Category Archives: Quote

Stand Out.

“The opposite of bravery is not cowardice but conformity.” -Robert Anthony


One Last Thing

“One last thing. Now, they found out that elephants in India, you know they have to wear a big bell around their necks so people know where they are all the time, and you can imagine how fucking annoying that must be, you know, especially in the middle of the night when you’re hungry. So now, elephants scoop up a big hunk of mud and they stick it in the bell to dampen the clapper and then they go off in the middle of the night and steal bananas. Pretty good.” -Tom Waits


Condom Mints

“Anyway… okay, you know I’ve always been a word guy, I like weird words and I like American slang and all that and words that are no longer being used… I like to drag them out of the box and wave them around… this is an interesting one, it’s amazing how in addition to punctuation just a little pause in the wrong place can just completely transform the meaning of something. I’ll give you a really good example… you know, you’re at the ball game and you got your hot dog and you look around and say “Where are all the condiments?” and they point over there and you go “Oh, okay there’s the condiments.” I’m so glad that they said it like that because when I said it I heard “Where are the condom mints?” That’s just me and I have to live with me. I didn’t say it back to her or she would have slapped me but then I thought that’s not a bad idea… someone could get a hold of something like that and come up with a whole new product… I just offer it to you tonight and we’ll just wait and see what happens.” -Tom Waits, Tom Tales LIVE from the Glitter and Doom Tour



Three Toads in My Stomach

“Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.” -Buddha

“Our death is not an end if we can live on in our children and the younger generation. For they are us, our bodies are only wilted leaves on the tree of life.” -Albert Einstein

“The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” -Mark Twain

“The only difference between death and taxes is that death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets.” -Will Rogers

“As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death.” -Leonardo da Vinci

“The boundaries which divide life from death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins?” -Edgar Allan Poe

“Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily.” -Napoleon Bonaparte

“The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.” -Mark Twain

“No one knows whether death, which people fear to be the greatest evil, may not be the greatest good.” -Plato


The Fume of Sighs

“Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs. Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers eyes. Being vexed, a sea nourished with lovers tears. What is it else? A madness most discreet, a choking gall and a preserving sweet.” -William Shakespeare


Everything Happens for a Reason

“I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go. Things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right. You believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.” -Marilyn Monroe


Words to Live By

“Q: Do you have words to live by?
A: Jim Jarmusch once told me “Fast, Cheap, and Good… pick two. If it’s fast and cheap it wont be good. If it’s cheap and good it won’t be fast. If it’s fast and good it wont be cheap.” Fast, cheap and good… pick two words to live by.” – Tom Waits


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