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

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

Tom Bodett quote They say a person needs just three thing

They say a person needs just three things to be happy: 1. Someone to love 2. Something to do 3. Something to hope for.


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.

Tom Bodett quote The difference between school and life?

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


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


In the America I see from here, anything is possible - especially the impossible.


That's what the American odyssey is really about: Leaving home.

Leaving home and coming home, and trying to understand the difference.


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.


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


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.


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.


Mine is not a story to tell struggling writers.


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


About Tom Bodett

Quotes 17 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Author
Birthday October 16

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 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.


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.


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.