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50 Bob Marley Quotes You Need To Know

Bob Marley

Even though Bob Marley passed away many years ago (May 11, 1981) his quotes are profound, and prophetic.  We have compiled a list of over 100 Bob Marley quotes.  They reflect current life, love, politics, relationships and economics. Bob Marley’s quotes are dynamic and relevant can be used in many situation in today’s world. Enjoy these Bob Marley quotes and feel free to add your comments or quotes at the end.

A little wine sometimes, that’s all. Spirits (are) bad. Alcohol wrong. Herb does grow   – Bob Marley

Better to die fighting for freedom then be a prisoner all the days of your life.   – Bob Marley

Bob Marley isn’t my name. I don’t even know my name yet.   – Bob Marley

But my hand was made strong by the hand of the Almighty   – Bob Marley

Do you admire any women? Dat woman in America…Angela Davis. A woman like that who defends something  me can appreciate that   – Bob Marley

Do you have a record contract? I have a recording agreement. What’s the difference? One is an agreement and one is a contract! I am a man who deals by ear   – Bob Marley

don´t forget your history nor your destiny.  – Bob Marley

Don’t Gain The World & Lose Your Soul, Wisdom Is Better Than Silver Or Gold.   – Bob Marley

Don’t give up the fight, Stand up for your rights.   – Bob Marley

Don’t Let them fool ya or even try to school ya   – Bob Marley

Don’t worry about a thing, every little thing is gonna be alright   – Bob Marley

Emancipate yourself from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our mind..   – Bob Marley

Every man gotta right to decide his own destiny   – Bob Marley

Every time I plant a seed, He say kill it before it grow, he say kill it before they grow.  – Bob Marley

Excuse me while I light my spliff good God I gotta take a lift   – Bob Marley

Free speech carries with it some freedom to listen.    – Bob Marley

Get up, stand up, Stand up for your rights. Get up, stand up, Don’t give up the fight.   – Bob Marley

Good times of today, are the bad thoughts of tomorrow.   – Bob Marley

Hear me! Dere is no truth but de one   – Bob Marley

Herb is the healing of a nation, alcohol is the destruction.   – Bob Marley

Herb is the unification of mankind.   – Bob Marley

Here come a man like me saying ‘Don’t vote!’ Rasta no vote   – Bob Marley

Hey mister music, sure sounds good to me I can’t refuse it what to be got to be   – Bob Marley

How good and how pleasant it would be before God and man, yeah to see the unification of all Africans   – Bob Marley

How long will they kill our prophets while we stand aside and look?   – Bob Marley

I believe in freedom for everyone, not just the black man   – Bob Marley

I don’t stand for black mans side, I don’t stand for white mans side, I stand for Gods side.   – Bob Marley

I don’t stand for the black man’s side, I don’ t stand for the white man’s side. I stand for God’s side   – Bob Marley

I drive a jeep. An old jeep, so nobody will say I’m driving a BMW anymore. I couldn’t stand that BMW, ha ha ha! BMW make pure trouble!   – Bob Marley

I go to jail one time for no driver license   – Bob Marley

I handle fame by not being famous…I’m not famous to me   – Bob Marley

I have a BMW. But only because BMW stands for Bob Marley and The Wailers, and not because I need an expensive car   – Bob Marley

I have got a running stream of love you see. So no matter what stages.. they put us through, we’ll never be blue   – Bob Marley

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!”   – Bob Marley

I like to see you move with the rhythm  I Like to see when you’re dancing’ from within   – Bob Marley

I like Wagner’s music much better than anybody’s. It’s so loud that one can talk the whole time without people hearing you   – Bob Marley

I love the development of our music, that’s what I really dig about the whole thing. How we’ve tried to develop, y’know? It grows. That’s why every day people come forward with new songs. Music goes on forever   – Bob Marley

I pledged to work for righteousness. God’s given me inspiration. God’s the boss, he tell me what to do   – Bob Marley

I want to give you some love, I want to give you some good good lovin’   – Bob Marley

I want to say ‘I Shot The Police’ but the government would have made a fuss so I said ‘I Shot The Sheriff’ instead…but it’s the same idea: justice   – Bob Marley

If I am guilty I will pay   – Bob Marley

If you are the big, big tree, we are the small axe, ready to cut you down!   – Bob Marley

If you get down and you quarrel everyday, you’re saying praises to the devil, I say.   – Bob Marley

I’m a man of God and me come to do God’s work   – Bob Marley

I’m not educated.  I’d be a damn fool if I was (educated)!  – Bob Marley

in the abundance of water, the fool is thirsty   – Bob Marley

In this bright future you can’t forget your past.   – Bob Marley

Is the foolish dog, bark at the flying bird   – Bob Marley

I’ve been here before and will come again, but I’m not going this trip through.   – Bob Marley

Jah show every man him hand, and Jah has show I mine   – Bob Marley

Jah will never give the power to a baldhead!   – Bob Marley

Judge not unless you judge yourself   – Bob Marley

Just can’t live that negative way…make way for the positive day.  – Bob Marley

Life and Jah are one in the same. Jah is the gift of existence. I am in some way eternal, I will never be duplicated. The sigularity of every man and woman is Jah’s gift. What we struggle to make of it is our sole gift to Jah. The process of what that struggle becomes, in time, the Truth   – Bob Marley

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!   – Bob Marley

“Live for yourself and you will live in vain;

Live for others, and you will live again. ”  – Bob Marley

Lively Up Yourself   – Bob Marley

Love the life you live. live the life you love.   – Bob Marley

Love would never leave us alone   – Bob Marley

Man can’t do without God. Just like you’re thirsty, you have to drink water. You just can’t go without God   – Bob Marley

Man is a universe within himself.   – Bob Marley

Man to Man is so unjust  – Bob Marley

Me can’t tell you how me know Rastafari. It is pure vision   – Bob Marley

Me only have one ambition, y’know. I only have one thing I really like to see happen. I like to see mankind live together – black, white, Chinese, everyone – that’s all.   – Bob Marley

My fear is my only courage   – Bob Marley

My future is righteousness.   – Bob Marley

My music fights against the system that teaches to live and die.   – Bob Marley

My music will go on forever. Maybe it’s a fool say that, but when me know facts me can say facts. Free speech carries with it some freedom to listen.  – Bob Marley

No bullet can stop us now, we neither beg nor will we bow neither can be bought or sold   – Bob Marley

No man can lead man, we have to have unity    – Bob Marley

None but ourselves can free our minds.   – Bob Marley

Oh Mockingbird have you ever heard words that I’ve never heard   – Bob Marley

One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.   – Bob Marley

One Love, One Heart, Let’s get together and feel alright   – Bob Marley

One love, one heart, one destiny.   – Bob Marley

Only the fittest of the fittest shall survive, stay alive   – Bob Marley

Open your eyes and look within, are you satisfied with the life you are living? We know where we are going, we know where we are from.   – Bob Marley

Overcome the devils with a thing called love.    – Bob Marley

People want to listen to a message, word from Jah. This could be passed through me or anybody. I am not a leader. Messenger. The words of the songs, not the person, is what attracts people.  – Bob Marley

Politics no interest me. Dem devil business…. Dem a play with peoples minds. Never play with peoples minds   – Bob Marley

Rastaman vibrations gonna cover the earth! Like the water cover the sea!   – Bob Marley

Rise O fallen fighters, rise and take your stance again, He who fight and run away, Live to fight another day   – Bob Marley

Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet.   – Bob Marley

Sometimes you have to fight with music   – Bob Marley

Tell the children the truth.   – Bob Marley

The best thing about music is that when it hits you, you feel no pain.   – Bob Marley

The first thing you must know about me is that I always stand what I stand for. Good? The second thing you must know about yourself listening to me is that words are tricky. So when you know what me a stand for, when me explain a thing to you, you must ne   – Bob Marley

The good times of today, are the sad thoughts of tomorrow.  – Bob Marley

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   – Bob Marley

The harder the battle the sweet of jah victory.  – Bob Marley

The people who were trying to make this world worse are not taking the day off. Why should I?   – Bob Marley

The power of philosophy floats through my head, light like a feather, heavy as lead   – Bob Marley

The stone that the builder refused to lay should always be the head corners stone. You’re a builder baby  here I am a stone   – Bob Marley

The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you. You just got to find the ones worth suffering for.   – Bob Marley

There was a Buffalo Soldier; In the heart of America; Stolen from Africa, brought to America; Fighting on arrival, Fighting for survival.  – Bob Marley

There will never be no love at all.   – Bob Marley

Though the road’s been rocky it sure feels good to me.   – Bob Marley

To make music is a life that I have to live   – Bob Marley

Until the end of the world,all whys will be answered,but now,you can only ask!   – Bob Marley

Until the philosophy which hold one race superior and another inferior is finally discredited and abandoned…WAR! So that is prophecy, and everyone know that is truth. And it came out of the mouth of Rastafari   – Bob Marley

Wake up and live    – Bob Marley

We are the children of the Rastaman we are the children of the higher man   – Bob Marley

We should really love each other in peace and harmony, instead we’re fussin’ n fighting like we ain’t supposed to be   – Bob Marley

Well, me don’t swim too tough so me don’t go in the water too deep   – Bob Marley

When one door is closed, don’t you know, another is open.  – Bob Marley

When the cats away, the mice will play!   – Bob Marley

When the race gets hard to run, it means you just can’t take the pace.Rise O fallen fighters, rise and take your stance again, He who fight and run away, live to fight another day  – Bob Marley

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!   – Bob Marley

You ain’t gonna miss your water until your well runs dry   – Bob Marley

You can fool some people sometimes, but you can’t fool all the people all the timeYou can fool some people sometimes, but you can’t fool all the people all the time   – Bob Marley

You can’t find the right roads when the streets are paved.   – Bob Marley

You have to be someone.   – Bob Marley

You may not be her first, her last, or her only. She’s loved before she may love again. But if she loves you now, what else matters? She’s not perfect, you aren’t either & 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 of you every second of the day, but she will give you a part of her that she know’s 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.”   – Bob Marley

Your worst enemy could be your best friend, and your best friend your worst enemy   – Bob Marley


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