Bob Marley was a famous singer, songwriter, guitarist and musician all rolled into one.
His music was soulful, motivational and encouraged people to think beyond this world. His songs spoke about social change; at the same time they also made people forget their troubles and dance.
Bob Marley introduced Jamaican reggae music to the world. Each of his song is a masterpiece and his quotes are taken from his songs. He was philosophical and spiritual by nature.
He wrote thought provoking songs straight from his heart. His music and his voice are omnipresent.
Though he never won a Grammy award in his lifetime he was posthumously awarded in 2001. Bob Marley lives in the minds and hearts of people till today and his spirit will live on forever through his music.
Below we’ve put together 24 of the best Bob Marley quotes and sayings.
None but ourselves can free the mind. ~ Bob Marley
Mind is a complex machine. It runs wild and makes you its slave. A victim or it is unable to break the shackles and gain freedom. It is here that meditation comes to your rescue. It helps you to free the mind and live in the present. Music gives you peace of mind. It can help you to be free from worldly sufferings. There is no method to free the mind from outside. You’ve to do it from within you. You’re the master of your destiny.
Every man gotta right to decide his own destiny. ~ Bob Marley
You’ve the right and freedom to live the way you want. Nobody can force you to follow a path that you feel is not good for you. Freedom is synonymous to liberty and choice. Rise above petty issues to achieve what you set out to do. Don’t get disappointed by negative talk. Keep your mind positive and unmindful of what others say, pursue your dream. You’re sure to succeed. Remember ‘where there is a will there is a way’.
Money can’t buy life. ~ Bob Marley
There is a price for everything in this world except your life. Its precious and once you’ve lost it you cannot buy it back. So take good care of your life and see to it that you’re able to achieve what you set out to do. Life is too valuable to be squandered by being idle and lazy. Wake up from slumber and fight for your rights. Set goals and keep at it to reach your goals. Soon you’ll hear the grand music from the Universe.
In this bright future you can’t forget your past. ~ Bob Marley
Success is like an aphrodisiac. It is so potent that it makes you forget your past. It is then that you lose your way and become directionless. Always remember that you strive and struggled and finally achieve what you set out to do. Gratitude keeps you humble and grounded. Not forgetting your past will help to accelerate forward. The glitz and glamour of fame and success shouldn’t diminish the memory of the grueling and trying times you went through to stand tall today.
Don’t gain the world and lose your soul; wisdom is better than silver or gold. ~ Bob Marley
In the hot pursuit for success we compromise on principles, ethics and values. Such a success has no meaning in life. Buying jewelry and amassing wealth will still make you poor if you don’t have the strength of character. Money and material comforts offer temporary relief; it is your conviction, beliefs and philosophies that’ll help you to achieve fulfillment in life. The beauty of life lies in enjoying everything to an extent, bit by bit.
When one door is closed, don’t you know, another is open. ~ Bob Marley
This is an oft repeated quote that all of us have heard from time to time. Opportunities knock on our door all the time. Only we need to keep our eyes and ears open and listen carefully. Nature showers us with abundance of wealth and prosperity. If you’re tuned to nature you’ll realize them. Be positive and remember that a small failure is only a stepping stone to success. Explore your options and choose wisely. Do what you’re good at and leave the rest to destiny. You’re sure to achieve success.
My future is righteousness. ~ Bob Marley
You know that one man’s meat is another man’s poison? What may suit you may not suit another person. Trying to achieve success we step on many toes and hurt many people. We’re unmindful of the harm that we caused to people around us. Under such circumstances it is better to choose the right path i.e path of spirituality. Where you’re one with God and you take a balanced and neutral view to other’s sufferings and try to help them get out of it. Righteousness is the way to achieve total mental liberation and spiritual oneness with the Almighty.
Tell the children the truth. ~ Bob Marley
Kids of today are the citizens of tomorrow. So it’s imperative that they learn about the facts of life. Once you know history you’ll be able to judge others actions better. Why certain things happen in our life can be gauged by knowing the truth. Lying to kids will make them learn wrong things at an impressionable age. This may lead to negative impact on life. Always speak the truth in a positive way so that children are able to appreciate what they have.
You have to be someone. ~ Bob Marley
Nothing succeeds like success does. If you’re rich, famous and successful then people listen to you. However right you maybe if you don’t have power in your hands you cannot do anything to anyone. It’s important to be someone in this world to make yourself heard. That is why famous people’s words are given more weight age than a nobody. In today’s world a celebrity can get things done easily with just one Tweet. Be ambitious to become someone so that your voice can also be heard.
When you smoke the herb, it reveals you to yourself. ~ Bob Marley
Marijuana and weed smoking has become common in today’s world. Every teenager is smoking; some for kicks and others to relieve stress. But when you smoke herb you realize your true worth and accomplishments. It shows a mirror to the real you and makes you understand who you’re. This can help you to boost self confidence and raise the bar of ambition in your life. What starts as a casual smoke becomes serious once you get addicted to it. The same herb has the ability to ruin your life.
I no have education. I have inspiration. If I was educated, I would be a damn fool. ~Bob Marley
Some of the most successful people in this world have no formal education. The lessons life teaches you are good enough to get educated. When you’ve formal education you feel you’re a master in your field and your mind is closed to innovation. An uneducated person only relies on his intuition to make decisions. That helps him to move above in life and become successful. You need to have an element of adventure in life for it. Only a person with minimal formal education can do.
If you get down and quarrel everyday, you’re saying prayers to the devil, I say. ~ Bob Marley
Anger management is a must for everyone. It is a waste of energy to fight and get upset. Nothing can be achieved through arguments and fights. Instead of looking at the negative side it’s better to solve issues through peace and patience. It is believed that anger fuels the Devil where as peace dwells in Angels. Instead of praying to the Devil, it is better to get rid of anger and welcome peace and love into your world. Meditation can help you to achieve just that.
If something can corrupt you, you’re corrupted already. ~ Bob Marley
Corruption of the mind is more important than monetary corruption. It shows the weakness of mind and that you can be easily tempted and swayed by worldly pleasures. A tough person who doesn’t get corrupted by worldly pleasures reaches a higher plane of consciousness where nothing affects him. It is here that you realize the true value of life, love and truth. With this realization you understand the true spirit.
I don’t believe in death, neither in flesh nor in spirit. ~ Bob Marley
Where there is birth, there is death. This is the reality of life. It is your physical body that decays and dies. Whereas your soul lives on and takes a different body to continue the process. Just as you throw away an old shirt and wear a new one, your soul also leaves an old body( death) and moves into another. A pure soul reflects, analyzes and gives love freely to others and lives forever even after the body dies.
I don’t know how to live good. I only know how to suffer. ~ Bob Marley
Achievement and success are not easy to attain. Just as the metal gold goes through fire to get bent and designed into attractive jewelry a person goes through several stages of suffering before becoming famous and well known. Success happens only after suffering. The pearls of wisdom and the gems of words pour out of the heart after pain and anguish. String these pearls on your experiences to realize that there is nothing called suffering. It’s all in your mind.
Stand up for your rights. Get up, stand up, Don’t give up the fight. ~ Bob Marley
Man is evolved from animals and so the inborn fighting spirit makes him dominate others to become the leader of this world. In this pursuit he hurts people around him and makes them slaves. Instead of giving up, you need to stand for your rights to enjoy equality in this world. Love and universal brotherhood is the only way to attain peace and equality in this world. Hope is the only way to move forward. Don’t give up on it.
Man is a universe within himself. ~ Bob Marley
We all live in our minds. Success and failure exist in our minds. Our world exists within us. The beauty of life and the world around us is a manifestation of how we see it. If we see it through tinted glasses then it looks blurred. So always look at things from a positive angle. That’ll help you to be cheerful and happy. Happiness, sad, joy and sorrow exist inside you. Let it not affect the way you live. Rise above all these and learn to be happy in life. You’ve the power within you.
My music fights against the system that teaches to live and die. ~ Bob Marley
Music has no language, race or religion. It is a truth unto itself. The poignant music is like prayer to the soul. It removes obstacles and transcends the barrier of this world. Music lives on forever. It is immortal. It can lift your spirits, give you relief from illness and can also remove the silence from your life. Music helps to fill the void that is caused by the chaos of noise. A mood up lifter that helps you to strike a balance between both sides of the brain. Music has a stunning amount of power over all of us.
One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain. ~Bob Marley
Music is a universal language that can make you calm and serene. Even sad music can help you to relax. It reduces anxiety and uplifts your mood. People who’re suffering from pain and aches feel numb when they listen to music. As a musician he could sing for hours together and still not feel tired at all. Music acts like an aphrodisiac numbing you from aches and pains. Music also helps to concentrate and do cognitive tasks with ease. The strings of the guitar when strummed, pulls at your heart strings helping you enjoy the music and forget all your worries.
The good times of today, are the sad thoughts of tomorrow. ~Bob Marley
Nothing lasts in this world. Whether it is happiness or sorrow everything is momentary. What makes you happy today can make you sad tomorrow. Always when you look back you try to think about the best times you’ve had. Since the future is unknown fear of it is natural. If you’re positive and confident then nothing can make you sad. People have the ability to hurt you. See to it that you’re friendly and peace loving. Control your anger and have patience. Nothing can affect you that way.
Open your eyes look within. Are you satisfied with the life you’re living? ~Bob Marley
All of us stretch from time to time to see how far we can go. Introspection is good for you to move ahead in life. From time to time you need to look within you to outperform yourself. You’re your own competition. There is no limit for your wants. You need to know how much you’re capable of harnessing from this Universe. Life is all about living it in peace, happiness and contentment. Once you live life to the fullest, satisfaction comes automatically to you.
Bob Marley isn’t my name. I don’t even know my name yet. ~Bob Marley
When we’re born our parents give us a name. That sticks with us till we die. But are we what our name signifies? Is there a necessity to get branded? We live with a name that has been given to us at birth. But is that your real name? If we believe that we’re born in this world with a purpose then what is your purpose? Why are you here? Is there a higher sense of consciousness that is guiding you? There are innumerable unanswered questions and this quote means that we don’t have any identity. Or do we?
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
Why it is that Mother Theresa has achieved sainthood? Why do we look up to Nelson Mandela? These are some of the greatest greats who lived for the sake of others. They weren’t rich yet they gave their life for the world. Such is the greatness of people who spread peace, love and oneness. They looked at the entire world with compassion and kindness. That is why even today we revere great men who lived and died for the country and not the men who amassed wealth and became rich. If your money is not of use to the environment around you then it is of no use.
Truth is everybody is going to hurt you: you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for. ~ Bob Marley
Friendship, relationships are difficult to maintain. You love, fight, quarrel and leave. Again you find new friends, love again, leave again and it goes on. Every time you fight it hurts and sometimes takes longer time to heal. These scars are not easily wiped out. But all you need to do is ask yourself if it’s worth fighting for? Are they really worthy of your love? Is it worthwhile to suffer? These questions will tell you whether these people are important to you or not. The best way to deal with hurt is to forget about it and move on. There are plenty of fishes in the pond. You’re likely to meet amazing people in your life. So stop suffering and keep going …..