Wednesday, November 16, 2011

A Robert Brault Blog Hop

Those of you who have been readers of this blog for any length of time know that I am a huge Robert Brault fan. I have mentioned him several times in various blog posts, plus his quote graces the top of this blog. Permanently. Unless I someday change it to another Robert Brault quote.

Becky Povich of Writer Searching for Bliss is also a huge rb fan. [People who hang out on Robert’s website know that he signs everything “rb.” The mere fact that we know that is like some sort of notch on the belt of Brault fan-ness.]  Becky is hosting a Robert Brault blog-hop and has invited me to play along. Since you all know I idolize rb, I agreed.

I won’t spend a lot of time telling you why I think RobertBrault’s work is the ultimus maximus of quote-dom. Simply go here for unabashed adulation. I will however steal some of the quotes from his site and plaster them right here for all to see. My favorites run in the hundreds, so it was difficult to pick just a few. Enjoy.

“What you don't realize as a kid is that if your parents are always going to be there for you, they aren't going to be somewhere else doing exciting and glamorous things."

"There are things about myself I would never reveal.  You'd have to waterboard me -- or there would have to be a lull in the conversation at a cocktail party."

"Never point a finger where you never lent a hand."

"When you speak, always tell the truth.  But don't always speak."

"If you don't decide what your life is about, it defaults to what you spend your days doing."

"Arriving at church for services, we leave our toddlers in the basement child care center and proceed upstairs -- as if God were likely to be upstairs."

“If you allow people to treat you like a doormat, they will expect you to say WELCOME."

"I would love to go back and travel the road not taken, if I knew at the end of it I'd find the same set of grandkids."

“You think you know someone, and then at their memorial service, a stranger comes in, sits for ten minutes alone, speaks to no one, and quietly leaves."

"You don't realize how little accuracy there is in network TV reporting until they cover a story in your hometown."

"You'll never have a more enjoyable Italian meal than on the Saturday night after Thanksgiving."

"Often, what seems an impossible climb is just a staircase without the steps drawn in."

"My wife has noted two road habits of mine -- a tendency to belittle the driving skills of truckers and a tendency to follow an 18-wheeler in a dense fog."

And because I have the greatest of respect for any man who publicly adores his wife, I will end with one of his most tender quotes.

A Thought for Joan Marie
"One day, in your search for happiness, you discover a partner by your side, and you realize that your happiness has come to help you search."


  1. For some reason Blogger won't let me correct the odd formatting at the end of the post. It looks fine in the editing screen, but when it posts, it has a larger font and runs together. Grr.

  2. Randi, I don't see anything wrong with the font. Maybe it fixed itself?? Thanks so much for joining my rb salute!! :)

  3. Becky: Oh good! Maybe it affects only my computer and no one else can see it. And you are welcome! No arm twisting was needed. :)

  4. These are wonderful quotes. I wish I could remember to use them when I most need a good quote.

  5. Auntie M: He is my go-to man for many a quote need. :)

  6. Randi, one of my great pleasures is to re-read stuff I've written after it's been noticed and quoted by somebody I respect. Seems so much wiser, funnier, etc. How can I say thank you? You've come through for me again. And as I've said many times, you just don't write on a subject, you nail it, each and every time. Smiles, rb.

  7. Wow - all great quotes. Can't pick a favorite. Except the one at the top of your blog.
    And, I can see the formatting blurp. But, who cares?

  8. Robert: Thank you so much for dropping by. It's an honor to have you here, and the fact that you leave compliments when you come just adds to my appreciation. Thanks again to Becky for the blog hop!

    Jill: I know what you mean. It's so hard to pick just one because he's so versatile. Yeah, Computer Geek could see the error on his screen too. Don't know why it's there and I can't fix it, so I guess I will have to live with it. It just makes me sad that it added a touch of imperfection to Robert's perfect quotes.


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