"You hope people are going to be listening to you after you're gone. And they like you better after you're gone."
"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning."Tom Waits on Albert Einstein
"We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope."Tom Waits on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free."Tom Waits on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
"My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return."Tom Waits on Maya Angelou
"I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe."Tom Waits on Dalai Lama
"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."
"My reality needs imagination like a bulb needs a socket. My imagination needs reality like a blind man needs a cane."