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Tom Waits quotes

Champagne for my real friends and real pain for my sham friends.

George Bush is a fan of mine, he came to see me in the Seventies. His coke dealer brought him.

Don't you know there ain't no devil, it's just god when he's drunk.

I'm so horny the crack of dawn better watch out.

I'd rather have a free bottle in front of me than a prefrontal lobotomy.

I always liked the idea that America is a big facade. We are all insects crawling across on the shiny hood of a Cadillac. We're all looking at the wrapping. But we won't tear the wrapping to see what lies beneath.

For a songwriter, you don't really go to songwriting school; you learn by listening to tunes. And you try to understand them and take them apart and see what they're made of, and wonder if you can make one, too.

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.

Sometimes the magnetism of a song is impossible to ignore, and it demands that it be sung in a certain way.

I guess I've always lived upside down when I want things I can't have.

The big print giveth and the small print taketh away.

My reality needs imagination like a bulb needs a socket. My imagination needs reality like a blind man needs a cane.

I think all songs should have weather in them. Names of towns and streets, and they should have a couple of sailors. I think those are just song prerequisites.

I saw a crow building a nest, I was watching him very carefully, I was kind of stalking him and he was aware of it. And you know what they do when they become aware of someone stalking them when they build a nest, which is a very vulnerable place to be? They build a decoy nest. It's just for you.

I hate Disneyland. It primes our kids for Las Vegas.

It's hard to win when you always lose.

I do like books on anatomy. I have to say I'm an amateur physician, I guess.

Most people don't care if you're telling them the truth or if you're telling them a lie, as long as they're entertained by it.

Music has generally involved a lot of awkward contraptions, a certain amount of heavy lifting.

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.