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62 Great Quotes By Tom Petty

Famous As: Rock Singer, Guitarist
Born On: October 20, 1950
Died On: October 2, 2017
Born In: Gainesville, Florida, United States
Died At Age: 66

Tom Petty was an American musician, singer, record producer, songwriter and actor. He was the guitarist and the lead vocalist of ‘Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.’ He was also the member of ‘Travelling Wilburys’ and ‘Mudcrutch.’ Throughout his career, he sold more than eighty million records across the globe. He was inducted into the ‘Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.’ Some of his hit singles with ‘Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ include ‘Don't Come Around Here No More,’ ‘Free Fallin,’ ‘Don't Do Me Like That,’ ‘You Don't Know How It Feels,’ and ‘The Waiting.’ Here is a compilation of famous quotes by Tom Petty on love, song, success, life, soul, heart, education, friendship, dream, blessings, personality, intention, hatred, time, music, money, belief, guitar and more.

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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

When you get on the back side of your 60s, most people aren't working.

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

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

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

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

The radio has so many rules, and songs don't. You don't necessarily write to a rule book unless you're, like, just doing it professionally, which has never been my thing.

Tom Petty

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

Tom Petty

The great thing about the Wilburys was that none of us had to take the heat by ourselves. I was just a member of the band. Nobody felt like he was above anybody else. We had such a good time.

Tom Petty

The first time I tried to write was when I was 14, after I got an electric guitar. I put a song together, and it wasn't that bad! The writing came natural to me.

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

Rock isn't a young music anymore. I don't think it's necessarily even a youth-oriented music.

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

Most things I worry about never happen anyway.

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

It's hard for me... If I don't have a project going, I don't feel like I'm connected to anything. I don't even think it's that healthy for me. I like to get out of bed and have a purpose.

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

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

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've been more and more into production lately, and I really, really love that. I love recording.

Tom Petty

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

Tom Petty

I'm barely prolific and incredibly lazy.

Tom Petty

I would never put my songs in a commercial.

Tom Petty

I think, in America, for a long time you had groups that wanted to be stars more than they wanted to make music.

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

I think if I'd quit years ago, I'd never have known what I was capable of doing.

Tom Petty

I love history, doesn't matter what era, I'm fascinated.

Tom Petty

I love doing my 'Buried Treasure' show.

Tom Petty

I like to be an optimist, but I like to be a realist, too.

Tom Petty

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

Tom Petty

I don't treat the band like I'm above them or that they're a hired hand for me. We've never worked that way. So I'm a team player. I would be very uncomfortable having to do this alone.

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 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 didn't think you could just become a rock and roll singer.

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

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

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

Tom Petty

As time goes by, you seem to weed out the things that were making your life hard.

Tom Petty

A good song should give you a lot of images; you should be able to make your own little movie in your head to a good song.

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

'Southern Accents,' I think that's one of my best, really. That would have been 1984, and I wrote that on the piano in the studio at home. I had a studio, and I just happened to be down there in the middle of the night. It was quite late, probably early morning, and I just started to play, and a song just started to appear.

Tom Petty

An average show is two hours. And that's usually right up to the curfew or the union triple time. I always feel like I could have played a little longer or something, but it's hard for me to pay attention to anything for longer than that.

Tom Petty

I could come home, and I would spend the rest of the night just lying on the floor or the sofa listening to albums. It was like a movie to me. I still do, really, and doing the radio show ensures that I'll be sitting there listening.

Tom Petty

I don't eat fish and chicken and all that. But I will have some eggs. So I'm not technically a vegan. But I eat pretty sensibly, and before a tour, I will usually work out a lot. I'll get a trainer, or I have a guy I've known a long time.

Tom Petty

I feel sorry for kids these days. They get so much homework. Remember the days when we put a belt around our two books and carried them home? Now they're dragging a suitcase. They have school all day, then homework from six until eleven. There's no time left to be creative.

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

In the mid-'60s, AM radio, pop radio, was just this incredible thing that played all kinds of music... You could hear Frank Sinatra right into the Yardbirds. The Beatles into Dean Martin. It was this amazing thing, and I miss it, in a way, because music has become so compartmentalized now, but in those days, it was all right in one spot.

Tom Petty

It's kind of a lonely work, because you just have to keep your pole in the water. I always had a little routine of going into whatever room I was using at the time to write in and just staying in there till I felt like I got a bite.

Tom Petty

Making a record? You've got to have the song, then you create a record. I think it's the same with a live performance. If the material is strong, you're already 90% there. I always tell young people it's all about the music, the songs. Work on the songs, work on the songs, work on the songs.

Tom Petty

My family wasn't involved in the college. They were more of just your 'white trash' kind of family. And so I have that kind of background, but I always kind of aspired to be something else, and I made a lot of different friends over the years that were passing through.

Tom Petty

My hours get kinda backwards. Most of the time, we're basing out of one town, flying out, doing the show, then flying back. And it's a pace that no one would believe, really. Unless you've done it, you really can't understand what it is. And if you're not really experienced and know how to do it, you will fall.

Tom Petty

Rock n' roll was one thing, and then they chopped off the 'roll' and called it 'rock,' which became a sort of umbrella term for anything with a guitar in it. Like hair bands. How could we possibly believe that? It's just gotten downright silly, to the point where now it's sort of become like professional wrestling.

Tom Petty

The energy of the crowd is insane. Twenty thousand people. It's the biggest jolt of adrenaline. It's very hard to explain. You know the old story about the woman lifting the car off her kid? It's in that realm. You can actually hurt yourself and not know it.

Tom Petty

There's nothing like that feeling of having just written a song that you know is 'the song,' and you know it's really great, and you can't wait to share it with people; you can't wait to record it.

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

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

When I go to see people, I always kind of hope they are going to play some kind of songs I know. So you've got to know your audience. It's kind of something that is a blessing and a curse in a way. You're obligated to play some of that stuff that people know, but I don't think that's all you have to do.

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

When I was 15 or 16 playing in groups, we used to sit in the car and try to write the lyrics down as a song was playing, and we'd assign each person a verse, you know: 'I'm going to do the first one. You go for the second one.' And then sometimes you'd wait an hour for it to come on again so you could finish it up.

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

When my record company rejected 'Full Moon Fever', I was hurt so bad. I was pretty far along in my career at that point. I'd never had anything rejected; I'd never really even had a comment. So when that happened, it was really just a board to the forehead. But then, finally, I picked myself up.

Tom Petty