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Tom Robbins
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Dreams don't come true. Dreams are true. Tom Robbins
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Should you fail to pilot your own ship, don't be surprised at what inappropriate port you find yourself docked. Tom Robbins
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It is what it is. You are what you it. There are no mistakes. Tom Robbins
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The beet is the most intense of vegetables. The radish, admittedly, is more feverish, but the fire of the radish is a cold fire, the fire of discontent, not of passion. Tomatoes are lusty enough, yet there runs through tomatoes an undercurrent of frivolity. Beets are deadly serious. Tom Robbins
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We're making it up. The world, the universe, life, reality. Especially reality. Tom Robbins
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In general, I've found female protagonists more intriguing to work with than males. I cherish women and have always preferred their company, reveling in their perfumes, their contours, their finer-grained sensibilities, lunar intuitions, nurturing instincts and relatively unfettered emotions-although I'm certainly not unaware that there are plenty of neurotic, uptight, stupid women in the world. Tom Robbins
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I think too much is known about me already. I think biographical information can get in the way of the reading experience. The interchange between the reader and the work. For example, I know far too much about Norman Mailer and Kurt Vonnegut. Because I know as much as I do about their personal lives, I can't read their work without this interjecting itself. So if I had it to do over, I'd probably go the way of J.D. Salinger or Thomas Pynchon. And just stay out of it altogether and let all the focus be on the work itself and not on me. Tom Robbins
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Unhappiness is the ultimate form of self-indulgence. Tom Robbins
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Above all, have a good time. If you aren't enjoying writing it, you can hardly expect someone else to enjoy reading it. Tom Robbins
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Love easily confuses us because it is always in flux between illusion and substance, between memory and wish, between contentment and need. Tom Robbins
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When we're incomplete, we're always searching for somebody to complete us. When, after a few years or a few months of a relationship, we find that we're still unfulfilled, we blame our partners and take up with somebody more promising. This can go on and on-series polygamy-until we admit that while a partner can add sweet dimensions to our lives, we, each of us, are responsible for our own fulfillment. Nobody else can provide it for us, and to believe otherwise is to delude ourselves dangerously and to program for eventual failure every relationship we enter. Tom Robbins
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I'm probably more interested in sentences than anything else in life. Tom Robbins
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What I've learned along the way is that existence is cosmic theatre, but paradoxically, we should play our roles to the absolute best of our ability while having the wisdom not to take them too seriously. Tom Robbins
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Outlaws, like lovers, poets, and tubercular composers who cough blood onto piano keys, do their finest work in the slippery rays of the moon. Tom Robbins
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You knows dat in New Orleans is not morning 'til dee sun come up. Tom Robbins
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Birth and death were easy. It was life that was hard. Tom Robbins
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A Hamburger is warm and fragrant and juicy. A hamburger is soft and nonthreatening. It personifies the Great Mother herself who has nourished us from the beginning. A hamburger is an icon of layered circles, the circle being at once the most spiritual and the most sensual of shapes. A hamburger is companionable and faintly erotic. The nipple of the Goddess, the bountiful belly-ball of Eve. You are what you think you eat. Tom Robbins
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If there's a thing, a scene, maybe, an image that you want to see real bad, that you need to see but it doesn't exist in the world around you, at least not in the form that you envision, then you create it so that you can look at it and have it around, or show it to other people who wouldn't have imagined it because they perceive reality in a more narrow, predictable way. And that's it. That's all an artist does. Tom Robbins
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Love is the ultimate outlaw. Tom Robbins
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You have to eat your technique. Digest it. It's in your blood, but you're not concerned with it anymore. Tom Robbins
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Eighty percent of love is smell. Tom Robbins
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Don't be outraged, be outrageous. Tom Robbins
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Magic things are fond of deceptions. Tom Robbins
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Reality whistles a different tune underwater. Tom Robbins
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Perhaps the most terrible (or wonderful) thing that can happen to an imaginative youth, aside from the curse (or blessing) of imagination itself, is to be exposed without preparation to the life outside his or her own sphere - the sudden revelation that there is a there out there. Tom Robbins
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Summer had come to sit on New York's face. Tom Robbins
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Death is simple. Life is messy. Give me life, the more complicated the better. Tom Robbins
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Albert Camus wrote that the only serious question is whether to kill yourself or not. Tom Robbins wrote that the only serious question is whether time has a beginning and an end. Camus clearly got up on the wrong side of bed, and Robbins must have forgotten to set the alarm. There is only one serious question. And that is: Who knows how to make love stay? Answer me that and I will tell you whether or not to kill yourself. Tom Robbins
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The function of the artist is to provide what life does not. Tom Robbins
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You're better equipped for this world than I am," she said. "I'm always trying to change the world. You know how to live in it. Tom Robbins
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Let us, rather, gather facts, all the facts, regardless of aesthetic appeal or theoretical social worth, and spread those facts before us not as the soothsayer spreads the innards of a turkey but as a newspaper spreads its columns. Let us be journalists, then. And like all good journalists, we shall present our facts in an order that will satisfy the famous five W's: wow, whoopee, wahoo, why-not and whew. Tom Robbins
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To the extent that this world surrenders its richness and diversity, it surrenders its poetry; to the extent that it relinquishes its capacity to surprise, it relinquishes its music; to the extent that it loses its ability to tolerate ridiculous and even dangerous exceptions, it loses its grace. Tom Robbins
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The trick is this: keep your eye on the ball. Even when you can't see the ball. Tom Robbins
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At birth, we emerge from dream soup. At death, we sink back into dream soup. In between soups, there is a crossing of dry land. Life is a portage. Tom Robbins
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Something has got to hold it together. I'm saying my prayers to Elmer, the Greek god of glue. Tom Robbins
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Funny how we think of romance as always involving two, when the romance of solitude can be ever so much more delicious and intense. Tom Robbins
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Love is the ultimate outlaw. It just won't adhere to any rules. The most any of us can do is sign on as its accomplice. Tom Robbins
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Disbelief in magic can force a poor soul into believing in government and business. Tom Robbins
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The very act of creation requires such focused concentration that vast areas of knowledge may be completely overlooked. Well, so what? There is no evidence that generalized skills are in any way superior to specialized brilliance. Tom Robbins
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Of the seven deadly sins, lust is definitely the pick of the litter. Tom Robbins
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Words on a page can hypnotize you if the rhythm is right Tom Robbins
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Love is dope, not chicken soup. Tom Robbins
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You risked your life, but what else have you ever risked? Have you risked disapproval? Have you ever risked economic security? Have you ever risked a belief? I see nothing particularly courageous about risking one's life. So you lose it, you go to your hero's heaven and everything is milk and honey 'til the end of time. Right? You get your reward and suffer no earthly consequences. That's not courage. Real courage is risking something that might force you to rethink your thoughts and suffer change and stretch consciousness. Real courage is risking one's cliches. Tom Robbins
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We approach the divine by enlarging our souls and lighting up our brains. Tom Robbins
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There's birth, there's death, and in between there's maintenance. Tom Robbins
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There are two lost continents.... We are one: the lovers. Tom Robbins
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From the air, Vatican City looked like a marble Monopoly set. The Church owned all the property from Broadwalk to Illinois Avenue, has three hotels on every lot, and no matter how often it tossed the dice you just knew it would never land on Go to Jail, it would be forever passing Go and collecting $200. Tom Robbins
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Ultimately, the roast turkey must be regarded as a monument to Boomer's love. Tom Robbins
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One has not only an ability to perceive the world but an ability to alter one's perception of it; more simply, one can change things by the manner in which one looks at them. Tom Robbins
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We all dream profusely every night, yet by morning we've forgotten ninety percent of what went on. That's why poets are such important members of society. Poets remember our dreams for us. Tom Robbins
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Three of the four elements are shared by all creatures, but fire was a gift to humans alone. Smoking cigarettes is as intimate as we can become with fire without immediate excruciation. Every smoker is an embodiment of Prometheus, stealing fire from the gods and bringing it on back home. We smoke to capture the power of the sun, to pacify Hell, to identify with the primordial spark, to feed on the marrow of the volcano. It's not the tobacco we're after but the fire. When we smoke, we are performing a version of the fire dance, a ritual as ancient as lightning. Tom Robbins
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There is only one serious question. And that is: Who knows how to make love stay? Answer me that and I will tell you whether or not to kill yourself. Tom Robbins
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Our purpose is to consciously, deliberately evolve towards a wiser, more liberated and luminous state of being. Tom Robbins
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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
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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
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red hair is caused by sugar and lust. Tom Robbins
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Slavic peoples get their physical characteristics from potatoes, their smoldering inquietude from radishes, their seriousness from beets. Tom Robbins
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How can you admire a human who consciously embraces the bland, the mediocre, and the safe rather than risk the suffering that disappointment can bring? Tom Robbins
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I am cheerful. I don't know if I'm happy. There is a difference, you know. Tom Robbins
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A child's mind is its living room; it's going to be residing there for the rest of its earthly existence. Tom Robbins
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Most novelists write about twisted lives. Tom Robbins
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My paintings are very strange - large and empty, like walls. Just the opposite of my writing, which is rich and juicy. Tom Robbins
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Writing is the hardest physical work there is. Tom Robbins
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The gods have chosen to entertain me with chronic eyestrain headaches. Very poisonous episodes. So I don't do a lot of reading anymore except on tape. Tom Robbins
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Actually, there are countless ways to live upon this tremorous sphere in mirth and good health, and probably only one way - the industrial, urbanized, herding way - to live here stupidly, and man has hit upon that one way. Tom Robbins
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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
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They fell asleep smiling. It is to erase the fixed smiles of sleeping couples that Satan trained roosters to crow at five in the morning. Tom Robbins
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Some praise me, some blame me. I go the other way. Sometimes those things that attract the most attention to us are the things which afford us the greatest privacy Tom Robbins
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There are times when we can feel destiny close around us like a fist around a doorknob. Sure, we can resist. But a knob that won't turn, a door that sticks and never budges, is a nuisance to the gods. The gods may kick in the jamb. Worse, they may walk away in disgust, leaving us to hang dumbly from our tight hinges, deprived of any other chance in life to swing open into unnecessary risk and thus into enchantment. Tom Robbins
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I believed in looking at people as individuals, not in groups. I hated groups; still do. And I saw particularly the university, the university artists really acted as a group. The others didn't so much, but the university people took advantage of that and behaved like a group, rather than as individuals. They had a lot of power that way. Tom Robbins
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