"Do something you really like, and hopefully it pays the rent. As far as I'm concerned, that's success."
"In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure."Tom Petty on Bill Cosby
"Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life - think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success."Tom Petty on Swami Vivekananda
"Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it."Tom Petty on Bruce Lee
"A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him."Tom Petty on David Brinkley
"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts."Tom Petty on Winston Churchill
"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."
"I don't think it's a good attitude in your life to feel that you have to be rich to have self-esteem."
"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."
"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."
"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."