Quotations From BOB DYLAN [ROBERT ALLEN ZIMMERMAN]


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  • Although the masters make the rules
    For the wise men and the fools
    I got nothing, Ma, to live up to.
    Bob Dylan [Robert Allen Zimmerman] (b. 1941), U.S. singer, songwriter. It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding) (song), on the album Bringing it all Back Home (1965).
  • Everything from toy guns that spark
    To flesh-colored Christs that glow in the dark
    It's easy to see without looking too far
    That not much is really sacred.
    Bob Dylan [Robert Allen Zimmerman] (b. 1941), U.S. singer, songwriter. "It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)," Bringing It All Back Home (1965).

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  • The line it is drawn
    The curse it is cast
    The slow one now
    Will later be fast
    As the present now
    Will later be past
    The order is
    Rapidly fadin'.
    And the first one now
    Will later be last
    For the times they are a-changin'.
    Bob Dylan [Robert Allen Zimmerman] (b. 1941), U.S. singer, songwriter. The Times They Are A-Changin' (song), on the album The Times They Are A-Changin' (1964).
  • 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).
  • 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).
  • I see my light come shining
    From the west unto the east
    Any day now, any day now,
    I shall be released.
    Bob Dylan [Robert Allen Zimmerman] (b. 1941), U.S. singer, songwriter. I Shall Be Released (song), recorded 1967, on the album The Basement Tapes (1975).

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  • Well, I don't know, but I've been told
    The streets in heaven are lined with gold.
    I ask you how things could get much worse
    If the Russians happen to get up there first;
    Wowee! pretty scary!
    Bob Dylan [Robert Allen Zimmerman] (b. 1941), U.S. singer, songwriter. "I Shall Be Free No. 10," Another Side of Bob Dylan (1964).

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  • I think of a hero as someone who understands the degree of responsibility that comes with his freedom.
    Bob Dylan [Robert Allen Zimmerman] (b. 1941), U.S. singer, songwriter. Interview in booklet accompanying the Biograph album set (1985).

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  • People today are still living off the table scraps of the sixties. They are still being passed around—the music and the ideas.
    Bob Dylan [Robert Allen Zimmerman] (b. 1941), U.S. singer, songwriter. Guardian (London, Feb. 13, 1992).

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  • When I first heard Elvis's voice I just knew that I wasn't going to work for anybody and nobody was gonna be my boss. Hearing him for the first time was like busting out of jail.
    Bob Dylan [Robert Allen Zimmerman] (b. 1941), U.S. singer, songwriter. Comment, in US (New York, August 1987). On the anniversary of Presley's death.

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