Ultimate Quotes & Sayings by Author of Chronicles, Vol. 1 Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan,  One of the best selling artists of all time by selling 100 million records and received numerous awards. Find his famous quotes and sayings on different subjects.

  • My range is limited.
  • Money doesn’t talk, it swears.
  • It’s not easy to define poetry.
  • Chaos is a friend of mine.
  • I never saw myself as a folk singer.
  • I kinda live where I find myself.
  • I don’t think I’m tangible to myself.
  • The radio makes hideous sounds.
  • The people in my songs are all me.
  • I’m inconsistent, even to myself.
  • You can’t do something forever.
  • I think I have a dualistic nature.
  • I can’t stand to see myself on television.
  • He not busy being born is busy dying.
  • Folk music is a bunch of fat people.
  • All I can do is be me, whoever that is.
  • Nothing can affect my voice, it’s so bad.
  • There is nothing so stable as change.
  • I’m sick of giving creeps money off my soul.
  • A song is anything that can walk by itself.
  • A mistake is to commit a misunderstanding.
  • All the truth in the world adds up to one big lie.
  • To live outside the law, you must be honest.
  • The songs are my lexicon. I believe the songs.
  • I’ll let you be in my dreams if I can be in yours.
  • You can’t be happy by doing something groovy.
  • I accept chaos, I’m not sure whether it accepts me.
  • Death to me means nothing as long as I can die fast.
  • You call yourself what you want to call yourself.
  • When you cease to exist, then who will you blame?
  • What did I owe the rest of the world? Nothing.
  • It’s hard to speculate what tomorrow may bring.
  • I really didn’t consider myself happy or unhappy.
  • Well, the future for me is already a thing of the past.
  • No one is free, even the birds are chained to the sky.
  • I’m more of an adventurous type than a relationship type.
  • I think a poet is anybody who wouldn’t call himself a poet.
  • I say there’re no depressed words just depressed minds.
  • Having these colossal accolades and titles, they get in the way.
  • A poem is a naked person… Some people say that I am a poet.
  • Take care of all your memories. For you cannot relive them.
  • Inspiration is hard to come by. You have to take it where you find it.
  • In ceremonies of the horsemen, even the pawn must hold a grudge.
  • I’m speaking for all of us. I’m the spokesman for a generation.
  • Just because you like my stuff doesn’t mean I owe you anything.
  • Yesterday’s just a memory, tomorrow is never what it’s supposed to be.
  • People have different emotional levels. Especially when you’re young.
  • You just don’t wake up one day and decide that you need to write songs.
  • I’m not the kind of cat that’s going to cut off an ear if I can’t do something.
  • My songs always sound a lot better in person than they do on the record.
  • I can’t see myself singing the same song twice in a row. That’s terrible.
  • I’m just glad to be feeling better. I really thought I’d be seeing Elvis soon.
  • I became interested in folk music because I had to make it somehow.
  • At times in my life the only place I have been happy is when I am on stage.
  • A lot of people don’t like the road, but it’s as natural to me as breathing.
  • I realize I don’t do a very good job in keeping up to date, but I try to.
  • What good are fans? You can’t eat applause for breakfast. You can’t sleep with it.
  • Some formulas are too complex and I don’t want anything to do with them.
  • People seldom do what they believe in. They do what is convenient, then repent.
  • I felt like I might as well have been living in another part of the solar system.
  • Some formulas are too complex and I don’t want anything to do with them.
  • People seldom do what they believe in. They do what is convenient, then repent.
  • I’m mortified to be on the stage, but then again, it’s the only place where I’m happy.
  • Being on tour is like being in limbo. It’s like going from nowhere to nowhere.
  • But even the President of the United States sometimes must have to stand naked.
  • Colleges are like old-age homes, except for the fact that more people die in colleges.
  • I have dined with kings, I’ve been offered wings. And I’ve never been too impressed.
  • If I wasn’t Bob Dylan, I’d probably think that Bob Dylan has a lot of answers myself.
  • I’ve never written a political song. Songs can’t save the world. I’ve gone through all that.
  • Basically you have to suppress your own ambitions in order to be who you need to be.
  • A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom.
  • I consider myself a poet first and a musician second. I live like a poet and I’ll die like a poet.
  • I can be jubilant one moment and pensive the next, and a cloud could go by and make that happen.
  • 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.
  • I like America, just as everybody else does. I love America, I gotta say that. But America will be judged.
  • All this talk about equality. The only thing people really have in common is that they are all going to die.
  • The land created me. I’m wild and lonesome. Even as I travel the cities, I’m more at home in the vacant lots.
  • I think of a hero as someone who understands the degree of responsibility that comes with his freedom.
  • You learn from a conglomeration of the incredible past – whatever experience gotten in any way whatsoever.
  • I stopped smoking. When I stopped smoking, my voice changed… so drastically, I couldn’t believe it myself.
  • Being noticed can be a burden. Jesus got himself crucified because he got himself noticed. So I disappear a lot.
  • Some people seem to fade away but then when they are truly gone, it’s like they didn’t fade away at all.
  • I define nothing. Not beauty, not patriotism. I take each thing as it is, without prior rules about what it should be.
  • This land is your land and this land is my land, sure, but the world is run by those that never listen to music anyway.
  • Don’t matter how much money you got, there’s only two kinds of people: there’s saved people and there’s lost people.
  • People today are still living off the table scraps of the sixties. They are still being passed around – the music and the ideas.
  • In the dime stores and bus stations, people talk of situations, read books, repeat quotations, draw conclusions on the wall.
  • I change during the course of a day. I wake and I’m one person, and when I go to sleep I know for certain I’m somebody else.
  • What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.
  • Democracy don’t rule the world, You’d better get that in your head; This world is ruled by violence, But I guess that’s better left unsaid.
  • 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.
  • I don’t think I’ve ever been an agnostic. I’ve always thought there’s a superior power, that this is not the real world and that there’s a world to come.
  • 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.
  • I am against nature. I don’t dig nature at all. I think nature is very unnatural. I think the truly natural things are dreams, which nature can’t touch with decay.
  • I don’t think the human mind can comprehend the past and the future. They are both just illusions that can manipulate you into thinking theres some kind of change.
  • 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.
  • My father probably thought the capital of the world was wherever he was at the time. It couldn’t possibly be anyplace else. Where he and his wife were in their own home, that, for them, was the capital of the world.
  • Anybody can be specific and obvious. That’s always been the easy way. It’s not that it’s so difficult to be unspecific and less obvious; it’s just that there’s nothing, absolutely nothing, to be specific and obvious about.
  • I paint mostly from real life. It has to start with that. Real people, real street scenes, behind the curtain scenes, live models, paintings, photographs, staged setups, architecture, grids, graphic design. Whatever it takes to make it work.
  • You’re going to die. You’re going to be dead. It could be 20 years, it could be tomorrow, anytime. So am I. I mean, we’re just going to be gone. The world’s going to go on without us. All right now. You do your job in the face of that, and how seriously you take yourself you decide for yourself.
  • You hear a lot about God these days: God, the beneficent; God, the all-great; God, the Almighty; God, the most powerful; God, the giver of life; God, the creator of death. I mean, we’re hearing about God all the time, so we better learn how to deal with it. But if we know anything about God, God is arbitrary.