Bob Marley

  • Jamaican musician
  • Born February 6, 1945
  • Died May 11, 1981

Robert Nesta Marley, OM (6 February 1945 – 11 May 1981) was a Jamaican singer, songwriter and musician. Considered one of the pioneers of reggae, his musical career was marked by blending elements of reggae, ska, and rocksteady, as well as forging a smooth and distinctive vocal and songwriting style. Over the course of his career Marley became known as a Rastafari icon; he sought to infuse his music with a sense of spirituality. He is also considered a global symbol of Jamaican culture and identity, and was controversial in his outspoken support for the legalization of marijuana, while he also advocated for Pan-Africanism.

The more people smoke herb, the more Babylon fall.

I don't know how to live good. I only know how to suffer.

God sent me on earth. He send me to do something, and nobody can stop me. If God want to stop me, then I stop. Man never can.

When you smoke the herb, it reveals you to yourself.

As a man sow, shall he reap. and I know that talk is cheap. But the heat of the battle is as sweet as the victory.

Truth is everybody is going to hurt you: you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for.

Me is a common sense man. That mean when me explain things, me explain it in a very simple way; that mean if I explain it to a baby, the baby will understand too, you know.

The devil ain't got no power over me. The devil come, and me shake hands with the devil. Devil have his part to play. Devil's a good friend, too... because when you don't know him, that's the time he can mosh you down.

The devil ain't got no power over me. The devil come, and me shake hands with the devil. Devil have his part to play. Devil's a good friend, too... because when you don't know him, that's the time he can mosh you down.

Me only have one ambition, y'know. I only have one thing I really like to see happen. I like to see mankind live together - black, white, Chinese, everyone - that's all.

When one door is closed, don't you know, another is open.

Get up, stand up, Stand up for your rights. Get up, stand up, Don't give up the fight.

I don't believe in death, neither in flesh nor in spirit.

What important is man should live in righteousness, in natural love for mankind.

You not supposed to feel down over whatever happen to you. I mean, you're supposed to use whatever happen to you as some type of upper, not a downer.

I no have education. I have inspiration. If I was educated, I would be a damn fool.

Bob Marley isn't my name. I don't even know my name yet.

If you're white and you're wrong, then you're wrong; if you're black and you're wrong, you're wrong. People are people. Black, blue, pink, green - God make no rules about color; only society make rules where my people suffer, and that why we must have redemption and redemption now.

My music fights against the system that teaches to live and die.

It take many a year, mon, and maybe some bloodshed must be, but righteousness someday prevail.

Every man gotta right to decide his own destiny.

Tell the children the truth.

Tell the children the truth.

Open your eyes, look within. Are you satisfied with the life you're living?

Herb is the healing of a nation, alcohol is the destruction.

You entertain people who are satisfied. Hungry people can't be entertained - or people who are afraid. You can't entertain a man who has no food.

I don't stand for the black man's side, I don' t stand for the white man's side. I stand for God's side.

If you get down and quarell everyday, you're saying prayers to the devil, I say.

Me don't dip on nobody's side. Me don't dip on the black man's side, not the white man's side. Me dip on God's side, the one who create me and cause me to come from black and white.

My music will go on forever. Maybe it's a fool say that, but when me know facts me can say facts. My music will go on forever.

You have to be someone.

Rastafari not a culture, it's a reality.

If something can corrupt you, you're corrupted already.

Money can't buy life.

Money can't buy life.

I've been here before and will come again, but I'm not going this trip through.

In this bright future you can't forget your past.

Prejudice is a chain, it can hold you. If you prejudice, you can't move, you keep prejudice for years. Never get nowhere with that.

People want to listen to a message, word from Jah. This could be passed through me or anybody. I am not a leader. Messenger. The words of the songs, not the person, is what attracts people.