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  • 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")

  • Sometimes one gets the idea that life thinks it's still living in Paris in the thirties.
    (Tom Robbins, "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues")

  • When I was younger, before this layoff which has nearly finished me, I hitchhiked one hundred and twenty-seven hours without stopping, without food or sleep, crossed the continent twice in six days, cooled my thumbs in both oceans and caught rides after midnight on unlighted highways, such was my skill, persuasion, rhythm. I set records and immediately cracked them; went farther, faster than any hitchhiker before or since.
    (Tom Robbins, "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues")

  • 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")

  • It's not men who limit women, it's not straights who limit gays, it's not whites who limit blacks. What limits people is lack of character. What limits people is that they don't have the fucking nerve or imagination to star in their own movie, let alone direct it.
    (Tom Robbins, "Still Life with Woodpecker")

  • Tilli stroked her Chihuahua. MaxÆs heart made a sound like the sleigh bells on Mrs. Santa ClausÆs dildo.
    (Tom Robbins, "Still Life with Woodpecker")

  • If you could buckle your Bugs Bunny wristwatch to a ray of light, your watch would continue ticking but the hands wouldn't move. That's because at the speed of light there is no time. Time is relative to velocity. At high speeds, time is literally stretched. Since light is the ultimate in velocity, at light-speed time is stretched to its absolute and becomes static. Albert Einstein figured that one out.
    (Tom Robbins, "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues")


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