Quotations From BOB DYLAN [ROBERT ALLEN ZIMMERMAN]


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  • 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 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).

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  • Don't follow leaders
    Watch the parkin' meters.
    Bob Dylan [Robert Allen Zimmerman] (b. 1941), U.S. singer, songwriter. Subterranean Homesick Blues (song), on the album Bringing it all Back Home (1965).
  • You learn from a conglomeration of the incredible past—whatever experience gotten in any way whatsoever.
    Bob Dylan [Robert Allen Zimmerman] (b. 1941), U.S. singer, songwriter. "Subterranean Homesick Blues & the Blond Waltz," Tarantula (1970).
  • 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 [Robert Allen Zimmerman] (b. 1941), U.S. singer, songwriter. Interview, 1966, with Robert Shelton. Shelton, No Direction Home (1986).

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  • This land is your land & this land is my land—sure—but the world is run by those that never listen to music anyway.
    Bob Dylan [Robert Allen Zimmerman] (b. 1941), U.S. singer, songwriter. "Sacred Cracked Voice & the Jingle Jangle Morning," Tarantula (1970). See also Woody Guthrie's lyrics under "land, the."

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  • I like America, just as everybody else does. I love America, I gotta say that. But America will be judged.
    Bob Dylan [Robert Allen Zimmerman] (b. 1941), U.S. singer, songwriter. Quoted in "Saved: Bob Dylan's Conversion to Christianity," Wanted Man, ed. John Bauldie (1990). on stage, Nov. 26, 1979, in Tempe, Arizona.

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  • They'll stone you when you're riding in your car.
    They'll stone you when you're playing your guitar.
    Yes, but I would not feel so all alone,
    Everybody must get stoned.
    Bob Dylan [Robert Allen Zimmerman] (b. 1941), U.S. singer, songwriter. Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 (song), on the album Blonde on Blonde (1968).

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  • Sailin' 'round the world in a dirty gondola
    Oh, to be back in the land of Coca-Cola!
    Bob Dylan [Robert Allen Zimmerman] (b. 1941), U.S. singer, songwriter. On the album More Greatest Hits (1972). "When I Paint My Masterpiece," (1971).

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  • All this talk about equality. The only thing people really have in common is that they are all going to die.
    Bob Dylan [Robert Allen Zimmerman] (b. 1941), U.S. singer, songwriter. Remark, 1966. Quoted in Robert Shelton, "Kaddish," ch. 1, No Direction Home (1986).

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