I love quotes.
People - uniquely designed as we all are - have such an amazing way of looking at or saying things. Sometimes we're expressing the same things, but our style, perspective or intonation can turn a word with rare effect. Think diamond facets exposed to sunlight.
Being the word-junkie that I am, I have a huge stash of "I Wish I'd Said That"s. Among such a collection stands the sayings of one Robert Brault.
I don't know this man; I wouldn't recognize him were he to show up on my doorstep. Yet I trip over his wisdom all the time. I've come to value the way he thinks; and I've learned that what he thinks tells me a lot about who he is & what he values. The same can be said of all of us - - our words and worldviews say a good deal about who we are on the inside.
I'm a bit stymied by how difficult it's been to find out much about the man. No doubt that's why I have so many "I don't know"s related to him. You'd think in an era of all things internetty and/or self-promotional you could get at this stuff. Yet he remains rather obscure. I like that too.
What I do know is that this intrepid Wordographer (new word) has been endowed with something quite unique & altogether lovely. For some inexplicable reason he is quoted alongside the likes of Mark Twain, Emily Dickinson, Winston Churchill ... and even Confuscious! Little wonder.
Anyway, I stopped today just long enough to acknowledge Robert Brault's gift and to introduce him - - or at least what I've discovered about his craft. It's probably not the last any of us will hear from or of him.
FOOTNOTE: In case you didn't notice, Mr. Robert Brault himself paid me a visit here; and left a comment to boot. I'm thinking I might just have a means of finding out more about our stealth wordsmith. Be sure to pay him a visit at his archival site: A Robert Brault Reader.