Tom Bodett

#79657 Tom Bodett

In school, you're taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you're given a test that teaches you a lesson. .

Tom Bodett Quotes about life
#79658 Tom Bodett

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

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#79659 Tom Bodett

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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#79660 Tom Bodett

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. .

Tom Bodett Quotes about time
#79661 Tom Bodett

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

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#79662 Tom Bodett

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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#79663 Tom Bodett

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. .

Tom Bodett Quotes about self
#79664 Tom Bodett

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

Tom Bodett Quotes about self
#79665 Tom Bodett

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

Tom Bodett Quotes about voice
#79666 Tom Bodett

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. .

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#79667 Tom Bodett

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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#79668 Tom Bodett

Somebody says, 'Do a Tom Bodett, a folksy kind of thing,' and it sounds like something out of 'Hee Haw,' very insulting. They turn wry humor into disparaging sarcasm, and you get what amounts to insulting advertising. .

Tom Bodett Quotes about humor
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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. .

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#79670 Tom Bodett

Tom Kizzia hasn't just observed and written about Alaska for three-plus decades, he's lived it. 'Pilgrim's Wilderness' is a story that needed to be told by the only man who could tell it. .

Tom Bodett Quotes about man
#79671 Tom Bodett

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

Tom Bodett Quotes about vision
#79672 Tom Bodett

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. .

Tom Bodett Quotes about travel
#79673 Tom Bodett

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. .

Tom Bodett Quotes about truth
#79674 Tom Bodett

What you hear is southern Michigan, not a drawl, but a halting kind of speech where you leave spaces when there shouldn't be any. We take a breath anywhere. .

Tom Bodett Quotes about you
#79675 Tom Bodett

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. .

Tom Bodett Quotes about courage
#79676 Tom Bodett

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. .

Tom Bodett Quotes about people
#79677 Tom Bodett

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

Tom Bodett Quotes about art
#79678 Tom Bodett

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

Tom Bodett Quotes about sin
#79679 Tom Bodett

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

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#79680 Tom Bodett

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

Tom Bodett Quotes about adventure
#79681 Tom Bodett

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

Tom Bodett Quotes about funny
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In school, youre taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, youre given a test that teaches you a lesson. .

Tom Bodett Quotes about life

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