October 31, 2016quotes

"Peeple of zee wurl, relax,"
--Tom Robbins, "Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates" - this is what a parrot says, I think it's a reference to the work of Joe Brainard that I need to check out

(Switters's granny, by contrast, wore an outsized, owlishly round, horn-rimmed pair that made her look rather exactly like the late theatrical agent, Swifty Lazar.)
--FWIW I'm pretty sure Swifty Lazar was the inspiration for that old Six Flags commercials with the dancing old man Mr. Six -

"But what about self-esteem?"
"Heh! Self-esteem is for sissies. Accept that you're a pimple and try to keep a lively sense of humor about it. That way lies grace--and maybe even glory."
--Tom Robbins, "Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates"

Tennessee Williams once wrote, "We all live in a house on fire, no fire department to call; no way out, just the upstairs window to look out of while the fire burns the house down with us trapped, locked in it." In a certain sense, the playwright was correct. Yes, but oh! What a view from that upstairs window! What Tennessee failed to mention was that if we look out of that window with an itchy curiosity and a passionate eye; with a generous spirit and a capacity for delight; and, yes, the language with which to support and enrich the things we see, then it DOESN'T MATTER that the house is burning down around us. It doesn't matter. Let the motherfucker blaze!
--Tom Robbins, "Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates"

"I know what you're saying. But it isn't because words are inadequate. I won't go that far."
"Certain things words can't convey."
"Oh, but they can. Because those things you're referring to are . . . well, if they're not actually made of words or derived from words, at least inhabit words: language is the solution in which they're suspended. Even love ultimately requires a linguistic base."
--Tom Robbins, "Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates"

but the poet, Andrei Codrescu, once wrote that 'Physical intimacy is only a device for opening the floodgates of what really matters: words.'
--Tom Robbins, "Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates"

The Syrians in general are sympathetic people, nice people. It is only the Muslim Brotherhood that makes the problem for Christians, but, then, fundamentalists are the same everywhere, are they not?"
"Yeah. Their desperate craving for simplicity sure can create complications. And their pitiful longing for certainty sure can make things unsteady."
--Tom Robbins, "Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates"

"Et tu?" she asked breathily. "And you? Are you sure?" "I'm sure I want every youness of you," he answered,
--Tom Robbins, "Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates"

You only live twice: once after you're born and once before you die. --Basho
--Tom Robbins, "Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates"

"I love myself," he said. "But it's unrequited."
--Tom Robbins, "Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates"