bargain."

"Be someone willing to listen, and you will become the world's expert on the problems of perfect strangers."

"I think often our happiest memories are of things we wish we still believed."

"If you give it a central place in your life, what does it matter if you call it faith or you call it doubt?"

"It's a mistake, when life hands you a hard lesson, to think that you can get back at life by not learning it."

To hear a politician say, "If I had it to do over again, I wouldn't do a single thing differently" -- is to hear the best argument there is for term limits.

Speaking For Myself:

"Despite all the new warning devices on cars, the best warning device is still someone in the passenger's seat shouting, "Dear God!"

Sometimes I think, "I should stop pretending," but then I think, "No, that wouldn't be who I am."

Thoughts From Our Resident Cynic:

"I don't pretend to be God, which is to say, if I cause you grief, it's not part of a larger plan."

"Eventually you find out that Santa was really your dad and the Easter Bunny was really your mom, and you spend the rest of your life trying to find out who God really was." 

~~ Robert Brault

Friday, July 3, 2015

Friday Flea Market #2

"There is no due date on an apology or a thank-you.  If it is owed, it is overdue."

"Do things while you can and while they matter to you, because neither is a permanent condition."    

"Fool me once, shame on you.  Fool me twice, I probably have my reasons."

"Sometimes there are words you haven't heard in so long, you almost think you could believe them again."

"The shock of returning to an old neighborhood is to discover that you abandoned a life that people are still happily living."

"To be nobody's fool is to be, of all fools, the loneliest."

"It's a good friend who, when you want the truth, knows what truth you want."

...and hundreds more in my book, Round Up The Usual Subjects.

~~ Robert Brault

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Tuesday Tag Sale

Thoughts on Humankind

"Nobody's perfect, but it isn't necessary for everybody to prove it all at once."

"Nothing tries your patience like people trespassing on your planet who have no idea they have done anything wrong."

Speaking For Myself

"Perhaps I can't handle the truth, but it's a short list of people I would trust to make that judgment."  

Lightening up a bit...

"Perhaps if people really knew me, they would understand me, but I'd rather be misunderstood than really known."

"I hate injustice -- not enough to go on a hunger strike but enough to go on an eat-all-you-want-and-lose-weight diet."

Just once I'd like to hear an assessment of myself that doesn't begin, "I won't lie to you."

Life Lessons

"There is no good thing that cannot be made better by leaving it just the way it is."

"It is easier to find new fun things to do than to make old things fun again."

General Law of the Universe

"If your car keys aren't where you always leave them, then they aren't anywhere else you might have left them, either."

... and hundreds more in my book Round Up The Usual Subjects.

~~ Robert Brault

Friday, June 26, 2015

Friday Flea Market

"The fun thing about being someone who cares is surprising people who don't believe you exist."

Today's free advice:  "Never reveal anything in the interest of truth unless there is a better reason to reveal it."

A simple definition of life:  "The chance you've been waiting for."

"If all you want in life is to be left alone, time is on your side."

"Most of what gets done in this world gets done by people who went ahead while waiting for the go-ahead."

"The one thing you know about people qualified to speak for the Almighty is that you are equally qualified."

"Chance and destiny have this in common --  that they are just as likely to be chiseled in stone."

When I was young, I used to sit by the sea and ask such questions as, "Who am I?"  Now I sit by the sea and ask such questions as, "Where am I?"

... and hundreds more in my book, Round Up The Usual Subjects.

~~ Robert Brault

Monday, June 22, 2015

Why Chase A Hopeless Dream?

"Why chase a hopeless dream?  I dunno, maybe for the dream, maybe for the chase, maybe to meet another hopeless dreamer."

"You don't always catch the dream you chase all your life, but it usually takes you up the path you want to travel."

"I am a guest in your life.  You are a guest in mine.  Not something calling for a dress code, maybe, but a little etiquette?

"You hear the news everyday, and it doesn't make sense, and, frankly, you dread the sense it would make if it did."

"If heaven is not a family reunion, then don't bother trying to explain it to me, because I'm not going to understand."

...and hundreds more in my book, Round Up The Usual Subjects.  

~~ Robert Brault