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  • 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")

  • In times of widespread chaos and confusion, it has been the duty of more advanced human beings--artists, scientists, clowns and philosophers--to create order. In times such as ours, however, when there is too much order, too much management, too much programming and control, it becomes the duty of superior men and women to fling their favorite monkey wrenches into the machinery. To relive the repression of the human spirit, they must sow doubt and disruption.
    (Tom Robbins, "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues")

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

  • 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")

  • People are never perfect, but love can be.
    (Tom Robbins, "Still Life with Woodpecker")

  • 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")

  • In times such as ours, however, when there is too much order, too much management, too much programming and control, it becomes the duty of superior men and women to fling their favorite monkey wrenches into the machinery.
    (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")

  • 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")

  • Political activism is seductive because it seems to offer the possibility that one can improve society, make things better, without going through the personal ordeal of rearranging one's perceptions and transforming one's self.
    (Tom Robbins, "Still Life with Woodpecker")

  • Be your own flying saucer! Rescue yourself!
    (Tom Robbins, "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues")


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