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Here are the strongest Truth, Music, Love, Feelings, Time, Life, Songs Famous, Love quotes from Bob Dylan, and much more.


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About Bob Dylan

birth of the author

May 24, 1941

occupation of the author

Singer-Songwriter, Artist, Writer

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Years Active:

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Folk, Blues, Rock, Gospel, Country, Traditional Pop And More.

instrument of the author

Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards, Harmonica

institution of the author

Columbia, Asylum

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Associated Acts:
Joan Baez, The Band, The Byrds, Johnny Cash, Grateful Dead, George Harrison And More.

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The more you act the further you get away from the truth. — Bob Dylan

The naked truth is still taboo. — Bob Dylan

Freedom just around the corner for you, but with the truth so far off, what good will it do? — Bob Dylan

Truth is like a waterslide–only fun when it’s slippery and wet. — Bob Dylan

the more you act the further you get away from the truth Bob Dylan quote

Technology to wipe out truth is now available. Not everybody can afford it but it’s available. When the cost comes down, look out! — Bob Dylan

The truth that I am seeking is in your missing file. — Bob Dylan


The future for me is already a thing of the past–You were my first love and you will be my last — Bob Dylan

I’m in love with my second cousin. — Bob Dylan

You say love is just a four letter word. — Bob Dylan

i m in love with my second cousin Bob Dylan quote

I lIke amerIca, just as everybody else does. I love amerIca, I gotta say that. but amerIca wIll be judged. — Bob Dylan

I love Country Music but what happened to it? — Bob Dylan

I’ve been sitting down studying the Art of Love. I think it will fit me like a glove. — Bob Dylan

My love ,she speaks like silence, without ideals or violence. She doesn’t have to say she’s faithful, yet she’s true. — Bob Dylan

I met a young man who was wounded in love, I met another man who was wounded in hatred. — Bob Dylan

you say love is just a four letter word Bob Dylan quote

Everything’s a business. Love, truth, beauty. Conversation is a business. Spirituality is not a business, so it’s going to go against the grain of people who are trying to exploit other people. — Bob Dylan

She speaks with a stutter and she and she walks with a hop. I don’t know why I love her, but I just can’t stop. — Bob Dylan

Yes, and only if my own true love was waiting If I could hear his heart softly pounding Yes, and only if he was lying by me Would I lie in my bed once again. — Bob Dylan

You five and ten cent women with nothing in your heads, I got a real gal I’m loving and Lord I’ll love her ’til I’m dead. — Bob Dylan

My love is like some raven at my window with a broken wing. — Bob Dylan

i love country music but what happened to it Bob Dylan quote

Done so many evil things in the name of love, it’s a crying shame. I never did see no fire that could put out a flame. — Bob Dylan

Love is all there is, it makes the world go around. Love and only love, it can’t be denied. — Bob Dylan


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In the meantime [1965–67], [Bob] Dylan was again writing some of the best love songs in the genre, like ‘Visions of Johanna,’ ‘Just Like a Woman,’ and ‘Sad–Eyed Lady of the Lowlands. — Bob Dylan

She makes love just like a woman. — Bob Dylan

The woman I love she got a prize fighter nose, cauliflower ears and a run in her hose. — Bob Dylan

i ve been sitting down studying the art of love i think it will fit me like a glove Bob Dylan quote

I saw him making love to you, you forgot to close the garage door. — Bob Dylan

You hurt the ones that I love best and cover up the truth with lies. One day you’ll be in the ditch, flies buzzin’ around your eyes. — Bob Dylan


Once you think you know the song, then you have go and see how other people have done it. — Bob Dylan

I’m not a playwright. The people in my songs are all me. — Bob Dylan

The songs are my lexicon. I believe the songs. — Bob Dylan

once you think you know the song then you have go and see how other people have done it Bob Dylan quote

You don’t write a song to sit there on a page. You write it to sing it. — Bob Dylan

The best songs are the songs you write that you don’t know anything about. They’re an escape. — Bob Dylan

Like a Rolling Stone’ [of Bob Dylan] is a kiss–off song like none before or since. — Bob Dylan

If I made records for my own pleasure, I would only record Charley Patton songs. — Bob Dylan

The highlight of my career? That’s easy, Elvis recording one of my songs. — Bob Dylan

i m not a playwright the people in my songs are all me Bob Dylan quote

May your heart always be joyful. May your song always be sung. — Bob Dylan

I’ve never written a political song. Songs can’t save the world. I’ve gone through all that. — Bob Dylan

You could listen to Woody Guthrie songs and actually learn how to live. — Bob Dylan

A song is anything that can walk by itself. — Bob Dylan

I can’t see myself singing the same song twice in a row. That’s terrible. — Bob Dylan

the songs are my lexicon i believe the songs Bob Dylan quote

Bob has never written a bad song. Bob Dylan is a genius. — Bob Dylan

You just don’t wake up one day and decide that you need to write songs. — Bob Dylan

I started writing songs after I heard Hank Williams. — Bob Dylan

In writing songs, I’ve learned as much from Cezanne as I have from Woody Guthrie. — Bob Dylan

My songs always sound a lot better in person than they do on the record. — Bob Dylan

you don t write a song to sit there on a page you write it to sing it Bob Dylan quote

Bob] Dylan’s broken–heart songs are so much better. Like ‘Simple Twist of Fate’. — Bob Dylan


Even I don’t know what I’m saying most of the time. — Bob Dylan

I could stay with you forever and never realize the time. — Bob Dylan

Let the dead bury the dead, your time will come. — Bob Dylan

There doesn’t seem to be any tomorrow. Every time I wake up, no matter in what position, it’s always been today. — Bob Dylan

even i don t know what i m saying most of the time Bob Dylan quote

Peace is the time it takes to reload your rifle. — Bob Dylan

It’s mighty funny. The end of time has just begun. — Bob Dylan

You can never be wise and be in love at the same time. — Bob Dylan

The purpose of art is to stop time. — Bob Dylan

People have a hard time accepting anything that overwhelms them. — Bob Dylan

i could stay with you forever and never realize the time Bob Dylan quote

There’s only one day at a time here, then it’s tonight and then tomorrow will be today again. — Bob Dylan

In this ocean of hours I’m all the time drinking… — Bob Dylan

I wish that for just one time you could stand inside my shoes… Then you’d know what a drag it is to see you. — Bob Dylan

He hands you a nickel, he hands you a dime. He asks you with a grin, if you’re having a good time. — Bob Dylan

Time is an ocean, but it ends at the shore. — Bob Dylan

let the dead bury the dead your time will come Bob Dylan quote

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

Take me disappearing, through the smoke rings of my mind, down the foggy ruins of time. — Bob Dylan

Idiot wind, blowing every time you open your mouth. — Bob Dylan

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Oh, time is short and the days are sweet and passion rules the arrow that flies. — Bob Dylan

Life has its ups and downs, and time has to be your partner. Really, time is your soul mate. — Bob Dylan

peace is the time it takes to reload your rifle Bob Dylan quote

Forget the dead you’ve left, they will not follow you. — Bob Dylan


If you ever tell anyone about Jonah’s sexual dysfunction, I’ll never play music again. — Bob Dylan

Music can save people, but it can’t in the commercial way it’s being used. It’s just too much. It’s pollution. — Bob Dylan

Music attracts the angels in the universe. — Bob Dylan

Folk music is a bunch of fat people. — Bob Dylan

if you ever tell anyone about jonah s sexual dysfunction i ll never play music again Bob Dylan quote

I became interested in folk music because I had to make it somehow. — Bob Dylan

Here’s the thing with me and the religious thing. This is the flat–out truth: I find the religiosity and philosophy in the music. I don’t find it anywhere else. — Bob Dylan

I wouldn’t even think of playing music if I was born in these times. I wouldn’t even listen to the radio. — Bob Dylan

Just a reminder, if you tell anyone about what happened with Jonah last night, I’ll destroy all of my writing and never play music again. — Bob Dylan

You can’t imagine parlor ballads drifting out of high–rise multi–towered buildings. That kind of music existed in a more timeless state of life. — Bob Dylan

music attracts the angels in the universe Bob Dylan quote

Having hits buries a singer in the past. A lot of singers hide in the past because it’s safer back there. If you’ve ever heard today’s country music, you’ll know what I’m talking about. — Bob Dylan

Look, when I started out, mainstream culture was Sinatra, Perry Como, Andy Williams, Sound of Music. There was no fitting into it then and of course, there’s no fitting into it now. — Bob Dylan

Along with some of the worst music of Bob Dylan’s career (‘Self–Portrait,’ 1970), this period produced some gems–including many songs recorded with The Band in ’67 but not released until years later. — Bob Dylan

I think of rock ‘n’ roll as a combination of country blues and swing band music, not Chicago blues, and modern pop. — Bob Dylan

I just don’t hear anyone else making the music I’m making in my head, so I’ll have to do it myself. — Bob Dylan

folk music is a bunch of fat people Bob Dylan quote

Ah, current music. What would that be? Ah, really, a lot of it sounds defective to me. It makes me restless. — Bob Dylan


But I would not feel so all alone, everybody must get stoned. — Bob Dylan

People tell me it’s a sin, to know and feel too much within. — Bob Dylan

If you don’t have to write songs, why write them? I’ve got enough where I don’t really feel the urge to write anything additional. — Bob Dylan

Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet. — Bob Dylan

but i would not feel so all alone everybody must get stoned Bob Dylan quote

There are many here among us who feel that life is but a joke. But you and I, we’ve been through that, and this is not our fate, so let us not talk falsely now, the hour is getting late. — Bob Dylan

Watch waterfalls of pity roar, you feel to moan but unlike before, you discover that you’d just be one more person crying. — Bob Dylan

How does it feel, how does it feel to be without a home, like a complete unknown, like a rolling stone. — Bob Dylan

When you feel in your gut what you are and then dynamically pursue it–don’t back down and don’t give up–then you’re going to mystify a lot of folks. — Bob Dylan

Feel like a broke–down engine, ain’t got no drivin’ wheel. You all been down and lonesome, you know just how a poor man feels. — Bob Dylan

people tell me it s a sin to know and feel too much within Bob Dylan quote

My senses have been stripped, my hands can’t feel to grip, my toes to numb to step, wait only for my boot heels to be wandering. — Bob Dylan

No reason to get excited,’ the thief, he kindly spoke, There are many here among us who feel that life is but a joke. — Bob Dylan

And there’s no one there to dry your tears. I could hold you for a million years. To make you feel my love. — Bob Dylan

Couldn’t help but make me feel ashamed to live in a land where justice is a game. — Bob Dylan

Ain’t it hard when you discover that, he wasn’t really where it’s at, after he took from you everything he could steal. How does it feel? — Bob Dylan

some people feel the rain others just get wet Bob Dylan quote

I feel like falling in love with the first woman I meet, putting her in a wheel–barrow and wheeling her down the street. — Bob Dylan

I believe in you, even though I be outnumbered. — Bob Dylan

People seldom do what they believe in. They do what is convenient, then repent. — Bob Dylan


For them that think death’s honesty won’t fall upon them naturally life sometimes must get lonely. — Bob Dylan

Life is sad, life is a bust, all you can do is do what you must. — Bob Dylan

life is sad life is a bust all you can do is do what you must Bob Dylan quote

Life is more or less a lie, but then again, that’s exactly the way we want it to be. — Bob Dylan

At times in my life the only place I have been happy is when I am on stage. — Bob Dylan

He gambled all his life, he’s got 27 children, yet he’s never had a wife. — Bob Dylan

Dealing with my own life takes priority over other people dealing with my life. — Bob Dylan

It frightens me, the awful truth, of how sweet life can be… — Bob Dylan

life is more or less a lie but then again that s exactly the way we want it to be Bob Dylan quote

Subterranean Homesick Blues’ [of Bob Dylan] captures, in word–salad format, life in an encroaching police state. — Bob Dylan

People’s lives are filled with vice and the trappings of it. Ambition, greed and selfishness all have to do with vice. Sooner or later, you have to see through it or you don’t survive. — Bob Dylan

A lot of people say there is no happiness in this life and certainly there’s no permanent happiness. But self–sufficiency creates happiness. — Bob Dylan

If I lived my life by what others were thinkin’, the heart inside me would’ve died. — Bob Dylan

It’s a wicked life, but what the hell, the stars ain’t falling down. — Bob Dylan

at times in my life the only place i have been happy is when i am on stage Bob Dylan quote

How can the life of such a man be in the palm of some fools hand? — Bob Dylan

I really don’t like to hurt myself. I have a good understanding with all the women who have been in my life, whether I see them occasionally or not. — Bob Dylan

It’s like my whole life never happened, When I see you, it’s as if I never had a thought. I know this dream, it might be crazy, But it’s the only one I’ve got. — Bob Dylan

What was the future? The future was a solid wall, not promising, not threatening–all bunk. No guarantees of anything, not even the guarantee that life isn’t one big joke. — Bob Dylan

We don’t see the people that vice destroys. We just see the glamour of it–everywhere we look, from billboard signs to movies, to newspapers, to magazines. We see the destruction of human life. — Bob Dylan

he gambled all his life he s got 27 children yet he s never had a wife Bob Dylan quote

Mothers tell your children not to do the things I have done, to spend my life in sin and misery in the House of the Rising Sun. — Bob Dylan

They self–inflict punishment on their own broken lives, put their faith in their possessions, in their jobs, or their wives. — Bob Dylan

BOB DYLAN Quotes Take Away

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