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Tom Robbins’ “Jitterbug Perfume” Quotes (35 Quotes)


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  • Birth and death were easy. It was life that was hard.
    (Tom Robbins, "Jitterbug Perfume")

  • Only the young and the beautiful should be allowed to fuck.
    (Tom Robbins, "Jitterbug Perfume")

  • Breathe properly. Stay curious. And eat your beets.
    (Tom Robbins, "Jitterbug Perfume")

  • Our individuality is all, all, that we have. There are those who barter it for security, those who repress it for what they believe is the betterment of the whole society, but blessed in the twinkle of the morning star is the one who nurtures it and rides it in, in grace and love and wit, from peculiar station to peculiar station along life's bittersweet route.
    (Tom Robbins, "Jitterbug Perfume")

  • Death is impatient and thoughtless. It barges into your room when you are right in the middle of something, and it doesn't bother to wipe its boots.
    (Tom Robbins, "Jitterbug Perfume")


  • She continued weeping until the heat of her tear water, the sheer velocity of its flow, finally obscured the already vague circumstances of its origins.
    (Tom Robbins, "Jitterbug Perfume")

  • 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")


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