Sunday, August 23, 2015

That's All Folks

Yes, another farewell post -- the fourth or fifth since I began blogging 6 1/2 years ago.  But this time my retirement may have some staying power.

Times have changed,  The personal blog, it seems to me, has largely been supplanted by social networking.  I choose to believe so, since something must account for my diminished readership over the past 18 months.    

I'm pleased to have had the run I've had.  I'm pleased that so many of my sayings have found their way to other internet sites, to the popular media and to published works of all kinds.  And I'm satisfied that my own two books have captured the best of the 6 1/2 years.  If posterity is interested, it will know where to find me.  

My grateful thanks to those of you who have stuck by me to the end.  Please do stay in touch.  I will respond promptly and gratefully to emails, as I always have.

A final "Smiles" to all,


Sunday, August 16, 2015

Thoughts On A Crowded Beach

"Every human being is a set of individual eccentricities that make them pretty much like everyone else."

"There is no more engaging quality in a person than the ability to be made happy."

"Sometimes it isn't a lie; it is just the truth broken very gently."

"The tragedy of a sad child is that a child possesses such an ability to be cheered up."

"One of life's greater satisfactions is possessing nothing you would have had to beg for."

"Life is a series of happenings so arranged that if you don't know what someone else is going through, you will soon enough."

"The heart has its reasons, and they aren't debate topics."

"A friend is someone who knows everything about you and doesn't report you to the appropriate state agency."

"Nobody's perfect, and our fondest memories of anyone are of the hilarious ways they proved it."

"It is a sad lament -- the happiness you might have found if you had taken the path that still lies right there in front of you."

~~ Robert Brault

Monday, August 3, 2015

A Break In The Break

A mid-break post, just to keep in touch...

"Sometimes regrettable things need to be said, that we might realize how much we regret them."

"How do you explain to someone you love that you don't mean it the way you're about to say it?"

"Do not envy another person's success unless you can recall envying their struggle."

"No one ever falls in love for the purpose of debating the wisdom of the move."

"It is possible to know the truth about someone and not be the person they need to hear it from."

 "Sometimes, in a relationship, we fail to put two and two together because we want so much to keep one and one together."

"There's nothing like an old photo of yourself to remind you how many different people have hid out behind that same face."

"It is no crime to lack a college education, unless, of course, you hold a college degree."

~~ Robert Brault

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 state of affairs."    

"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