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    I know how to make adults laugh pretty well. I don't know if kids think I'm that funny.
    — Tom Bodett
    tags: funny  adult  kids 
     
    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.
    — Tom Bodett
    tags: people  gone  summer  running  year 
     
    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.
    — Tom Bodett
    tags: work  positive 
     
    I originated my own cliches, but I'm finding that's not working for me anymore.
    — Tom Bodett
    Did you ever notice that nobody you see on television looks like anyone you know?
    — Tom Bodett
    Could the garment and appliance industries be in cahoots together, creating an artificial sock demand to keep us buying?
    — 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
    tags: space  speech 
     
    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
    tags: truth  men  live  young 
     
    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
    tags: men  young  adventure 
     
    Thirty-two is the age we turn into actual adults.
    — Tom Bodett
    tags: adult  age 
     
    I'm not an impersonator. I've only got one voice and only do one guy and his first-person essays.
    — 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
    tags: live  wild  school  dentist 
     
    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
    tags: school  write 
     
    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
    tags: people  star  passion 
     
    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
    tags: space 
     
    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
    tags: stock 
     
    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
    tags: kids 
     
    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.
    — 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
    tags: humor  sarcasm 
     
    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
    tags: men  stories 
     
    Americans are generally very self-sufficient and I think generally averse to pretension, just as I am.
    — Tom Bodett
    tags: american 
     
    Mine is not a story to tell struggling writers,
    — Tom Bodett
    tags: stories 
     
    Like most Alaska immigrants, my roots continue to petition for equal time.
    — Tom Bodett
    tags: time 
     
    That's what the American odyssey is really about: Leaving home. Leaving home and coming home, and trying to understand the difference.
    — Tom Bodett
    tags: american 
     
    In the America I see from here, anything is possible - especially the impossible.
    — Tom Bodett
    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.
    — Tom Bodett
    tags: people  work  live  world  right  bad  media  business 
     
    You can make a new friend but you can't make an old one.
    — Tom Bodett
    tags: friends 
     
    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
    tags: lessons  school 
     
    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
    tags: travel  believe  saying  real 
     
    The difference between an optimist and a pessimist? An optimist laughs to forget, but a pessimist forgets to laugh.
    — 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.
    — Tom Bodett
    tags: people  hope 
     
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    tom bodett
    Birth    : February 23, 1955
    Occupation  : Author