Bob Dylan Quotes & Wallpapers

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

Oh, the tree of life is growing where the spirit never dies And the bright light of salvation shines in dark and empty skies. Bob Dylan

You can't win with a losing hand Bob Dylan

Drownin' in the poison, got not future got no past. Bob Dylan

If I catch my opponents ever sleepin', I'll just slaughter 'em where they lie. 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

An artist has got to be careful never really to arrive at a place where he thinks he's AT somewhere. You always have to realize that you're constantly in a state of becoming. And, as long as you can stay in that realm you'll sort of be alright. 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

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

Well now what's the use in dreamin' You got better things to do Dreams never did work for me anyway Even when they did come true Bob Dylan

You can have your youth It'll rot before your eyes Bob Dylan

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

every pleasure's got an edge of pain, pay your ticket and don't complain Bob Dylan

Thinking of a series of dreams Where the time and the tempo fly And there's no exit in any direction 'Cept the one that you can't see with your eyes Bob Dylan

Crimson flames tied through my ears Rollin' high and mighty traps Pounced with fire on flaming roads Using ideas as my maps "We'll meet on edges, soon," said I Proud 'neath heated brow. Ah, but I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now. Half-wracked prejudice leaped forth "Rip down all hate," I screamed Lies that life is black and white Spoke from my skull. I dreamed Romantic facts of musketeers Foundationed deep, somehow. Ah, but I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now. Bob Dylan

He not busy being born is busy dying. Bob Dylan

Inspiration is hard to come by. You have to take it where you find it. Bob Dylan

I find C major to be the key of strength, but also the key of regret. E major is the key of confidence. A-flat major is the key of renunciation. Bob Dylan

they say every man needs protection, they say every man must fall. yet I swear I see my reflection,some place high above this wall.....and someday I shall be released. Bob Dylan

One should never be where one does not belong. Bob Dylan

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

I'm more of an adventurous type than a relationship type. Bob Dylan

But even the President of the United States sometimes must have to stand naked. Bob Dylan

The radio makes hideous sounds. Bob Dylan

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

I kinda live where I find myself. Bob Dylan

It's hard to speculate what tomorrow may bring. Bob Dylan

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. Bob Dylan

A noble truth is a sacred creed. Bob Dylan

You're gonna have to serve somebody. Bob Dylan

Go on, now, go. Walk out the door. Just turn around now, 'cause you're not welcome anymore. Weren't you the one who tried to hurt me with 'goodbye?' Did you think I'd crumble? Did you think I'd lay down and die? I will survive. Bob Dylan

I used to think it's better if you just live and die and no one knows who you are. Bob Dylan

It's not important what other people call you. If you yourself know you're a fake, that's tougher to live with. Bob Dylan

Without freedom of speech, I might be in the swamp Bob Dylan

Your heart is like the ocean, mysterious and dark. Bob Dylan

How many roads must a man walk down.. Before you can call him a Man.. Bob Dylan

Gates appeal to me because of the negative space they allow. They can be closed but at the same time they allow the seasons and breezes to enter and flow. They can shut you out or shut you in. And in some ways there is no difference. Bob Dylan

Early on, before rock 'n' roll, I listened to big band music - anything that came over the radio - and music played by bands in hotels that our parents could dance to. We had a big radio that looked like a jukebox, with a record player on the top. The radio/record player played 78rpm records. When we moved to that house, there was a record on there, with a red label. It was Bill Monroe, or maybe it was the Stanley Brothers. I'd never heard anything like that before. Ever. And it moved me away from all the conventional music that I was hearing. Bob Dylan

You travel the world, you go see different things. I like to see Shakespeare plays, so I'll go - I mean, even if it's in a different language. I don't care, I just like Shakespeare, you know. I've seen Othello and Hamlet and Merchant of Venice over the years, and some versions are better than others. Way better. It's like hearing a bad version of a song. But then somewhere else, somebody has a great version. Bob Dylan

Most songs have bridges in them, to distract listeners from the main verses of a song so they don't get bored. My songs don't have a lot of bridges because lyric poetry never had them. Bob Dylan

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

They're selling postcards of the hanging They're painting the passports brown The beauty parlor is filled with sailors The circus is in town Here comes the blind commissioner They've got him in a trance One hand is tied to the tight-rope walker The other is in his pants And the riot squad they're restless They need somewhere to go As Lady and I look out tonight From Desolation Row. Bob Dylan

After a while you earn that privacy is something you can sell, but you can't buy it back. Bob Dylan

People are going to say, "Well, it's not very truthful." But a songwriter does' care about what's truthful. What he cares about is what should"ve happened, what could"ve happened. That's its own kind of truth. It's like people who read Shakespeare plays, but they never see a Shakespeare play. I think they just use his name. Bob Dylan

I'm in awe of McCartney. He's about the only one that I am in awe of. He can do it all. And he's never let up... He's just so damn effortless. Bob Dylan

With your silhouette when the sunlight dims Into your eyes where the moonlight swims, And your match-book songs and your gypsy hymns, Who among them would try to impress you? -Bob Dylan, "Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands" (1966) Bob Dylan

May you grow up to be righteous, may you grow up to be true. May you always know the truth and see the lights surrounding you. May you always be courageous, stand upright and be strong. May you stay forever young. Bob Dylan

And it dawned on me that I might have to change my inner thought patterns... that I would have to start believing in possibilities that I wouldn't have allowed before, that I had been closing my creativity down to a very narrow, controllable scale... that things had become too familiar and I might have to disorientate myself. p.71 Bob Dylan

Some times I think this whole world Is one big prison yeard Some of us are prisoners The rest of us are guards Bob Dylan

People have different emotional levels. Especially when you're young. Back then I guess most of my influences could be thought of as eccentric. Mass media had no overwhelming reach so I was drawn to the traveling performers passing through. 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

A lot of people don't have much food on their table. But they got a lot of forks 'n knives. And they got to cut somethin'. Bob Dylan

Who Killed Davey Moore? Why and what's the reason for? Bob Dylan

Because Dickens and Dostoyevsky and Woody Guthrie were telling their stories much better than I ever could, I decided to stick to my own mind. Bob Dylan

What looks large from a distance, close up ain't never that big. Bob Dylan

That's another way of writing a song, of course. Just talking to somebody that ain't there. That's the best way. That's the truest way. Then it just becomes a question of how heroic your speech is. To me, it's something to strive after. Bob Dylan

Come mothers and fathers. Throughout the land and don't criticize what you can't understand, your sons and your daughters are beyond your command. Your old road is Rapidly again. Please get out of the new one If you can't lend your hand for the times they are a-changin'. Bob Dylan

I wanted to understand things and then be free of them. I needed to learn how to telescope things, ideas. Things were too big to see all at once, like all the books in the library-everything laying around on all the tables. You might be able to put it all into one paragraph or into one verse of a song if you could get it right. Bob Dylan

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

Bullets can harm you and death can disarm you, but no, you will not be deceived. Stripped of all virtue as you crawl through the dirt, you can give but you cannot receive. Bob Dylan

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

Ain't nothing too discreet about the disease of conceit. Bob Dylan

Ring the bells for the blind and deaf. Bob Dylan

I was just too stubborn to ever be governed by enforced insanity. Bob Dylan

If God is on our side, he'll stop the next war. Bob Dylan

Patriotism is the last refuge to which a scoundrel clings. Bob Dylan

Socialism, hypnotism, patriotism, materialism, fools making laws for the breaking of jaws. Bob Dylan

The land of milk and honey, they say it is the land of money. 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

I can't see my reflection in the waters, I can't speak the sounds that show no pain. I can't hear the echo of my footsteps, or can't remember the sound of my own name. Bob Dylan



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