Tom Robbins
Thomas Eugene "Tom" Robbins (born July 22, 1936 is an American
United States
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. His best-selling novels are serio-comic, often wildly poetic stories with a strong social and philosophical undercurrent, an irreverent bent, and scenes extrapolated from carefully researched bizarre facts. He is probably best known for his novel Even Cowgirls Get the Blues which was made into a movie in 1993 by Gus Van Sant and starring Uma Thurman
Uma Thurman
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, Lorraine Bracco
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 and Keanu Reeves
Keanu Reeves
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Robbins was born in Blowing Rock, North Carolina
Blowing Rock, North Carolina
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 to George Thomas Robbins and Katherine Belle Robinson.

When a man confines an animal in a cage, he assumes ownership of that animal. But an animal is an individual; it cannot be owned. When a man tries to own an individual, whether that individual be another man, an animal or even a tree, he suffers the psychic consequences of an unnatural act.

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

"The only meat in the world sweeter, hotter, and pinker than Amanda's twat is Carolina barbecue."

Whether a man is a criminal or a public servant is purely a matter of perspective.

Sometimes those things that attract the most attention to us are the things that afford us the greatest privacy.

Fire is the reuniting of matter with oxygen. If one bears that in mind, every blaze may be seen as a reunion, an occasion of chemical joy.

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.

Of course I'm inconsistent! Only logicians and cretins are consistent!

spoken by the character "The Chink"

If we're ever going to get the world back on a natural footing, back in tune with natural rhythyms, if we're going to nurture the Earth and protect it and have fun with it and learn from it - which is what mothers do with their children - then we've got to put technology (an aggressive masculine system) in its proper place, which is that of a tool to be used sparingly, joyfully, gently and only in the fullest cooperation with nature. Nature must govern technology, not the other way around.