From now until Christmas, I will be posting favorites from my book, Round Up The Usual Subjects, I hope you will consider the book for your Christmas list.
"We all have our limitations, but when we listen to our critics, we also have theirs."
"There is a limit to how much you can change to be liked for who you really are."
"Why try to be someone you're not? Life is hard enough without adding impersonation to the skills required."
"It is sad when two people turn from the paths they're traveling, and their paths go on to cross without them."
"Sometimes in life you have an appointment with destiny, and sometimes you just have to get destiny to squeeze you in."
Overnight it rained, and the wind shifted into the west, and this morning my garden is fresh in the sun, and its scent wafts through my window. But if I sit in my garden, who will keep my appointment in town? But if I keep my appointment in town, who will sit in my garden?
In many areas of understanding, none so much as in our understanding of God, we bump up against a simplicity so profound that we must assign complexities to it to understand it at all. It is mindful of how we paste decals to a sliding glass door to keep from bumping our nose against it.
"If there be no God, then what is truth but the average of all lies."
The conclusion, "Nobody cares," is always based on an insufficient sampling.
"We envy others, for we see their lives in broad outline, while forced to live ours in every detail."
"Count no day lost in which you waited your turn, took only your share, and sought advantage over no one."
Why be saddled with this thing called life expectancy? Of what relevance to an individual is such a statistic? Am I to concern myself with an allotment of days I never had and was never promised? Must I check off each day of my life as if I am subtracting from this imaginary hoard? No, on the contrary, I will add each of my life to my treasure of days lived, and with each passing day my treasure will grow, not diminish.
"Always carry with you a little reasonable doubt, should you meet someone who needs to be found innocent."
"The key to compassion is to realize that everyone you meet is a set of extenuating circumstances."
Always when judging
Who people are,
Remember to footnote
The words, "So far."
"Conscience is less an inner voice than the memory of a mother's glance."
"A mother forgives you all your faults, not to mention one or two you don't even have."
"There is little you achieve whose possibility was not first exaggerated by your mom."
"Sometimes, in a moral struggle, we remember a lesson our mother taught us, just as on a cold winter's day long ago, we discovered mittens pinned to our coat sleeves."
"When I am gone, my love, do not look for me in the places we used to go to together. Look for me in the places we always planned to go to together."
and a tip of the lid
to the person
"It is a special friend who dispels your loneliness but leaves your solitude intact."
"The difference between a dog and a person is that when you earn a dog's love, you get it."
"There is no better actor than a dog pretending to be as sad and lonely as you are."
"In the end there doesn't have to be anyone who understands you. There just has to be someone who wants to."
"You will not find a soul mate in the quiet of your room. You must go to a noisy place and look in the quiet corners."
"One day, in your search for happiness, you find a partner by your side, and you realize that your happiness has come to help you search."
"Eventually soul mates meet, for they have the same hiding place."
~~ Robert Brault