The Best Tom Petty quotes

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Last night, I was listening to some of my favorite Tom Petty songs. I got to thinking about his life and how he became one of the most successful musicians in history. Today, I want to share with you the quotes compilation of Tom Petty. It’s an inspiring story that will make you appreciate his music even more.

Discover the most interesting Work, Music, Love, Feelings, Time, Life, World, Songs College quotes from Tom Petty, and much more.


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About Tom Petty

birth of the author

October 20, 1950

death of the author

October 2, 2017

deathcause of the author

Cause Of Death:
Accidental Drug Overdose

occupation of the author

Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Record Producer

date of the author

Years Active:

genre of the author

Rock, Heartland Rock, Roots Rock, Country Rock, Blues Rock, Rock And Roll And More.

instrument of the author

Vocals, Guitar

institution of the author

Shelter, Backstreet, Mca, Warner Bros., American, Reprise And More.

productions of the author

Associated Acts:
Mudcrutch, Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers, Traveling Wilburys, George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Stevie Nicks And More.

website of the author



That’s the way it goes, it’ll all work out. โ€” Tom Petty

It just seems to useless to have to work so hard, and nothing ever really seem to come from it. โ€” Tom Petty

It’s always been great to be onstage. It’s really effortless up there. It’s not a lot of work. โ€” 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. โ€” Tom Petty

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I think to be successful you have to work really hard but you also have to have a little bit of luck. โ€” Tom Petty

If I’d had to work at Taco Bell I’d have still been out at night trying to play music. โ€” Tom Petty

It wasn’t work for me, because I would’ve done it anywayโ€ฆ I just had a builtโ€“in love of what I was doing. I created my own vision of what I wanted to do. I was on a mission. โ€” Tom Petty

Stay out late. Go out on a Tuesday with your friends when you have a paper due Wednesday. Spend money you don’t have. Drink ’til sunrise. The work never ends, but college does. โ€” Tom Petty

The waiting is the hardest part. โ€” Tom Petty

it s always been great to be onstage it s really effortless up there it s not a lot of work Tom Petty quote


You belong somewhere you feel free. โ€” Tom Petty


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I don’t think it’s a good attitude in your life to feel that you have to be rich to have selfโ€“esteem. โ€” Tom Petty

We’d call each other and ask,’ hey, you still smoking ?’ tom would go,’ yeah, i’m still smoking,’ and i’d feel better :’ well, if tom is still smoking, i’m ok.’. โ€” 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. โ€” Tom Petty

I have turned down a lot of money for things that would have made me feel cheesy. โ€” Tom Petty

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I want to be successful. Not just money. Just making a successful record and a successful show. I could feel successful without selling a million records. โ€” Tom Petty

I can’t crawl any further. You never crawled for me. โ€” Tom Petty


I love doing my ‘Buried Treasure’ show. โ€” Tom Petty

I love history, doesn’t matter what era, I’m fascinated. โ€” Tom Petty

I’ve always had a great love for the blues. โ€” Tom Petty

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I always tell my kids, ‘Find something that you love and within that you’ll find some job that you can do and you’ll always be happy. You’ll go to a job that you want to go to. โ€” Tom Petty

I’ve been more and more into production lately, and I really, really love that. I love recording. โ€” Tom Petty

She’s a good girl, crazy about Elvis, loves horses, and her boyfriend, too. โ€” Tom Petty

Back then it was almost like admitting that you were never going to make any money and realizing you probably were not going to have a professional life but saying, โ€˜This is what I love, so I’ll do this.’ โ€” Tom Petty

If you listen long enough you can hear my skin grow tough love is painful to the touch must be made of stronger stuff. โ€” Tom Petty

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How ’bout a cheer for all those bad girls? And all those boys that play that rock and roll? They love it like you love Jesus, It does the same thing to their souls. โ€” Tom Petty


I remember things being more clearer, at one time things were more real. โ€” Tom Petty

The poison came in liquid, she was naked all the time. โ€” Tom Petty

Excuse me if I have/some place in my mind/where I go time to time. โ€” Tom Petty

The only good thing about getting older is you get smart enough to avoid unnecessary problems. You know what’s worth spending time on and what’s not. โ€” Tom Petty

i remember things being more clearer at one time things were more real Tom Petty quote

If you spend a lot of time thinking about your career, you don’t have one. โ€” Tom Petty

If you stretch your imagination, I’ll tell you all a tale, about a time when everything wasn’t up for sale. โ€” Tom Petty

I think life is pretty wild; I really want to like the world, but at the same time I have to write about what I see. โ€” Tom Petty

If you’re phony, they will feel it in the farthest row of the arena. You have to really care. And you have to make yourself care time and time again. โ€” Tom Petty

I’m actually better on the guitar than when I started, I think, because I’ve had so much time with it and I still practice and I love to do it and I love to sing. โ€” Tom Petty

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Yeah, the world would swing if I were king. Can I help it if I still dream time to time? โ€” Tom Petty

I don’t understand the ones that have no sense of hope and invest in hate. That’s not gonna work out, you know? It’s a waste of your time! โ€” 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. โ€” 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. โ€” Tom Petty

At twilight time the smog makes a rainbow. โ€” Tom Petty

excuse me if i have some place in my mind where i go time to time Tom Petty quote

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. โ€” 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. โ€” Tom Petty

As time goes by, you seem to weed out the things that were making your life hard. โ€” Tom Petty

Any time you’re making a living at what you love to do, you’re blessed. โ€” Tom Petty

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Time to move on, time to get going. What lies ahead I have no way of knowing. But under my feet, baby, grass is growing. โ€” Tom Petty

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If you’re not getting older, you’re dead. โ€” Tom Petty


I would never put my songs in a commercial. โ€” 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. โ€” 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. โ€” Tom Petty

Buy me a drink, sing me a song; take me as I come, cause I can’t stay long. โ€” Tom Petty

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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. โ€” 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. โ€” Tom Petty


If there’s one thing I know about music theory, it’s that if you don’t believe the singer, you won’t believe the song. โ€” Tom Petty

Rock isn’t a young music anymore. I don’t think it’s necessarily even a youthโ€“oriented music. โ€” Tom Petty

We haven’t always been boy scouts, but we never lost sight of the music, Let me remind you that this ain’t the end. โ€” Tom Petty

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

I’m always having fun. Playing is fun. Music is fun. โ€” Tom Petty

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

The music has to be affordable. It’s the common man that keeps it going, and if you price it out of his realm, it becomes a thing of the elite. โ€” Tom Petty

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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. โ€” Tom Petty

I love the music. I’m never, ever tired of playing it. โ€” Tom Petty

There was no use pretending, no magic left to hear, all the music gave me was a craving for lite beer. โ€” Tom Petty

Music really isn’t supposed to be perfect. It’s all about people relating to each other and doing something that’s really from the soul. It must come from the soul. โ€” Tom Petty

Music is probably the one 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. โ€” 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. โ€” Tom Petty

If you can’t take the attitude that even losers get lucky, I don’t see how you can face life. โ€” Tom Petty

I’m not interested in the TV much. I quit watching the news a couple years ago and my outlook on life has gotten a whole lot better. โ€” 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. โ€” 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. โ€” Tom Petty

if you can t take the attitude that even losers get lucky i don t see how you can face life Tom Petty quote

I got just one life in a world that keeps on pushin’ me around. But I stand my ground and I won’t back down. โ€” Tom Petty

Sometimes life, will get you down, break your heart, steal your crown. โ€” Tom Petty

You spend your life dreaming, running ’round in a trance, You hang out forever and still miss the dance, And if you get lucky, you might find someone, To help you get over the pain that will come. โ€” Tom Petty

Some say life will beat you down. Break your heart, steal your crown. So I’ve started out for God knows where, I guess I’ll know when I get there. โ€” Tom Petty


You need eagles wings to get over things that make no sense in this world. โ€” Tom Petty

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I’ll keep this world from dragging me down. Gonna stand my ground and I won’t back down. โ€” Tom Petty

I’ve got a room at the top of the world tonight. I can see everything tonight. โ€” Tom Petty

But listen honey, wherever you are tonight. I wish you the best of everything in the world. And I hope you found, whatever you were looking for. โ€” Tom Petty

In a world that keeps on pushing me around, I’m gonna stand my ground, and I won’t back down. โ€” Tom Petty

TOM PETTY Quotes Take Away

Tom Petty is one of the most inspiring and influential musicians in recent memory. His lyrics teach us about life, love, and everything in between. Take a few minutes to reflect on his words of wisdom, then check out our courses to learn more about how to apply them to your own life.

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