Whiskey's to tough, Champagne costs too much, Vodka puts my mouth in gear. I hope this refrain, Will help me explain, As a matter of fact, I like beer.
I love winners when they cry, losers when they try.
When I first got to Nashville, somebody said that [Kris Kristofferson and I] were the only two people who could describe Dolly Parton without using their hands.
God bless little children while they're still too young to hate.
It's Faster horses, Younger women, Older whiskey and More money.
The first time with artistic endeavors is, if it's working, it was your idea, and if it's not, it's somebody else's idea.
The best compliment I ever had is, one day I was in Nashville, some disc jockey said, Hey, that sounds like a Tom T. Hall song. Up until then there hadn't been any such thing.
This generation should entertain this generation. It's only fair. When I was a kid, I mowed the lawn. Now, somebody else's kid can mow the lawn.
The way you look for songs, you find yourself looking for little signals and clues about life and how things are.
It used to be that youd have a song recorded by a major country artist and if it was a hit, you could buy a car. Now you can buy a dealership.
The first guy who came up with the concept of religion was sitting out under a tree. I'm sure of that.
Religion is a strange, wonderful thing. More crimes have been committed in the name of righteousness than any other notion.
My theory is if you have a religion, it's a good one. Because some people don't have any at all.
People think because you're private, you have something you don't want them to know.
I'm a very comfortable and happy-go-lucky old man. I never wanted to be great, because I'd just get worried.
Sinclair Lewis was asked one time to give a talk to class of students about writing. When he got there he asked the class, Do you people want to be writers?and they all said yes. Then Lewis said, Why the hell aren't you at home writing?
I was well traveled, and I created this illusion of literacy through reading and writing. I wrote a book of short stories.
I took up a sort of a hobby of just hanging around the local library. I'd pick out an author and I would read all their books.
I never hid out. I was never big enough a star.
I am a fan of history.
It is so important for me to try, and having tried I look back on failure and success as if it were all the same.
Me and Jesus got our own thing going on. We don't need anybody to tell us what it's all about.
My best album is called In Search Of A Song. That was my best shot right there. My finest hour, as they say. I could listen to the whole thing all the way through. There's nothing really crammed into it.
Is this really Butte, Montana, or just existential blues?
I've been polite and I've always shown up. Somebody asked me if I had any advice for young people entering the business. I said: "Yeah, show up.
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