Tom Robbins Quotes

Tom Robbins

US novelist (1936 - )

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Disbelief in magic can force a poor soul into believing in government and business.

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When she was a small girl, Amanda hid a ticking clock in an old, rotten tree trunk. It drove woodpeckers crazy. Ignoring tasty bugs all around them, they just about beat their brains out trying to get at the clock. Years later, Amanda used the woodpecker experiment as a model for understanding capitalism, Communism, Christianity, and all other systems that traffic in future rewards rather than in present realities.

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If little else, the brain is an educational toy.

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...to emphasize the afterlife is to deny life. To concentrate on Heaven is to create hell. In their desperate longing to transcend the disorderliness, friction, and unpredictability that pesters life; in their desire for a fresh start in a tidy habitat, germ-free and secured by angels, religious multitudes are gambling the only life they may ever have on a dark horse in a race that has no finish line."

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Rap music... sounds like somebody feeding a rhyming dictionary to a popcorn popper.

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Maybe most people were fundamentally contradictory. The real people at any rate.

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There exists a false aristocracy based on family name, property, and inherited wealth. But there likewise exists a true aristocracy based on intelligence, talent and virtue.

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Meditation... disolves the mind. It erases itself. Throws the ego out on its big brittle ass.

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Its never too late to have a happy childhood.

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There are many things worth living for, there are a few things worth dying for, but there is nothing worth killing for.

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Using words to describe magic is like using a screwdriver to cut roast beef.

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Disbelief in magic can force a poor soul into believing in government and business.

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The bottom line is that (a) people are never perfect, but love can be, (b) that is the one and only way that the mediocre and vile can be transformed, and (c) doing that makes it that. We waste time looking for the perfect lover, instead of creating the perfect love.

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Humanity has advanced, when it has advanced, not because it has been sober, responsible, and cautious, but because it has been playful, rebellious, and immature.

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If little else, the brain is an educational toy.

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