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  • Life is too small a container for certain individuals. Some of them, such as Alobar, huff and puff and try to expand the container. Others, such as Kudra, seek to pry the lid off and hop out.
    (Tom Robbins, "Jitterbug Perfume")

  • There are people in this world who can wear whale masks and people who cannot, and the wise know to which group they belong.
    (Tom Robbins, "Jitterbug Perfume")

  • Like the Arthurian years at Camelot, the Sixties constituted a breakthrough, a fleeting moment of glory, a time when a significant little chunk of humanity briefly realised its moral potential and flirted with its neurological destiny, a collective spiritual awakening that flared brilliantly until the barbaric and mediocre impulses of the species drew tight once more the curtains of darkness.
    (Tom Robbins, "Jitterbug Perfume")

  • There is a comfort in conformity, a security in control, that is appealing. There is a thrill in domination, and we are all secretly attracted to violence.
    (Tom Robbins, "Jitterbug Perfume")

  • A sense of humor, properly developed, is superior to any religion so far devised.
    (Tom Robbins, "Jitterbug Perfume")


  • Magic things are fond of deceptions.
    (Tom Robbins, "Jitterbug Perfume")

  • 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. Moreover, a lout thrashing about in the clear waters of wisdom will dirty those waters for everyone else.
    (Tom Robbins, "Jitterbug Perfume")

  • A sense of humor...is superior to any religion so far devised.
    (Tom Robbins, "Jitterbug Perfume")

  • Never underestimate how much assistance, how much satisfaction, how much comfort, how much soul and transcendence there might be in a well-made taco and a cold bottle of beer.
    (Tom Robbins, "Jitterbug Perfume")

  • When we accept small wonders, we qualify ourselves to imagine great wonders.
    (Tom Robbins, "Jitterbug Perfume")

  • All dreams continue in the beyond.
    (Tom Robbins, "Jitterbug Perfume")

  • On their sofas of spice and feathers, the concubines also slept fretfully. In those days the Earth was still flat, and people dreamed often of falling over edges.
    (Tom Robbins, "Jitterbug Perfume")

  • White folks have controlled New Orleans with money and guns, black folks have controlled it with magic and music, and although there has been a steady undercurrent of mutual admiration, an intermingling of cultures unheard of in any other American city, South or North; although there has prevailed a most joyous and fascinating interface, black anger and white fear has persisted, providing the ongoing, ostensibly integrated fete champetre with volatile and sometimes violent idiosyncrasies.
    (Tom Robbins, "Jitterbug Perfume")

  • 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")


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