"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."
"If GM had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving $25 cars that got 1,000 MPG."Tom Petty on Bill Gates
"There was a time in my life when I thought I had everything - millions of dollars, mansions, cars, nice clothes, beautiful women, and every other materialistic thing you can imagine. Now I struggle for peace."Tom Petty on Richard Pryor
"Car designers are just going to have to come up with an automobile that outlasts the payments."Tom Petty on Erma Bombeck
"I hooked up my accelerator pedal in my car to my brake lights. I hit the gas, people behind me stop, and I'm gone."Tom Petty on Steven Wright
"I replaced the headlights in my car with strobe lights, so it looks like I'm the only one moving."Tom Petty on Steven Wright
"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."
"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."
"When you get older, your health becomes important to you, things start breaking down, you've always got a different ache or pain."