Bob Dylan

(1941 / Duluth, Minnesota)

Bob Dylan Quotes

  • ''She knows there's no success like failure
    And that failure's no success at all.''
    Bob Dylan [Robert Allen Zimmerman] (b. 1941), U.S. singer, songwriter. Love Minus Zero/No Limit (song), on the album Bringing it all Back Home (1965).
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  • ''In ceremonies of the horsemen,
    Even the pawn must hold a grudge.''
    Bob Dylan [Robert Allen Zimmerman] (b. 1941), U.S. singer, songwriter. Love Minus Zero/No Limit (song), on the album Bringing it all Back Home (1965).
  • ''In the dime stores and bus stations,
    People talk of situations,
    Read books, repeat quotations,
    Draw conclusions on the wall.''
    Bob Dylan [Robert Allen Zimmerman] (b. 1941), U.S. singer, songwriter. Love Minus Zero/No Limit (song), on the album Bringing it all Back Home (1965).
  • ''I had to say something
    To strike him very weird,
    So I yelled out,
    "I like Fidel Castro and his beard."''
    Bob Dylan [Robert Allen Zimmerman] (b. 1941), U.S. singer, songwriter. "Motorpsycho Nightmare," Another Side of Bob Dylan (1964).
  • ''Ah, but I was so much older then,
    I'm younger than that now.''
    Bob Dylan [Robert Allen Zimmerman] (b. 1941), U.S. singer, songwriter. My Back Pages (song), on the album Another Side of Bob Dylan (1964).
  • ''You got a lotta nerve
    To say you are my friend
    When I was down
    You just stood there grinning.''
    Bob Dylan [Robert Allen Zimmerman] (b. 1941), U.S. singer, songwriter. Positively 4th Street (song) (1965), re-released on Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits (1967).
  • ''It pays to know who your friends are but it also pays to know you ain't got any friends.''
    Bob Dylan [Robert Allen Zimmerman] (b. 1941), U.S. singer, songwriter. "Prelude to the Flatpick," Tarantula (1970).
  • ''I've been up the mountain and I had a choice. Should I come down? So I came down. God said, "Okay, you've been up on the mountain, now you go down. You're on your own, free. Check in later, but now you're on your own."''
    Bob Dylan [Robert Allen Zimmerman] (b. 1941), U.S. singer, songwriter. Quoted in Clinton Heylin, Dylan: Behind the Shades, ch. 22 (1991). Said on his decision to return to live performances in 1975. Shortly after, Dylan embarked on the "Rolling Thunder Review."
  • ''In writing songs I've learned as much from Cézanne as I have from Woody Guthrie.''
    Bob Dylan [Robert Allen Zimmerman] (b. 1941), U.S. singer, songwriter. Quoted in Clinton Heylin, Dylan: Behind the Shades, ch. 25 (1991).
  • ''Jesus tapped me on the shoulder and said, Bob, why are you resisting me? I said, I'm not resisting you! He said, You gonna follow me? I said, I've never thought about that before! He said, When you're not following me, you're resisting me.''
    Bob Dylan [Robert Allen Zimmerman] (b. 1941), U.S. singer, songwriter. quoted in Q Magazine (London, Jan. 1990). Said on stage at Syracuse, New York, May 1980.

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Best Poem of Bob Dylan

On The Road Again

Well, I woke up in the morning
There's frogs inside my socks
Your mama, she's a-hidin'
Inside the icebox
Your daddy walks in wearin'
A Napoleon Bonaparte mask
Then you ask why I don't live here
Honey, do you have to ask?

Well, I go to pet your monkey
I get a face full of claws
I ask who's in the fireplace
And you tell me Santa Claus
The milkman comes in
He's wearing a derby hat
Then you ask why I don't live here
Honey, how come you have to ask me that?

Well, I asked for something to eat
I'm hungry as a hog
So I ...

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In My Time of Dyin'

Well, in my time of dying don't want nobody to mourn
All I want for you to do is take my body home
Well, well, well, so I can die easy
Well, well, well
Well, well, well, so I can die easy
Jesus gonna make up, Jesus gonna make up
Jesus gonna make up my dying bed

Well, meet me Jesus, meet me, meet me

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