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

I think I have a dualistic nature. Bob Dylan

It ain't my cup of meat. Bob Dylan

The man in the coon skin cap in the pig pen wants eleven dollar bills, you've only got ten. Bob Dylan

...how many times must the cannon balls fly Before they're forever banned? Bob Dylan

Every day your memory grows dimmer - it doesn't haunt me like it did before. Bob Dylan

Every writer at the New Yorker is smarter than me. 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

Happiness is not on my list of priorities. I just deal with day-to-day things. If I'm happy, I'm happy - and if I'm not, I don't know the difference. Knowing that you are the person you were put on this earth to be - that's much more important than just being happy. Bob Dylan

When I was growing up - say in the fifties - the thirties to me didn't even exist. I couldn't even imagine them in any kind of way, so I don't expect anyone growing up now is gonna even understand what the sixties were all about, anymore than I could the thirties or twenties. Bob Dylan

Some of the old folk singers used to phrase things in an interesting way, and then, I got my style from seeing a lot of outdoor-type poets, who would recite their poetry. When you don't have a guitar, you recite things differently, and there used to be quite a few poets in the jazz clubs, who would recite with a different type of attitude. 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

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

I believe that instinct is what makes a genius a genius. Bob Dylan

People are going to say, 'Well, it's not very truthful.' But a songwriter doesn't 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

Look out your window, and I'll be gone. You're the reason I'm a-traveling on... Bob Dylan

I just wanted a song to sing, and there came a point where I couldn't sing anything...nobo dy else was writing what I wanted to sing. I couldn't find it anywhere. If I could I probably would never have started writing. Bob Dylan

Inside the museum infinity goes up on trial. Voices echo, 'This is what salvation must be like after a while.' But Mona Lisa must have had the highway blues; you can tell by the way she smiles. Bob Dylan

The real power is in the hands of small groups of people and I don't think they have titles. Bob Dylan

People think that singing and playing is easy. It's not. It's easy to strum along, but if you actually want to really play, where it's important, that's a hard thing and not too many people are good at it. Bob Dylan

Being singer is different than being an actor, where you call up sources from your own experience that you can apply to whatever Shakespeare drama you're in. But an actor is pretending to be somebody, a singer isn't. And that's the difference. Singers today have to sing songs where there's very little emotion involved. That and the fact that they have to sing hit records from years gone by doesn't leave a lot of room for any kind of intelligent creativity. Bob Dylan

Technology is mechanical and contrary to the emotions that inform a person's life. The country music field has especially been hit hard by this. All my songs have been written by people who went out of fashion years ago. Just like da Vinci and Renoir and van Gogh. Nobody paints like that anymore. But it can't be wrong to try. Bob Dylan

Romance never does go out of fashion. It's radical. But it's out of step with the current media culture. 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. Happiness is a state of bliss. Just because you're satisfied one moment - saying yes, it's a good meal, makes me happy - well, that's not going to necessarily be true the next hour. Life has its ups and downs, and time has to be your partner. Time is your soul mate. Children are happy. But they haven't really experienced ups and downs yet. I'm not exactly sure what happiness even means. I don't know if I personally could define it. Bob Dylan

I'm not a folk-singer. I just sing a certain place. Bob Dylan

If my thought-dreams could be seen/ They'd probably put my head in a guillotine. Bob Dylan

And it's a hard, It's a hard, It's a hard, It's a hard, It's a hard rain gonna fall. Bob Dylan

She knows there's no success like failure, and that failure's no success at all. Bob Dylan

In a nation ruled by swine, all pigs are upward mobile and the rest of us are f-ed until we can put our acts together: not necessarily to win, but mainly to keep from losing completely. We owe that to ourselves and our crippled self-image as something better than a nation of panicked sheep. 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

How many years can some people exist before they're allowed to be free... Bob Dylan

Despite everybody who has been born and has died, the world has just gone on. I mean, look at Napoleon -but we went right on. Look at Harpo Marx - the world went around, it didn't stop for a second. It's sad but true. John Kennedy, right? Bob Dylan

Why wait any longer for the one you love When he's standing in front of you Bob Dylan

My big fear was that my guitar would go out of tune. Bob Dylan

Opportunities may come along for you to convert something -something that exists into something that didn't yet. That might be the beginning of it. Sometimes you just want to do things your way, want to see for yourself what lies behind the misty curtain. It's not like you see songs approaching and invite them in. It's not that easy. You want to write songs that are bigger than life. You want to say something about strange things that have happened to you, strange things you have seen. You have to know and understand something and then go past the vernacular. Bob Dylan

If you told the truth, that was all well and good and if you told the un-truth, well, that's still well and good. Folk songs had taught me that. Bob Dylan

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

Suddenly I found you and the spirit in me sings, Don't have to look no further, You're the soul of many things. Bob Dylan

You had no faith to lose and you know it. Bob Dylan

I'll remember you. When I've forgotten all the rest.You to me were true. You to me were the best. Bob Dylan

You swore you'd never compromise With the mystery tramp, but now you realise He's not selling any alibis As you stare into the vacuum of his eyes And say, do you want to make a deal How does it feel Bob Dylan

So I cut off my hair and I rode straight away, to the wild unknown country where I could not go wrong. Bob Dylan

Bent out of shape from society's pliers, cares not to come up any higher, but rather get you down in the hole that he's in. Bob Dylan

Done laid around, done stayed around This old town too long And it seems like I've got to travel on Bob Dylan

We're constantly being bombarded by insulting and humiliating music, which people are making for you the way they make those Wonder Bread products. Just as food can be bad for your system, music can be bad for your spiritual and emotional feelings. It might taste good or clever, but in the long run, it's not going to do anything for you. Bob Dylan

Ain't no use jiving, ain't no use joking, everything is broken. Bob Dylan

Michelangelo indeed could have carved out your features. Bob Dylan

Take me on a trip upon your magic swirling ship. Bob Dylan

One was Texas medicine, the other was just railroad gin, and like a fool I mixed them. Bob Dylan

Witchcraft scum exploiting the dumb turning children into punks and slaves. Bob Dylan

Proud to steal her anything she sees, but you will wind up peeking through her key hole down upon your knees. Bob Dylan

In this age of fiberglass, I'm searching for a gem. Bob Dylan

Obscenity, who really cares. Propaganda, all is phony. Bob Dylan

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

The only sound that's left after the ambulances go is Cinderella sweeping up on Desolation Row. Bob Dylan

They're selling postcards of the hanging. Bob Dylan

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

The National Bank at profit sells road maps for the soul. Bob Dylan

Good and bad, I define these terms, quite clear, no doubt, somehow. Bob Dylan

... When it came time to hire a guitar player ... I didn't even have to think about it ... Mike Bloomfield was the best guitar player I'd ever heard... Bob Dylan

If you choose to live outside the law, you must obey the law more stringently than anyone. Bob Dylan

Although the masters make the rules for the wise men and the fools, I've got nothing, Ma, to live up to. Bob Dylan

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

You walk into the room like a camel and then put your eyes in your pockets and your nose on the ground. Bob Dylan

Down the street the dogs are barking And the day is getting dark. As the night comes in a-falling, The dogs'll lose their bark And the silent night will shatter From the sounds inside my mind, For I'm one to many mornings And a thousand miles behind. From the crossroads of my doorstep, My eyes they start to fade, As I turn my head back to the room Where my love and I have laid.... Bob Dylan

May you have a strong foundation when the winds of change shift...and may you be forever young. Bob Dylan

The song was there before me, before I came along. I just sorta came down and just sorta took it down with a pencil, but it was there before I came around. Bob Dylan

And I'll know my song well before I start singing Bob Dylan

You should always take the best from the past, leave the worst back there and go forward into the future. Bob Dylan

I never wanted to be a prophet or a saviour. Elvis maybe Bob Dylan



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