Timeless, Bob Marley continues to touch our heart with his lyrics and words which enlighten us all to find a higher purpose for our life.
These meaningful Bob Marley quotes can be found in his music as well as in recorded interviews and concerts. Bob Marley love quotes will inspire you to be true to who you are and will change the way you look at relationships. Needless to say, there is always a Bob Marley song that perfectly expresses every situation and every feeling.
These famous life quotes can help brighten your day, and could even change your life. You can find more insight at Dr Seuss quotes, Maya Angelou quotes and Buddha sayings which get you into a better frame of mind on a daily basis.
Top 10 Bob Marley Quotes
“Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet." ― Bob Marley
“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain." ― Bob Marley
“The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you. You just got to find the ones worth suffering for." ― Bob Marley
“None but ourselves can free our minds." ― Bob Marley
“Don’t worry about a thing, ’cause every little thing gonna be all right." ― 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 your hands are clean!" ― Bob Marley
“Love the life you live. Live the life you love." ― Bob Marley
“Beginnings are usually scary, and endings are usually sad, but its everything in between that makes it all worth living." ― Bob Marley
“You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have." ― Bob Marley
“Just can’t live that negative way… make way for the positive day." ― Bob Marley
Best Bob Marley Quotes About Strength, Love and More
Here are the best Bob Marley quotes about friends, life, happiness and more:
“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 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."
“Don’t worry about a thing, every little thing is gonna be alright."
“Better to die fighting for freedom then be a prisoner all the days of your life."
“Enjoy life now. This is not a rehearsal."
“When one door is closed, don’t you know, another is open."
“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."
“Don’t trust people whose feelings change with time. Trust people whose feelings remain the same, even when the time changes."
“Rise up in the morning and smiled with the rising sun."
“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."
“Live for yourself and you will live in vain; Live for others, and you will live again."
“You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have."
“Every time I plant a seed, He say kill it before it grow, he say kill it before they grow."
“I will never regret you or say I wish I’d never met you because once upon a time, you were exactly what I needed."
“In this great future, you can’t forget your past." —No Woman, No Cry, from the album Natty Dread (1974)
“One love, one heart. Let’s get together and feel all right"
“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."
“Put your vision to reality. wake up and live."
“The truth 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."
“Who are you to judge the life I live? I am not perfect and I don’t have to be."
“A hungry mob is an angry mob." —Them Belly Full (But We Hungry), from the album Natty Dread (1974)
“Overcome the devils with a thing called love."
“The people who were trying to make this world worse are not taking the day off. Why should I?"
“All dese governments and dis this and that, these people that say they’re here to help, why they 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 makes you rebel’. Against what?"—Interview (1979) with Dylan Taite in Aotearoa, New Zealand.
“If you get down and quarrel every day, you’re saying prayers to the devil, I say."
“Beginnings are usually scary, and endings are usually sad, but its everything in between that makes it all worth living."
“Just because you are happy it does not mean that the day is perfect but that you have looked beyond its imperfections."
“You say you love rain, but you use an umbrella to walk under it. you say you love the sun, but you seek shade when it is shining. You say you love wind, But when it comes you close your window. So that’s why I am scared when you say you love me."
“Don’t complicate your mind."
“Light up the darkness."
“Though the road’s been rocky, it sure feels good to me."
“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 makes no difference where me born because there is Babylon everywhere."
“Get up, stand up, Stand up for your rights. Get up, stand up, Don’t give up the fight."
“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."
“The biggest coward of a man is to awaken the love of a woman without the intention of loving her."
“Man is a universe within himself."
“Money is numbers and numbers never end. If it takes money to be happy, your search for happiness will never end."
“Free speech carries with it some freedom to listen."
“The day you stop racing is the day you win the race."
“Free speech carries with it some freedom to listen."
“You just can’t live in that negative way, make way for the positive day."
“My fear is my only courage."
“My future is righteousness."
“I don’t believe in death, neither in flesh nor in spirit."
“You ain’t gonna miss your water until your well runs dry."
“Forget your troubles and dance."
“In high tide or low tide, I’ll be by your side."
“Love would never leave us alone."
“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.”
“The good times of today, are the sad thoughts of tomorrow."
“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."
“The mind replays what the heart can’t delete."
“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.”
“Being vulnerable is the only way to allow your heart to feel true pleasure."
“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.”
“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."
“Emancipate yourself from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our mind."
“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.”
“Possession make you rich? I don’t have that type of richness. My richness is life, forever."
“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."
“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.”
“In this bright future, you can’t forget your past."
“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 are in knowing that they are a part of your life."
“If you can love the wrong person that much, imagine how much you can love the right one."
“Yeah me see myself as a revolutionary."
“I don’t know how to live good. I only know how to suffer."
“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)
“Have no fear for atomic energy, ’cause none of them can stop the time."
“She may not be the most popular or prettiest but if you love her and she makes you smile… What else matters?"
“I 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."
“You find strength in knowing that you have a true friend and possibly a soul mate who will remain loyal to the end."
“Rastafari not a culture, it’s a reality."
“Forget how much it hurts and try again."
“When one door is closed, many more are open." —Coming in from the Cold, from the album Confrontation
“It takes many a year, mon, and maybe some bloodshed must be, but righteousness someday prevail."
“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)
“You may not be her first, her last, her only. She loved before, she may love again. But if she loves you now, what else matters?"
“Road of life is rocky and you may stumble too, so while you talk about me, someone else is judging you."
“I didn’t change, I just found myself."
“Keep calm and chive on." —As quoted in a 1974 interview with Lester Bangs
“Everything is political. I will never be a politician or even think political. I just deal with life and nature. That is the greatest thing to me."
“If you get down and quarrel every day, you’re saying prayers to the devil, I say."
“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."
“Two thousand years of history Black History could not be wiped away so easily."—Zion Train, from the album Uprising (1980)
“My music fights against the system that teaches to live and die."
“You not supposed to feel down over whatever happens to you. I mean, you’re supposed to use whatever happened to you as some type of upper, not a downer."
“You have to be someone."
“Man can’t do without God. Just like you’re thirsty, you have to drink water. You just can’t go without God."
“And no matter what game they play we got something they can never take away."
“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."
“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."
“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."
“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."
“If something can corrupt you, you’re corrupted already."
“What important is a man should live in righteousness, in natural love for mankind."
“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 (co-written with Peter Tosh), from the album Burnin’ (1973)
“The devil ain’t got no power over me. The devil comes, and me shake hands with the devil. Devil has 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."
“I no have the education. I have inspiration. If I was educated, I would be a damn fool."
“Hey, mister music sure sounds good to me I can’t refuse it what to be got to be."
“Open your eyes, look within. Are you satisfied with the life you’re living?"
“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)
“I’ve been here before and will come again, but I’m not going this trip through."
“It is better to live on the housetop than to live in a house full of confusion." —Running Away, from the album Kaya
“It’s your own conscience that is gonna remind you; that it’s your heart and nobody else’s that is gonna judge."
“Never expect God to do for you what you don’t do to others."
“I is a common sense man. That means when me explain things, me explain it in a very simple way; that means if I explain it to a baby, the baby will understand too, you know."
“Better to die to fight for freedom than be a prisoner all the days of your life."
“Until the philosophy which holds 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.
“You can fool some people sometimes but you can’t fool all the people all the time."
“They say: only the fittest of the fittest shall survive, stay alive!"
“The good times of today are the sad thoughts of tomorrow."
“The roads been rocky, but it sure feels good to me."
“Until the end of the world, all whys will be answered, but now, you can only ask!"
“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)
“When the root is strong, the fruit is sweet."
“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."
“The winds that sometimes take something we love, are the same that bring us something we learn to love."
“Prejudice is a chain, it can hold you. If your prejudice, you can’t move, you keep prejudice for years. Never get anywhere with that."
“Some will hate you pretend they love you now than behind they try to eliminate you."
“Every man got the right to decide his own destiny."
Some Bob Marley Facts
He is a Jamaican singer, musician and songwriter. He served as a world ambassador for reggae music and his music sold more than 20 million records throughout his career.
His last words to his son Ziggy were “Money can’t buy life.”
Bob Marley shows courage and he was most noted for using his music to spread the message of Rastafari, physical and spiritual liberation, justice, and goodwill.
Yes, he had: