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Tom Robbins

Дата рождения: 22. Июль 1936

Том Роббинс — американский писатель, знаменитый прежде всего по экранизации своего романа Даже девушки-ковбои иногда грустят режиссёра Гаса Ван Сента.

„Наши жизни не столь не ограничены, как мы думаем; мир ― чудесное странное место; действительность значительно испорчена; никакому учреждению нельзя доверять, но любовь действительно работает; все вещи возможны; и все мы могли быть счастливыми и реализованными, если бы мы только имели мужество быть действительно свободными, и мудрость, чтобы приуменьшить наше это и перестать относиться к себе так чертовски серьезно.“

„We waste time looking for the perfect lover, instead of creating the perfect love.“

„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.“

„The highest function of love is that it makes the loved one a unique and irreplaceable being.“ Jitterbug Perfume

„... disbelief in magic can force a poor soul into believing in government and business....“ Even Cowgirls Get the Blues

„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.“ Still Life with Woodpecker

„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.“

„It's never too late to have a happy childhood.“ Still Life with Woodpecker

„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.“ Still Life with Woodpecker

„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.“
Still Life with Woodpecker

„Just because you're naked doesn't mean you're sexy. Just because you're cynical doesn't mean you're cool.“

„There are many things worth living for, a few things worth dying for, and nothing worth killing for.“ Even Cowgirls Get the Blues

„We are our own dragons as well as our own heroes, and we have to rescue ourselves from ourselves.“ Still Life with Woodpecker

„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.“ Jitterbug Perfume

„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.“

„A sense of humor... is superior to any religion so far devised.“ Jitterbug Perfume

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