15 Superb Bob Dylan Quotes

“I had no time for romance. I turned away from the window, from the wintry sun, crossed through the room, went to the stove and made and poured myself a cup of hot chocolate and then clicked on the radio”

Bob Dylan, Chronicles, Volume One

“I once loved a woman, a child I am told”

Bob Dylan

“Conceit is not necessarily a disease. It’s more of a weakness.”

Bob Dylan, Chronicles, Vol. 1

“Starry-eyed an’ laughing as I recall when we were caught

Trapped by no track of hours for they hanged suspended

As we listened one last time an’ we watched with one last look

Spellbound an’ swallowed ’til the tolling ended

Tolling for the aching whose wounds cannot be nursed

For the countless confused, accused, misused, strung-out ones an’ worse

An’ for every hung-up person in the whole wide universe

An’ we gazed upon the chimes of freedom flashing”

Bob Dylan

“There are men who reach the moon when most of us can not peel off the ground”

Bob Dylan

“I don’t know my why the number 3 is more metaphysically powerful than the number 2, but it is.”

Bob Dylan, Chronicles, Volume One

“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

“It was a strange world ahead that would unfold, a thunderhead of a world with jagged lightning edges. Many got it wrong and never did get it right. I went straight into it. It was wide open. One thing for sure, not only was it not run by God, but it wasn’t run by the devil either.”

Bob Dylan, Chronicles, Volume One

“I don’t expect politicians to solve anybody’s problems.

We’ve got to take the world by the horns and solve our own problems. The world owes us nothing, each and every one of us, the world owes us not one single thing. Politicians or whoever.”

Bob Dylan

“After Lou heard my Guthrie song, he asked me if I ever wrote any songs about baseball players.”

Bob Dylan, Chronicles, Volume One

“The world don’t need any more songs… As a matter of fact, if nobody wrote any songs from this day on, the world ain’t gonna suffer for it… There’s enough songs for people to listen to, if they want to listen to songs. For every man, woman and child on earth, they could be sent, probably, each of them, a hundred songs, and never be repeated… Unless someone’s gonna come along with a pure heart and has something to say. That’s a different story.”

Bob Dylan

“But, like Shakespeare, I too am often occupied with the pursuit of my creative endeavors and dealing with all aspects of life’s mundane matters. “Who are the best musicians for these songs?” “Am I recording in the right studio?” “Is this song in the right key?” Some things never change, even in 400 years.

Not once have I ever had the time to ask myself, “Are my songs literature?”

So, I do thank the Swedish Academy, both for taking the time to consider that very question, and, ultimately, for providing such a wonderful answer.”

Bob Dylan

“I could stay with you forever, and never realize the time.”

Bob Dylan

“The inside story on a man was that if he wanted to be successful, he must become a rugged individualist, but then should make some adjustments.”

Bob Dylan, Chronicles, Volume One

“I like to stay a part of that stuff that don’t change. Actually, it’s not that difficult – people still love and they still hate, they still marry and have children, still slaves in their minds to their desires, still slap each other in the face, and say ‘honey can you turn off the light’ just like they did in ancient Greece. What’s changed? When did Abraham break his father’s idols? I think it was last Tuesday.”

Bob Dylan, Biograph


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