"As a kid, I did want to be an old-timer, since they were the ones with the big stories and the cool clothes. I wanted to go there. Now, I guess I want to bring that with me and go back in time."
"Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances."Tom Waits on Thomas Jefferson
"Rather be dead than cool."Tom Waits on Kurt Cobain
"All women do have a different sense of sexuality, or sense of fun, or sense of like what's sexy or cool or tough."Tom Waits on Angelina Jolie
"Let your soul stand cool and composed before a million universes."Tom Waits on Walt Whitman
"It's really kind of cool to have solar panels on your roof."Tom Waits on Bill Gates
"You know what I really love? The CD players in a car. How when you put the CD right up by the slot, it actually takes it out of your hand, like it's hungry. It pulls it in, and you feel like it wants more silver discs."
"But then I'm one of those guys that is still a bit afraid of the telephone, its implications for conversation. I still wonder if the jukebox might be the death of live music."
"Their memory's like a train: you can see it getting smaller as it pulls away And the things you can't remember Tell the things you can't forget that History puts a saint in every dream."
"You hope people are going to be listening to you after you're gone. And they like you better after you're gone."
"My reality needs imagination like a bulb needs a socket. My imagination needs reality like a blind man needs a cane."