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Tom Petty Quotes and Sayings

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I'm barely prolific and incredibly lazy.
- 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 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

 

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

Most things I worry about never happen anyway.
- 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

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

It's better to burn out, then to fade away.
- 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

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

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

A leader is best when people barely know he exists;
when his work is done, his aim fulfilled,
they will say: we did it ourselves.
- Lao Tzu

A leader is most effective when people barely know he exists.
When his work is done, his aim fulfilled,
his troops will feel they did it themselves.
- Lao Tzu

A leader is best when people barely know he exists,
not so good when people obey and acclaim him,
worst when they despise him.
But of a good leader, who talks little,
when his work is done, his aim fulfilled,
they will say, "We did this ourselves."
- Lao Tzu

Gee, I am a complete Luddite when it comes to computers,
I can barely log on!
- Jonathan Shapiro

We are so much the victims of abstraction that with
the Earth in flames we can barely rouse ourselves to
wander across the room and look at the thermostat.
- Terence McKenna

We barely missed killing Bin Laden.
There were numerous findings issued by the President to kill him.
We rolled up terrorist cells.
We stopped the millennium bombings.
- Sidney Blumenthal

I don't fight with people - like, I can barely fight
with my husband because I'll just start crying instead.
- Gwen Stefani

Prayer is translation.
A man translates himself into a child asking for all
there is in a language he has barely mastered.
- Leonard Cohen

The players never think they project enough.
In a hall that seats 3,300 people, it's a very scary
thing to play so quietly that you can barely hear yourself.
- Esa-Pekka Salonen

The discoloration is very minimal.
I have not turned blue.
The extent of skin discoloration is not even remotely
near what the news media are saying.
It is barely noticeable.
- Stan Jones

I'm unqualified for anything else.
I'm barely qualified for this.
- Catherine Keener

I was born just barely south of the Mason Dixon line.
- Ned Beatty

At the moment, I'm toying with a new idea for a book,
but fully engaged with writing screenplays,
so the book idea - which needs empty space in my head -
is barely formed yet.
- Rose Tremain

From ages 10 to 12 or so, I barely remember anything.
- Natalie Wood

There is barely a country in the world where you will be completely safe.
- Michael Palin

I tell students they will know they are getting somewhere
when a scene is so painful they can just barely bring
themselves to write about it.
A writer has to draw blood.
- Robert Morgan

Our educational system is like an automobile which has strong rear lights,
brightly illuminating the past.
But looking forward things are barely discernible.
- Hermann Oberth

How is it they live in such harmony the billions of stars -
when most men can barely go a minute without declaring
war in their minds about someone they know.
- Thomas Aquinas

I don't know why I don't watch a lot of movies;
I can barely keep up with the things my friends are in.
There isn't enough time in life.
- Meryl Streep

You can't very well live in a castle while your kin
is on the poor side of town and barely have enough food.
Some want you to get to the top and rely on you making it for them,
too.
- Martha Reeves

Aww, come on man, I can barely handle 6 strings.
- Kenny Hickey

These movies are like my kids.
I just love them to death.
Some of them go to Harvard and some of them can barely graduate high school.
- Barry Sonnenfeld

When not deeply engaged in creative activities,
or numbed out by the TV, I felt empty.
My heart hurt.
I often felt hollow or as if I were some sort of wispy ghost,
barely existing.
- Judith Wright

Sometimes when we are generous in small,
barely detectable ways it can change someone else's life forever.
- Margaret Cho

Coming from a barely clothed childhood as a swimmer
makes me really comfortable with my body.
- Estella Warren

To be a good actor...
it is necessary to have a firmly tempered soul,
to be surprised at nothing, to resume each minute the
laborious task that has barely just been finished.
- Sarah Bernhardt

My NFL pension can barely pay my son's tuition.
You know, it's very little money.
- O. J. Simpson

It was all men, and there I was prancing around in
gowns that barely got past the censors.
- Karen Morley

Thirteen thousand dollars a year is not enough to raise a family.
That's not enough to pay your bills and save for their future.
That's barely enough to provide for even the most basic needs.
- Thomas Carper

When Robert Frost was alive, I was known as the other new England poet,
which is to be barely known at all.
- Howard Nemerov

Today, barely 5 percent of all containers coming into
the United States through our ports are scanned.
- Alcee Hastings

Players lose you games, not tactics.
There's so much crap talked about tactics by people
who barely know how to win at dominoes.
- Brian Clough

All God's children are not beautiful.
Most of God's children are, in fact,
barely presentable.
- Fran Lebowitz

I'm a layperson.
I barely got out of high school.
I have no business telling people what to do or my big philosophy on life.
I'm certainly not going to write any sort of memoir.
- Jamie Lee Curtis

I have barely time to give you a brief statement of facts as I find them.
- John White Geary

We were born to die and we die to live.
As seedlings of God, we barely blossom on earth;
we fully flower in heaven.
- Russell M. Nelson

It seemed to me that I had barely reached the Court
when people were trying to get me off.
- William O. Douglas

You can't make a living as a playwright.
You can barely scrape by.
- Sam Shepard

I can barely conceive of a type of beauty in which there is no Melancholy.
- Charles Baudelaire

Rock is about finding who you are.
You don't necessarily have to play your instrument very well at all.
You can just barely get by and you can be in a rock band.
- Gene Simmons

My children forgave me at a time when I could barely forgive myself.
- Tatum O'Neal

I remember, especially like when I was in high school,
going to see like Dawn of the Dead and it was like
mayhem in the theater and you could barely even watch the movie.
It was so fun.
- Rob Zombie

I wrote the first book, Harvest of Stars,
and as I was writing it, I saw that certain implications
had barely been touched on...
It's perfectly obvious that two completely revolutionary things are going on,
with cybernetics, and biological science.
- Poul Anderson

With my government, we engaged in bringing our help
to fights for national freedom.
At that precise moment, several countries were still
colonised or had barely overcome colonisation.
This was the case in practically all of Africa.
We supported them.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

Marry first, and love will come after is a shocking assertion;
since a thousand things may happen to make the state but barely tolerable,
when it is entered into with mutual affection.
- Samuel Richardson

My heart goes out to many women that I've met across
the country who barely make enough to make a living,
and they want to have kids.
That's very understandable, but what do you do with the kids?
- Eric Braeden

When the scheme for the construction of a railroad
from Baltimore to the waters of the Ohio River first began to take form,
the United States had barely emerged from the Revolutionary period.
- John Moody

Just able barely to mount a horse and ride about a
little in the spring of 1866,
my life was threatened daily, and I was forced to go heavily armed.
The whole country was then full of militia,
robbing, plundering and killing.
- Jesse James

Only nine States have been represented since my arrival 'till within three days.
There are now Eleven States barely represented.
This tardiness in the States or their Delegates,
besides retarding the most important Business makes
it exceeding fatiguing to those that do attend.
- William Whipple

Jeff Lynne is an arranger, and I think it's probably
much easier for him to go ahead and play a part himself
than to try to show somebody else what he wants.
But it's hard for me to say; I barely know Jeff.
- Benmont Tench

However, the economics of our business continued to deteriorate.
We barely escaped bankruptcy a year ago,
and in the aftermath of that escape we had to make
some even tougher decisions.
- Gerard Arpey

NBC was trying to convert all of their local programming
to color right away to encourage the sale of the sets,
so I barely remember working in black and white,
although I do know that I did do it,
but there was not a major difference,
though.
- Jim Henson

This was almost two hours of factual documentary.
In our audience ratings, barely no one left the programme.
The whole of his life is so fascinating and people
kept watching for that reason.
- Martin Bashir

I knew nothing about football, then someone showed
me a film of Petit and I realised how interesting the game could be.
He is divine.
When I met him I could barely speak,
he was so gorgeous.
Women will love that show.
- Ruby Wax

The speed of the leader determines the rate of the pack.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

If your actions inspire others to dream more,
learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
- John Quincy Adams

I would rather try to persuade a man to go along,
because once I have persuaded him, he will stick.
If I scare him, he will stay just as long
as he is scared, and then he is gone.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

The glue that holds all relationships together -
including the relationship between; the leader and the led
is trust, and trust is based on integrity.
- Brian Tracy

About leadership: No person can be a great leader
unless he takes genuine joy
in the successes of those under him.
- W. A. Nance


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