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Bob Dylan Quotes on Music, Peace, and Love

Norbert Juma, Lead Editor
Published on September 29, 2016 12:00 AM EST
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Looking for thought provoking Bob Dylan quotes from his songs and interviews?

American singer-songwriter Robert Allen Zimmerman (Bob Dylan) is one of the most influential people in music for decades. Although he refuses any suggestions that he was a ‘spokesman’ for his generation, the various influences in his music – such as social, political, and philosophical – have helped to make him one of the best.

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If you’ve been looking for his best sayings, you’ve come to the right place. Here are 47 Bob Dylan quotes for your daily inspiration.

And after reading the quotes below, don’t forget to also check out our selection of beautiful Ella Fitzgerald quotes from the first lady of song.

Bob Dylan Quotes on Music

1. Sailin’ ‘round the world in a dirty gondola. Oh, to be back in the land of Coca-Cola! – Bob Dylan

2. Chaos is a friend of mine. – Bob Dylan

3. A record … is a statement, it’s its own statement, its own entity, rather than being about something else. If I was a painter … I don’t paint the chair, I would paint feelings about the chair. – Bob Dylan

4. “Play it fuckin’ loud!”  – Bob Dylan

5. “Gotta head full of ideas that are driving me insane… – Bob Dylan

bob-dylan-quotes-life7. Well, I sing by night, wander by day. I’m on the road and it looks like I’m here to stay – Bob Dylan

8. There’s a wall between you and what you want and you got to leap it. – Bob Dylan

9. Beyond here lies nothin’ But the mountains of the past – Bob Dylan

10. If you don’t have to write songs, why write them? I’ve got enough where I don’t really feel the urge to write anything additional. – Bob Dylan

11. Tomorrow is never what it’s supposed to be. – Bob Dylan

12. Some things are too terrible to be true. – Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan Quotes from Songs

13. There must be some way out of here,” said the joker to the thief
“There’s too much confusion, I can’t get no relief
Businessmen, they drink my wine, plowmen dig my earth
None of them along the line know what any of it is worth”

14. Dead man, dead man
When will you arise?
Cobwebs in your mind
Dust upon your eyes – Bob Dylan

15. Oh, the tree of life is growing
Where the spirit never dies
And the bright light of salvation shines
In dark and empty skies – Bob Dylan

16. I gaze into the doorway of temptation’s angry flame
And every time I pass that way I always hear my name – Bob Dylan

17. How many roads must a man walk down
Before you call him a man? – Bob Dylan

18. There’s eyes behind the mirrors in empty places. – Bob Dylan

19. The walls of pride are high and wide
Can’t see over to the other side – Bob Dylan

20. “Gonna change my way of thinking, make my self a different set of rules. Gonna put my good foot forward and stop being influenced by fools.”Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet.” – Bob Dylan

21. All the tired horses in the sun
How’m I supposed to get any ridin’ done? Hmm. – Bob Dylan

22. Feel like a broke-down engine, ain’t got no drivin’ wheel.
You all been down and lonesome, you know just how a poor man feels. – Bob Dylan

23. There are those who worship loneliness, I’m not one of them
In this age of fiberglass I’m searching for a gem
The crystal ball up on the wall hasn’t shown me nothing yet
I’ve paid the price of solitude, but at last I’m out of debt – Bob Dylan

24. Many a year has passed and gone
And many a gamble has been lost and won
And many a road taken by many a friend
And each one I’ve never seen again – Bob Dylan

25. Well, it’s always been my nature to take chances
My right hand drawing back while my left hand advances – Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan Quotes on Peace

26. “Behind every beautiful thing, there’s some kind of pain.”  – Bob Dylan

27. The atom bomb fueled the entire world that came after it. It showed that indiscriminate killing and indiscriminate homicide on a mass level was possible … whereas if you look at warfare up until that point, you had to see somebody to shoot them or maim them, you had to look at them. You don’t have to do that anymore. – Bob Dylan

28. “I accept chaos, I’m not sure whether it accepts me.”  – Bob Dylan

bob dylan quotes peace30. “And I’ll stand on the ocean until I start sinking.”  – Bob Dylan

31. “All I can be is me – whoever that is. ”  – Bob Dylan

32. “Sometimes it’s not enough to know what things mean, sometimes you have to know what things don’t mean. – Bob Dylan

33. “Life is more or less a lie, but then again, that’s exactly the way we want it to be.”  – Bob Dylan

34. “He not busy being born is busy dying.” – Bob Dylan

35. “I think women rule the world and that no man has ever done anything that a woman either hasn’t allowed him to do or encouraged him to do.”  – Bob Dylan

bob dylan quotes37. “When you’ve got nothing, you’ve got nothing to loose.”  – Bob Dylan

38. “May your heart always be joyful. May your song always be sung.” – Bob Dylan

39. “No one is free, even the birds are chained to the sky.”  – Bob Dylan

40. “You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.”  – Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan Quotes on Love

41. “I gave her my heart but she wanted my soul…”  – Bob Dylan

42. I once loved a girl, her skin it was bronze
With the innocence of a lamb, she was gentle like a fawn
I courted her proudly but now she is gone
Gone as the season she’s taken – Bob Dylan

43. “You can never be wise and be in love at the same time.”  – Bob Dylan

44. “Some people seem to fade away but then when they are truly gone, it’s like they didn’t fade away at all.”  – Bob Dylan

bob-dylan-quotes-love46. “The future for me is already a thing of the past – You were my first love and you will be my last” – Bob Dylan

47. “If you want to keep your memories, you first have to live them.”  – Bob Dylan

Which of these Bob Dylan quotes did you like best?

Whether you’re a budding musician, a fan, or you’re just looking for his famous quotes, Bob Dylan had a thing or two to share with the world.

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