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  • Does koala bear poop smell like cough drops?
    (Tom Robbins, "Jitterbug Perfume")

  • Should you fail to pilot your own ship, don't be surprised at what inappropriate port you find yourself docked.
    (Tom Robbins, "Jitterbug Perfume")

  • Existence can be rearranged. A man can be many things. I am special and free. And the world is round round round.
    (Tom Robbins, "Jitterbug Perfume")

  • Slavic peoples get their physical characteristics from potatoes, their smoldering inquietude from radishes, their seriousness from beets.
    (Tom Robbins, "Jitterbug Perfume")

  • Gods and men create one another, destroy one another, though by different means.
    (Tom Robbins, "Jitterbug Perfume")


  • Teachers who offer you the ultimate answers do not possess the ultimate answers, for if they did, they would know that the ultimate answers cannot be given, they can only be received.
    (Tom Robbins, "Jitterbug Perfume")

  • He was becoming unstuck, he was sure of that - his bones were no longer wrapped in flesh but in clouds of dust, in hummingbirds, dragonflies, and luminous moths - but so perfect was his equilibrium that he felt no fear. He was vast, he was many, he was dynamic, he was eternal.
    (Tom Robbins, "Jitterbug Perfume")

  • The oyster was an animal worthy of New Orleans, as mysterious and private and beautiful as the city itself. If one could accept that oysters build their houses out of their lives, one could imagine the same of New Orleans, whose houses were similarly and resolutely shuttered against an outside world that could never be trusted to show proper sensitivity toward the oozing delicacies within.
    (Tom Robbins, "Jitterbug Perfume")

  • I do not know why the dead do not come back to life. Perhaps death is so wonderful, in ways we cannot comprehend, that they prefer it over and above their friends and loved ones, although I am inclined to doubt that be the case.
    (Tom Robbins, "Jitterbug Perfume")

  • The party in Alobar's head, which agitation and anxiety were throwing, now was crashed by a notion: existence can be rearranged.
    (Tom Robbins, "Jitterbug Perfume")

  • I may be mad, he thought, but I prefer the shit of this world to whatever sweet ambrosias the next may offer.
    (Tom Robbins, "Jitterbug Perfume")

  • The unhappy person resents it when you try to cheer him up, because that means he has to stop dwelling on himself and start paying attention to the universe. Unhappiness is the ultimate form of self-indulgence. When you're unhappy, you get to pay a lot of attention to yourself. You get to take yourself oh so very seriously.
    (Tom Robbins, "Jitterbug Perfume")

  • I mean that gods do not limit men. Men limit men.
    (Tom Robbins, "Jitterbug Perfume")

  • The word desire suggests that there is something we do not have. If we have everything already, then there can be no desire, for there is nothing left to want. I think that what the Buddha may have been trying to tell us is that we have it all, each of us, all the time; therefore, desire is simply unnecessary.
    (Tom Robbins, "Jitterbug Perfume")

  • Kudra was amused by Alobar's tentative polka until her eyes fell upon the tumescent protrusion dancing with him. Disgusting she thought. An erection is just inappropriate. Then she realized with a shock that she was so wet that children could have sailed toy boats in her underpants.
    (Tom Robbins, "Jitterbug Perfume")


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