The 10 Best Tom Petty Quotes

Tom Petty was an iconic musician who used his art to express wisdom about life and living. From finding success on your own terms to knowing when to move on, Petty’s quotes uncover lessons for personal growth, success, marriage, and self-improvement.

Whether it’s acknowledging the beauty of change or standing up for what you believe in, these quotes remind us that life is a journey of learning and exploration.

Here are some of the best Tom Petty quotes that will inspire you to take life by the reins and make it your own:

  1. “Do something you really like, and hopefully, it pays the rent. As far as I’m concerned, that’s success.”
  2. “I’m learning to fly around the clouds, but what goes up must come down.”
  3. “I’ll stand my ground and I won’t back down…”
  4. “Even the losers get lucky sometimes.”
  5. “You belong somewhere you feel free.”
  6. “Go after what you really love and find a way to make that work for you, and then you’ll be a happy person.”
  7. “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.”
  8. “If you’re not getting older, you’re dead.”
  9. “I’ve learned one thing, and that’s to quit worrying about stupid things.”
  10. “Most things I worry about never happen anyway.”


Tom Petty’s words of wisdom encourage us to enjoy the moments we’re in, stay motivated even when times are tough, and never give up on our dreams. His inspiring messages of resilience and strength remind us to laugh at our mistakes and take a risk every once in a while. These timeless quotes are great reminders that life is all about taking chances and finding joy in the journey.

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