Bob Marley is the most famous representative of the sunny island. He died 40 years ago, but today music inspires millions of people around the world.

The Black Prince of Reggae is without a doubt the most famous Jamaican on the planet. Thanks to him, the music of the sunny island gained worldwide fame.

He grew up in poverty, and did not even dream that he would become a musical symbol of Jamaica. The first rhythms of The Wailers’ leisurely sunny reggae band at Jamaican discos sounded more than half a century ago.

At home, he is a philosopher and prophet of the Rastafarian religion, who constantly tried to settle all existing international conflicts. That is why his songs are full of a tremendous amount of wisdom. Each line is already a ready-made quote. Unfortunately, modern politicians, unleashing wars, too rarely refer to his precepts.

Bob was the son of a white European and black African American. To a certain extent, thanks to this, his attitude towards racism and discrimination was formed.

Marley loved football, and his addiction to it ruined him. The trauma received during childhood during the game developed into a tumour that constantly worried the singer. He did not agree to amputation, because being a Rastafarian, he believed that the body should remain whole. In addition, he was afraid of losing the plastic on stage.

He always remained true to his principles while teaching people. His concerts stopped wars and various conflicts, made presidents pay attention to difficult problems. In this he was helped by his wise phrases, which he always uttered after a short pause.

Best Bob Marley quotes

He never spoke in a fast hill manner. All well-balanced quotes and phrases were born after short pauses. This is the approach of the sage, which allowed him to always remain above the hatred and recklessness that reigned in the media at that time.

“Just because you are happy it does not mean that the day is perfect but that you have looked beyond its imperfections.”

“It’s your own conscience that is gonna remind you; that it’s your heart and nobody else’s that is gonna judge.”

“Your life is worth much more than gold.”

“Love the life you live, live the life you love.”

“They say: only the fittest of the fittest shall survive, stay alive!” —Could You Be Loved, from the album Uprising (1979)

“Free speech carries with it some freedom to listen.”

“Babylon is everywhere. You have wrong and you have right. Wrong is what we call Babylon, wrong things. That is what Babylon is to me. I could have born in England, I could have born in America, it make no difference where me born, because there is Babylon everywhere.”

“The day you stop racing is the day you win the race.”

“And what has been hidden from the wise and the prudent been revealed in the mouth of the toddlers” –Forever Loving Jah, from the album Uprising (1980)

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

The most interesting quotes by Bob Marley

A keen interest in his quotes arose during the singer’s lifetime. Moreover, this was noted not only at home, but throughout the world.

“Every time I plant a seed, He say kill it before it grow, he say kill it before they grow.”

“The trust is, everyone is going to hurt you. You just got to find the ones worth suffering for.”

“One good thing about music – when it hits you, you feel no pain.”

“Two thousand years of history Black History could not be wiped away so easily.”—Zion Train, from the album Uprising (1980)

“It take many a year, mon, and maybe some bloodshed must be, but righteousness someday prevail.”

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

“It is better to live on the house top than to live in a house full of confusion.” —Running Away, from the album Kaya

“Don’t trust people whose feelings change with time. Trust people whose feelings remain the same, even when the time changes.”

“The biggest coward of a man is to awaken the love of a woman without the intention of loving her.”

“I no have education. I have inspiration. If I was educated I would be a damn fool.”

Noteworthy Bob Marley quotes

strong bob marley quotes

Memorize these good words as prayer fragments. Not to some deity, but simply to good vibrations that can tune this world to healing from war.

“Love would never leave us alone.”

“Don’t complicate your mind.”

“If something can corrupt you, you’re corrupted already.”

“So before you point your fingers make sure your hands are clean.”

“If you get down and quarrel everyday, you’re saying prayers to the devil, I say.”

“Money can’t buy life.”

“You just can’t live that negative way. You know what I mean. Make way for the positive day. Cause it’s a new day…”

“Live for yourself and you will live in vain; live for others, and you will live again.”

“Who are you to judge the life I live? I am not perfect and I don’t have to be! Before you start pointing fingers, make sure your hands are clean.”

“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’s most recognizable quotes

In his homeland, almost every schoolchild knows that this was said by the great rastamans and the founder of the reggae style. These phrases are often inscribed under his portraits.

“One love, one heart, one destiny.”

“If puss and dog can get together, why can’t we love one another?”

“You have to be someone.”

“When the root is strong, the fruit is sweet.”

“Emancipate yourself from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our mind.”

“Don’t gain the world and lose your soul. Wisdom is better than silver and gold.” —Zion Train, from the album Uprising (1980)

“Some people feel the rain, others just get wet.”

“Until the philosophy which hold one race superior / And another / Inferior / Is finally / And permanently / Discredited / And abandoned / -Everywhere is war – / Me say war.”—From the song, “War”, Marley took these lines from a speech by Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie I before the United Nations General Assembly on 4th October 1963.

“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.”

“Everything is political. I will never be a politician or even think political. Me just deal with life and nature. That is the greatest thing to me.”

Bob Marley quotes about love for life

He wanted to see it in every person. Show that while the heart is beating, there is no time for hatred.

“One love, one heart, Let’s get together and feel alright.” —One Love (cowritten with Curtis Mayfield), from the album Exodus, originally recorded on The Wailing Wailers (1965).

“You just can’t live in that negative way….. make way for the positive day.”

“Me is a common sense man. That mean when me explain things, me explain it in a very simple way; that mean if I explain it to a baby, the baby will understand too, you know.”

“The biggest coward of a man is to awaken the love of a woman without the intention of loving her.”

“When the race gets hard to run. It means you just can’t take the peace.”

“Road of life is rocky and you may stumble too, so while you talk about me, someone else is judging you.”

“Don’t give up the fight, Stand up for your rights.”

“Emancipate yourself from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our mind. Have no fear for atomic energy, ’cause none of them can stop the time.” —Redemption Song, from the album Uprising (1979)

“Rastafari not a culture, it’s a reality.”

“I’ve been here before and will come again, but I’m not going this trip through.”

The deepest quotes by Bob Marley

Bob Marley quotes about love

Often the meaning of many of his phrases was only understood decades later. All this because he really foresaw certain circumstances for a long time to come.

“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.”

“Beginnings are usually scary, and endings are usually sad, but its everything in between that makes it all worth living.”

“None but ourselves can free our minds.”

“All dese governments and dis this and that, these people that say they’re here to help, why them say you cannot smoke the herb? Herb… herb is a plant, you know? And when me check it, me can’t find no reason.” “All them say is, ‘it make you rebel’. Against what?”—Interview (1979) with Dylan Taite in Aotearoa, New Zealand.

“Free speech carries with it some freedom to listen.”

“Rastafari not a culture, it’s a reality.”

“I don’t believe in death, neither in flesh nor in spirit.”

“Keep calm and chive on.” —As quoted in a 1974 interview with Lester Bangs

“Live the life you love. Love the life you life.”

“Some people say great God come from the sky take away everything and make everybody feel high, but if you know what life is worth, you will look for yours on earth.” —Get Up, Stand Up (cowritten with Peter Tosh), from the album Burnin’ (1973)

Bob Marley Quotes about Justice and Injustice

“I don’t stand for black man’s side, I don’t stand for white man’s side, I stand for God’s side.”

“What important is man should live in righteousness, in natural love for mankind.” —Interview by Karl Dallas, Rock’s Backpages Audio, July 1975

“Truth is the light.”

“You entertain people who are satisfied. Hungry people can’t be entertained – or people who are afraid. You can’t entertain a man who has no food.”

“Live the life you love. Love the life you live.”

“As a man sow, shall he reap. and I know that talk is cheap. But the heat of the battle is as sweet as the victory.”

“In the abundance of water a fool is thirsty.”

“Alcohol make you drunk, man. It don’t make you meditate, it just make you drunk. Herb is more a consciousness.” —As recorded in filmed interview (1979) with Dylan Taite in Aotearoa, New Zealand

“Only once in your life, I truly believe, you find someone who can completely turn your world around. You tell them things that you’ve never shared with another soul and they absorb everything you say and actually want to hear more. You share hopes for the future, dreams that will never come true, goals that were never achieved and the many disappointments life has thrown at you. When something wonderful happens, you can’t wait to tell them about it, knowing they will share in your excitement. They are not embarrassed to cry with you when you are hurting or laugh with you when you make a fool of yourself. Never do they hurt your feelings or make you feel like you are not good enough, but rather they build you up and show you the things about yourself that make you special and even beautiful. There is never any pressure, jealousy or competition but only a quiet calmness when they are around. You can be yourself and not worry about what they will think of you because they love you for who you are. The things that seem insignificant to most people such as a note, song or walk become invaluable treasures kept safe in your heart to cherish forever. Memories of your childhood come back and are so clear and vivid it’s like being young again. Colors seem brighter and more brilliant. Laughter seems part of daily life where before it was infrequent or didn’t exist at all. A phone call or two during the day helps to get you through a long day’s work and always brings a smile to your face. In their presence, there’s no need for continuous conversation, but you find you’re quite content in just having them nearby. Things that never interested you before become fascinating because you know they are important to this person who is so special to you. You think of this person on every occasion and in everything you do. Simple things bring them to mind like a pale blue sky, gentle wind or even a storm cloud on the horizon. You open your heart knowing that there’s a chance it may be broken one day and in opening your heart, you experience a love and joy that you never dreamed possible. You find that being vulnerable is the only way to allow your heart to feel true pleasure that’s so real it scares you. You find strength in knowing you have a true friend and possibly a soul mate who will remain loyal to the end. Life seems completely different, exciting and worthwhile. Your only hope and security is in knowing that they are a part of your life.”

“If you’re white and you’re wrong, then you’re wrong; if you’re black and you’re wrong, you’re wrong. People are people. Black, blue, pink, green – God make no rules about color; only society make rules where my people suffer, and that why we must have redemption and redemption now.”

Bob Marley quotes about world

Sometimes it seems that if he had the opportunity, he would embrace the entire planet. To protect against hatred, racism and war.

“Prejudice is a chain, it can hold you. If you prejudice, you can’t move, you keep prejudice for years. Never get nowhere with that.”

“Put your vision to reality.”

“Tell the children the truth.”

“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.”

“We Jah people can make it work.”

“Today, people struggle to find what’s real. Everything has become so synthetic that a lot of people, all they want is to grasp onto hope.” —As quoted in Rolling Stone’s The Immortals (2004) Bob

“You can fool some people some times but you cant fool all the people all the time.”

“Judge not, before you judge yourself. Judge not if you aren`t ready for judgement.”

“The good times of today are the sad thoughts of tomorrow.”

“Judge not, before you judge yourself.”

Philosophical quotes by Bob Marley

Where did this person have such a high level of thinking? It seems that he was simply born at the wrong time and place. Jamaica would have raised him as a street thug if not for the care of his mother.

“Every man gotta right to decide his own destiny.” —Zimbabwe, from the album Survival (1979)

“She may not be the most popular or prettiest but if you love her and she makes you smile… what else matters?”

“My future is righteousness.”

“Better to die fighting for freedom than be a prisoner all the days of your life.”

“You not supposed to feel down over whatever happen to you. I mean, you’re supposed to use whatever happen to you as some type of upper, not a downer.”

“Though the road’s been rocky it sure feels good to me.”

“The devil ain’t got no power over me. The devil come, and me shake hands with the devil. Devil have his part to play. Devil’s a good friend, too… because when you don’t know him, that’s the time he can mosh you down.”

“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.”

“The harder the battle the sweet of Jah victory.”

“Man is a universe within himself.”

Most Quoted Phrases of Bob Marley

Bob Marley quotes about life

Citation began a long time ago, during the singer’s lifetime. But it was a real mania. Below in the list are the real phrases of Bob Marley. Often, journalists tried to ascribe to him various sayings that were similar in style.

“Conquer the devils with a little thing called love.”

“Until the end of the world, all whys will be answered, but now, you can only ask!”

“I don’t know how to live good. I only know how to suffer.”

“In this great future, you can’t forget your past.” —No Woman, No Cry, from the album Natty Dread (1974)

“Don’t bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality.”

“Don’t worry about a thing, ‘Cos every little thing is gonna be alright.” —Three Little Birds, from the album Exodus (1977)

“Overcome the devils with a thing called love.”

“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.”

“We JAH people can make it work.” —Work, from the album Uprising (1980)

“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 quotes from songs and interviews

He did not particularly like to communicate with journalists, but when he could not avoid this, he behaved very dignified. This was highly regarded in the press, and people with microphones tried to talk to him everywhere, right down to their morning jog. The details of these interviews also became the basis for the quotes.

“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.”

“A hungry mob is an angry mob.” —Them Belly Full (But We Hungry), from the album Natty Dread (1974)

“I know that I’m not perfect and that I don’t claim to be, so before you point your fingers make sure your hands are clean.” —Could You Be Loved, from the album Uprising (1980).

“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.

“Hey mister music, sure sounds good to me I can’t refuse it what to be got to be.”

“Have no fear for atomic energy, ’cause none of them can stop the time.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“Open your eyes, look within. Are you satisfied with the life you’re living?”

Final compilation of quotes by Bob Marley

Even if you are not going to get acquainted with his work, just check out the best phrases from his songs and interviews. This is a real deposit of wisdom left to future generations in the form of quotes and aphorisms.

“There will never be no love at all.”

The day you stop racing is the day you win the race.”

“Some will hate you pretend they love you now then behind they try to eliminate you.”

“Every day the bucket a-go a well, one day the bottom a-go drop out.”—I Shot The Sheriff, from the album Burnin’ (1973)

“My feet is my only carriage.”

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

“When one door is closed, don’t you know, another is open.”

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

“Music fights against the system that teaches to live and die.”

“Truth is the light, so you never give up the fight.”—Final jamming of Live at the Roxy (recorded 1976).

“You can’t find the right roads when the streets are paved.”

“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 singularity 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.”

“Me don’t dip on nobody’s side. Me don’t dip on the black man’s side, not the white man’s side. Me dip on God’s side, the one who create me and cause me to come from black and white.”

“When one door is closed, many more is open.” —Coming in from the Cold, from the album Confrontation

“What we struggle to make of it is our sole gift to Jah. The process of what that struggle becomes, in time, the Truth.”

“Some people feel the rain, others just get wet.”

It remains only to say that the very motives of the songs born on the crooked streets of Trenchtown, which inspired the sacred horror of policemen, embodied the spirit of the black struggle for their freedom and human dignity, the ideas of rebellion against racial and class inequality and going beyond the law – all this is red a thread ran through the work of Bob Marley until the very end. And it certainly had nothing to do with either the philosophy of drug escapism, which today’s white “rastamans” profess, or the commercial “reggae” that transnational record labels stamp.

He just loved this world and wanted to instill this attitude in all people. One way or another, his quotes and daily wisdom have brought up many worthy people who have given this planet many good deeds. His songs were sung by millions of people, we can hear them now everywhere, from radio to commercials.