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Tragic Genius: Quotes from Bob Marley

Updated on October 12, 2008

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

My music will go on forever. Maybe it's a fool say that, but when me know facts me can say facts. My music will go on forever.

Every man gotta right to decide his own destiny.

Stand up, stand up, stand up for your rights

Overcome the devils with a thing named love.

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

I believe in freedom for everyone, not just the black man.

I handle fame by not being famous...I'm not famous to me.

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

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

My future is righteousness.

Love would never leave us alone

You have to be someone.

In this great future you can't forget your past.

In the abundance of water, the fool is thirsty.

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

We should really love each other in peace and harmony, instead we're fussin' n fighting like we ain't supposed to be.

Don't worry about a thing, every little thing is gonna be alright

You can fool some people sometimes, but you can't fool all the people all the time.

You ain't gonna miss your water until your well runs dry.

Don't forget your history nor your destiny

Conquer the devils with a little thing called love!

Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery. None but ourselves can free our minds Won't you help to sing The songs of freedom?

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

If I am guilty I will pay.

I want to give you some love, I want to give you some good good lovin'

None but ourselves can free our minds.

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.

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.

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!

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

Hey mister music, sure sounds good to me I can't refuse it what to be got to be

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

But my hand was made strong by the hand of the Almighty

I go to jail one time for no driver license.

Don't gain the world and lose your soul, wisdom is better than silver or gold...

If you get down and quarrel everyday, you're saying prayers to the devil, I say

Don't Let them fool ya or even try to school ya

Just can't live that negative way...make way for the positive day!

Facts an' facts, an' t'ings an t'ings: dem's all a lotta fockin' bullshit. Hear me! Dere is no truth but de one truth, an' that is the truth of Jah Rastafari.

Rastafari not a culture, it's a reality.

When the race gets hard to run. It means you just can't take the pace

When the cats away, the mice will play!

When one door is closed, don't you know, other is open.

Well, me don't swim too tough so me don't go in the water too deep.

We are the children of the Rastaman we are the children of the higher man

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.

The stone that the builder refused, will always be the head cornerstone.

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

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.

Robert Nesta Marley   Jamaican singer, guitarist and composer, the King of Reggae, (1945-1981)
Robert Nesta Marley Jamaican singer, guitarist and composer, the King of Reggae, (1945-1981)


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    easyethiopiatrave 4 years ago

    I love the message of Bob Marley's music, uniting Africa through music.

  • BkCreative profile image

    BkCreative 9 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

    "You have to be someone" - I agree and I love Bob Marley. I mean seriously. I-love-Bob-Marley. His spirit is very much alive here in Brooklyn, NYC.

    I wrote an article on my hubpages about Korean reggae - because there is a duo that covers "No Woman, No Cry" - pretty nice too. If you get a chance - stop by!