"My reality needs imagination like a bulb needs a socket. My imagination needs reality like a blind man needs a cane."
"Imagination is more important than knowledge."Tom Waits on Albert Einstein
"I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life's realities."Tom Waits on Dr. Seuss
"Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions."Tom Waits on Albert Einstein
"I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation and is but a reflection of human frailty."Tom Waits on Albert Einstein
"Can you imagine what I would do if I could do all I can?"Tom Waits on Sun Tzu
"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."
"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."