Tom Robbins Quotes

Most popular Tom Robbins Quotes

Love is dope, not chicken soup.

love

Language is not the frosting, it's the cake.

language

If little else, the brain is an educational toy.

Brain

Unhappiness is the ultimate form of self-indulgence.

sadness

There are only two mantras, yum and yuck, mine is yum.
— Tom Robbins

positive

Sharks are the criminals of the sea. Dolphins are the outlaws.

animals

There's birth, there's death, and in between there's maintenance.
In the haunted house of life, art is the only stair that doesn't creak.

art

A sense of humor, properly developed, is superior to any religion so far devised.

sense of humor

We waste time looking for the perfect lover, instead of creating the perfect love.
— Tom Robbins

love

Disbelief in magic can force a poor soul into believing in government and business.
— Tom Robbins
Nostalgia's nice enough in little bitty doses, it puts personal peach fuzz on the hard ass of history.

nostalgia

Equality is not in regarding different things similarly, equality is in regarding different things differently.
— Tom Robbins

equality

All depression has its roots in self-pity, and all self-pity is rooted in people taking themselves too seriously.

self-pity

Are you aware that rushing toward a goal is a sublimated death wish? It's no coincidence we call them 'deadlines'.
— Tom Robbins

deadlines

Religion is a paramount contributor to human misery.  It is not merely the opium of the masses, it is the cyanide.

religion

Are you aware that rushing toward a goal is a sublimated death wish?  It's no coincidence we call them "deadlines."

deadlines

What is politics, after all, but the compulsion to preside over property and make other people's' decisions for them?
— Tom Robbins
Love is the ultimate outlaw. It just won't adhere to any rules. The most any of us can do is to sign on as its accomplice.
— Tom Robbins

love

I am looking for the novelists whose writing is an extension of their intellect rather than an extension of their neurosis.

novelists

Love is the ultimate outlaw. It just won't adhere to any rules.  The most any of us can do is to sign on as its accomplice.

love

And what would our ideas of God, of religion, be like if they had come to us through the minds of women? Ever think of that?
— Tom Robbins

religion women God

Politics is the science of domination, and the persons in the process of enlargement and illumination are notoriously difficult to control.

religion and politics

There is a similarity between juggling and composing on the typewriter. The trick is, when you spill something, make it look like a part of the act.

writing advice

My faith is whatever makes me feel good about being alive. If your religion doesn't make you feel good to be alive, what the hell is the point of it?
— Tom Robbins

faith religion

Any boy anywhere can grow up to be a cowpoke even today if he wants to bad enough. One of the top wranglers on the circuit right now was born and raised in the Bronx.
— Tom Robbins
Kissing is our greatest invention.  On the list of great inventions, it ranks higher than the Thermos bottle and the Airstream trailer; higher, even, than room service.

kiss

Funny how we think of romance as always involving two, when the romance of solitude can be ever so much more delicious and intense.  Alone, the world offers itself freely to us.

solitude

Teachers who offer you the ultimate answers do not possess the ultimate answers, for if they did, they would know that the ultimate answers cannot be given, they can only be received.

answers

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.
— Tom Robbins

unhappiness

Your unhappy person resents it when you try to cheer him up, because that means he has to stop dwellin' on himself and start paying attention to the universe.  Unhappiness is the ultimate form o' self-indulgence.

unhappiness

Louisiana in September was like an obscene phone call from nature. The air—moist, sultry, secretive, and far from fresh—felt as if it were being exhaled into one's face.  Sometimes it even sounded like heavy breathing.
If you're honest, you sooner or later have to confront your values. Then you're forced to separate what is right from what is merely legal. This puts you metaphysically on the run. America is full of metaphysical outlaws.
— Tom Robbins

morals

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

modern life environment

Our brains permit us to use such a wee fraction of their resources that, in a sense, everything we experience is a reduction. We employ drugs, yoga techniques and poetics - and a thousand more clumsy methods - in an effort just to bring things back up to normal.
— Tom Robbins

perception

Ultimately, I use figures of speech to deepen the reader's subliminal understanding of the person, place, or thing that's being described.  That, above everything else, validates their role as a highly effective literary device.  If nothing else, they remind reader and writer alike that language is not the frosting, it's the cake.

figurative language

Metaphors and similes (puns, too, I might add) extend the dimensions and expand the possibilities of the world.  When both innovative and relevant, they can wake up a reader, make him or her aware, through elasticity of verbiage, that reality—in our daily lives as well as in our stories—is less prescribed than tradition has led us to believe.

puns metaphor simile