A List of Famous Bob Dylan Quotes  

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A list of quotes from Bob Dylan's writings, interviews and songs, featuring the best Bob Dylan quotes on various subjects. Dylan ranks among America's most famous and iconic singer-songwriters. He first rose to fame as part of the folk rock trend of the 1960s, with a particular prominence as a writer of protest songs that helped to inspire and spread the word about the civil rights movement. Dylan later transitioned (controversially at the time) into a more traditional rock star, with landmark albums such as "Highway 61 Revisited," "Blonde on Blonde" and "Bringing It All Back Home."

Dylan has always been an inscrutable and provocative figure, and many of his quotations are notable for their cynicism about celebrity, music, success and his own place in American popular culture. If you enjoyed these quotes see our wisdom quotes, smile quotes, and freedom quotes.
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He who is not busy being born is busy dying. Bob Dylan
Ah, but I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now. Bob Dylan
People seldom do what they believe in. They do what is convenient, then repent. Bob Dylan
A person is a success if they get up in the morning and gets to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do. Bob Dylan
To live outside the law, you must be honest. Bob Dylan
All this talk about equality. The only thing people really have in common is that they are all going to die. Bob Dylan
Democracy don't rule the world, you better get that in your head; this world is ruled by violence, but I guess that's better left unsaid. Bob Dylan
Just because you like my stuff doesn't mean I owe you anything. Bob Dylan
This land is your land and this land is my land, sure, but the world is run by those that never listen to music anyway. Bob Dylan
But even the President of the United States sometimes must have to stand naked. Bob Dylan
Money doesn't talk, it swears. Bob Dylan
Don't matter how much money you got, there's only two kinds of people: there's saved people and there's lost people. Bob Dylan
I think of a hero as someone who understands the degree of responsibility that comes with his freedom. Bob Dylan
She opened up a book of poems and handed it to me written by an Italian poet from the 13th century and every one of them words rang true and glowed like burning coal pouring off of every page like it was written in my soul from me to you. Bob Dylan
Although the masters make the rules for the wise men and the fools, I've got nothing, Ma, to live up to. Bob Dylan
People today are still living off the table scraps of the sixties. They are still being passed around -- the music and the ideas. Bob Dylan
Jesus tapped me on the shoulder and said, Bob, why are you resisting me? I said, I'm not resisting you! He said, You gonna follow me? I said, I've never thought about that before! He said, When you're not following me, you're resisting me. Bob Dylan
How does it feel? Bob Dylan
How many times must the cannonballs fly before they're forever banned? Bob Dylan
I like America, just as everybody else does. I love America, I gotta say that. But America will be judged. Bob Dylan
In ceremonies of the horsemen, even the pawn must hold a grudge. Bob Dylan
For them that think death's honesty won't fall upon them naturally life sometimes must get lonely. Bob Dylan
Despite everybody who has been born and has died, the world has just gone on. I mean, look at Napoleon --but we went right on. Look at Harpo Marx --the world went around, it didn't stop for a second. It's sad but true. John Kennedy, right? Bob Dylan
You learn from a conglomeration of the incredible past -- whatever experience gotten in any way whatsoever. Bob Dylan
I've been up the mountain and I had a choice. Should I come down? So I came down. God said, Okay, you've been up on the mountain, now you go down. You're on your own, free. Check in later, but now you're on your own. Bob Dylan