"Songs really are like a form of time travel because they really have moved forward in a bubble. Everyone who's connected with it, the studio's gone, the musicians are gone, and the only thing that's left is this recording which was only about a three-minute period maybe 70 years ago."
"It is better to travel well than to arrive."Tom Waits on Buddha
"Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends."Tom Waits on Maya Angelou
"One travels more usefully when alone, because he reflects more."Tom Waits on Thomas Jefferson
"Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not."Tom Waits on Ralph Waldo Emerson
"The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page."Tom Waits on Saint Augustine
"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."