"Somewhere in the cold of the first winter, there was an optimist imagining the first spring."
"Hope is what you get if you apply logical inference to the existence of flowers."
"The experience I gained at age 21 would be useful if I were ever 21 again. But I'm 71and new at it and keep making age 71 mistakes."
"Courage: Perseverance against odds. Defined in war as bravery. Defined in parenting as parenting."
"The trick is to convince your kids that schooling can help them in life and is not just, you know, for educational purposes."
Kid to kid: "I don't get my mom -- she expects me to know why I want to do something before I even do it."
Darwin called the sudden appearance of flowers in the fossil record an "abominable mystery." You wonder, if there were proof in the fossil record of God saying, "Let there be flowers," what do you suppose Darwin would have called it?
"Perhaps God gives us a physical body so that every time we change our mind, we won't be someone else."
"Here is the basic question: Are we marionettes, or are we creatures of free will who just happen to have a lot of jerky reflexes?"
"What is a human being but a marionette pulling his own strings -- while trying to do watercolor and needlepoint."
"There is evidence of progress. Soldiers still die in battle, but horses are no longer shot out from under them. "
"It's a nasty divorce when they can't agree on how to divvy up the His and Hers towels."
"It's not over until it's over, but then it is."
"If you aren't honor-bound to do anything else, you aren't honor-bound to get even, either."
~ Robert Brault