Tom Robbins Quotes & Wallpapers

Tom Robbins
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Dreams don't come true. Dreams are true. Tom Robbins

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

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

You knows dat in New Orleans is not morning 'til dee sun come up. Tom Robbins

Birth and death were easy. It was life that was hard. Tom Robbins

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

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

It is what it is. You are what you it. There are no mistakes. Tom Robbins

Magic things are fond of deceptions. Tom Robbins

I'm probably more interested in sentences than anything else in life. Tom Robbins

Don't be outraged, be outrageous. Tom Robbins

Love is the ultimate outlaw. Tom Robbins

You have to eat your technique. Digest it. It's in your blood, but you're not concerned with it anymore. Tom Robbins

Eighty percent of love is smell. Tom Robbins

Unhappiness is the ultimate form of self-indulgence. Tom Robbins

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

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

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

We're making it up. The world, the universe, life, reality. Especially reality. Tom Robbins

Love easily confuses us because it is always in flux between illusion and substance, between memory and wish, between contentment and need. Tom Robbins

Should you fail to pilot your own ship, don't be surprised at what inappropriate port you find yourself docked. Tom Robbins

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

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

There are two lost continents.... We are one: the lovers. Tom Robbins

Slavic peoples get their physical characteristics from potatoes, their smoldering inquietude from radishes, their seriousness from beets. Tom Robbins

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

Words on a page can hypnotize you if the rhythm is right Tom Robbins

And it rained a screaming. And it rained a rawness. And it rained a plasma. And it rained a disorder. Tom Robbins

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

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

I go into a gallery or museum, and I realize that I don't have to formulate any opinions if I don't want to. I don't have to think this thing through and write about it at any great length. I can think about it if I want to; if not, I can just walk out. So I can enjoy painting really a lot more than I could when I had that sort of pressure. Tom Robbins

I like to think of myself as a fiction writer who liked art enough to write about it for a while, and then went on to his fiction. Tom Robbins

If you want your tree to produce plenty o' fruit, you've got to cut it back from time to time. Same thing with your neural cells. Some people might call it brain damage. I call it prunin'. Tom Robbins

True stability results when presumed order and presumed disorder are balanced. Tom Robbins

You know what the game of golf is, don't you? It's basketball for people who can't jump and chess for people who can't think. Tom Robbins

Well, Daddy, I used to believe that artists went crazy in the process of creating the beautiful works of art that kept society sane. Nowadays, though, artists make intentionally ugly art that's only supposed to reflect society rather than inspire it. So I guess we're all loony together now, loony rats in the shithouse of commercialism. Tom Robbins

And who ever said the world was fair, little lady? Maybe death is fair, but certainly not life. We must accept the unfairness as proof of the sublime flux of existence, the capricious music of the universe- and go on about our tasks Tom Robbins

Cries for help are frequently inaudible. Tom Robbins

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

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

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

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. Tom Robbins

Summer had come to sit on New York's face. Tom Robbins

When humans were young, they were pushed around in strollers. When they were old, they were pushed around in wheelchairs. In between, they were just pushed around. Tom Robbins

Of the Seven Dwarfs, the only one who shaved was Dopey. That should tell us something about the wisdom of shaving. Tom Robbins

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

There's birth, there's death, and in between there's maintenance. Tom Robbins

Ultimately, the roast turkey must be regarded as a monument to Boomer's love. Tom Robbins

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

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

Our purpose is to consciously, deliberately evolve towards a wiser, more liberated and luminous state of being. Tom Robbins

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

red hair is caused by sugar and lust. Tom Robbins

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

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

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

I journey to the east, where I have been told, there are men who have taught death some manners. Tom Robbins

There's probably no subject with quite so many conflictin' opinions about it as there are about food, and 'tis better to swap bubble gum with a rabid bulldog than challenge a single one o' the varyin' beliefs your average human holds about nutrition. Tom Robbins

Now that I'm in love, I haven't a clue. Now that I'm in love, I'm completely stupid on the subject. Tom Robbins

We approach the divine by enlarging our souls and lighting up our brains. Tom Robbins

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

A spirit cannot soar with only one wing. Tom Robbins

I want to travel on a train that smells like snowflakes. I want to sip in cafes that smell like comets. Under the pressure of my step, I want the streets to emit the precise odor of a diamond necklace. I want the newspapers I read to smell like the violins left in pawnshops by weeping hobos on Christmas Eve. I want to carry luggage that reeks of the neurons in Einstein's brain. I want a city's gases to smell like the golden belly hairs of the gods. And when I gaze at a televised picture of the moon, I want to detect, from a distance of 239,000 miles, the aroma of fresh mozzarella. Tom Robbins

Heaven is living in your hopes and Hell is living in your fears. It's up to each individual which one he chooses. Tom Robbins

Now that I'm in love, I haven't a clue. Now that I'm in love, I'm completely stupid on the subject. Tom Robbins

I started writing when I was 5 years old. I would dictate stories to my mother, and she would copy them in a scrapbook. If she changed anything to make it, in her opinion, better, I would throw a tantrum. Tom Robbins

I finish the book so I can see how it's going to end. I write that first sentence, and if it's the right first sentence, it leads to the right second sentence and three years later you have a 500-page manuscript, but it really is like going on a trip, going on a journey. It's a voyage. Tom Robbins

There is no such thing as weird human being. It's just that some people require more understanding than others. Tom Robbins

A better world has gotta start somewhere. Why not with you and me? Tom Robbins

The shaman lives outside the social system, refusing to have any part of it. Yet he seems to connect the populace to the heavens and the earth far more directly than the priest. Tom Robbins

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