Very few musicians deserve the title “cultural icon” quite like Bob Marley. Marley’s music transcended generations because, at its heart, his music about changing the world we live in – starting with ourselves. He was so much more than a musician, he was truly an activist for the human race. He didn’t care about race or religion. He spoke out against corruption, greed, hate, and violence against anyone – and he did so amidst violent political upheaval in Jamacia during the 1970’s.
Below is a collection of quotes, lyrics, and poems from the legend, the man, the musician: Bob Marley.
“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.”
“The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you. You just got to find the ones worth suffering for.”
“Who are you to judge the life I live?
I know I’m not perfect
-and I don’t live to be-
but before you start pointing fingers…
make sure you hands are clean!”
“He’s not perfect. You aren’t either, and the two of you will never be perfect. But if he can make you laugh at least once, causes you to think twice, and if he admits to being human and making mistakes, hold onto him and give him the most you can. He isn’t going to quote poetry, he’s not thinking about you every moment, but he will give you a part of him that he knows you could break. Don’t hurt him, don’t change him, and don’t expect for more than he can give. Don’t analyze. Smile when he makes you happy, yell when he makes you mad, and miss him when he’s not there. Love hard when there is love to be had. Because perfect guys don’t exist, but there’s always one guy that is perfect for you.”
“Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet.”
“If she’s amazing, she won’t be easy. If she’s easy, she won’t be amazing. If she’s worth it, you won’t give up. If you give up, you’re not worthy. … Truth is, everybody is going to hurt you; you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for.”
“love the life you live.
live the life you love.”
“Don’t Gain The World & Lose Your Soul, Wisdom Is Better Than Silver Or Gold.”
“The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively”
“Better to die fighting for freedom then be a prisoner all the days of your life.”
“Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you riding through the ruts, don’t complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy. Don’t bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality. Wake Up and Live!”
“The good times of today are the sad thoughts of tomorrow.”
“I don’t stand for black man’s side, I don’t stand for white man’s side, I stand for God’s side.”
“The winds that sometimes take something we love, are the same that bring us something we learn to love. Therefore, we should not cry about something that was taken from us, but, yes, love what we have been given. Because what is really ours is never gone forever.”
“Live for yourself and you will live in vain;
Live for others, and you will live again.”
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“You may not be her first, her last, or her only. She loved before she may love again. But if she loves you now, what else matters? She’s not perfect—you aren’t either, and the two of you may never be perfect together but if she can make you laugh, cause you to think twice, and admit to being human and making mistakes, hold onto her and give her the most you can. She may not be thinking about you every second of the day, but she will give you a part of her that she knows you can break—her heart. So don’t hurt her, don’t change her, don’t analyze and don’t expect more than she can give. Smile when she makes you happy, let her know when she makes you mad, and miss her when she’s not there.”
“You say you love rain, but you use an umbrella to walk under it. You say you love sun, but you seek shelter when it is shining. You say you love wind, but when it comes you close your windows. So that’s why I’m scared when you say you love me.”
“Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery.
None but ourselves can free our minds.”
“Herb is the healing of a nation, alcohol is the destruction.”
“Judge not unless you judge yourself”
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“Open your eyes, look within. Are you satisfied with the life you’re living?”
“The people who were trying to make this world worse are not taking the day off. Why should I?”