Bob Marley Quotes On Life, Love & Happiness

Bob Marley Quotes
Bob Marley is considered one of the pioneers of reggae.

Get yourself inspired by reading this definitive collection of 228 Bob Marley quotes about love, life, women, money, God, relationships, friends, peace, and more! Marley used his music to acknowledge the problems in his home country of Jamaica. He also used his musical platform to share his views on social justice, happiness, politics, race, financial empowerment, culture, peace, love, and change.

So who was Bob Marley? He was a Jamaican reggae singer, musician, guitarist, and songwriter and is considered one of the pioneers of reggae. With his band The Wailers, Bob Marley achieved international fame and acclaim. After The Wailers disbanded in 1974, Marley pursued a solo career that produced his status as one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time.

Marley’s most well-known songs include Everything’s Gonna Be Alright, Get Up Stand Up, Could You Be Loved, Is This Love, I Shot The Sheriff, Three Little Birds, One Love, Redemption Song, and of course No Woman No Cry.

Interesting fact: On 3 December 1976, armed gunmen stormed Marley’s home in an assassination attempt that saw him shot in the chest and arm. Four others were also shot but amazingly, there were no fatalities. Bob Marley’s life was tragically cut short at 36 from cancer. His final words were “Money can’t buy life”.

Some of these Bob Marley quotes are from his song lyrics and others were his spoken wisdom. Yet all embody his strong life views. I hope you enjoy them.

218 Inspirational Bob Marley Quotes

Bob Marley Quotes About Life

  1. “Get up, stand up, Stand up for your rights. Get up, stand up, Don’t give up the fight.” – Bob Marley
  2. “Beginnings are usually scary, and endings are usually sad, but its everything in between that makes it all worth living.” – Bob Marley
  3. “The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you. You just got to find the ones worth suffering for.” – Bob Marley
  4. “You never know how strong you are until being strong is your only choice.” – Bob Marley
  5. “Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet.” – Bob Marley
  6. “Live for yourself and you will live in vain. Live for others, and you will live again.” – Bob Marley
  7. “If something can corrupt you, you’re corrupted already.” – Bob Marley
  8. “Love the life you live. Live the life you love.” – Bob Marley
  9. “Don’t gain the world and lose your soul; wisdom is better than silver or gold.” – Bob Marley
  10. “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
  11. “My feet is my only carriage.” – Bob Marley
  12. “Money can’t buy life.” – Bob Marley
  13. “Don’t jump in the water if you can’t swim.” – Bob Marley
  14. “They will always tell you that you can’t do what you want to do, but you can do what you want to do. You just have to believe in yourself. The system is to bring you down, but you can rise up.” – Bob Marley
  15. “Forget your troubles and dance.” – Bob Marley
  16. “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
  17. “The good times of today are the sad thoughts of tomorrow.” – Bob Marley
  18. “The day you stop racing is the day you win the race.” – Bob Marley
  19. “Judge not before you judge yourself. Judge not, if you’re not ready for judgment.” – Bob Marley
  20. “You have to be someone.” – Bob Marley
  21. “And no matter what game they play, we got something they can never take away.” – Bob Marley
  22. “They say: only the fittest of the fittest shall survive, stay alive.” – Bob Marley
  23. “It takes a revolution to make a solution.” – Bob Marley
  24. “Why not help each other on the way? Make it much easier.” – Bob Marley
  25. “You can’t run away from yourself.” – Bob Marley
  26. “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
  27. “I know I’m not perfect and I don’t live to be.” – Bob Marley
  28. “I went deep inside myself. I had time to explore my beliefs and because of that I’m stronger.” – Bob Marley
  29. “All I have is my life.” – Bob Marley
  30. “You think it’s the end, but it’s just the beginning.” – Bob Marley
  31. “The lips of the righteous teach many, but fools die for want of wisdom.” – Bob Marley
  32. “Don’t worry about a thing, every little thing is gonna be alright.” – Bob Marley
  33. “We got to realize we are one people.” – Bob Marley
  34. “Don’t let them fool ya, or even try to school ya.” – Bob Marley
  35. “He who hide the wrong he did, surely did the wrong thing still.” – Bob Marley
  36. “Musicians must be spokespeople for the oppressed masses.” – Bob Marley
  37. “Man is a universe within himself.” – Bob Marley
  38. “It takes a joyful sound to make the world go round.” – Bob Marley
  39. “Truth is everybody is going to hurt you, you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for.” – Bob Marley
  40. “Don’t trust people whose feelings change with time. Trust people whose feelings remain the same, even when the time changes.” – Bob Marley
  41. “Oh, brothers, you should know and not believe.” – Bob Marley
  42. “Everything in life got its purpose, find its reason in every season.” – Bob Marley
  43. “We’re more than numbers.” – Bob Marley
  44. “Every man got a right to decide his own destiny.” – Bob Marley
  45. “When you smoke the herb, it reveals you to yourself.” – Bob Marley
  46. “They don’t want us to unite. All they want us to do is keep on fussing and fighting.” – Bob Marley
  47. “Who the cap fit, let them wear it!” – Bob Marley
  48. “Some will hate you pretend they love you now then behind they try to eliminate you.” – Bob Marley
  49. “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
  50. “That until the basic human rights are equally guaranteed to all without regard to race, Dis a war.” – Bob Marley
  51. “You can fool some people sometimes, but you can’t fool all the people all the time.” – Bob Marley
  52. “I have no education, I have inspiration. If I was educated, I would be a damn fool.” – Bob Marley
  53. “Put your vision to reality.” – Bob Marley
  54. “You just can’t live that negative way. You know what I mean. Make way for the positive day. Cause it’s a new day.” – Bob Marley
  55. “Reggae is my heart. Reggae is my soul.” – Bob Marley
  56. “When the root is strong, the fruit is sweet.” – Bob Marley
  57. “Until the color of a man’s skin, is of no more significance than the colour of his eyes, me say war.” – Bob Marley
  58. “One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” – Bob Marley
  59. “Yeah me see myself as a revolutionary, would wouldn’t want no help and imma take no bribe from no one and fight it single handed with music.” – Bob Marley
  60. “When you smoke you don’t want to war.” – Bob Marley
  61. “The biggest man was a baby one time.” – Bob Marley
  62. “None but ourselves can free our minds.” – Bob Marley
  63. “Well, what we know is not what they tell us. We’re not ignorant, I mean it, and they just cannot touch us through the powers of the Most-High. We keep on surfacin’ thru the powers of the Most-High. We keep on survivin’.” – Bob Marley
  64. “You say dabble in Politics? I don’t know what that is. You say stand up and talk for my rights? I know that that is.” – Bob Marley
  65. “I don’t believe in death, neither in flesh nor in spirit.” – Bob Marley
  66. “Hey, lively up yourself.” – Bob Marley
  67. “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
  68. “In the abundance of water, a fool is thirsty.” – Bob Marley
  69. “One lifetime is not enough to live.” – Bob Marley
  70. “It take many a year, mon, and maybe some bloodshed must be, but righteousness someday prevail.” – Bob Marley
  71. “You just can’t live in that negative way. Make way for the positive day.” – Bob Marley
  72. “You have to be someone.” – Bob Marley
  73. “Rise up this mornin’, smile with the risin’ sun.” – Bob Marley
  74. “Truth is the light so you never give up the fight.” – Bob Marley
  75. “My heart says follow through.” – Bob Marley
  76. “We like to be free like birds in a tree.” – Bob Marley
  77. “Long time you fight revolution and when you fight revolution you use guns. You don’t really want talk about revolution until you have guns, right? So me don’t want ever to talk ‘bout revolution because me no never get gun. Me make music. Music is the biggest gun.” – Bob Marley
  78. “In this great future, you can’t forget your past.” – Bob Marley
  79. “Bob Marley isn’t my name. I don’t even know my name yet.” – Bob Marley
  80. “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
  81. “Though the road’s been rocky it sure feels good to me.” – Bob Marley
  82. “As a man sow, shall he reap, and I know that talk is cheap.” – Bob Marley
  83. “Herb is the healing of a nation, alcohol is the destruction.” – Bob Marley
  84. “The biggest coward of a man is to awaken the love of a woman without the intention of loving her.” – Bob Marley
  85. “Don’t complicate your mind.” – Bob Marley
  86. “And what has been hidden from the wise and the prudent has been revealed in the mouth of the toddlers.” – Bob Marley
  87. “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.” – Bob Marley
  88. “Every man got the right to decide his own destiny.” – Bob Marley
  89. “They don’t want to see us live together; all they want us to do is keep on killing one another.” – Bob Marley
  90. “Open your eyes, look within. Are you satisfied with the life you’re living?” – Bob Marley
  91. “Keep calm and chive on.” – Bob Marley
  92. “Wake up and live.” – Bob Marley
  93. “Two thousand years of history Black History could not be wiped away so easily.” – Bob Marley
  94. “I wish I was the music that rock your soul.” – Bob Marley
  95. “We know where we’re going; we know where we’re from.” – Bob Marley
  96. “Until the end of the world, all whys will be answered, but now, you can only ask!” – Bob Marley
  97. “It is better to live on the house top than to live in a house full of confusion.” – Bob Marley
  98. “Live if you want to live.” – Bob Marley
  99. “Tell the children the truth.” – Bob Marley
  100. “If you get down and quarrel everyday, you’re saying prayers to the devil, I say.” – Bob Marley
  101. “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
  102. “A hungry mob is an angry mob.” – Bob Marley
  103. “Everyone you see has a heart desire.” – Bob Marley
  104. “If puss and dog can get together, why can’t we love one another?” – Bob Marley
  105. “If I am guilty I will pay.” – Bob Marley
  106. “Light up the darkness.” – Bob Marley
  107. “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
  108. “Though the road’s been rocky, it sure feels good to me.” – Bob Marley
  109. “The power of philosophy floats through my head. Light like a feather, heavy as lead.” – Bob Marley
  110. “Live to fight another day.” – Bob Marley
  111. “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
  112. “I don’t know how to live good. I only know how to suffer.” – Bob Marley
  113. “I was really into like, they call it spiritual music. Cause it got me revolutionized.” – Bob Marley
  114. “The harder the battle the sweet of Jah victory.” – Bob Marley
  115. “I’ve been here before and will come again, but I’m not going this trip through.” – Bob Marley
  116. “Heal with loneliness, heartaches and teardrops.” – Bob Marley
  117. “Don’t forget your history nor your destiny.” – Bob Marley
  118. “Where did it all begin? Where will it end?” – Bob Marley
  119. “Rastafari not a culture, it’s a reality.” – Bob Marley
  120. “Road of life is rocky and you may stumble too, so while you talk about me, someone else is judging you.” – Bob Marley
  121. “The most beautiful things are not perfect, they are special.” – Bob Marley
  122. “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
  123. “Once a man and twice a child.” – Bob Marley
  124. “Simple things bring them to mind like a pale blue sky, gentle wind or even a storm cloud on the horizon.” – Bob Marley
  125. “Don’t treat me like a puppet on a string.” – Bob Marley
  126. “Hey mister music, sure sounds good to me I can’t refuse it what to be got to be.” – Bob Marley
  127. “If you get down and you quarrel everyday, you’re saying praises to the devil, I say.” – Bob Marley
  128. “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
  129. “Smelling the air when spring comes by raindrops reminds us of youthful days.” – Bob Marley
  130. “Rise up, fallen fighters. Rise and take your stance again.” – Bob Marley
  131. “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
  132. “The stone that the builder refused shall be the head corner stone.” – Bob Marley
  133. “Now you get what you want, do you want more?” – Bob Marley
  134. “Alcohol make you drunk, man. It don’t make you meditate, it just make you drunk. Herb is more a consciousness.” – Bob Marley
  135. “Don’t hurt him, don’t change him, and don’t expect for more than he can give. Don’t analyze.” – Bob Marley
  136. “Have no fear for atomic energy, ’cause none of them can stop the time.” – Bob Marley
  137. “Free speech carries with it some freedom to listen.” – Bob Marley
  138. “I’ve been here before and will come again, but I’m not going this trip through.” – Bob Marley
  139. “Emancipate yourself from mental slavery.” – Bob Marley
  140. “Man, you got to do your best.” – Bob Marley
  141. “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
  142. “Oh, please don’t you rock my boat, ’cause I don’t want my boat to be rockin’.” – Bob Marley
  143. “I rule my destiny.” – Bob Marley
  144. “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. We JAH people can make it work.” – Bob Marley
  145. “On a hot, sunny day, follow the shadows for rescue.” – Bob Marley
  146. “Hit me with music now.” – Bob Marley
  147. “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
  148. “My future is righteousness.” – Bob Marley
  149. “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
  150. “Reggae music is the purest music.” – Bob Marley
  151. “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
  152. “How many rivers do we have to cross before we can talk to the boss?” – Bob Marley
  153. “My music fights against the system that teaches to live and die.” – Bob Marley
  154. “Though the road’s been rocky it sure feels good to me.” – Bob Marley
  155. “But though we bear our burdens now, all afflictions got to end somehow.” – Bob Marley
  156. “Better to die fighting for freedom then be a prisoner all the days of your life.” – Bob Marley
  157. “Don’t let them change ya, or even rearrange ya.” – Bob Marley
  158. “We Jah people can make it work.” – Bob Marley
  159. “There’s work to be done.” – Bob Marley
  160. “Just because you are happy it does not mean that the day is perfect but that you have looked beyond its imperfections.” – Bob Marley
  161. “Every man gotta right to decide his own destiny.” – Bob Marley
  162. “When the race gets hard to run. It means you just can’t take the peace.” – Bob Marley
  163. “Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery. None but ourselves can free our minds.” – Bob Marley
  164. “Such a natural mystic, blowing through the air.” – Bob Marley
  165. “So much trouble in the world. All you got to do, give a little.” – Bob Marley
  166. “You can’t find the right roads when the streets are paved.” – Bob Marley
  167. “You can fool some people some times but you cant fool all the people all the time.” – Bob Marley
  168. “Every day the bucket a-go a well, one day the bottom a-go drop out.” – Bob Marley
  169. “In this bright future you can’t forget your past.” – Bob Marley
  170. “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
  171. “Every time I plant a seed, He say kill it before it grow, he say kill it before they grow.” – Bob Marley
  172. “When one door is closed, don’t you know that many more are open.” – Bob Marley
  173. “Judge not unless you judge yourself.” – Bob Marley
  174. “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
  175. “The people who were trying to make this world worse are not taking the day off. Why should I?” – Bob Marley
  176. “Don’t bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality. Wake up and live!” – Bob Marley
  177. “Conquer the devils with a little thing called love.” – Bob Marley

Bob Marley Quotes About Love

178. “You open your heart knowing that there’s a chance it may be broken one day and in opening your heart, you experience a love and joy that you never dreamed possible.” – Bob Marley
179. “One love, one heart, one destiny.” – Bob Marley
180. “One love, one heart.” – Bob Marley
181. “Could you be loved and be loved?” – Bob Marley
182. “Let love come running in.” – Bob Marley
183. “One love, one heart. Let’s get together and feel all right.” – Bob Marley
184. “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
185. “What we need is love, to guide and protect us on.” – Bob Marley
186. “Only once in your life, I truly believe, you find someone who can completely turn your world around.” – Bob Marley
187. “The beauty of love. The love of beauty. The greener you are, the wiser you will be.” – Bob Marley
188. “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
189. “Open your eyes, look within. Are you satisfied with the life you’re living?” – Bob Marley
190. “Herb is the unification of mankind.” – Bob Marley
191. “Don’t gain the world and lose your soul.” – Bob Marley
192. “They say love is a stream that will find its course.” – Bob Marley
193. “Love, friendship, laughter. Some of the best things in life really are free.” – Bob Marley
194. “There will never be no love at all.” – Bob Marley
195. “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
196. “In life I know there’s lots of grief, but your love is my relief.” – Bob Marley
197. “What’s wrong with loving one another?” – Bob Marley
198. “Love has come to bloom again.” – Bob Marley
199. “Love would never leave us alone.” – Bob Marley
200. “Got to build our love on one foundation.” – Bob Marley
201. “It’s your love that I’m waiting on.” – Bob Marley
202. “I don’t wanna wait in vain for your love.” – Bob Marley
203. “Oh, so happy we will be sharing the love that is free.” – Bob Marley
204. “Make love and not war! ‘Cause we don’t need no trouble.” – Bob Marley
205. “What important is man should live in righteousness, in natural love for mankind.” – Bob Marley
206. “If you can love the wrong person that much, imagine how much you can love the right one.” – Bob Marley
207. “Overcome the devils with a thing called love.” – Bob Marley

Bob Marley Quotes About Women

208. “You may not be her first, her last, or her only. She loved before she may love again. But if she loves you now, what else matters?” – Bob Marley
209. “If she’s amazing, she won’t be easy.” – Bob Marley
210. “No woman, no cry.” – Bob Marley
211. “If she’s worth it, you won’t give up. If you give up, you’re not worthy.” – Bob Marley
212. “Smile when she makes you happy, let her know when she makes you mad, and miss her when she’s not there.” – Bob Marley
213; “She may not be the most popular or prettiest but if you love her and she makes you smile, what else matters?” – Bob Marley

Bob Marley Quotes About Money

214. “I wish we were all hippies and did yoga, lived in cottages, smoked weed, accepted everyone for who they are, and listened to wonderful music. I wish money didn’t make us who we are. I just wish we could redo society.” – Bob Marley
215. “Money is numbers and numbers never end. If it takes money to be happy, your search for happiness will never end.” – Bob Marley
216. “Your life is worth much more than gold.” – Bob Marley
217. “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
218. “Ziggy, when you go up bring me up and when you go down don’t let me down. Stephen, Money can’t buy you life.” – Bob Marley

Quotes About God

219. “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
220. “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
221. “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
222. “Most people think great god will come from the skies, 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
223. “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
224. “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

Quotes About Friends

225. “True friends are like stars; you can only recognize them when it’s dark around you.” – Bob Marley
226. “You find strength in knowing that you have a true friend and possibly a soul mate who will remain loyal to the end.” – Bob Marley
227. “I’m gonna be your friend in high tide or in low tide.” – Bob Marley
228. “Your worst enemy could be your best friend and your best friend your worst enemy.” – Bob Marley

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