Bob Marley Quotes On Love, Life, And Happiness

When you think of Bob Marley, what comes to mind? Is it his reggae music? His Rastafarianism? His political activism? Or is it his laid-back, easygoing persona? These quotes by Bob Marley will give you a better insight into the man behind the legend.

Bob Marley – Musician

Bob Marley was a Jamaican singer-songwriter and musician who was born on February 6, 1945. He is considered one of the most influential musicians of all time. Considered to be a pioneer of reggae music, Marley’s musical career was marked by fusing elements of reggae, ska, and rocksteady, as well as his distinctive vocal and songwriting style.

Although he had a relatively short musical career (he died of cancer at the age of 36), Bob Marley remains one of the most popular and best-selling artists of all time, and his legacy includes hot songs such as “No Woman, No Cry“, “One Love”, and “I Shot the Sheriff”.

In addition to his musical talents, Marley was also a committed Rastafarian and social activist. His music has often been used to promote messages of peace and love.

These quotes by Bob Marley will inspire you to live your life to the fullest:

Best Bob Marley Quotes

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


The day you stop racing is the day you win.

– Bob Marley

The day you stop racing is the day you win. - Bob Marley


Have no fear for atomic energy, ’cause none of them can stop the time.

– Bob Marley


Some people say great God come from the sky, 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


In the abundance of water, a fool is thirsty.

– Bob Marley

In the abundance of water, a fool is thirsty. - Bob Marley


It is better to live on the housetop than to live in a house full of confusion.

– Bob Marley

It is better to live on the housetop than to live in a house full of confusion. - Bob Marley


The harder the battle, the sweet of Jah victory.

– Bob Marley

The harder the battle, the sweet of Jah victory. - Bob Marley


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


The biggest coward is a man who awakens a woman’s love with no intention of loving her.

– Bob Marley


Free speech carries with it some freedom to listen.

– Bob Marley

Free speech carries with it some freedom to listen. - Bob Marley


Road of life is rocky, and you may stumble too, so while you talk about me, someone else is judging you.

– Bob Marley

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


Some will hate you pretend they love you now then behind they try to eliminate you.

– Bob Marley


I no have education. I have inspiration. If I was educated I would be a damn fool.

– Bob Marley


A hungry mob is an angry mob.

– Bob Marley


Just because you are happy, it does not mean that the day is perfect but that you have looked beyond its imperfections.

– Bob Marley


I don’t stand for white or black.

– Bob Marley


Bob Marley Inspirational Quotes

Truth is the light, so you never give up the fight.

– Bob Marley


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


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


The good times of today are the sad thoughts of tomorrow.

– Bob Marley

The good times of today are the sad thoughts of tomorrow. - Bob Marley


Man is a universe within himself.

– Bob Marley

Man is a universe within himself. - Bob Marley


She may not be the most popular or prettiest, but if you love her, and she makes you smile, what else matters?

– Bob Marley


None but ourselves can free our minds.

– Bob Marley


Overcome the devils with a thing called love.

– Bob Marley


Love the life you live. Live the life you love.

– Bob Marley

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Though the road’s been rocky, it sure feels good to me.

– Bob Marley

Though the road’s been rocky, it sure feels good to me. - Bob Marley


The devil ain’t got no power over me. The devil come, and me shake hands with the devil. Devil have his part to play. Devil’s a good friend, too… because when you don’t know him, that’s the time he can mosh you down.

– Bob Marley


Coming in from the Cold, from the album Confrontation

– Bob Marley


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


Don’t trust people whose feelings change with time. Trust people whose feelings remain the same, even when the time changes.

– Bob Marley


Don’t bury your thoughts; put your vision to reality.

– Bob Marley

Don’t bury your thoughts; put your vision to reality. - Bob Marley


Don’t give up the fight. Stand up for your rights.

– Bob Marley

Don’t give up the fight. Stand up for your rights. - Bob Marley


Inspirational Bob Marley Quotes

Until the philosophy which hold one race superior / And another / Inferior / Is finally / And permanently / Discredited / And abandoned / -Everywhere is war – / Me say war.

– Bob Marley


If you get down and quarrel everyday, you’re saying prayers to the devil, I say.

– Bob Marley


Until the end of the world, all whys will be answered, but now, you can only ask!

– Bob Marley


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


Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery; no one but ourselves can free our minds.

– Bob Marley


The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires. It is in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.

– Bob Marley


When the root is strong, the fruit is sweet.

– Bob Marley

When the root is strong, the fruit is sweet. - Bob Marley


And what has been hidden from the wise and the prudent been revealed in the mouth of the toddler.

– Bob Marley


Open your eyes… are you satisfied?

– Bob Marley


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


Cowards awaken a woman’s love without loving her in return.

– Bob Marley


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

– Bob Marley


Hey, mister music, sure sounds good to me. I can’t refuse it what to be got to be.

– Bob Marley


If something can corrupt you, you’re corrupted already.

– Bob Marley


If I was educated I would be a damn fool.

– Bob Marley


You can’t find the right roads when the streets are paved.

– Bob Marley


Bob Marley Quotes about Life

Don’t worry about a thing ’cause every little thing gonna be alright.

– Bob Marley


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. He isn’t going to quote poetry, he’s not thinking about you every moment, but he will give you a part of him that he knows you could break. Don’t hurt him, don’t change him, and don’t expect for more than he can give. Don’t analyze. Smile when he makes you happy, yell when he makes you mad, and miss him when he’s not there. Love hard when there is love to be had. Because perfect guys don’t exist, but there’s always one guy that is perfect for you.

– Bob Marley


My future is righteousness.

– Bob Marley


Don’t complicate your mind.

– Bob Marley

Don’t complicate your mind. - Bob Marley


The people who were trying to make this world worse are not taking the day off. Why should I?

– Bob Marley


Your life is worth much more than gold.

– Bob Marley


Judge not, before you judge yourself. Judge not, if you’re not ready for judgment.

– Bob Marley


Emancipate yourself from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our mind. Have no fear for atomic energy, ’cause none of them can stop the time.

– Bob Marley


What important is man should live in righteousness, in natural love for mankind.

– Bob Marley


My feet is my only carriage.

– Bob Marley


It take many a year, mon, and maybe some bloodshed must be, but righteousness someday prevail.

– Bob Marley


One love, one heart. Let’s get together and feel all right.

– Bob Marley


Everything is political. I will never be a politician or even think political. Me just deal with life and nature. That is the greatest thing to me.

– Bob Marley


Money is numbers, and numbers never end. If it takes money to be happy, your search for happiness will never end.

– Bob Marley

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


I have a BMW. But only because BMW stands for Bob Marley and The Wailers, and not because I need an expensive car.

– Bob Marley


Money can’t buy life.

– Bob Marley


Bob Marley Peace Quotes

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


When one door is closed, many more is open.

– Bob Marley

When one door is closed, many more is open. - Bob Marley


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!

– Bob Marley

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Every man gotta right to decide his own destiny.

– Bob Marley


Me don’t dip on nobody’s side. Me don’t dip on the black man’s side, not the white man’s side. Me dip on God’s side, the one who create me and cause me to come from black and white.

– Bob Marley


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


If you can love the wrong person that much, imagine how much you can love the right one.

– Bob Marley


You can fool some people some times but you cant fool all the people all the time.

– Bob Marley


And no matter what game they play, we got something they can never take away.

– Bob Marley

And no matter what game they play, we got something they can never take away. - Bob Marley


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


Every time I plant a seed, He say kill it before it grow, he say kill it before they grow.

– Bob Marley


Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet.

– Bob Marley

Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet. - Bob Marley


Don’t gain the world and lose your soul. Wisdom is better than silver and gold.

– Bob Marley


So before you point your fingers make sure your hands are clean.

– Bob Marley


Love would never leave us alone.

– Bob Marley


One love, one heart, one destiny.

– Bob Marley


Bob Marley’s Quotes

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 make no difference where me born, because there is Babylon everywhere.

– Bob Marley


I don’t believe in death, neither in flesh nor in spirit.

– Bob Marley


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


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


When the race gets hard to run. It means you just can’t take the peace.

– Bob Marley


Only once in your life, I truly believe, you find someone who can completely turn your world around. You tell them things that you’ve never shared with another soul, and they absorb everything you say and actually want to hear more. You share hopes for the future. Dreams that will never come true. Goals that were never achieved. And many disappointments that 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. They are not embarrassed to cry with you when you are hurting or laugh with you when you make a fool of yourself. Never do they hurt your feelings or make you feel like you are not good enough. Rather, they build you up and show you the things about yourself that make you special and even beautiful. 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. The things that seem insignificant to most people–like a note, song, or walk–become invaluable treasures. They are kept safe in your heart to cherish forever. Memories of your childhood come back and are so clear and vivid; it’s like being young again. Colors seem brighter and more brilliant. Laughter seems part of daily life where before it was infrequent or didn’t exist at all. A phone call or two during the day helps get you through a long day’s work and always brings a smile to your face. In their presence, there’s no need for continuous conversation, but you find you’re quite content in just having them nearby. 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. You open your heart knowing that there’s a chance it may be broken one day. And in opening your hear, you experience a love and joy that you never dreamed possible. You find that being vulnerable is the only way to allow your heart to feel true pleasure that’s so real it scares you. You find strength in knowing you have a true friend and possibly a soul mate who will remain loyal to the end. 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


Better to die fighting for freedom than be a prisoner all the days of your life.

– Bob Marley

Better to die fighting for freedom than be a prisoner all the days of your life. - Bob Marley


If puss and dog can get together, why can’t we love one another?

– Bob Marley


We Jah people can make it work.

– Bob Marley


I’ve been here before and will come again, but I’m not going this trip through.

– Bob Marley


Overcome the devils with love.

– Bob Marley


Keep calm and chive on.

– Bob Marley


There will never be no love at all.

– Bob Marley


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


Me is a common sense man. That mean when me explain things, me explain it in a very simple way; that mean if I explain it to a baby, the baby will understand too, you know.

– Bob Marley


You have to be someone.

– Bob Marley


Life Quotes by Bob Marley

Two thousand years of history Black History could not be wiped away so easily.

– Bob Marley


All dese governments and dis this and that, these people that say they’re here to help, why them say you cannot smoke the herb? Herb… herb is a plant, you know? And when me check it, me can’t find no reason. All them say is, ‘it make you rebel’. Against what?

– Bob Marley


Tell the children the truth.

– Bob Marley


In this bright future, you can’t forget your past.

– Bob Marley

In this bright future, you can’t forget your past. - Bob Marley


Live for yourself, and you will live in vain. Live for others, and you will live again.

– Bob Marley


Prayers to the devil.

– Bob Marley


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


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

– Bob Marley


Don’t analyze. Smile when he makes you happy, yell when he makes you mad, and miss him when he’s not there. Love hard when there is love to be had. Because perfect guys don’t exist, but there’s always one guy that is perfect for you.

– Bob Marley


Every day the bucket a-go a well, one day the bottom a-go drop out.

– Bob Marley


Put your vision to reality.

– Bob Marley


Conquer the devils with a little thing called love.

– Bob Marley


Alcohol make you drunk, man. It don’t make you meditate, it just make you drunk. Herb is more a consciousness.

– Bob Marley


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


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


Rastafari not a culture; it’s a reality.

– Bob Marley


Quotes from Bob Marley about Life

I know that I’m not perfect and that I don’t claim to be. So before you point your fingers, make sure your hands are clean.

– Bob Marley


Who are you to judge the life I live? I am not perfect, and I don’t have to be! Before you start pointing fingers, make sure your hands are clean.

– Bob Marley


I don’t know how to live good. I only know how to suffer.

– Bob Marley


They say: only the fittest of the fittest shall survive, stay alive!

– Bob Marley


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. … Truth is, everybody is going to hurt you; you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for.

– Bob Marley


Beginnings are usually scary, and endings are usually sad, but it’s everything in between that makes it all worth living.

– Bob Marley


I don’t stand for black man’s side; I don’t stand for white man’s side; I stand for God’s side.

– Bob Marley


You just can’t live in that negative way….. make way for the positive day.

– Bob Marley


My music fights against the system that teaches to live and die.

– Bob Marley

My music fights against the system that teaches to live and die. - Bob Marley


You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.

– Bob Marley



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