Thoughts on Angels and Demons
"Yes, I believe in guardian angels, because otherwise I must believe that life is a string of death-defying miracles -- and I don't believe in miracles."
"Why should I not believe that there are angels when I know for a fact that there are demons?"
Thoughts on Parenting and Choice
"As parents we do not awaken each day to an array of choices. We awaken to a clear duty born of the choice we have made. And to what have we sacrificed our freedom? To the life we wish to live and to the people we wish to live it with."
"Those who avoid the tough choices of life live a life they never chose."
"We structure our lives to keep open our choices and so become enslaved to our freedom. To live the life of one's choice, one must choose."
"I have made my choices in life. I carry them as snapshots in my wallet."
"We complain of having our love taken for granted, until the day it is not, and then we realize that there is nothing we want so much."
"There have been days when I sought respite from my life, only to find myself calling every hour to check on it."
"If life is theater, then parenting is improv."
Thoughts on Politicians
"The chief merit of the U.S. Congress is that it keeps 535 of the country's most advanced cases of megalomania under close observation."
"Built into the human DNA is the double helix, or as observed in the human politician, the double cross."
Thoughts on Language and Liberty
"The French deem themselves a superior race based chiefly on their ability to speak superior French."
"More than any other language, English is the language of constitutional democracy. The American democracy, for one, is framed in a language so exquisitely precise that it cannot be said to exist apart from its language. Given this history, English-speaking people may be forgiven for insisting upon the exclusive use of their language in their public discourse."
"If a language is corruptible, then a constitution written in that language is corruptible."
"Grammar is not a set of arbitrary rules; it is a compact between people who wish to understand each other."
"If I flout the rules of grammar, why should you expect me to honor any other social contract?"
"Do not be surprised when those who ignore the rules of grammar also ignore the law. After all, the law is just so much grammar."
~ Robert Brault