Bob Dylan Quotes


Type: Songwriter, singer, artist, and writer

Born: May 24, 1941


Bob Dylan (Robert Allen Zimmerman) is an American songwriter, singer, artist, and writer. He has been influential in popular music and culture for more than five decades. Much of his most celebrated work dates from the 1960s, when his songs chronicled social unrest. Early songs such as "Blowin' in the Wind" and "The Times They Are a-Changin'" became anthems for the American civil rights and anti-war movements. Leaving behind his initial base in the American folk music revival, his six-minute single "Like a Rolling Stone", recorded in 1965, enlarged the range of popular music.

Bob Dylan Quotes

I define nothing. Not beauty, not patriotism. I take each thing as it is, without prior rules about what it should be.

The future for me is already a thing of the past -
You were my first love and you will be my last

It frightens me, the awful truth, of how sweet life can be...

They say that patriotism is the last refuge to which a scoundrel clings steal a little and they throw you in jail. Steal a lot and then they make you king.

Act the way you'd like to be and soon you'll be the way you'd like to act.

You can never be wise and be in love at the same time.

Life is more or less a lie, but then again, that's exactly the way we want it to be.

You better start swimming, or you'll sink like a stone. Because the Time's they are a-changing.

I failed to communicate, that's why I chose to leave

All I can be is me- whoever that is.

He not busy being born is busy dying.

Even if you don't have all the things you want, be grateful for the things you don't have that you don't want (Bob Dylan's dad)

When You Cease To Exist, Then Who Will You Blame?

Technology to wipe out truth is now available. Not everybody can afford it but it's available. When the cost comes down, look out!

...we are singing today of the WIPE-OUT GANG - the WIPE-OUT GANG buys, owns & operates the Insanity Factory - if you do not know where the Insanity Factory is located, you should hereby take two steps to the right, paint your teeth & go to sleep....

There's only one day at a time here, then it's tonight and then tomorrow will be today again.

Sometimes it's not enough to know what things mean, sometimes you have to know what things don't mean.

You're gonna have to serve somebody; well, it may be the devil, or it may be the Lord, but you're gonna have to serve somebody...

look, you know i don't wanna come on ungrateful, but that warren report, you know as well as me, just didn't make it. You know, like they might as well have asked some banana salesman from des moines, who was up in toronto on the big day, if he saw anyone around looking suspicious/...

A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do.

We are so scared of losing everything that doesn't mean anything.

If you're looking to get silly, you better go back to from where you came. because the cops don't need you and man they expect the same.

The line it is drawn
The curse it is cast
The slow one now
Will later be fast
As the present now
Will later be past
The new order is
Rapidly fadin'.
And the first one now
Will later be last
For the times they are a-changin'.

Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don't stand in the doorway
Don't block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There's a battle outside ragin'.
It'll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin'.

Your heart is like the ocean, mysterious and dark.

Let me ask you one question
Is your money that good
Will it buy you forgiveness
Do you think that it could
I think you will find
When your death takes its toll
All the money you made
Will never buy back your soul

What's money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.

Behind every beautiful thing, there's some kind of pain. father was the best man in the world and probably worth a hundred of me, but he didn't understand me. The town he lived in and the town I lived in were not the same.

I'll let you be in my dreams if I can be in yours

I think the truly natural things are dreams, which nature can't touch with decay.

I am against nature. I don't dig nature at all. I think nature is very unnatural. I think the truly natural things are dreams, which nature can't touch with decay.

Ah, but I was so much older then
I’m younger than that now

I think of a hero as someone who understands the degree of responsibility that comes with his freedom.

Play it fuckin' loud!

I accept chaos, I'm not sure whether it accepts me.

And I'll stand on the ocean until I start sinking.

When you've got nothing, you've got nothing to loose.

Thinking of a series of dreams
Where the time and the tempo fly
And there's no exit in any direction
'Cept the one that you can't see with your eyes

There must be some kind of way out of here,' said the joker to the thief...

When Johnson started singing, he seemed like a guy who could have sprung from the head of Zeus in full armor.

Be groovy or leave, man

My big fear was that my guitar would go out of tune.

I really was never any more than what I was -a folk musician who gazed into the gray mist with tear-blinded eyes and made up songs that floated in a luminous haze.

All I'd ever done was sing songs that were dead straight and expressed powerful new realities. I had very little in common with and knew even less about a generation that I was supposed to be the voice of.

..And songs, to me, were more important than just light entertainment. They were my preceptor and guide into some altered consciousness of reality, some different republic, some liberated republic.

People are crazy
and times are strange,
I'm locked in tight
I'm out of range,
I use to care
but things have changed.

Money doesn't talk, it swears.

It seemed I'd always been chasing after something, anything that moved -a car, a bird, a blowing leaf -anything that might lead me into some more lit place, some unknown land downriver. I had not even the vaguest notion of the broken world I was living in, what society could do with you.

What was the future? The future was a solid wall, not promising, not threatening - all bunk. No guarantees of anything, not even the guarantee that life isn't one big joke.

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