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Bob Marley Quotes

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Bob Marley, a well-known reggae musician who hailed from Jamaica, earned the title of music legend with songs like "I Shot the Sheriff," "No Woman, No Cry," "One Love," and "Could You Be Loved," to name a few. Though he died in 1981, his legacy and words live on, continuing to inspire people the world over. These are some of the best Bob Marley quotes from hist storied life.

When it comes to famous Bob Marley quotes, there are many from his song lyrics ranging from life quotes, inspirational quotes, quotes about music, death quotes, and others. Some of the Bob Marley phrases many people look to are his love quotes as well.

Looking for good Bob Marley quotes? This list has you covered with quotes from all times in his life and music.

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    Trenchtown Rock

    "One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain."

    This line appears in the song "Trenchtown Rock," which was included on the 1973 album African Herbsman.
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    Buffalo Soldier

    "If you know your history, then you would know where you coming from."

    One of the last songs recorded by Marley before his death, "Buffalo Soldier" was released three years after his death in 1980 and refers to black U.S. cavalry regiments, known as "Buffalo Soldiers," that fought in the Indian Wars after 1866. Marley recasts their plight as a symbol of black resistance.
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    “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!”

    Have there ever been truer words to live by? Bob Marley is spot on with this.
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    Judge Not

    "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 you hands are clean!"

    This line is from the song "Judge Not," the first single that Bob Marley ever recorded. It was later included on the 1992 compilation CD set Songs of Freedom.
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    No Woman No Cry

    "My fear is my only courage."

    "No Woman, No Cry" was a song included on the 1974 album Natty Dread. It was included one year later on the "Live!" album. Since its initial release, it's been recorded by numerous other musical acts, including Gym Class Heroes, Blues Traveler, and Cobie Caillat, to name a few.
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    Man's Greatness

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    "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."

    This is another inspiring quote that should be taken to heart. Man's greatness should be measured by his integrity and how he affects those around him.
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    Three Little Birds

    "Don't worry about a thing, 'Cause every little thing gonna be all right."

    One of Marley's most famous lines from "Three Little Birds," the catchy rhythm and reassuring words have not only been inspirational for many people, but was also the theme song for a Jamaican travel ad.
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    Zion Train

    "Don't gain the world & lose your soul
    wisdom is better than silver or gold."

    These lyrics are from the song "Zion Train," the first track of side two of the Uprising album.
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    Bob Marley's Ambition

    "Me 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."

    This is a very noble ambition and one that many people would agree with. To see all of mankind finally get along after so much fighting and hatred would be wondrous thing.
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    Coming in From the Cold

    "When one door is closed, don't you know that many more are open."

    "Coming in From the Cold" was also featured on the Uprising album.
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    Rat Race

    "Don't forget your history. Know your destiny."

    These words are a great way, and quite poetically, describe how a person's life is in his or her own hands. This line is in the Marley song "Rat Race."
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    Corrupt Politicians

    "You can fool some people sometimes/but you can't fool all the people all the time"

    This is another lyric from "Get Up Stand Up" and is one of the reggae icon's most famous quotes. It's been used as inspiration by many of today's politically active bands and groups and has been a rallying cry since the song's release.
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    Get Up, Stand Up

    "Get up, stand up. Stand up for your rights. Get up, stand up. Don't give up the fight."

    These lyrics are contained in the song "Get Up, Stand Up," which originally appeared on the 1973 album Burnin'. It was later included on the albums Legend and Rebel Music.
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    Redemption Song

    "None but ourselves can free our minds."

    "Redemption Song" was included on the 1980 album Uprising, which also included "Forever Loving Jah" and "Could You Be Loved.
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    Who is Worth Suffering For?

    "The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you. You just got to find the ones worth suffering for."

    This is one of Bob Marley's most famous quotes. And it's not hard to see why. There are some people in life that are, in fact, worth suffering for.
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    Wake Up and Live

    "Wake up and live."

    The song "Wake Up and Live" is included on the 1980 album Survival, which also includes "So Much Trouble in The World" and "Africa Unite.
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    I Know

    "When the race gets hard to run, it means you just can’t take the pace."

    This line appeared in the song "I Know," a song off of the Confrontation album, which was released two years after Marley's death.
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    "Every man gotta right to decide his own destiny."

    This line is from the song "Zimbabwe," which appeared on the 1979 album Survival and the 1992 compilation CD set Songs of Freedom.
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    Love Conquers All

    "Overcome the devils with a thing called love."
    Marley was always a believer in the healing power of love, which is reflected in many of his songs, including this one.
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    I Shot the Sheriff

    "(I shot the sheriff,) But I say (But I didn't shoot no deputy), I didn't shoot no deputy (oh, no-oh), oh no!"

    This song is told from the point of view of a man falsely accused of murdering the local sheriff. Marley has described the song as actually meaning to be about the police as a whole, but didn't want to be hassled by the government, so he changed police to sheriff.
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