If you don’t think you have the blues, just keep living.
- Buddy Guy at his Rock N Roll HOF Induction
Songs are really just very interesting things to be doing with the air.
- Tom Waits at his Rock N Roll HOF Induction
I understand that, and can file it away as being valid for others but not for me, because that’s how you live in a world with other people.
- Jerry Holkins
In a closed society where everybody’s guilty, the only crime is getting caught. In a world of thieves, the only final sin is stupidity.
- The Good Doctor
Half of me, I feel like a jack hammer, I love to holler and stomp my feet and throw rocks. But there’s another side of me that’s like an old man in the corner that’s had too much wine. I’m probably too sentimental for my own good sometimes.
- Tom Waits
Worldly wisdom teaches that it is better for reputation to fail conventionally than to succeed unconventionally.
- John Maynard Keynes
Bensonhurst - 1980s Brooklyn
Photograph by Robert Madden, National Geographic