Bob Marley Quotes

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Compiling a list of some of the best Bob Marley quotes wouldn’t seem right without some reference and recognition to the Jamaican born singer-songwriter and musician’s outstanding contribution to the world of music. The reggae music legend whose hits included  “I Shot the Sheriff”, “No Woman, No Cry”, “Jamming” and “One Love” died in May 1981 at the age of 36, but now over 30 years later Bob Marley’s songs stand as a proud testimony to the great man’s genius and talent.

The Jamaican ska, rocksteady and reggae star’s band Bob Marley & The Wailers waxed lyrical for 18 years (1963-1981) and their homeland music was deeply influenced by the good and bad sides of life on the Caribbean island and also by Marley’s Rastafarian values. Marley’s music and lyrics were also influenced and ‘fine-tuned’ by his love of ‘herbs’. The band’s posthumous compilation album Legend (1984) sold over 25 million copies making it the best-selling reggae album ever.

Here’s my pick of some of the best Bob Marley quotes.

Bob Marley Quotes

  • “Don’t worry about a thing, every little thing is gonna be alright”
  • “Herb is the healing of a nation, alcohol is the destruction.”
  • “When you smoke the herb, it reveals you to yourself.”
  • “Excuse me while I light my spliff good God I gotta take a lift.”
  • “The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you. You just got to find the ones worth suffering for.”
  • “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.”
  • “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!”
  • “Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet.”
  • “You ain’t gonna miss your water until your well runs dry.”
  • “One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.”
  • “I have a BMW. But only because BMW stands for Bob Marley and The Wailers, and not because I need an expensive car.”

“I wanna love you and treat you right; I wanna love you every day and every night…We’ll be together with a roof right over our heads…We’ll share the shelter of my single bed….We’ll share the same room, yeah!….for Jah provide the bread. Is this love…is this love….is this love. Is this love that I’m feelin’?”

  • “My fear is my only courage.”
  • “In the abundance of water, the fool is thirsty.”
  • “One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.”
  • “Well, me don’t swim too tough so me don’t go in the water too deep.”
  • “When the race gets hard to run. It means you just can’t take the pace.”
  • “I wanted to say ‘I shot the police’ but the government would have been angry so I said ‘I shot the sheriff’……means the same thing though…justice!”
  • “Jah will never give the power to a baldhead!”
  • “I believe in freedom for everyone, not just the black man.”
  • “No man can lead man, we have to have unity.”
  • “If you are the big, big tree, we are the small axe, ready to cut you down!”
  • “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.”

“Freedom came my way one day….And I started out of town, yeah!….All of a sudden I saw sheriff John Brown….Aiming to shoot me down….So I shot…I shot…I shot him down and I say….If I am guilty I will pay.”

Stub out your herb and feel free to leave one of your favourite Bob Marley quotes in the comment box below.

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  1. Mackie Te Whata

    This morning I woke up in a curfew !.
    Oh good, I was a prisoner too,
    Could not reconise the faces standing over me ?,
    They were all dressed in uniforms of brutality.

    How can you be sitting there, telling me that you care,
    When every time I look around, the people suffer and suffering
    everywhere, everywhere

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