Still Life With Woodpecker by Tom Robbins

“There’s always the same amount of good luck and back luck in the world.  If one person doesn’t get bad luck, somebody else will have to get it in their place.  There’s always the same amount of good and evil, too.  We can’t eradicate evil, we can only evict it, force it to move across town.  And when evil moves, some good always goes with it.  But we can never alter the ration of good to evil.  All we can do is keep things stirred up so neither good nor evil solidifies.  That’s when things get scary.  Life is like a stew, you have to stir it frequently,…”

“If society is considered innocent, then any person who isn’t guilty isn’t leading a meaningful life”

“The bottom line is that (a) people are never perfect, but love can be, (b) that is the one and only way that the mediocre and the vile can be transformed, and (c) doing that makes it that.  Loving makes love.  Loving makes itself.  We waste time looking for the perfect lover instead of creating the perfect love.  Wouldn’t that be the way to make love stay?”  In reply “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.”

“The thing about Camels, though, is its directness.  I mean, it spells it right out.  CHOICE.  A person’s looking for a simple truth to live by, there it is.  CHOICE.  To refuse to passively accept what we’ve been handed by nature or society, but to choose for ourselves.  CHOICE.  That’s the difference between emptiness and substance, between a life actually lived and a wimpy shadow cast on an office wall.”

–Tom Robbins, Author



About haileerustad

I love everything. I do things differently. Tending to avoid conformity. Accepting unknown adventure whenever its presented. My mission is to live, let life flow through me with endless energy. Exciting and empowering others to find their natural happiness. As life is, all perception.
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