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Tom Robbins’ “Even Cowgirls Get the Blues” Quotes (49 Quotes)


  • Love easily confuses us because it is always in flux between illusion and substance, between memory and wish, between contentment and need.
    (Tom Robbins, "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues")

  • A sneeze travels at a peak velocity of two hundred miles per hour. A burp, more slowly; a fart, slower yet. But a kiss thrown by fingers- its departure is sudden, its arrival ambiguous, and there is no source that can state with authority what speeds are reached in its flight.
    (Tom Robbins, "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues")

  • The Earth is God's pinball machine and each quake, tidal wave, flash flood and volcanic eruption is the result of a TILT that occurs when God, cheating, tries to win free games.
    (Tom Robbins, "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues")

  • 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, "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues")

  • What looks to be a wisp of cloud is actually the moon, narrow and pale like a paring snipped from a snowman's toenail.
    (Tom Robbins, "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues")


  • Love is dope, not chicken soup.
    (Tom Robbins, "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues")

  • All a person can do in this life is gather about him his integrity, his imagination, and his individuality - and with these ever with him, out front and in sharp focus, leap into the dance of experience.
    (Tom Robbins, "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues")

  • The enemy is the tyranny of the dull mind.
    (Tom Robbins, "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues")

  • I have hitched and hiked over every state and half the nations, through blizzards and under rainbows, in deserts and cities, backward and side-ways, upstairs, downstairs and in my lady's chamber.
    (Tom Robbins, "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues")

  • Whatever goes wrong can be used to your advantage, providing it goes wrong enough.
    (Tom Robbins, "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues")

  • Normality is the Great Neurosis of civilization.
    (Tom Robbins, "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues")

  • Anarchy is like custard cooking over a flame; it has to be constantly stirred or it sticks and gets heavy, like government.
    (Tom Robbins, "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues")

  • There have been cans of dog food more splendiferous than South Richmond. Land mines more tender.
    (Tom Robbins, "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues")

  • I removed the freeway from its temporal context. Overpasses, cloverleafs, exit ramps took on the personality of Mayan ruins for me. Without destination, without cessation, my run was often silent and empty; there were no increments, no arbitrary graduations reducing time to functional units. I abstracted and purified.
    (Tom Robbins, "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues")

  • 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, "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues")