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  • 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")

  • Purpose! Purposes are for animals with a hell of a lot more dignity than the human race! Just hop on that strange torpedo and ride it to wherever it's going
    (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")

  • 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")


  • It was autumn, the springtime of death. Rain spattered the rotting leaves, and a wild wind wailed. Death was singing in the shower. Death was happy to be alive. The fetus bailed out without a parachute. It landed in the sideline Astroturf, so upsetting the cheerleaders that for the remained of the afternoon their rahs were more like squeaks.
    (Tom Robbins, "Still Life with Woodpecker")

  • There is, however, a similarity between juggling and composing on the typewriter. The trick is, when you spill something, make it look like part of the act.
    (Tom Robbins, "Still Life with Woodpecker")

  • 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")

  • Sissy dear. Your thumbs. HOLLYWOOD SPECTACULAR. LAS VEGAS. THE ROSE BOWL. Larger than any one man's desire.
    (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")

  • 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")

  • It was autumn, the springtime of death.
    (Tom Robbins, "Still Life with Woodpecker")

  • They glared at her the way any intelligent persons ought to glare when what they need is a smoke, a bite, a cup of coffee, a piece of ass, or a good fast-paced story, and all they're getting is philosophy.
    (Tom Robbins, "Still Life with Woodpecker")

  • 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")


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