16 Bob Marley Quotes That Are Surprisingly Insightful

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Happy Birthday, Bob Marley!

These days, it seems like almost everyone in the world knows who Bob Marley is, whether it's for his love of "the herb" or one of his many trade-mark songs like "I Shot the Sheriff," "One Love," of "Buffalo Soldier." The Jamaican singer, musician, and songwriter is the undisputed king of Reggae music around the world and sold over 20 million records during his career.

He also gained fame for being the first the first international superstar to arise out of a so-called "third world country" and though his is no longer with us, his music continues to inspire people all around the globe. What you may not know about the Reggae king however, was that when it comes to introspective quotes, Bob Marley was also brilliant.

You'll see what we mean here as we take a look at a collection of Bob Marley quotes that are surprisingly insightful, not just for a musician, but for anyone ever. Here you'll see that behind the huge, joyful smile that captivated the world, lay a man of incredible wisdom who share not only his music but his insight with the world. In case you're not familiar with Bob Marley, we'll also give you a few fun facts on the Reggae icon from throughout his life and career.


"If she's amazing, she won't be easy. If she's easy, she won't be amazing. If she's worth it, you won't give up. If you give up, you're not worthy."


"Every man gotta right to decide his own destiny."


"Some people feel the rain, others just get wet."


"You never know how strong you are until being strong is your only choice."


"Live for yourself and you will live in vain; live for others, and you will live again."


"One good thing about music- when it hits you, you feel no pain."


""You say you love rain, but you use an umbrella to walk under it. You say you love sun, but you seek shelter when it is shining. You say you love wind, but when it comes you close your windows. So that's why I'm scared when you say you love me."


"The people who were trying to make this world worse are not taking the day off. Why should I?"


"The day you stop racing is the day you win the race."


"Just because you are happy it does not mean that the day is perfect, but that you have looked beyond its imperfections."


"Love the life you live, live the life you love."


"The biggest coward of a man is to awaken the love of a woman without the intention of loving her."


"The winds that sometimes take something we love are the same that bring us something we learn to love. Therefore we should not cry about something that was taken from us, but, yes, love what we have been given; because what is really ours is never gone forever."


"Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery. None but ourselves can free our minds."


"Beginnings are usually scary, and endings are usually sad, but it's everything in between that makes it all worth living."


"The greatness of a man is not how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively."

Bob was born Nesta Robert Marley in St. Ann Parish, Jamaica in 1945. Though his mother was a 19-year-old country girl, his father was a white British naval captain who was nearly 60 at the time of his birth. Due to his mixed racial heritage, local kids sometimes referred to him as "White Boy," but he later stated that the experience helped shape his views for the better. He would later say, "I'm not on the white man's side, or the black man's side. I'm on God's side."

When Bob was a small child, he had an eerily accurate knack for reading people's palms and predicting their futures. At the age of only seven however, he declared that his own destiny was to become a singer and from that time on refused any requests for palm reading.

Before his solo career, he was in a band with his friends Bunny Livingston and Peter Tosh called the Wailing Wailers (later shortened to the Wailers), due to the fact that they considered themselves ghetto surfers.

Though raised a Catholic, Bob later converted to Rastafarianism, which was the inspiration for his dreadlocks, as well as the reason he loved smoking what he called "the herb." For him, it wasn't about the fun of getting high, but the belief that ganja was a sacred herb that helped bring spiritual enlightenment.

After the Wailers embarked on solo careers, Bob began producing the politically charged songs that became a trade-mark of his music. In them he covered issues such as unemployment, rationed food supplies, and the political violence he witnessed in Jamaica.

Two days before he was to play a free concert aimed at reducing political tensions called "Smile Jamaica" in 1976, he was attacked by an unknown gunman. Though he and his wife Rita were grazed with bullets, they both insisted on still taking the stage. The gesture of defiance enhanced both his popularity and determination, resulting in one of the most militant albums he would release throughout his career.

In 1977, Bob was diagnosed with a type of malignant melanoma under his toenail, causing doctors to advise him to amputate his toe. As this was against his religious beliefs however, Bob instead had only the nail and nail bed removed and slowly his condition continued to worsen. Bob passed away on May 11, 1981 at the age of 36 in a Miami hospital after the melanoma spread to his lungs and brain. His last words to his son Ziggy were "Money can't buy life.

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