Bob Dylan

  • American musician
  • Born May 24, 1941

Bob Dylan (born Robert Allen Zimmerman; May 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter, author, poet, and visual artist who has been a major figure in popular culture for more than fifty years. Much of his most celebrated work dates from the 1960s, when songs such as "Blowin' in the Wind" (1963) and "The Times They Are a-Changin'" (1964) became anthems for the Civil Rights Movement and anti-war movement. His lyrics during this period incorporated a wide range of political, social, philosophical, and literary influences, defied pop-music conventions and appealed to the burgeoning counterculture.

It's hard to speculate what tomorrow may bring.

I'm not the kind of cat that's going to cut off an ear if I can't do something.

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

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.

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.

I'm inconsistent, even to myself.

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.

To live outside the law, you must be honest.

To live outside the law, you must be honest.

A lot of people don't like the road, but it's as natural to me as breathing.

In ceremonies of the horsemen, even the pawn must hold a grudge.

I'm just glad to be feeling better. I really thought I'd be seeing Elvis soon.

When you cease to exist, then who will you blame?

In the dime stores and bus stations, people talk of situations, read books, repeat quotations, draw conclusions on the wall.

People have different emotional levels. Especially when you're young.

I can't stand to see myself on television.

I realize I don't do a very good job in keeping up to date, but I try to.

I like America, just as everybody else does. I love America, I gotta say that. But America will be judged.

You can't be happy by doing something groovy.

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.

No one is free, even the birds are chained to the sky.

No one is free, even the birds are chained to the sky.

I'm not a playwright.

The people in my songs are all me.

A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom.

I can't act!

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 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.

I think of a hero as someone who understands the degree of responsibility that comes with his freedom.

It's not easy to define poetry.

People today are still living off the table scraps of the sixties. They are still being passed around - the music and the ideas.

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

I define nothing. Not beauty, not patriotism. I take each thing as it is, without prior rules about what it should be.

Nothing can affect my voice, it's so bad.

I'm sick of giving creeps money off my soul.

I really didn't consider myself happy or unhappy.

I've never written a political song. Songs can't save the world. I've gone through all that.

You just don't wake up one day and decide that you need to write songs.