50 Great Quotes From Bob Dylan

In honor of Bob Dylan being awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, here is a list of great quotes from the musician/poet/lyricist. 

“May God bless and keep you always,

May your wishes all come true,
May you always do for others
And let others do for you.
May you build a ladder to the stars
And climb on every rung,
May you stay forever young,”

“Behind every beautiful thing, there’s some kind of pain.”

“Act the way you’d like to be and soon you’ll be the way you’d like to act.”

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


“All right, I’ll take a chance. I will fall in love with you. If i’m a fool you can have the night, you can have the morning too. Can you cook and sew. make flowers grow. Do you understand my pain? Are you willing to risk it all or is your love in vain?”

“You don’t necessarily have to write to be a poet. Some people work in gas stations and they’re poets. I don’t call myself a poet, because I don’t like the word. I’m a trapeze artist.”

“You don’t have to be afraid of looking into my face. We’ve done nothing to each other that time will not erase.”


“People disagreeing everywhere you look makes you wanna stop and read a book. ”

“Money doesn’t talk, it swears.”

“I failed to communicate, that’s why I chose to leave.” “You better start swimming, or you’ll sink like a stone. Because the Time’s they are a-changing.”

“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… whatever the case, it wasn’t that I was anti-popular culture or anything and I had no ambition to stir things up. I just thought of mainstream culture as lame as hell and a big trick. It was like the unbroken sea of frost that lay outside the window and you had to have awkward footgear to walk with.”

“Mona Lisa must have had the highway blues; you can tell by the way she smiles.”

“The truth was obscure,
Too profound and too pure,
To live it you had to explode”

“I’m 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.”

“No one is free, even the birds are chained to the sky.”


“If you try to be anyone but yourself, you will fail; if you are not true to your own heart, you will fail. Then again, there’s no success like failure”

“I accept chaos, I’m not sure whether it accepts me.”

“The worth of things can’t be measured by what they cost but by what the cost you to get it, that if anything costs you your faith or your family, then the price is too high, and that there are some things that will never wear out.”

“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…”

“DESTINY is a feeling you have that you know something about yourself nobody else does. The picture you have in your own mind of what you’re about WILL COME TRUE. It’s a kind of a thing you kind of have to keep to your own self, because it’s a fragile feeling, and you put it out there, then someone will kill it. It’s best to keep that all inside.”

“People seldom do what they believe in. They do what is convenient, then repent.”

“It’s like my whole life never happened,
When I see you, it’s as if I never had a thought.
I know this dream, it might be crazy,
But it’s the only one I’ve got.”

“I gave her my heart but she wanted my soul…”

“All I can be is me- whoever that is. ”


“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.”

“Yes, to dance beneath the diamond sky with one hand waving free,
Silhouetted by the sea, circled by the circus sands,
With all memory and fate driven deep beneath the waves,
Let me forget about today until tomorrow.”

“When you asked me how I was doing, was that some kind of joke”

“May you grow up to be righteous, may you grow up to be true. May you always know the truth and see the lights surrounding you. May you always be courageous, stand upright and be strong. May you stay forever young.”

“Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet.”

“You need something to open up a new door, to show you something you seen before but overlooked a hundred times or more”

“When you’ve got nothing, you’ve got nothing to loose.”

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

“When you feel in your gut what you are and then dynamically pursue it – don’t back down and don’t give up – then you’re going to mystify a lot of folks.”

“It’s a wicked life, but what the hell, the stars ain’t falling down.”

“Sundown, yellow moon, I replay the past
I know every scene by heart, they all went by so fast”

“And I’ll stand on the ocean until I start sinking.”

“She never stumbles,
she’s got no place to fall.
She’s nobody’s child,
the law can’t touch her at all.”

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

“May your heart always be joyful. May your song always be sung.”

“Whatever colors you have in your mind, I’ll show them to you and you’ll see them shine.”

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

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

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

“Every pleasure’s got an edge of pain, pay your ticket and don’t complain”

“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”

 “I’ve forgotten more than you’ll ever know”

“How many times must a man look up
Before he can see the sky?
Yes, ‘n’ how many ears must one man have
Before he can hear people cry?
Yes, ‘n’ how many deaths will it take till he knows
That too many people have died?
The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind,
The answer is blowin’ in the wind.”

“A poem is a naked person….Some people say that I am a poet.”

“I didn’t come out of a cereal box. ”


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