Tom Waits

GMTA Tom Waits

Tom Waits

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

If you’re a writer, you know that the stories don’t come to you – you have to go looking for them. The old men in the lobby: that’s where the stories were.


You almost have to create situations in order to write about them, so I live in a constant state of self-imposed poverty. I don’t want to live any other way.

I didn’t really want to be part of a clique or a niche. But I also was looking for my own voice, as a writer, y’know? And a world I could call my own.

The piano has been drinking, not me.

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.

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

We are buried beneath the weight of information, which is being confused with knowledge; quantity is being confused with abundance and wealth with happiness.

Oh, I got a beautiful 1959 Cadillac Coupe DeVille four-door. No one will ride in it with me.

When you’re writing, you’re conjuring. It’s a ritual, and you need to be brave and respectful and sometimes get out of the way of whatever it is that you’re inviting into the room.

I think I have an adrenaline addiction, no question about that.

Tom Waits

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