I'd rather have a bottle in front of me, than a frontal lobotomy.

Famous quote by Tom Waits during an interview on the talk show America2night (May 25, 1978). This show was a continuation of the Fernwood2night talkshows starring Martin Mull and Fred Willard as hosts.

Most likely, the quote is originally by the comedian W. C. Fields. The America2night broadcast was a talkshow with scripted questions and answers, and Tom Waits has never used the quote on any other registered occasion.