Tom Robbins is the kind of author who people often say you either love or hate. All things considered, that is probably the best kind of author to be, as it reflects that level of truth telling which always inspires radically opposing emotions in others. Robbins is also the kind of author that we at The Living Hour would identify as an excellent example of the SBNR Progressive Christian, even though he would undoubtedly not describe himself in such terms. Regardless, Robbins displays the kind of attitude, wisdom, and joie de vivre that we admire.
The following are selected quotes from Tom Robbins covering the subject of God, religion, and the art of living:
**”A sense of humor…is superior to any religion so far devised.”
**”We waste time looking for the perfect lover, instead of creating the perfect love.”
**”If by the quarter of the twentieth century godliness wasn’t next to something more interesting than cleanliness, it might be time to reevaluate our notions of godliness.”
**”What difference does it make if the Gospel is mostly a lie? It’s an engrossing story and the words of its hero are excellent words to live by, even today.”
**”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.”
**”Curiosity, especially intellectual inquisitiveness, is what separates the truly alive from those who are merely going through the motions.”
**”All depression has its roots in self-pity, and all self-pity is rooted in people taking themselves too seriously.”
**”Anyone who maintains absolute standards of good and evil is dangerous. As dangerous as a maniac with a loaded revolver.”
**”Solace? That’s why God made fermented beverages and the blues.”
**”I believe in nothing, everything is sacred. I believe in everything, nothing is sacred.”
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