Bob Marley Quotes on Life, Love, and Happiness


“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?” – Interview (1979) with Dylan Taite in Aotearoa, New Zealand.


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


“What important is man should live in righteousness, in natural love for mankind.” —Interview by Karl Dallas, Rock’s Backpages Audio, July 1975


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


“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.” —As quoted in Rolling Stone’s The Immortals (2004) Bob


“Some people feel the rain, others just get wet.”


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


“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.”


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


“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.”


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


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


“It is better to live on the house top than to live in a house full of confusion.” —Running Away, from the album Kaya


“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.” —Redemption Song, from the album Uprising (1979)


“Don’t worry about a thing, ‘Cos every little thing is gonna be alright.” —Three Little Birds, from the album Exodus (1977)


“Beginnings are usually scary, and endings are usually sad, but its everything in between that makes it all worth living.”


“And what has been hidden from the wise and the prudent been revealed in the mouth of the toddlers” –Forever Loving Jah, from the album Uprising (1980)


“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.”


“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.”


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


“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.”


“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.”


“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.”


“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.” —Get Up, Stand Up (cowritten with Peter Tosh), from the album Burnin’ (1973)


“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.”


“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.”


“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.”


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