Due to a new referral in Stumbleupon.com, I've had some 50,000 visitors in the past two days. This compares to a normal 2500.
Seems like I've picked a bad time to take a break. Evidence is that 99.9% of these folks have just popped in and popped out. Only 25 or 30 have even clicked my profile, much less navigated the site. I note that 20 or so have gone over to Twitter and become followers there.
Not sure what I can do to stimulate greater interest. One thing I've done is to install a new link at the top of the sidebar on the right: MY QUOTES AROUND THE WEB. This points you to other interesting sites that feature my quotes, often with illustrations and photographs. I will change the link every day.
I do say, "Welcome to all," even if you do just pass through on the way to more exciting adventures.
(Oh, and I've left the comments section open on this post, in case one or two of you wish to say hello.)
Saturday, November 30, 2013
I tweeted about 600 thoughts on Twitter in calendar year 2013. Here are the fifty most often retweeted or favorited, in order of popularity.
"In the end there doesn't have to be anyone who understands you. There just has to be someone who wants to."
"If you want my advice, here it is: Seek out someone who wants to make you happy and let them."
"Do not spend your life seeking security and then wonder why you never found happiness."
"Sometimes we don't know what we want, and we blame our unhappiness on someone who doesn't know, either."
"No matter how sure you are that a friend will be there for you, it's still the greatest feeling when the time comes and there they are."
"An important thing to get to know about a person is the unspoken ways they say they're sorry."
"To truly know someone is to know the silence that stands for the thing they never speak of."
"There are memories I choose not to live with, although we occasionally meet for a drink."
"It's a life-long battle, perhaps worth fighting, to try to love someone through the chinks in their armor."
A rule I try to follow is this: "Never believe anything that requires you to hate people who do not believe it."
Overheard at a gravesite: "And they all said, 'I'm sorry for your loss.' as if you were someone who could ever be taken from me."
"The great thing about the internet is that you get to meet people you would otherwise only meet if you were committed to the same asylum."
"A loving relationship can become fun, but it's a better bet that a fun relationship will become love."
"I have found that winning isn't everything, and, in fact, in the relationships I most care about, it isn't anything."
"Love is not about grand intentions. It is about small attentions."
"I look back on the time I've wasted, and I'm just glad I wasted it while I still had the chance."
"We envy others, for we see their lives in broad outline, while forced to live ours in every detail."
"You know you're succeeding when the people telling you it can't be done start changing their reasons."
"Life is all about discovering things that do matter in the end."
"You list all the reasons why no one could ever love you, and then one day you meet someone with the same list."
"You don't want to be someone looking for love. You want to be love looking for someone."
"After years of buying clothes I intend to diet into, I'll say this -- the skeleton in my closet has some really nice outfits."
"It's true love when you can't think of any way to use it to your advantage."
"There are people who, if given the chance, would do you harm, which is why I like to hang out with people who have already had the chance."
"How slight a nod it would take, how bare a smile, to give everyone you meet today a sense of worth."
"It is not until you lose someone you loved too much that you realize you didn't love them too much enough."
"You always think you could have done more, which is why you need a friend -- to tell you you did all you could."
"It's annoying to be disapproved of by people who know only half the story, especially when you're not sure which half they know."
"I don't think that life begins until you go looking for trouble, and happiness is ending up with the trouble you went looking for."
"Two raindrops, flung from the heavens, merge on a window pane. A chance meeting? Tell it to the two raindrops."
"Never let your emotions rule, but always let them testify."
"No one passes you on the street who was not once beautiful in somebody's eyes."
"Think of the thing you have that if you lost it, nothing else would console you, and then try not to lose it."
"There's always a new chapter in life. You ride off into the sunset and discover it's the sunrise."
"Life is a series of choices, all made at too young an age."
A message to someone: "I know you're still alive because you never call and you never write, which is just like you."
"I've never figured out whether people are the same in different ways or different in the same ways."
"No relationship is perfect, which is why it is so important that it be loving."
"The explanation is always longer when there isn't any."
"Life is a series of tasks that absolutely must get done before they don't matter."
"The trouble with making a choice is that something always happens afterwards, and you think you chose it."
"One difference between a dog and a person is that when you earn a dog's love, you get it."
"To truly forgive is to let the other person forget."
"Every temptation to follow the crowd is an opportunity to be thankful you didn't."
"A river never beats its head against obstacles. It always goes around, and it always gets to the sea."
"Often those who rely on us resent us, in the way that your shadow might think you're in its light."
"We all know the part of ourselves that needs to be harnessed. It takes someone else to know the part of us that needs to be set free."
"Sometimes what seems like an unforgiving heart is just time that needs to go by."
"It is sad to see a friendship expire because you carelessly assumed that it would automatically renew."
"Sometimes a person may lie to you only once, just as sometimes your house may be infested by one termite."
~~ Robert Brault
Posted by Robert Brault at 6:15 PM
Thursday, November 28, 2013
"I've learned this about myself -- that beneath the superficial exterior breathes an inner spirit that just wants to party."
"It finally happened. A dotty old lady left her estate to her relatives, and her cat's suing."
"I believe in cause-and-effect, although I think in most cases the effect is the last thing the cause had in mind."
"The more we scan the universe, the more it seems that God either created planet Earth or it's the only thing He didn't create."
"Trust me when I tell you that you've overestimated the number of things indelibly stamped on your memory."
"Word just in -- the traffic control helicopter reports a 12-mile backup on the road less traveled by.".
"Doesn't seem fair that a greedy few should have all the wealth when the rest of us are just as greedy."
"It is sad to see a friendship expire because you carelessly assumed it would automatically renew."
"Meanwhile, there's my life -- an ongoing experiment to see if people would still like me if I didn't have money."
Death is just another stage of life, although the one you hope comes last."
~~ Robert Brault
Posted by Robert Brault at 8:13 PM
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Saturday, November 23, 2013
"Love is a condition where the world seems to be standing still, and it's you who are spinning on your axis."
"To be loved is to be beautiful in someone's eyes, and when you think about it, is there any other way to be beautiful?"
Makings of a Perfect Afternoon
A bottle of wine
Still to be drunk,
A bundle of thoughts
Still to be thunk.
"A hurtful truth makes an excellent secret."
"The truth is always the whole truth, but a lie is never the whole lie."
"Problem is, if everyone told the truth, you couldn't have a two-party system."
"Sometimes it seems like you've spent your whole life preparing for an inspection that never happened."
"Fact is, I'm grateful for all memories, so much of my life having escaped my attention altogether."
"It always surprises how much of a broken heart is just time that needs to go by."
"The trick to living in a world spinning on its axis is to learn to spin in the same direction."
~~ Robert Brault
Posted by Robert Brault at 4:55 PM
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
November 22, 1963
I was living in New York City that memorable day, a young man just out of the Army who fancied himself a writer. My recollections of the day are described in the piece Define Heartache, which I know many of you have read. It's the most often read of my posts. Allow me, please, to draw your attention to it one last time. A fiftieth anniversary seems sufficient occasion.
Define Heartache -- A Reminiscence
"There are memories I choose not to live with, but we hang out at the same bar."
~~ Robert Brault
Posted by Robert Brault at 4:18 AM
Saturday, November 16, 2013
If you're a regular here, you know that I make little commercial use of this site. There are no ads, and I rarely recommend a product for sale. Allow me, please, to make an exception today because I think I've found something you'll really enjoy. It's a memoir just out by Missouri writer Becky Povich. I endorse entirely the words of Michael Lee West on the book cover and will say no more, lest I give away the delightful adventure that awaits you within its pages.
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Posted by Robert Brault at 9:10 PM