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Tom Robbins
"We waste time looking for the perfect lover, instead of creating the perfect love."
Tom Robbins
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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
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"The highest function of love is that it makes the loved one a unique and irreplaceable being."
Tom Robbins (Jitterbug Perfume)
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Tom Robbins
"...disbelief in magic can force a poor soul into believing in government and business...."
Tom Robbins (Even Cowgirls Get the Blues)
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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 to sign on as its accomplice. Instead of vowing to honor and obey, maybe we should swear to aid and abet. That would mean that security is out of the question. The words "make" and "stay" become inappropriate. My love for you has no strings attached. I love you for free."
Tom Robbins (Still Life with Woodpecker)
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Tom Robbins
"Our lives are not as limited as we think they are; the world is a wonderfully weird place; consensual reality is significantly flawed; no institution can be trusted, but love does work; all things are possible; and we all could be happy and fulfilled if we only had the guts to be truly free and the wisdom to shrink our egos and quit taking ourselves so damn seriously."
Tom Robbins
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Tom Robbins
"It's never too late to have a happy childhood."
Tom Robbins (Still Life with Woodpecker)
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Tom Robbins
"When two people meet and fall in love, there's a sudden rush of magic. Magic is just naturally present then. We tend to feed on that gratuitous magic without striving to make any more. One day we wake up and find that the magic is gone. We hustle to get it back, but by then it's usually too late, we've used it up. What we have to do is work like hell at making additional magic right from the start. It's hard work, but if we can remember to do it, we greatly improve our chances of making love stay."
Tom Robbins (Still Life with Woodpecker)
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Tom Robbins
"Who knows how to make love stay?

1. Tell love you are going to Junior's Deli on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn to pick up a cheesecake, and if loves stays, it can have half. It will stay.

2. Tell love you want a momento of it and obtain a lock of its hair. Burn the hair in a dime-store incense burner with yin/yang symbols on three sides. Face southwest. Talk fast over the burning hair in a convincingly exotic language. Remove the ashes of the burnt hair and use them to paint a moustache on your face. Find love. Tell it you are someone new. It will stay.

3. Wake love up in the middle of the night. Tell it the world is on fire. Dash to the bedroom window and pee out of it. Casually return to bed and assure love that everything is going to be all right. Fall asleep. Love will be there in the morning."
Tom Robbins (Still Life with Woodpecker)
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Tom Robbins
"We are our own dragons as well as our own heroes, and we have to rescue ourselves from ourselves."
Tom Robbins (Still Life with Woodpecker)
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Tom Robbins
"Just because you're naked doesn't mean you're sexy. Just because you're cynical doesn't mean you're cool."
Tom Robbins
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Tom Robbins
"There are many things worth living for, a few things worth dying for, and nothing worth killing for."
Tom Robbins (Even Cowgirls Get the Blues)
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"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)
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Tom Robbins
"If you believe in peace, act peacefully; if you believe in love, acting lovingly; if you believe every which way, then act every which way, that's perfectly valid - but don't go out trying to sell your beliefs to the system. You end up contradicting what you profess to believe in, and you set a bum example. If you want to change the world, change yourself."
Tom Robbins
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Tom Robbins
"A sense of humor...is superior to any religion so far devised."
Tom Robbins (Jitterbug Perfume)
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Tom Robbins
"There is no such thing as a weird human being, It's just that some people require more understanding than others."
Tom Robbins
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Tom Robbins
"So you think that you're a failure, do you? Well, you probably are. What's wrong with that? In the first place, if you've any sense at all you must have learned by now that we pay just as dearly for our triumphs as we do for our defeats. Go ahead and fail. But fail with wit, fail with grace, fail with style. A mediocre failure is as insufferable as a mediocre success. Embrace failure! Seek it out. Learn to love it. That may be the only way any of us will ever be free."
Tom Robbins
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Tom Robbins
"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 (Still Life with Woodpecker)
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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 (Even Cowgirls Get the Blues)
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Tom Robbins
"You should never hesitate to trade your cow for a handful of magic beans."
Tom Robbins
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