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Tom Robbins Quote: “As they say in my country, have a nice day.”
Tom Robbins Quote: “The clown is a creature of chaos.”
Tom Robbins Quote: “His first – and worst – mistake was blindly doing what he was told to do. Without questioning their methods or their motives, he allowed politicians to make the decisions that led to his early demise.”
Tom Robbins Quote: “People write memoirs because they lack the imagination to make things up.”
Tom Robbins Quote: “If the novelist isn’t surprised by where his book ends up, he or she probably hasn’t written anything worth remembering.”
Tom Robbins Quote: “He was as nervous as a praying mantis at an atheists’ picnic...”
Tom Robbins Quote: “I believe in political solutions to political problems. But man’s primary problems aren’t political; they’re philosophical. Until humans can solve their philosophical problems, they’re condemned to solve their political problems over and over and over again. It’s a cruel, repetitious bore.”
Tom Robbins Quote: “If the earth needs night as well as day, wouldn’t it follow that the soul requires endarkenment to balance enlightenment?”
Tom Robbins Quote: “Once one pays some attention to something, then you begin to see evidence of it everywhere.”
Tom Robbins Quote: “Can a woman who does not know the contents of her handbag know the contents of her heart?”
Tom Robbins Quote: “But man by his nature is an unnatural animal. If any creature stands a chance of defeating death, it is man.”
Tom Robbins Quote: “The gods have chosen to entertain me with chronic eyestrain headaches. Very poisonous episodes. So I don’t do a lot of reading anymore except on tape.”
Tom Robbins Quote: “One of the other musicians said that the tambourine is a female due to the fact that it makes a pretty jingle and is designed to be spanked. That is the more recent, patriarchal attitude, I suppose.”
Tom Robbins Quote: “Isn’t fixity the hallmark of the living dead?”
Tom Robbins Quote: “The trouble with you is that the only way you can communicate is through art. You’ve never learned to communicate your feelings to a man. You don’t even want to communicate in a relationship. You think that if you open up to love, you’ll lose your independence or your self-expression or creativity or whatever you call all that passionate, wonderful stuff that makes you feel alive inside.”
Tom Robbins Quote: “Life isn’t simple; it’s overwhelmingly complex. The love of simplicity is an escapist drug, like alcohol.”
Tom Robbins Quote: “I married John Paul because I’m knocked out by his style. Because I love him and respect him and enjoy the transformations that take place as a result of our sharing the same dimensions.”
Tom Robbins Quote: “The price of self-destiny is never cheap, and in certain situations it is unthinkable.”
Tom Robbins Quote: “When I was younger, before this layoff which has nearly finished me, I hitchhiked one hundred and twenty-seven hours without stopping, without food or sleep, crossed the continent twice in six days, cooled my thumbs in both oceans and caught rides after midnight on unlighted highways, such was my skill, persuasion, rhythm. I set records and immediately cracked them; went farther, faster than any hitchhiker before or since.”
Tom Robbins Quote: “We each took a fierce delight in introducing the other to some new idea or development, the next amazing artist or record album, always hustling to out-avant the other’s garde.”
Tom Robbins Quote: “Hemingway and Norman Mailer might have disagreed, but there is no heavyweight champion of literature.”
Tom Robbins Quote: “If every time we choose a turd, society, at a great expense, simply allows us to redeem it for a pepperoni, then not only will we never learn to make smart choices, we will also surrender the freedom to choose, because a choice without consequences is no choice at all.”
Tom Robbins Quote: “Perhaps sound carries farther across time than across space.”
Tom Robbins Quote: “Sometimes, though, I feel that pushing books is a whole lot like pushing medicine. Think of books as pills. I have pills that cure ignorance and pills that cure boredom. I have pills to elevate moods and pills to open people’s eyes to the awful truth: uppers and downers as they were. I sell pills to help people find themselves and pills to help them lose themselves when they require escape from the pressures and anxieties of life in a complex society...”
Tom Robbins Quote: “Those who possess wisdom cannot just ladle it out to every wantwit and jackanapes who comes along and asks for it. A person must be prepared to receive wisdom, or else it will do him more harm than good.”
Tom Robbins Quote: “And did I lose my faith in raffles about the same time and for approximately the same reasons that I quit believing that virgins can have babies; or that if I slay only those people the government encourages me to slay, I’ll be allowed to spend all of eternity in some vaguely located puffyland sipping milk and honey with a huzzahing throng of cheery nonthinkers?”
Tom Robbins Quote: “The Divine was expansive, but religion was reductive. Religion attempted to reduce the Divine to a knowable quantity with which mortals might efficiently deal, to pigeonhole it once and for all so that we never had to reevaluate it. With hammers of cant and spikes of dogma, we crucified and crucified again, trying to nail to our stationary altars the migratory light of the world.”
Tom Robbins Quote: “The whole universe is a complex of rhythms,” mused Amanda. “We each of us feel a need to identify our bodily rhythms with those of the cosmos. The sea is the grand agency of rhythm. The grain-tops in the wind, the atoms that orbit are rhythmic. The uterus, which is a strong muscular organ, contracts with the birth of a baby – the rhythmic contractions, in fact, are the important motivations for the baby to emerge into the world. Rhythm is how it all begins.”
Tom Robbins Quote: “Definitions are limiting. Limitations are deadening. To limit oneself is a kind of suicide. To limit another is a kind of murder.”
Tom Robbins Quote: “You can’t rest in the shade of a human, not even a roly-poly one; and isn’t it refreshing that trees can undergo periodic change without having a nervous breakdown over it?”
Tom Robbins Quote: “It was laughter that might have been squeezed from the tubes of his own darkest heart, then amplified fifty times through the bellows of a loon’s ass.”
Tom Robbins Quote: “Is that what love is?” “I no longer know what love is. A week ago I had a lot of ideas. What love is and how to make it stay. Now that I’m in love, I haven’t a clue. Now that I’m in love, I’m completely stupid on the subject.”
Tom Robbins Quote: “Don’t you see? The enemy represents Death to ‘em. The government propaganda mills paint the enemy as an unfeelin’, devourin’ monster. So, when we go to war we go on a noble mission, a life-affirming mission, whose object is the destruction o’ death. And ‘tis precisely because we hate death so much that we’re too crazed and irrational to see the irony in it. We hate death so bloody much that we will kill – and die – in order to try to halt its march.”
Tom Robbins Quote: “Liberty, the very opposite of ownership and control, cannot, then, result from political action, either at the polls or the barricades, but rather evolves out of attitude. If it results from anything, it may be levity.”
Tom Robbins Quote: “The ones who’re so upset about everybody not being the same, about competition, about standards of quality, about art objects having ’auras’ around them, they’re usually people with average abilities and average minds. And below average senses of humor.”
Tom Robbins Quote: “She had only the slimmest notion of what he meant, but his voice made her so horny she could barely keep from squirming, crossing her legs, or hopping about, like a little girl who had to go to the bathroom. On.”
Tom Robbins Quote: “The uncle ignored Gracie’s father. ‘In any event,’ he went on, ’when brewers combine hops with yeast and grain and water, and allow the mixture to ferment – to rot – it magically produces an elixir so gassy with blue-collar cheer, so regal with glints of gold, so titillating with potential mischief, so triumphantly refreshing, that it seizes the soul and thrusts it toward that ethereal plateau where, to paraphrase Baudelaire, all human whimsies float and merge.”
Tom Robbins Quote: “Elsewhere, they might call the wind Mariah, but here its name was Something Fishy.”
Tom Robbins Quote: “The argument is irrelevant, for at the higher levels, science and art are the same. There is a point where high science transcends the technologic and enters the poetic, there is a point where high art transcends technique and enters the poetic.”
Tom Robbins Quote: “A book no more contains reality than a clock contains time.”
Tom Robbins Quote: “Outlaws are not members of society. However, they may be important to society.”
Tom Robbins Quote: “Sounds travel through space long after their wave patterns have ceased to be detectable by the human ear: some cut right through the ionosphere and barrel on out into the cosmic heartland, while others bounce around, eventually being absorbed into the vibratory fields of earthly barriers, but in neither case does the energy succumb; it goes on forever – which is why we, each of us, should take pains to make sweet notes.”
Tom Robbins Quote: “As you are surely aware, our planet is turning on its axis around and around in space. It turns slowly, however, making one complete rotation only every twenty-four hours; and that’s a good thing – isn’t it? – because if our world turned as fast as Gracie’s room appeared to be turning, the sun would be either rising or setting every fifteen minutes, astronomers would be as woozy as rodeo clowns, and it’d be nearly impossible to keep our meatballs from rolling out of our spaghetti.”
Tom Robbins Quote: “And the message, no matter how entertainingly couched, is invariably the same: to be special, you must conform; to be happy, you must consume.”
Tom Robbins Quote: “This darling Marvelous has eaten at many tables and has not been nourished.”
Tom Robbins Quote: “Well, history isn’t ever going to end, happily or unhappily. And history is ending every second – happily for some of us, unhappily for others, happily one second, unhappily the next. History is always ending and always not ending, and both ways there is nothing to wait for.”
Tom Robbins Quote: “In the world according to the positivist, the inspiring thing about scrambled eggs is that any way you turn them they’re sunny side up. In the world according to the existentialist, the hopeless thing about scrambled eggs is that any way you turn them they’re scrambled.”
Tom Robbins Quote: “If you want your tree to produce plenty o’ fruit, you’ve got to cut it back from time to time. Same thing with your neural cells. Some people might call it brain damage. I call it prunin’.”
Tom Robbins Quote: “To eliminate the agitation and disappointment of desire, we need but awaken to the fact that we have everything we want and need right now.”
Tom Robbins Quote: “To the domesticated, nomads were an unwelcome reminder of instinct suppressed, liberty compromised, and control unimplemented.”
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