Tom Petty quotes

 quotes - Do something you really like, and hopefully it pays the rent. As far as I'm concerned, that's success.

“Do something you really like, and hopefully it pays the rent. As far as I'm concerned, that's success.”

— Tom Petty

 quotes - If you're not getting older, you're dead.

“If you're not getting older, you're dead.”

— Tom Petty

 quotes - Most things I worry about never happen anyway.

“Most things I worry about never happen anyway.”

— Tom Petty

 quotes - Go after what you really love and find a way to make that work for you, and then you'll be a happy person.

“Go after what you really love and find a way to make that work for you, and then you'll be a happy person.”

— Tom Petty

“You and I will meet again, When we're least expecting it, One day in some far off place, I will recognize your face, I won't say goodbye my friend, For you and I will meet again.”

— Tom Petty

“When I decided to be a musician I reckoned that that was going to be the way of less profit, less money. I was sort of giving up the idea of making a lot of money. It was what I loved to do. I would have done it anyway. If I'd had to work at Taco Bell I'd have still been out at night trying to play music.”

— Tom Petty

“It's funny how the music industry is enraged about the Internet and the way things are copied without being paid for. But you know why people steal the music? Because they can't afford the music.”

— Tom Petty

“I'm not exactly a guy who makes new friends easily.”

— Tom Petty

“When I was a kid, we didn't have any blues stations. I never heard Howlin' Wolf or Muddy Waters or any of those people until the Stones had come along, and I took it upon myself to find out who these people were that they were covering.”

— Tom Petty

“Music is probably the only real magic I have encountered in my life. There's not some trick involved with it. It's pure and it's real. It moves, it heals, it communicates and does all these incredible things.”

— Tom Petty

“What I've learned about marriage: You need to have each other's back; you have to be a kind of team going through life.”

— Tom Petty

“Sometimes, giving up your privacy is a little like going to the dentist and we have let him have access that no one's ever had.”

— Tom Petty

“I don't think it's a good attitude in your life to feel that you have to be rich to have self-esteem.”

— Tom Petty

“I have turned down a lot of money for things that would have made me feel cheesy.”

— Tom Petty

“I'm barely prolific and incredibly lazy.”

— Tom Petty

“I developed a problem with authority. Any time that authority was what I interpreted as being unjust, I stood up to it, and that became my personality.”

— Tom Petty

“We don't really make bad records, though some people might like some more than others. And we have never really done a bad show. So I think in a way maybe we've been taken for granted.”

— Tom Petty

“TV does not care about you or what happens to you. It's downright bad for your health now, and that's not a far-out concept. I think watching the TV news is bad for you. It is bad for your physical health and your mental health.”

— Tom Petty

“'Free Fallin'' is a very good song. Maybe it would be one of my favorites if it hadn't become this huge anthem. But I'm grateful that people like it.”

— Tom Petty

“There used to be this real sense of community integrity in rock. It has really eroded. Everyone seems to be on their own now.”

— Tom Petty

“I don't know, my music has always just come from where the wind blew me. Like where I'm at during a particular moment in time.”

— Tom Petty

“I've never had any idea that what I like would resonate with the audience, and I'm pleasantly surprised when it does.”

— Tom Petty

“I think television's become a downright dangerous thing. It has no moral barometer whatsoever. If you want to talk about something that is all about money, just watch the television.”

— Tom Petty

“When I met Elvis, we didn't really have a conversation. I was introduced by my uncle, and he sort of grunted my way. What stays with me is the whole scene. I had never seen a real mob scene before. I was really young and impressionable. Elvis really did look - he looked sort of not real, as if he were glowing.”

— Tom Petty

“I tend to write on an acoustic guitar or the piano. I have kind of a rule: if I can't sit down and play this and get the song over, I don't take it to the band, because most any good song, you can sit down and deliver it with a piano or a guitar.”

— Tom Petty

“I think that if people realize that with an mp3, you're only getting five percent of the sound that's there. But when you hear the entire thing... I think it would save the music business. It's such a drastic change.”

— Tom Petty

“You get into your late fifties, people start falling like flies all around you. I don't take life for granted any more. I'm really glad to be here.”

— Tom Petty

“The music business looks like, you know, innocent schoolboys compared to the TV business. They care about nothing but profit.”

— Tom Petty

“When you get older, your health becomes important to you, things start breaking down, you've always got a different ache or pain.”

— Tom Petty

“It's very easy to be cynical about the hall of fame. But on the other hand, it's really a beautiful thing for someone like me. I dedicated my entire life to this music.”

— Tom Petty
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