Bob Dylan quotes

Popularly regarded as the finest American songwriter of all time, Bob Dylan is synonymous with American pop culture. His music has been influential in American civil rights and anti-war movements in past decades, and his lyrics have brought attention to great social inequality and have appealed to the American counterculture.

As well as his popular music, Dylan has produced eight books of artwork, and he was the first musician to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. His lyrics and various published works are packed with notions of justice, equality, and peace, and many of his fans turn to his words in times of struggle to pick themselves up.

Memorable Bob Dylan quotes

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

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

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

  • When you’ve got nothing, you’ve got nothing to lose.

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

  • A lot of people can't stand touring but to me it's like breathing. I do it because I'm driven to do it.

  • A mistake is to commit a misunderstanding.

  • I accept chaos, I’m not sure whether it accepts me.

  • No one is free, even the birds are chained to the sky.

  • 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…

  • You should always take the best from the past, leave the worst back there and go forward into the future.

  • You don't have to be afraid of looking into my face. We've done nothing to each other that time will not erase.

  • When you think that you lost everything you find out you can always lose a little more.

  • Everything that I'm saying You can say it just as good

  • Look at the sun sinkin' like a ship. Ain't that just like my heart, babe. When you kissed my lips?

  • A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do.

  • Gonna change my way of thinking, make my self a different set of rules. Gonna put my good foot forward and stop being influenced by fools.

  • It was gravity which pulled us down and destiny which broke us apart.

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

  • Your heart is like the ocean, mysterious and dark.