"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."
"A man who won't die for something is not fit to live."Tom Waits on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"To be idle is a short road to death and to be diligent is a way of life foolish people are idle, wise people are diligent."Tom Waits on Buddha
"The fear of death is the most unjustified of all fears, for there's no risk of accident for someone who's dead."Tom Waits on Albert Einstein
"The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time."Tom Waits on Mark Twain
"Death is no more than passing from one room into another. But there's a difference for me, you know. Because in that other room I shall be able to see."Tom Waits on Helen Keller
"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."
"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."
"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."