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398 Inspiring Quotes by Bob Dylan

  • Last updated Jul 26 2021

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Wikipedia Summary for Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan (born Robert Allen Zimmerman; May 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter, author and visual artist. Often regarded as one of the greatest songwriters of all time, Dylan has been a major figure in popular culture during a career spanning nearly 60 years. Much of his most celebrated work dates from the 1960s, when songs such as "Blowin' in the Wind" (1963) and "The Times They Are a-Changin'" (1964) became anthems for the civil rights and anti-war movements. His lyrics during this period incorporated a range of political, social, philosophical, and literary influences, defying pop music conventions and appealing to the burgeoning counterculture.

Following his self-titled debut album in 1962, which mainly comprised traditional folk songs, Dylan made his breakthrough as a songwriter with the release of The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan the following year. The album features "Blowin' in the Wind" and the thematically complex "A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall". For many of these songs, he adapted the tunes and phraseology of older folk songs. He went on to release the politically charged The Times They Are a-Changin' and the more lyrically abstract and introspective Another Side of Bob Dylan in 1964. In 1965 and 1966, Dylan drew controversy when he adopted electrically amplified rock instrumentation, and in the space of 15 months recorded three of the most important and influential rock albums of the 1960s: Bringing It All Back Home (1965), Highway 61 Revisited (1965) and Blonde on Blonde (1966). Commenting on the six-minute single "Like a Rolling Stone" (1965), Rolling Stone wrote: "No other pop song has so thoroughly challenged and transformed the commercial laws and artistic conventions of its time, for all time".

In July 1966, Dylan withdrew from touring after a motorcycle accident. During this period, he recorded a large body of songs with members of the Band, who had previously backed him on tour. These recordings were released as the collaborative album The Basement Tapes in 1975. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Dylan explored country music and rural themes in John Wesley Harding (1967), Nashville Skyline (1969), and New Morning (1970). In 1975, he released Blood on the Tracks, which many saw as a return to form. In the late 1970s, he became a born-again Christian and released a series of albums of contemporary gospel music before returning to his more familiar rock-based idiom in the early 1980s. Dylan's 1997 album Time Out of Mind marked the beginning of a renaissance for his career. He has released five critically acclaimed albums of original material since then, the most recent being Rough and Rowdy Ways (2020). He also recorded a series of three albums in the 2010s comprising versions of traditional American standards, especially songs recorded by Frank Sinatra. Backed by a changing lineup of musicians, he has toured steadily since the late 1980s on what has been dubbed the Never Ending Tour.

Since 1994, Dylan has published eight books of drawings and paintings, and his work has been exhibited in major art galleries. He has sold more than 100 million records, making him one of the best-selling musicians of all time. He has received numerous awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, ten Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award. Dylan has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The Pulitzer Prize Board in 2008 awarded him a special citation for "his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power". In 2016, Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition".


women's black and pink monokini

Colleges are like old-age homes, except for the fact that more people die in colleges.

--Bob Dylan

white brick wall

What good are fans? You can't eat applause for breakfast. You can't sleep with it.

--Bob Dylan

stars across the sky view at the desert

You got men who can't hold peace and women who can't control their tongues. The rich seduce the poor, and the old seduce the young.

--Bob Dylan

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You can't imagine parlor ballads drifting out of high-rise multi-towered buildings. That kind of music existed in a more timeless state of life.

--Bob Dylan

brown and gray mountains during daytime

If you want to keep your memories, you first have to live them.

--Bob Dylan

brown and gray floral textile

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

fine trees waving

In writing songs, I've learned as much from Cezanne as I have from Woody Guthrie.

--Bob Dylan


silhouette of mountain during sunset

Obscenity, who really cares. Propaganda, all is phony.

--Bob Dylan

forest trees photograph

Being noticed can be a burden. Jesus got himself crucified because he got himself noticed. So I disappear a lot.

--Bob Dylan

multicolored heart LED light on wall

Sold my guitar to the baker's son for a few crumbs and a place to hide.

--Bob Dylan

silhouette of mountain under starry night

Philosophical dogma doesn't interest me.

--Bob Dylan

red textile on brown wooden table

My father was the best man in the world and probably worth a hundred of me, but he didn't understand me. The town he lived in and the town I lived in were not the same.

--Bob Dylan


lake beside green pine trees

I never took much, I never asked for your crutch, Now don't ask for mine.

--Bob Dylan

red and black logo

I like Fidel Castro and his beard.

--Bob Dylan

photo of gray moon

Maybe in the 90s or possibly in the next century people will look upon the 80s as the age of masturbation, when it was taken to the limit; that might be all that's going on right now in a big way.

--Bob Dylan

photo of underwater

Privacy is something you can sell, but you can't buy it back.

--Bob Dylan


low-light photo of forest

When you've got nothing, you've got nothing to loose.

--Bob Dylan

rainbow

I've never gone for having a great voice, for cultivating one. I'm still not doing it now.

--Bob Dylan


adult black and white dog leaning on wooden fence

Disillusioned words like bullets bark as human gods aim for their mark.

--Bob Dylan

green plants near body of water during daytime

Charity is suppose to cover up for a multitude of sins.

--Bob Dylan


woman standing on cliff

A lot of people don't like the road, but it's as natural to me as breathing.

--Bob Dylan

sunset grasslands

How many deaths will it take 'till we know that too many people have died?

--Bob Dylan



road between yellow leaf trees at daytime

You don't count the dead, when god's on your side.

--Bob Dylan


brown wooden board

I find C major to be the key of strength, but also the key of regret. E major is the key of confidence. A-flat major is the key of renunciation.

--Bob Dylan

white wall paint with black shadow

Every nerve in my body is so vacant and numb I can't even remember what it was I came here to get away from Don't even hear a murmur of a prayer It's not dark yet, but it's getting there.

--Bob Dylan

adult Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dog

The truth that I am seeking is in your missing file.

--Bob Dylan

eyeglasses in bokeh photography

The pump don't work cause the vandals took the handle.

--Bob Dylan

green and white painted wall

Sing your praise of progress and the doom machine, the naked truth is still taboo whenever it can be seen.

--Bob Dylan

full moon in the sky

Half of the people can be part right all of the time, Some of the people can be all right part of the time. I think Abraham Lincoln said that. 'I'll let you be in my dreams if I can be in yours,' I said that.

--Bob Dylan

white and blue ice in water

How does it feel, how does it feel to be without a home, like a complete unknown, like a rolling stone.

--Bob Dylan

brown and gray floral textile

In the valley of the giants where the stars and stripes explode, the peaches they were sweet and the milk and honey flowed.

--Bob Dylan

blue and black abstract painting

Let me forget about today until tomorrow.

--Bob Dylan

silhouette photo of mountain during night time

It will scramble your head and drag your brain about, sometimes you gotta do like Elvis did and shoot the damn thing out.

--Bob Dylan

lights

Get jailed, jump bail, join the Army if you fail.

--Bob Dylan

sunset

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

--Bob Dylan

man on running field

Yet there's no one to beat you | No one t' defeat you | 'Cept the thoughts of yourself feeling bad.

--Bob Dylan

aerial shot of road surrounded by green trees

Patriotism is the last refuge to which a scoundrel clings.

--Bob Dylan

person wearing red running shoe

She knows there's no success like failure, and that failure's no success at all.

--Bob Dylan

white and blue sky during daytime

Art is the perpetual motion of illusion. The highest purpose of art is to inspire. What else can you do? What else can you do for any one but inspire them?

--Bob Dylan


bird in the sky

A lot of people don't have much food on their table. But they got a lot of forks 'n knives. And they got to cut somethin'.

--Bob Dylan

silhouette of man and woman during sunset

Thinking of a series of dreams Where the time and the tempo fly And there's no exit in any direction 'Cept the one that you can't see with your eyes.

--Bob Dylan



black dog photography

They're selling postcards of the hanging.

--Bob Dylan

blue and white abstract painting

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.

--Bob Dylan

aerial shot of road surrounded by green trees

People talk of situations, read books, repeat quotations.

--Bob Dylan



aerial photography of mountain range covered with snow under white and blue sky at daytime

You want to know about creativity? Just go out and buy that book Imagine by Jonah Lehrer. It's only $29.00 in hardcover.

--Bob Dylan

yellow and white painted wall

Aretha with no goals, eternally single and one step soft of heaven let it be understood that she owns this melody along with her emotional diplomats and her earth and her musical secrets.

--Bob Dylan


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Heard ten thousand whispering and nobody listening. Heard one person starve, I heard many people laughing. Heard the song of a poet who died in the gutter.

--Bob Dylan

silhouette of man standing on rock while looking in sky

Like a Rolling Stone" of Bob Dylan is a kiss-off song like none before or since.

--Bob Dylan

green plants with white background

Beauty walks a razors edge, someday I'll make it mine.

--Bob Dylan

purple-petaled flowers

I'm used to writing songs and songs-I can fill em up with symbolism and metaphors. When you write a book (Chronicles, Vol. 1), you gotta tell the truth, and it can't be misinterpreted.

--Bob Dylan

grayscale photography of mountain surrounded by trees

I consider myself a poet first and a musician second. I live like a poet and I'll die like a poet.

--Bob Dylan

shallow focus photography of black DSLR camera

May you stay Forever Young.

--Bob Dylan

silhouette of trees during nighttime

Yes, to dance beneath the diamond sky with one hand waving free, Silhouetted by the sea, circled by the circus sands.

--Bob Dylan

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Life has its ups and downs, and time has to be your partner. Really, time is your soul mate.

--Bob Dylan

black and white abstract illustration

I am hanging in the balance of a perfect finished plan, like every sparrow falling, like every grain of sand.

--Bob Dylan


bonfire near mountain

When you cease to exist, then who will you blame?

--Bob Dylan


clear drinking glass with beer

A record ... is a statement, it's its own statement, its own entity, rather than being about something else. If I was a painter ... I don't paint the chair, I would paint feelings about the chair.

--Bob Dylan

green and brown mountains under blue sky during daytime

The answer is blowin' in the wind.

--Bob Dylan

band performing on stage in front of people

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

--Bob Dylan

sunset

Well, it's hard to stumble And land in some muddy lagoon When it's nine below zero And three o'clock in the afternoon.

--Bob Dylan

iceberg near mountain during day

You're better than no one and no one is better than you.

--Bob Dylan

man running on seashore

There's a wall between you and what you want and you got to leap it.

--Bob Dylan

car passing by in between trees

Once upon a time You dressed so fine.

--Bob Dylan

silhouette photo of mountain during night time

She took off her wheel, took off her bell, took off her wig, said, how do I smell? I hot footed it barenaked out the window.

--Bob Dylan

green fruit in macro lens photography

Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet.

--Bob Dylan

black mountain under blue sky during night time

Well I'm living in a foreign country but I'm bound to cross the line. Beauty walks a razor's edge...someday I'll make it mine.

--Bob Dylan

white brick wall

The battle outside raging will soon shake your windows and rattle your walls.

--Bob Dylan

silhouette of man looking towards left

My love is like some raven at my window with a broken wing.

--Bob Dylan



silhouette of three people up on mountain cliff

I'm more of an adventurous type than a relationship type.

--Bob Dylan

purple flowered hedge plants

I was burned out from exhaustion, buried in the hail, poisoned in the bushes,

blown out on the trail; hunted like a crocodile, ravaged in the corn,

"Come in," she said, "I'll give ya shelter from the storm.

--Bob Dylan

coconut tree near body of water

Broken bottles, broken plates, broken switches, broken gates. Broken dishes, broken parts, streets are filled with broken hearts.

--Bob Dylan

brown short coated dog wearing blue and red shirt

Death to me means nothing as long as I can die fast.

--Bob Dylan

blue and black butterfly on pink and yellow flower

We sit here stranded, though we're all doin' our best to deny it.

--Bob Dylan

macro photography of green bird on tree branch

Don't follow leaders.

--Bob Dylan

aerial photography of beach

Nothing can affect my voice, it's so bad.

--Bob Dylan

green and white bird on black wire during daytime

All this talk about equality. The only thing people really have in common is that they are all going to die.

--Bob Dylan

lighted candle in dark room

I've been sitting down studying the Art of Love. I think it will fit me like a glove.

--Bob Dylan

four white balloons on white wall

How many roads must a man walk down Before your can call him a man? ... The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind, The answer is blowin' in the wind.

--Bob Dylan

pink and white tulips on white surface

Sailin' 'round the world in a dirty gondola

Oh, to be back in the land of Coca-Cola!

--Bob Dylan

black and white window illustration

My love, she's like some raven At my window with a broken wing.

--Bob Dylan

running white, brown, and black dog

What did I owe the rest of the world? Nothing.

--Bob Dylan

brown grass field during daytime

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

--Bob Dylan


silhouette of off-road car

They said, congratulations you got what it takes. They sent him back to the rat race without any brakes.

--Bob Dylan

palm tree under orange sky

I like America, just as everybody else does. I love America, I gotta say that. But America will be judged.

--Bob Dylan

person holding dried beans

You call yourself what you want to call yourself.

--Bob Dylan

Longer Version:

You call yourself what you want to call yourself. This is the land of the free.




black bird flying on white background

Take me disappearing, through the smoke rings of my mind, down the foggy ruins of time.

--Bob Dylan

old cowboy boots

I was so much older then; I'm younger than that now. From the back pages.

--Bob Dylan

woman holding Pug puppy

Time is an ocean, but it ends at the shore.

--Bob Dylan

pair of white lace-up shoes

You learn from a conglomeration of the incredible past -- whatever experience gotten in any way whatsoever.

--Bob Dylan

man raising arms between greenfield

If there's an original thought out there, I could use one right now.

--Bob Dylan

person wearing black leather shoe

Lord knows I've paid my dues getting through, tangled up in blue.

--Bob Dylan

cowboy on horseback herding

I think I have a dualistic nature.

--Bob Dylan

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In the meantime 1965-67, Bob Dylan was again writing some of the best love songs in the genre, like "Visions of Johanna," "Just Like a Woman," and "Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands.

--Bob Dylan

two person standing while watching sky

I'm a good friend of Jonah Lehrer's. You should go on a date with him.

--Bob Dylan


band performing on stage in front of people

I'll always thank the Lord when my working day is through, I get my sweet reward to be alone with you.

--Bob Dylan

white flowers

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

--Bob Dylan

white and blue floral textile

I am mortified to be on the stage, but then again, it's the only place where I'm happy.

--Bob Dylan

pink and green flower painting

Dead man, dead man
When will you arise?
Cobwebs in your mind
Dust upon your eyes.

--Bob Dylan

landscape photography of waves and clouds

Freedom just around the corner for you, but with the truth so far off, what good will it do?

--Bob Dylan

sunset

Reality has too many heads.

--Bob Dylan

road between yellow leaf trees at daytime

I say there're no depressed words just depressed minds.

--Bob Dylan

white clouds and blue sky

Situations have ended sad Relationships have all been bad Mine've been like Verlaine's and Rimbaud But there's no way I can compare.

--Bob Dylan

black mountain under blue sky during night time

The good Samaritan, he's getting dressed, he's getting ready for the show. He's going to the carnival tonight on Desolation Row.

--Bob Dylan

white pendant lamp

The tree of life is growing where the spirit never dies, and the bright light of salvation shines in dark and empty skies.

--Bob Dylan

feet in stream

Ain't nothing too discreet about the disease of conceit.

--Bob Dylan

white wall paint with black shadow

You have to work out where your place is. And who you are. But we're all spirit. That's all we are, we're just walking dressed up in a suit of skin, and we're going to leave that behind.

--Bob Dylan


coffee mug on top of tablecloth beside ashtray

I ain't looking to compete with you, beat, or cheat, or mistreat you, simplify you, classify you, deny, defy, or crucify you. All I really want to do is, baby, be friends with you.

--Bob Dylan

black textile on white background

There's been rumors of war and wars that have been The meaning of life has been lost in the wind And some people thinkin' that the end is close by 'Stead of learnin' to live they are learnin' to die.

--Bob Dylan

sunset

Since my feet are now fast and point away from the past, I'll bid farewell and be down the line.

--Bob Dylan

tall trees with dried leaves on ground

A cork screw to my heart, ever since we've been apart.

--Bob Dylan

sunset highway

How many roads must a developer walk down, before they accept the amenities package?

--Bob Dylan

four men sitting beside table

I just try to understand that tomorrow is another day.

--Bob Dylan

bare tree on mountain during sunset

Music attracts the angels in the universe.

--Bob Dylan

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There's not even room enough to be anywhere It's not dark yet, but it's getting there... I was born here and I'll die here against my will I know it looks like I'm moving, but I'm standing still.

--Bob Dylan

wormeye view photo of milky way

Shadows are falling and I've been here all day It's too hot to sleep, time is running away Feel like my soul has turned into steel I've still got the scars that the sun didn't heal.

--Bob Dylan

pink flower

So many things that we never will undo I know you're sorry, I'm sorry too.

--Bob Dylan


man in black and white striped shirt sitting on brown rock during daytime

Uncle fought in Vietnam and then he fought a war all by himself.

--Bob Dylan

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The real power is in the hands of small groups of people and I don't think they have titles.

--Bob Dylan


blue and white water surface

I don't think I've ever been an agnostic. I've always thought there's a superior power, that this is not the real world and that there's a world to come.

--Bob Dylan

silver round analog wall clock

You five and ten cent women with nothing in your heads, I got a real gal I'm loving and Lord I'll love her 'til I'm dead.

--Bob Dylan

green and white bird on black wire during daytime

Well, it's always been my nature to take chances My right hand drawing back while my left hand advances.

--Bob Dylan

grass field under cloudy sky

I'm the oldest son of a crazy man, I'm in a cowboy band.

--Bob Dylan

white shore under sunny sky

You swore you'd never compromise With the mystery tramp, but now you realise He's not selling any alibis As you stare into the vacuum of his eyes And say, do you want to make a deal How does it feel.

--Bob Dylan

closeup photo of bird beside purple petal flowers

I'm ready to go anywhere, I'm ready for to fade, into my own parade, cast your dancing spell my way.

--Bob Dylan

black and white duck on brown wooden dock during daytime

All that foreign oil controlling American soil.

--Bob Dylan

stars across the sky view at the desert

Got no religion. Tried a bunch of different religions. The churches are divided. Can't make up their minds and neither can I.

--Bob Dylan

multicolored abstract painting

I make my stand and remain as I am, and bid farewell and not give a damn.

--Bob Dylan

man riding on boat on body of water

What looks large from a distance, close up ain't never that big.

--Bob Dylan

low angle photography of green and brown tree

Some things are too terrible to be true.

--Bob Dylan

three person looking stars and milky way

Now all the criminals in their suits and ties are free to drink martinis and watch the sunrise.

--Bob Dylan

gray slabs

Yesterday is just a memory.

--Bob Dylan

black Corona typewriter on brown wood planks

You never turned around to see the frowns on the jugglers and the clowns when they all did tricks for you.

--Bob Dylan

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Tangled Up in Blue," shifts perspective several times during the song to tell a "tangled" version of Bob Dylan's marriage and dissolution.

--Bob Dylan



sunset

They asked me for some collateral and I pulled down my pants.

--Bob Dylan

blue sky with white clouds

And 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.

--Bob Dylan

yellow painted wall

There used to be a time when the idea of heroes was important. People grew up sharing those myths and legends and ideals. Now they grow up sharing McDonalds and Disneyland.

--Bob Dylan

yellow flower in green grass field

The harmonica is the world's best-selling musical instrument. You're welcome.

--Bob Dylan

man in black pants sitting on chair

The executioner's face is always well hidden.

--Bob Dylan

purple and white clouds during night time

Suddenly I found you and the spirit in me sings, Don't have to look no further, You're the soul of many things.

--Bob Dylan

lights

It may look like I'm moving but I'm standing still.

--Bob Dylan

shallow focus photo of white rose

The times they are a-changing.

--Bob Dylan

white and blue ice in water

It's sundown on the union
And what's made in the USA
Sure was a good idea
'Til greed got in the way.

--Bob Dylan

brown wooden board

You have to know that you're the best whether anybody else tells you that or not. And that you'll be around, in one way or another, longer than anybody else. Somewhere inside of you, you have to believe that.

--Bob Dylan

green mountain ]

Loneliness Got a mind of its own The more people around The more you feel alone.

--Bob Dylan

black bird flying on white background

If you want to know how to please a woman, just talk to a neuroscience major from Columbia.

--Bob Dylan

white brick wall

The cards are no good that your are holding unless you're from another world.

--Bob Dylan

man in black tank top standing near tree under starry night

Look, when I started out, mainstream culture was Sinatra, Perry Como, Andy Williams, Sound of Music. There was no fitting into it then and of course, there's no fitting into it now.

--Bob Dylan

lighted candle in dark room

May you always be courageous, stand upright and be strong, may you stay forever young.

--Bob Dylan

brown and gray floral textile

The drunken politician leaps upon the street where mothers weep, and the saviors who are fast asleep, they wait for you.

--Bob Dylan

silhouette of person standing beside bare tree under stary sky

Every brain is civilized, Every nerve is analyzed, Everything is criticized when you are in need.

--Bob Dylan

sunset

The National Bank at profit sells road maps for the soul.

--Bob Dylan


green leafed seedlings on black plastic pots

On the cliffs of your wild cat charms I'm riding.

--Bob Dylan

round black vinyl disc on vinyl player

I think a poet is anybody who wouldn't call himself a poet.

--Bob Dylan


silhouette of a person during sunset

I march in the parade of liberty But as long as I love you I'm not free How long must I suffer such abuse Won't you let me see you smile one time before I turn you loose?

--Bob Dylan

adobe wall

I put one on the turntable and when the needle dropped, I was stunned -- didn't know whether I was stoned or straight.

--Bob Dylan

lion on green grass during golden hour

When Johnson started singing, he seemed like a guy who could have sprung from the head of Zeus in full armor.

--Bob Dylan

person standing on top of mountain

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

--Bob Dylan

black pug puppy lying on gray bed

New York was a city where you could be frozen to death in the midst of a busy street and nobody would notice.

--Bob Dylan

silhouette of kneeling man

I'm mortified to be on the stage, but then again, it's the only place where I'm happy.

--Bob Dylan

yellow flower field near bare trees during daytime

The enemy is subtle, how be it we are so deceived, when truth's in our hearts and we still don't believe.

--Bob Dylan

silhouette of man standing on rock while looking in sky

If I made records for my own pleasure, I would only record Charley Patton songs.

--Bob Dylan


purple textile in close up photography

You just have to keep going to find that thing that lets you in the door. Sometimes in life when that day comes and you're given the key, you throw it away.

--Bob Dylan

man in black shirt on pink background

She had bullets in her eyes and they fired.

--Bob Dylan

person standing on top of mountain

I'm just glad to be feeling better. I really thought I'd be seeing Elvis soon.

--Bob Dylan


low angle photography of purple sky

I am 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.

--Bob Dylan

landscape photo of mountain during nighttime

The woman I love she got a prize fighter nose, cauliflower ears and a run in her hose.

--Bob Dylan

sunset over hill

Take me on a trip upon your magic swirling ship.

--Bob Dylan

man kissing the woman wearing blue polka-dot dress

I saw guns and sharp swords in the hands of young children.

--Bob Dylan

white ceramic mug with coffee on brown wooden table

Act the way you'd like to be and soon you'll be the way you'd like to act.

--Bob Dylan

purple flowers under sunny sky

Well the deputy walks on hard nails and the preacher rides a mount, But nothing really matters much it's doom alone that counts.

--Bob Dylan

body of water surrounded with plants under cloudy sky

Once you think you know the song, then you have go and see how other people have done it.

--Bob Dylan

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Yes, and only if my own true love was waiting
If I could hear his heart softly pounding
Yes, and only if he was lying by me
Would I lie in my bed once again.

--Bob Dylan


selective photography of green leaf plant

I'll be selling tickets for my next tour exclusively through Jonah Lehrer. Make sure to pay cash.

--Bob Dylan

white clouds and blue sky

Because Dickens and Dostoyevsky and Woody Guthrie were telling their stories much better than I ever could, I decided to stick to my own mind.

--Bob Dylan

red strawberry fruit on red surface

What's money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.

--Bob Dylan

selective focus photo of green snake plant

I started writing songs after I heard Hank Williams.

--Bob Dylan

green mountains under blue sky during daytime

The radio makes hideous sounds.

--Bob Dylan

aerial's photo of metropolitan during night time\

Walkin' through the leaves fallin' from the trees, Feelin' like a stranger nobody sees.

--Bob Dylan


black and gray floral textile

When blackness was a virtue and the road was full of mud, I came in from the wilderness, a creature void of form.

--Bob Dylan

desert grassland

Satan will give you a little taste, then he'll move in with rapid speed.

--Bob Dylan

women's black and pink monokini

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

--Bob Dylan

feet in sand

I'm not a playwright.

--Bob Dylan

starry milky way

I didn't come out of a cereal box.

--Bob Dylan

time lapse photography of fire

Witchcraft scum exploiting the dumb turning children into punks and slaves.

--Bob Dylan

black fishes

Music can save people, but it can't in the commercial way it's being used. It's just too much. It's pollution.

--Bob Dylan

leafless tree on body of water during daytime

Remember when you're out there trying to heal the sick, that you must always first forgive them.

--Bob Dylan

red rose

People don't live or die, people just float.

--Bob Dylan


women's black and pink monokini

I met a young man who was wounded in love, I met another man who was wounded in hatred.

--Bob Dylan

women's black and pink monokini

The cavalries charged and the Indians died, oh the country was young with God on its side.

--Bob Dylan

pink and yellow flower painting

If you choose to live outside the law, you must obey the law more stringently than anyone.

--Bob Dylan


worm's eye view photography of pink cheery blossom tree

I never wanted to be a prophet or a saviour. Elvis maybe.

--Bob Dylan

Bryce Canyon National Park Sunrise Point at Utah

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.

--Bob Dylan

yellow flower

The purpose of art is to stop time.

--Bob Dylan

silhouette of person's hands forming heart

I realize I don't do a very good job in keeping up to date, but I try to.

--Bob Dylan

sunset

I believe in you, even though I be outnumbered.

--Bob Dylan

white flowers

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

sunset with rainbow

Some formulas are too complex and I don't want anything to do with them.

--Bob Dylan

shallow focus photography of red flower

You can't do something forever.

--Bob Dylan

pink and blue painted wall

With great lawyers you have discussed lepers and crooks, you've been through all of F. Scott Fitzgerald's books.

--Bob Dylan

white wooden dock on white sand

Adulterers in churches and pornography in the schools, you got gangsters in power and lawbreakers making rules. When you gonna wake up?

--Bob Dylan

litter of dogs fall in line beside wall

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.

--Bob Dylan

person standing on top of mountain

I kissed goodbye the howling beast on the borderline which separated you from me.

--Bob Dylan

brown grass field near gray rocky mountain during daytime

For them that must obey authority That they do not respect in any degree Who despise their jobs, their destinies Speak jealously of them that are free.

--Bob Dylan

seashore during golden hour

I once loved a girl, her skin it was bronze With the innocence of a lamb, she was gentle like a fawn I courted her proudly but now she is gone Gone as the season she's taken.

--Bob Dylan

multicolored heart LED light on wall

You just don't wake up one day and decide that you need to write songs.

--Bob Dylan



landscape photography of road at savannah

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

--Bob Dylan

man in black suit jacket and woman in blue dress kissing during daytime

Don't criticize what you can't understand.

--Bob Dylan

Longer Version:

Don't criticize what you can't understand, your sons and your daughters are beyond your command.


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My father probably thought the capital of the world was wherever he was at the time. It couldn't possibly be anyplace else. Where he and his wife were in their own home, that, for them, was the capital of the world.

--Bob Dylan

green fern plant

God knows there's a heaven.

--Bob Dylan

view of mountaintops with clouds

How many times have you heard someone say If I had his money I'd do things my way Hmm, but little they know Hmm, it's so hard to find One rich man in ten with a satisfied mind.

--Bob Dylan

yellow and black striped background

I can't see my reflection in the waters, I can't speak the sounds that show no pain. I can't hear the echo of my footsteps, or can't remember the sound of my own name.

--Bob Dylan

sunset

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

--Bob Dylan

white and black bird

It's hard to speculate what tomorrow may bring.

--Bob Dylan



green-leafed trees during daytime

Sometimes the silence can be like thunder.

--Bob Dylan


people walking on hallway

Let us not talk falsely now, the hour is getting late.

--Bob Dylan

Arizona landscape rocks

In another lifetime she must have owned the world, or been faithfully wed to some righteous king who wrote psalms beside moonlit streams.

--Bob Dylan


white wooden dock on white sand

You know, the streets are filled with vipers Who've lost all ray of hope You know, it ain't even safe no more In the palace of the Pope.

--Bob Dylan

green ceramic mug on wooden desk

As long as you give my friend Jonah Lehrer a free pizza, I'll write a song about your restaurant.

--Bob Dylan

calm body of water near alp mountains during nighttime

Subterranean Homesick Blues" of Bob Dylan captures, in word-salad format, life in an encroaching police state.

--Bob Dylan

silhouette of person standing beside bare tree under stary sky

For whose sake did you live, for whose sake did you die? Forgive me, baby, for what I didn't do.

--Bob Dylan

yellow flower field under clear sky

Although the masters make the rules for the wise men and the fools, I've got nothing, Ma, to live up to.

--Bob Dylan

yellow and white color illustration

We don't see the people that vice destroys. We just see the glamour of it -- everywhere we look, from billboard signs to movies, to newspapers, to magazines. We see the destruction of human life.

--Bob Dylan

landscape photography of mountain

Gold will never free your father, the price, my dear, is you instead.

--Bob Dylan

white and purple flower in macro shot

Without freedom of speech, I might be in the swamp.

--Bob Dylan

woman in blue denim jacket and black pants standing beside train

Sometimes I wonder what it's gonna take to find dignity.

--Bob Dylan

photography of white wall lot

I wanna say hello to all the ex-hippies tonight. I've never been a hippie myself but I'm an honorary hippie.

--Bob Dylan

white flowers

Stay free of petty jealousies, live by no man's code, and hold your judgment for yourself, lest you wind up on this road.

--Bob Dylan

pavement surrounded with dried leaves

My big fear was that my guitar would go out of tune.

--Bob Dylan

person on road at sunset

I change during the course of a day. I wake and I'm one person, and when I go to sleep I know for certain I'm somebody else.

--Bob Dylan

grayscale photography of elephant

I hurt easy, I just don't show it. You can hurt someone and not even know it.

--Bob Dylan

bird in the sky

Watch waterfalls of pity roar, you feel to moan but unlike before, you discover that you'd just be one more person crying.

--Bob Dylan

brown and gray floral textile

I have tried my hand at bribery, blackmail, and deceit. And I've served time for everything, cept beggin on the street.

--Bob Dylan


blue and white abstract painting

Passion is a young man's game. Young people can be passionate. Older people gotta be more wise.

--Bob Dylan

Longer Version:

Passion is a young man's game. Young people can be passionate. Older people gotta be more wise. I mean, you're around awhile, you leave certain things to the young. Don't try to act like you're young. You could really hurt yourself.


person wearing red running shoe

Shedding off one more layer of skin, Keeping one step ahead of the persecutor within.

--Bob Dylan



tilt shift lens pink fetal flowers

I have dined with kings, I've been offered wings. And I've never been too impressed.

--Bob Dylan

mixed paints in a plate

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

--Bob Dylan


grayscale photography of pug

One was Texas medicine, the other was just railroad gin, and like a fool I mixed them.

--Bob Dylan

sunset

Done so many evil things in the name of love, it's a crying shame. I never did see no fire that could put out a flame.

--Bob Dylan


brown sand under blue sky during daytime

When you got nothing, you got nothin' to lose You're invisible now, you got no secrets to conceal.

--Bob Dylan

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Sometimes the things that you liked the best and that have meant the most to you are the things that meant nothing at all to you when you first heard or saw them.

--Bob Dylan

selective focus photo of iceberg on large body of water at winter

On the stone that remains carved next to his name, his epitaph plain, only a pawn in their game.

--Bob Dylan

green plants with white background

Ah, but I was so much older then
I'm younger than that now.

--Bob Dylan

selective focus photography of stones on sand

Money doesn't talk, it swears.

--Bob Dylan

landscape photography of trees

You've got to lose your passion for dumbness.

--Bob Dylan

sunset

If you don't underestimate me, I won't underestimate you.

--Bob Dylan

blue sky with white clouds

In the fury of the moment I can see the Master's hand In every leaf that trembles, in every grain of sand.

--Bob Dylan

lightning strike at night

I can be jubilant one moment and pensive the next, and a cloud could go by and make that happen.

--Bob Dylan



silhouette of mountains during starry night

Life is sad, life is a bust, all you can do is do what you must.

--Bob Dylan


silhouette of a person during sunset

What was the future? The future was a solid wall, not promising, not threatening -- all bunk. No guarantees of anything, not even the guarantee that life isn't one big joke.

--Bob Dylan

close-up photo of two men shaking hands near beach at sunset

My songs always sound a lot better in person than they do on the record.

--Bob Dylan

time lapse photography of fire

The highlight of my career? That's easy, Elvis recording one of my songs.

--Bob Dylan

green trees in between gray concrete road

I'll remember you. When I've forgotten all the rest.You to me were true. You to me were the best.

--Bob Dylan

green trees

All I've got is a red guitar, three chords and the truth.

--Bob Dylan

yellow and white painted wall

Everybody has their own idea of what's a poet. Robert Frost, President Johnson, T.S.Eliot, Rudolf Valentino -- they're all poets. I like to think of myself as the one who carries the light bulb.

--Bob Dylan

Bryce Canyon National Park Sunrise Point at Utah

I'm not going to read any of these magazines. I mean, because they've just got too much to lose by printing the truth. You know that.

--Bob Dylan

palm trees covered with fog

How many times can a man turn his head, and pretend that he just doesn't see?

--Bob Dylan

dirt road to sunset

Everything in New Orleans is a good idea.

--Bob Dylan

Longer Version:

Everything in New Orleans is a good idea. Bijou temple-type cottages and lyric cathedrals side by side. Houses and mansions, structures of wild grace. Italianate, Gothic, Romanesque, Greek Revival standing in a long line in the rain. Roman Catholic art. Sweeping front porches, turrets, cast-iron balconies, colonnades- 30-foot columns, gloriously beautiful- double pitched roofs, all the architecture of the whole wide world and it doesn't move.


body of water during daytime

Mothers tell your children not to do the things I have done, to spend my life in sin and misery in the House of the Rising Sun.

--Bob Dylan

A white stripe pattern made up of concrete facade ribs

Every man's conscience is vile and depraved You cannot depend on it to be your guide when it's you who must keep it satisfied.

--Bob Dylan


three women sitting on rock near body of water

To live outside the law, you must be honest.

--Bob Dylan


photo of underwater

How many times must a man look up, before he can see the sky?

--Bob Dylan

Longer Version:

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.


woman standing on beachfront

I like spiritual songs. They struck me as truthful and serious. They brought me down to earth and they lifted me up all in the same moment.

--Bob Dylan

A stack of thick folders on a white surface

I'm sick of giving creeps money off my soul.

--Bob Dylan

shallow depth of field photography of sunflower

I fought with my twin, the enemy within.

--Bob Dylan

2 people riding on boat during sunset

When I first heard Elvis' voice, I knew that I wasn't going to work for anybody ... hearing him for the first time was like busting out of jail.

--Bob Dylan

person on road at sunset

As he weeps to wicked birds of prey, who pick up on his bread crumb sins, and there are no sins inside the Gates of Eden.

--Bob Dylan

sunset

Your eyes are like two jewels in the sky.

--Bob Dylan

silhouette of stones during golden hour

And if anybody asks me is it easy to forget I'll say it is easily done, you just pick anyone, and pretend that you never have met.

--Bob Dylan

person on road at sunset

Shakespeare, he's in the alley with his pointed shoes and his bells, speaking to some French girl who says she knows me well.

--Bob Dylan

brown pathway between green plants

Forget the dead you've left, they will not follow you.

--Bob Dylan

silhouette of trees near body of water during sunset

Stop all this weeping, swallow your pride You will not die, its not poison -Tombstone Blues.

--Bob Dylan


yellow sunflower in bloom during daytime

I was born very far from where I'm supposed to be, and so I'm on my way home.

--Bob Dylan



long exposure photography of lights

They say that patriotism is the last refuge to which a scoundrel clings steal a little and they throw you in jail. Steal a lot and then they make you king.

--Bob Dylan



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Wasn't making any great connection

Wasn't falling for any intricate scheme

Nothing that would pass inspection

Just thinking of a series of dreams.

--Bob Dylan

body of water under blue sky with stars

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.

--Bob Dylan

person standing on rock beside body of water between green trees

The future for me is already a thing of the past -
You were my first love and you will be my last.

--Bob Dylan

person holding yellow petaled flower

I was down in the sewer with some little lover.

--Bob Dylan

rocks on sea side at daytime

We all like motorcycles to some degree.

--Bob Dylan


purple lavender flower

I always thought the best kind of sunglasses are the motorcycle helmets with the black plastic masks on them. That way, nobody can recognize the back of your head either.

--Bob Dylan

blue sky with stars during night time

To preach of peace and brotherhood, oh what might be the cost? A man he did it long ago, and they hung him on a cross.

--Bob Dylan

sunset

I don't have the kinds of relationships that are built on any kind of false pretense, not to say that I haven't. I've had just as many as anybody else, but I haven't had them in a long time.

--Bob Dylan

golden retriever inside car

You been down to the bottom with a bad man, babe But you're back were you belong.

--Bob Dylan

orange smoke on blue background

Doesn't expecting the unexpected make the unexpected expected?

--Bob Dylan


man smiling while facing other person

Don't forget to support your public library.

--Bob Dylan


round black vinyl disc on vinyl player

Behind every beautiful thing, there's some kind of pain.

--Bob Dylan

Milky way in nature photography

All the money you make will never buy back your soul.

--Bob Dylan

sunset

The truth is far from you, so you know you got to lie. Then you're all the time defending what you can never justify.

--Bob Dylan

white stars in the sky during night time

Seven shots ring out like the ocean's pounding roar, there's seven people dead on a South Dakota farm.

--Bob Dylan

high-angle photography of beach side

Don't want to wink at nobody, don't want to be winked at Don't want to be used by nobody for a doormat Don't want to confuse nobody, don't want to be confused Don't want to amuse nobody, don't want to be amused.

--Bob Dylan


grayscale photography of pug

Steal a little and they'll put you in jail, steal a lot and they'll make you king.

--Bob Dylan

photo of pine trees

Your mind is a your temple, keep it beautiful and free. Don't let an egg get laid in it by something you can't see.

--Bob Dylan

landscape photo of mountain during nighttime

The man in the coon skin cap in the pig pen wants eleven dollar bills, you've only got ten.

--Bob Dylan


man in orange jacket and black pants doing snow ski during daytime

Ironically, this was Bob Dylan's period 1967-74 of greatest fame.

--Bob Dylan

woman wearing black top standing near yellow wall

I don't think the human mind can comprehend the past and the future. They are both just illusions that can manipulate you into thinking there's some kind of change.

--Bob Dylan


yellow flower field near bare trees during daytime

Well the book of Leviticus and Deuteronomy, the law of the jungle and the sea are your only teachers.

--Bob Dylan


aerial photography of mountain range covered with snow under white and blue sky at daytime

I feel like falling in love with the first woman I meet, putting her in a wheel-barrow and wheeling her down the street.

--Bob Dylan


three person looking stars and milky way

Johnny's in the basement Mixing up the medicine I'm on the pavement Thinking 'bout the government.

--Bob Dylan

Arizona landscape

The hollow horn plays wasted words, proves to warn that he not busy being born is busy dying.

--Bob Dylan

man standing outdoors

I gotta friend who spends his life, stabbing my picture with a bowie knife. Dreams of strangling me with a scarf, when my name comes up he pretends to barf.

--Bob Dylan

blue, yellow, and brown wall decor

Proud to steal her anything she sees, but you will wind up peeking through her key hole down upon your knees.

--Bob Dylan

white wooden dock on white sand

If you're looking to get silly, you better go back to from where you came. because the cops don't need you and man they expect the same.

--Bob Dylan

mountains under white mist at daytime

There's no liquor in the land that can stop your brain from bleedin.

--Bob Dylan

gray cactus plant on white pot

You hurt the ones that I love best and cover up the truth with lies. One day you'll be in the ditch, flies buzzin' around your eyes.

--Bob Dylan

water color palette on white surface

She's got everything she needs; she's an artist, she don't look back.

--Bob Dylan

white wall paint with white wall paint

Advertising signs: they con you into thinking you're the one That can do what's never been done That can win what's never been won Meantime life outside goes on all around you.

--Bob Dylan

woman on seashore near island under blue sky

Everything from toy guns that spark
To flesh-colored Christs that glow in the dark
It's easy to see without looking too far
That not much is really sacred.

--Bob Dylan

person standing on rock beside body of water between green trees

I wish that for just one time you could stand inside my shoes. You'd know what a drag it is to see you.

--Bob Dylan

photo of mountains

Just a reminder, if you tell anyone about what happened with Jonah last night, I'll destroy all of my writing and never play music again.

--Bob Dylan

assorted books on wooden table

Having these colossal accolades and titles, they get in the way.

--Bob Dylan


feet in sand

Play it fuckin' loud!

--Bob Dylan

white concrete wall during daytime

You say you're looking for someone who'll pick you up each time you fall, to gather flowers constantly and to come each time you call, a lover your life and nothing more. But it ain't me, babe.

--Bob Dylan

sunset

You were born with a snake in both of your fists while a hurricane was blowing.

--Bob Dylan



white and blue building under clear sky

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.

--Bob Dylan

silver round analog wall clock

Bob Dylan was again an entirely new person -- this time old, craggy, cynical, and world-weary, as in "Not Dark Yet."

--Bob Dylan

pink petaled flowers under trees at daytime

If you don't believe there's a price for this sweet paradise, just remind me to show you the scars.

--Bob Dylan

person in black shoes standing on gray concrete floor

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.

--Bob Dylan


woman standing on forest

At times in my life the only place I have been happy is when I am on stage.

--Bob Dylan

dirt road to sunset

Too much information about nothing.

--Bob Dylan

rock formation in body of water

I really don't like to hurt myself. I have a good understanding with all the women who have been in my life, whether I see them occasionally or not.

--Bob Dylan

brown desert under sunny sky

Now, each of us has his own special gift And you know this was meant to be true. And if you don't underestimate me I won't underestimate you.

--Bob Dylan


selective focus photography of sunflower

I don't write the songs; I just write 'em down.

--Bob Dylan

foggy mountain summit

Couldn't help but make me feel ashamed to live in a land where justice is a game.

--Bob Dylan

aerial's photo of metropolitan during night time\

If I wasn't Bob Dylan, I'd probably think that Bob Dylan has a lot of answers myself.

--Bob Dylan

gray concrete surface

He hands you a nickel, he hands you a dime. He asks you with a grin, if you're having a good time.

--Bob Dylan

high-angle photography of beach side

Princess on the steeple and all the pretty people, they're drinking, thinking that they got it made. Exchanging all kinds of precious gifts and things, but you'd better lift your diamond ring, you'd better pawn it, babe.

--Bob Dylan

selective focus photography of pink petaled flower

I saw ten thousand talkers whose tongues were all broken,
I saw guns and sharp swords in the hands of young children,
And it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard,
It's a hard rain's a-gonna fall.

--Bob Dylan



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