Jeff Ament Quotes

I led the state in defensive interceptions my senior year, with seven in nine games. Then I went to Montana to play basketball and found out quickly that my college career wasn't going to work out how I'd envisioned it.

Work Quotes, Vision Quotes

It's great that people are basically spending their two weeks of vacation to come out and be with us in some weird part of the world. And I think we owe it to them to take 'em to some cool places.

Great Quotes, Vacation Quotes

We've always been a band that stood up for what we thought was right.

Thought Quotes


I love sad. Sadness makes you feel more than anything.

Love Quotes, Sadness Quotes

I've been interested in Eastern religions since I went to college because I was trying to figure out where I stood with Catholicism.

Religion Quotes

I'm a big fan of power trios where there's only three instruments.

Power Quotes

It was hard to figure out what were the good causes, the bad causes, even the good politics and the bad politics. So we started taking requests and figuring it out.

Politics Quotes

I've seen kids turn their lives around. It's usually a kid who's outside of the team-sport world, or maybe has a darker personality or doesn't fit in. Skateboarding ends up being something they latch onto. It sounds hokey, but finding a focus on something - whether it's skateboard or playing your guitar - can be life changing.

Life Quotes, Personality Quotes

Punk rock and skateboarding took the 'school' out of living your life, and I related to learning as I went, doing a lot of different things that I liked, when I liked. Consequently, I'm mediocre at all of the above, but still stoked on being a lifetime student of music, skating, painting, writing, etc.

Life Quotes, Learning Quotes, Pain Quotes, Music Quotes

Unless you're a vegan freak of nature like Tony Gonzalez, I don't think you can play sports much past your early 30s.

Nature Quotes

I had a portable 8-track player under all my ramps, cranking one of my four 8-tracks - Cars/'Candy-O,' Ramones/'Road To Ruin,' Cheap Trick/'Heaven Tonight' and the first Devo record. I don't remember skating without music.

Heaven Quotes, Music Quotes

I feel like in a lot of ways I can relate to the fans, just being a fan of music myself.

Music Quotes

Right after 'Backspacer,' my best friend got killed tragically. Something happened to me then where I got super motivated. I had a shelf of all this unfinished music... So I just went to work and made a conscious decision that I was going to finish a bunch of stuff. Life's short.

Life Quotes, Decision Quotes, Work Quotes, Music Quotes

Every few years I'll party way too much to remind myself what an idiot I am.

Mind Quotes

Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love talked trash about the fact that I hooped. I once stopped to say 'Hi' before a show, and as I walked away, Courtney yelled, 'Go play basketball with Dave Grohl!'

Love Quotes

There really is a certain magic that happens when you're in the studio. And it's important in life to feel that magic: to feel that there is something greater moving all this along.

Life Quotes, Great Quotes, Important Quotes

I'm healthy enough to still skate, so I gotta go because growing up I didn't have - I mean, I grew up in Montana so... there was kind of a little half-pipe in my yard, and that was the extent of the skate terrain in Montana. So I've got to go out and make up for lost time.

Health Quotes, Time Quotes

Where I grew up, I could be a punk rocker and a jock. But in college, it became apparent that those two worlds didn't mix. When I brought my guitar back to school after Thanksgiving break, a friend handed me his bass and said, 'Listen to the Ramones.'

Back to School Quotes, Giving Quotes

All you have to do is drive by the empty tennis courts and basketball courts and compare them to the skate parks... c'mon people, get with the program - the future is now!

Future Quotes

I just have a serious problem with business for business' sake: this bottom-dollar mentality. I have a serious problem with evil.

Business Quotes, Evil Quotes

Make movies. Don't make videos. Videos are evil.

Evil Quotes

With Pearl Jam, everybody is so good at what they do, it's hard to get up the courage to say, 'Can I sing this part,' or, 'I want to play guitar.'

Courage Quotes

With Pearl Jam, everybody is so good at what they do, it's hard to get up the courage to say, Can I sing this part, or, I want to play guitar. I feel like I have more courage to do that.

Courage Quotes

Our first record didn't come out on vinyl, so I think that might have had something to do with actually being in a position to make sure that it came out in vinyl this time. It sounds way better.

Time Quotes

When I moved to Seattle, I was hanging out with kids who had done drugs, had sex a million times. I look at them now and realize their childhood was taken away.

Time Quotes

I don't have a great voice or even a good voice.

Great Quotes