Eddie waited 'til he finished high school, he went to Hollywood, got a tattoo.

-Tom Petty
Tom Petty

A person could visualize him putting on 20 pounds and being the kind of tight end you watch on Saturdays. By the same token, he?s got the kind of jump shot, agility and ball skills to make somebody a real nice forward.

Tom Petty
I should have known right then it was too good to last, God, it's such a drag when you're livin' in the past
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
Songwriting ability is a gift. After a while, you come to realize, "I've really been blessed. I can write these things and it makes me happy, and it makes millions of people happy." It's an obligation, it's bigger than you. It's the only true magic I know. It's not pulling a rabbit out of a hat; it's real. It's your soul floating out to theirs.
Tom Petty

I like making money like anybody else, and I'm paid well, but I think there is a point at which you can out-price your audience or your base.

Tom Petty
If you don't run, you rust.
Tom Petty

I'm barely prolific and incredibly lazy.

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

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.

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