Tom Bodett Quotes



Best 29 Quotes by Tom Bodett

“Could the garment and appliance industries be in cahoots together, creating an artificial sock demand to keep us buying?”

“Did you ever notice that nobody you see on television looks like anyone you know?”

“For some people, you know, Garrison Keillor, Rush Limbaugh, really the stars, they've got a passion. They eat, drink and breathe radio, and I'm not like that.

I used to think I wanted to be. But I need to be away from it, too, and that's the difference, I think.”

“I know how to make adults laugh pretty well. I don't know if kids think I'm that funny.”

“I originated my own cliches, but I'm finding that's not working for me anymore.”

“I went to Alaska as a young man just looking for adventure. And like so many of us in the '70s, we found it.”

“I'm not an impersonator. I've only got one voice and only do one guy and his first-person essays.”

“I'm real. I believe what I'm saying. If Motel 6 wasn't the type of operation they say it is – and I stay at them when I travel – I wouldn't do their commercials. That comes through on the radio, and that's what it's all about.”

“I'm Tom Bodett for Motel 6, and we'll leave the light on for you.”

“In the America I see from here, anything is possible – especially the impossible.”

“It's not like Alaska isn't wilderness – it mostly is. But most Alaskans don't live in the wild.

They live on the edge of the wild in towns with schools and cable TV and stores and dentists and roller rinks sometimes. It's just like anyplace else, only with mountains and moose.”

“John Muir, the famous naturalist, wrote in his journal that you should never go to Alaska as a young man because you'll never be satisfied with any other place as long as you live. And there's a lot of truth to that.”

“Kids in Alaska don't know they're growing up on the Last Frontier. It's just what they see on the license plates, and it's something tourists like to say a lot because they've never been around so many mountains and moose before.”

“Like most Alaska immigrants, my roots continue to petition for equal time.”

“Mine is not a story to tell struggling writers.”

“My work is still very much light-hearted, positive outlook, laugh at yourself.

But it isn't going to be the laugh-a-minute kind of thing that my early work was.”

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“I'm fine watching stuff on tape, to me casting is the most painful part of the whole process, it's like going on a horribly awkward date every five minutes for eight hours, and people come in and they'll be someone good but they're not right, and you want to tell them they're good, but it sounds like BS, and they're looking at your face to see how they did, what adjustments they need, and it's just so emotionally draining, and it goes on and on.”


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“Professor Al Drake encouraged me to just write the way I talk. I decided if that's what I needed to do, I didn't need to be in school to do it.”

“That's what the American odyssey is really about: Leaving home. Leaving home and coming home, and trying to understand the difference.”

“The difference between an optimist and a pessimist? An optimist laughs to forget but a pessimist forgets to laugh.”

“The difference between school and life? In school, you're taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you're given a test that teaches you a lesson.”

“The media is in the business of finding exceptions to everyday life. Bad things are still the exception. That's good, because once bad things stop being news, we really are in trouble.

If people forget that bad is the exception, they think they live in a horrible world. There is so much that works and is right and friendly and warm. But we take that for granted.”

“There's a lot of people around Alaska now who are actually running the place who claim to just have gone there for the summer once 30 years ago. And that seems to be what happens.”

“Thirty-two is the age we turn into actual adults.”

“You can make a new friend but you can't make an old one.”

Actually, Motel 6 Doesn't Leave the Light on for You Quotes

“Americans are generally very self-sufficient and I think generally averse to pretension, just as I am.”

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“I come from very common stock, and I've always been uncomfortable with pretension and all the forms it can take, including disingenuous broadcasting.”

Actually, Motel 6 Doesn't Leave the Light on for You

“I'm happy to report you still get nothing you don't need at Motel 6, and, therefore, you don't have to pay for it. I don't need valet parking.

If I can drive the old crate 300 miles to the hotel all by myself, I can certainly handle the last nine feet to the parking space.”

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“People feel vulnerable when they travel. Nobody wants to be taken advantage of or talked into something they don't want.

Staying at Motel 6 makes you feel smarter. In fact, I think it actually means you are smarter, but I have no hard data to support that.”

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“They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.”

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