180 Bob Marley Quotes

His music stands the test of time and his name remains remarkable through the years. The reggae pioneer who became the global symbol of Jamaican culture and identity, Bob Marley’s influence proves to be unparalleled. And if you’re a fan of his work and words, here are 180 Bob Marley quotes that will surely inspire you.

Bob Marley Quotes

1. “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.” – Bob Marley

2. “Don’t gain the world and lose your soul, wisdom is better than silver or gold.” – Bob Marley

3. “You just can’t live in that negative way… make way for the positive day.” – Bob Marley

4. “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 jealously. Don’t bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality. Wake up and live!” – Bob Marley

5. “And no matter what game they play we got something they can never take away.” – Bob Marley

6. “Beginnings are usually scary and endings are usually sad but it’s everything in between that makes it all worth living.” – Bob Marley

7. “It’s your own conscience that is gonna remind you; that it’s your heart and nobody else’s that is gonna judge.” – Bob Marley

8. “Never expect God to do for you what you don’t do to others.” – Bob Marley

9. “As a man sow, shall he reap. and I know that talk is cheap. But the heat of the battle is as sweet as the victory.” – Bob Marley

10. “They say: only the fittest of the fittest shall survive, stay alive!” – Bob Marley

11. “Truth is the light, so you never give up the fight.” – Bob Marley

12. “The winds that sometimes take something we love, are the same that bring us something we learn to love. Therefore we should not cry about something that was taken from us, but, yes, love what we have been given. Because what is really ours is never gone forever.” – Bob Marley

13. “Love the life you live. Live the life you love.” – Bob Marley

14. “Every man got the right to decide his own destiny.” – Bob Marley

15. “My fear is my only courage.” – Bob Marley

16. “You not supposed to feel down over whatever happen to you. I mean, you’re supposed to use whatever happen to you as some type of upper, not a downer.” – Bob Marley

17. “My feet is my only carriage.” – Bob Marley

18. “You can’t find the right roads when the streets are paved.” – Bob Marley

19. “Live for yourself and you will live in vain; Live for others, and you will live again.” – Bob Marley

20. “Light up the darkness.” – Bob Marley

21. “Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery. None but ourselves can free our minds.” – Bob Marley

22. “Just because you are happy it does not mean that the day is perfect but that you have looked beyond its imperfections.” – Bob Marley

23. “The most beautiful things are not perfect, they are special” – Bob Marley

24. “Everything in life got its purpose. Find its reason in every season.” – Bob Marley

25. “They will always tell you that you can’t do what you want to do, but you can do what you want to do. You just have to believe in yourself. The system is to bring you down, but you can rise up.” – Bob Marley

26. “If you don’t start somewhere, you’re gonna go nowhere.” – Bob Marley

27. “Open your eyes, look within. Are you satisfied with the life you’re living?” – Bob Marley

28. “We know where we’re going cause we know where we’re from.” – Bob Marley

29. “You can’t run away from yourself” – Bob Marley

30. “Don’t forget your history nor your destiny” – Bob Marley

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31. “Though the road’s been rocky it sure feels good to me.” – Bob Marley

32. “You’re on a positive road. You have some type of direction where you’re going, so you have to just keep on going.” – Bob Marley

33. “Get up, stand up, Stand up for your rights. Get up, stand up, Don’t give up the fight.” – Bob Marley

34. “If you know what life is worth, you will look for yours on earth.” – Bob Marley

35. “Men and people will fight you down when you see the light. Let me tell you if you are not wrong than everything is all right.” – Bob Marley

36. “Love would never leave us alone” – Bob Marley

37. “We don’t need no trouble! What we need is love!” – Bob Marley

38. “Be humble because until the sun with all its grandeur, let the moon shine.” – Bob Marley

39. “Life seems completely different, exciting and worthwhile. Your only hope and security is in knowing that they are a part of your life.” – Bob Marley

40. “Rise and take your stance once again” – Bob Marley

41. “Truth is everybody is going to hurt you: you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for.” – Bob Marley

42. “When one door is closed, don’t you know, another is open.” – Bob Marley

43. “What important is man should live in righteousness, in natural love for mankind.” – Bob Marley

44. “My future is righteousness.” – Bob Marley

45. “Better to die fighting for freedom than be a prisoner all the days of your life.” – Bob Marley

46. “When the root is strong, the fruit is sweet.” – Bob Marley

47. “Conquer the devils with a little thing called love.” – Bob Marley

48. “You say you love rain, but you use an umbrella to walk under it. You say you love sun, but you seek shelter when it is shining. You say you love wind, but when it comes you close your windows. So that’s why I’m scared when you say you love me.” – Bob Marley

49. “One love, one heart, one destiny.” – Bob Marley

50. “Keep calm and chive on.” – Bob Marley

51. “The day you stop racing is the day you win the race.” – Bob Marley

52. “Man is a universe within himself.” – Bob Marley

53. “The good times of today are the sad thoughts of tomorrow.” – Bob Marley

54. “Today, people struggle to find what’s real. Everything has become so synthetic that a lot of people, all they want is to grasp onto hope.” – Bob Marley

55. “Until the end of the world, all whys will be answered, but now, you can only ask!” – Bob Marley

56. “Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet.” – Bob Marley

57. “Don’t worry about a thing, every little thing is gonna be alright” – Bob Marley

58. “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.” – Bob Marley

59. “Judge not before you judge yourself. Judge not if you’re not ready for judgment.” – Bob Marley

60. “Money is numbers and numbers never end. If it takes money to be happy, your search for happiness will never end.” – Bob Marley

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61. “The beauty of love.
The love of beauty.
The greener you are, the wiser you will be.”

– Bob Marley

62. “In the high tide or low tide, I’m gonna be your friend… I’m gonna be your friend!” – Bob Marley

63. “Only a foolish dog barks at a flying bird.” – Bob Marley

64. “The problem is people are being hated when they are real, and are being loved when they are fake” – Bob Marley

65. “Hate never sleeps, so neither can love!” – Bob Marley

66. “Your life is worth much more than gold.” – Bob Marley

67. “Don’t trust people whose feelings change with time. Trust people whose feelings remain the same, even when the time” – Bob Marley

68. “I no have education. I have inspiration. If I was educated I would be a damn fool.” – Bob Marley

69. “Road of life is rocky and you may stumble too, so while you talk about me, someone else is judging you.” – Bob Marley

70. “In this bright future you can’t forget your past.” – Bob Marley

71. “In the abundance of water a fool is thirsty.” – Bob Marley

72. “True friends are like stars; you can only recognize them when it’s dark around you.” – Bob Marley

73. “You never know how strong you are, until being strong is your only choice.” – Bob Marley

74. “Love, friendship, laughter… Some of the best things in life really are free.” – Bob Marley

75. “We got to fight the system, because God never made no difference between black, white, blue, pink or green. People is people, y’know. That’s the message we try to spread.” – Bob Marley

76. “God create you to be free. Free up yourself, otherwise you worthless.” – Bob Marley

77. “The stone that the builder refused, will always be the head cornerstone.” – Bob Marley

78. “You can fool people some times but you cant fool all the people all the time.” – Bob Marley

79. “Never play with people’s mind.” – Bob Marley

80. “But my hand was made strong by the hand of the Almighty.” – Bob Marley

81. “It is better to live on the house top than to live in a house full of confusion.” – Bob Marley

82. “Only once in your life, I truly believe, You find someone who can completely turn your world around.” – Bob Marley

83. “I went deep inside myself. I had time to explore my beliefs and because of that I’m stronger.” – Bob Marley

84. “I think the most beautiful people are the ones who went through the toughest situations in life but still somehow manage to keep a smile on their face, especially if they have a bright personality to go along with that smile.” – Bob Marley

85. “If you can love the wrong person that much, imagine how much you can love the right one.” – Bob Marley

86. “Being vulnerable is the only way to allow your heart to feel true pleasure that’s so real it scares you.” – Bob Marley

87. “You open your heart knowing that there’s a chance it may be broken one day and in opening your heart, you experience a love and joy that you never dreamed possible.” – Bob Marley

88. “When love is real nobody can end it. Love is a key that someone has to open your heart.” – Bob Marley

89. “To love is to risk not being loved in return. To hope is to risk pain. To try is to risk failure. But risk must be taken because the greatest hazard in my life is to risk nothing.” – Bob Marley

90. “There will never be no love at all.” – Bob Marley

Bob Marley Quotes

91. “Things that never interested you before become fascinating because you know they are important to this person who is so special to you. You think of this person on every occasion and in everything you do. Simple things bring them to mind like a pale blue sky, gentle wind or even a storm cloud on the horizon.” – Bob Marley

92. “The people who were trying to make this world worse are not taking the day off. Why should I?” – Bob Marley

93. “If you get down and quarrel everyday, you’re saying prayers to the devil, I say.” – Bob Marley

94. “If you’re white and you’re wrong, then you’re wrong; if you’re black and you’re wrong, you’re wrong. People are people. Black, blue, pink, green – God make no rules about color; only society make rules where my people suffer, and that why we must have redemption and redemption now.” – Bob Marley

95. “It take many a year, mon, and maybe some bloodshed must be, but righteousness someday prevail.” – Bob Marley

96. “Inside of yourself there is a truth, which is God. And if you’re gonna do something, then do it for the benefit of righteousness.” – Bob Marley

97. “Until the philosophy which hold one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned, everywhere is war.” – Bob Marley

98. “Prejudice is a chain, it can hold you. If you prejudice, you can’t move, you keep prejudice for years. Never get nowhere with that.” – Bob Marley

99. “Never do they hurt your feelings or make you feel like you are not good enough, but rather they build you up and show you the things about yourself that make you special and even beautiful.” – Bob Marley

100. “One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” – Bob Marley

101. “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 your hands are clean!” – Bob Marley

102. “If puss and dog can get together, why can’t we love one another?” – Bob Marley

103. “I don’t stand for the black man’s side, I don’t stand for the white man’s side, I stand for God’s side.” – Bob Marley

104. “Possession make you rich? I don’t have that type of richness. My richness is life, forever.” – Bob Marley

105. “It is better to win the peace and to lose the war.” – Bob Marley

106. “We should really love each other in peace and harmony, instead we’re fussing’ n fighting like we ain’t supposed to be.” – Bob Marley

107. “My music fights against the system that teaches to live and die.” – Bob Marley

108. “I’ve been here before and will come again, but I’m not going this trip through.” – Bob Marley

109. “Most people think great god will come from the skies, take away everything, and make everybody feel high. But if you know what life is worth, you will look for yours on earth.” – Bob Marley

110. “Money can’t buy life.” – Bob Marley

111. “Hey mister music, sure sounds good to me I can’t refuse it what to be got to be.” – Bob Marley

112. “Musicians must be spokespeople for the oppressed masses.” – Bob Marley

113. “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.” – Bob Marley

114. “You find strength in knowing that you have a true friend and possibly a soul mate who will remain loyal to the end.” – Bob Marley

115. “God sent me on earth. He send me to do something, and nobody can stop me. If God want to stop me, then I stop. Man never can.” – Bob Marley

116. “Free speech carries with it some freedom to listen.” – Bob Marley

117. “You ain’t gonna miss your water until your well runs dry.” – Bob Marley

118. “Lets get together and feel alright.” – Bob Marley

119. “Tell the children the truth.” – Bob Marley

120. “Sun is shining. Weather is sweet. Make you wanna move your dancing feet.” – Bob Marley

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121. “The things that seem insignificant to most people such as a note, song or walk become invaluable treasures kept safe in your heart to cherish forever.” – Bob Marley

122. “In their presence, there’s no need for continuous conversation, but you find you’re quite content in just having them nearby.” – Bob Marley

123. “If something can corrupt you, you’re corrupted already.” – Bob Marley

124. “Enjoy life now. This is not a rehearsal.” – Bob Marley

125. “Forget how much it hurts and try again.” – Bob Marley

126. “How many rivers do we have to cross,
Before we can talk to the boss?” – Bob Marley

127. “They gave me star treatment because I was making a lot of money. But I was just as good when I was poor.” – Bob Marley

128. “So if you are the big tree, we are the small axe. Ready to cut you down, to cut you down.” – Bob Marley

129. “Still I’ll be always laughing like a clown” – Bob Marley

130. “I wish we were all hippies and did yoga, lived in cottages, smoked weed, accepted everyone for who they are, and listened to wonderful music. I wish money didn’t make us who we are. I just wish we could redo society.” – Bob Marley

131. “Every time I plant a seed, He say kill it before it grows, he say kill it before they grow.” – Bob Marley

132. “When you smoke the herb, it reveals you to yourself.” – Bob Marley

133. “The harder the battle, the sweet of Jah victory.” – Bob Marley

134. “I don’t know how to live good. I only know how to suffer.” – Bob Marley

135. “You entertain people who are satisfied. Hungry people can’t be entertained – or people who are afraid. You can’t entertain a man who has no food.” – Bob Marley

136. “I don’t believe in death, neither in flesh nor in spirit.” – Bob Marley

137. “I didn’t change, I just found myself.” – Bob Marley

138. “Don’t let them change you or even rearrange you.” – Bob Marley

139. “Wake up and live” – Bob Marley

140. “You have to be someone.” – Bob Marley

Bob Marley Quotes

141. “Herb is the unification of mankind.” – Bob Marley

142. “When the race gets hard to run. It means you just can’t take the peace.” – Bob Marley

143. “Tell me what you think it means.” – Bob Marley

144. “The power of philosophy floats through my head.. light like a feather, heavy as lead.” – Bob Marley

145. “Things will be OK in the end. If it’s not OK, it’s not the end.” – Bob Marley

146. “One lifetime is not enough to live” – Bob Marley

147. “The biggest coward is a man who awakens a woman’s love with not intention of loving her.” – Bob Marley

148. “And don’t expect more than she can give. Smile when she makes you happy, let her know when she makes you mad, and miss her when she’s not there.” – Bob Marley

149. “If she’s amazing, she won’t be easy. If she’s easy, she won’t be amazing. If she’s worth it, you won’t give up. If you give up, you’re not worthy.” – Bob Marley

150. “She may not be the most popular or prettiest but if you love her and she makes you smile… what else matters?” – Bob Marley

151. “What we struggle to make of it is our sole gift to Jah. The process of what that struggle becomes, in time, the Truth.” – Bob Marley

152. “I will never regret you or say I wish I’d never met you because once upon a time, you were exactly what I needed.” – Bob Marley

153. “If you go to sleep at night, you lay your head on the pillow and fall asleep. Where are you even just during this time? Nevertheless, you open your eyes again.” – Bob Marley

154. “Make love and not war! ‘Cause we don’t need no trouble. What we need is love to guide and protect us on.” – Bob Marley

155. “Love hard when there is love to be had.” – Bob Marley

156. “Nothing is wrong if it makes you happy.” – Bob Marley

157. “You share hopes for the future, dreams that will never come true, goals that were never achieved and the many disappointments life has thrown at you. When something wonderful happens, you can’t wait to tell them about it, knowing they will share in your excitement.” – Bob Marley

158. “There is never any pressure, jealousy or competition but only a quiet calmness when they are around. You can be yourself and not worry about what they will think of you because they love you for who you are.” – Bob Marley

159. “He’s not perfect. You aren’t either, and the two of you will never be perfect. But if he can make you laugh at least once, causes you to think twice, and if he admits to being human and making mistakes, hold onto him and give him the most you can.” – Bob Marley

160. “Man can’t do without God. Just like you’re thirsty, you have to drink water. You just can’t go without God.” – Bob Marley

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161. “Babylon is everywhere. You have wrong and you have right. Wrong is what we call Babylon, wrong things. That is what Babylon is to me. I could have born in England, I could have born in America, it makes no difference where me born because there is Babylon everywhere.” – Bob Marley

162. “Forget your troubles and dance.” – Bob Marley

163. “The mind replays what the heart can’t delete.” – Bob Marley

164. “Have no fear for atomic energy, ’cause none of them can stop the time.” – Bob Marley

165. “Everything is political. I will never be a politician or even think political. I just deal with life and nature. That is the greatest thing to me.” – Bob Marley

166. “Two thousand years of history Black History could not be wiped away so easily.” – Bob Marley

167. “People want to listen to a message, word from Jah. This could be passed through me or anybody. I am not a leader. Messenger. The words of the songs, not the person, is what attracts people.” – Bob Marley

168. “And what has been hidden from the wise and the prudent been revealed in the mouth of the toddlers” – Bob Marley

169. “I is a common sense man. That means when me explain things, me explain it in a very simple way; that means if I explain it to a baby, the baby will understand too, you know.” – Bob Marley

170. “Some will hate you pretend they love you now than behind they try to eliminate you.” – Bob Marley

171. “A hungry mob is an angry mob.” – Bob Marley

172. “Rastafari not a culture, it’s a reality.” – Bob Marley

173. “Look like barbie, Smoke like Marley.” – Bob Marley

174. “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. The singularity of every man and woman is Jah’s gift. What we struggle to make of it is our sole gift to Jah. The process of what that struggle becomes, in time, the Truth.” – Bob Marley

175. “No man can lead man, we have to have unity.” – Bob Marley

176. “Your worst enemy could be your best friend, and your best friend your worst enemy.” – Bob Marley

177. “I pledged to work for righteousness. God’s given me inspiration. God’s the boss, he tell me what to do.” – Bob Marley

178. “Well, me don’t swim too tough so me don’t go in the water too deep.” – Bob Marley

179. “I like to see you move with the rhythm; I Like to see when you’re dancing’ from within.” – Bob Marley

180. “Oh Mockingbird have you ever heard words that I’ve never heard.” – Bob Marley

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