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A song is anything that can walk by itself
Everybody must get stoned
I always thought he sounded just like Yogi Bear. (on Bob Dylan)
- Mick Ronson
I don't know how I got to write those songs. Those early songs were almost magically written.
I was heading for the fantastic lights, destiny was looking right at me and nobody else.
A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do.
The only person you have to think about lying twice to is either yourself or to God. The press isn't either of them. And I just figured they're irrelevant.
I never wanted to be a prophet or savior. Elvis maybe. I could easily see myself becoming him. But prophet? No.
He not busy being born is busy dying.
Take care of all your memories. For you cannot relive them.
All this talk about equality. The only thing people really have in common is that they are all going to die.
All I can do is be me, whoever that is.
I accept chaos, I'm not sure whether it accepts me.
This land is your land and this land is my land, sure, but the world is run by those that never listen to music anyway.
No one is free, even the birds are chained to the sky.
He who's not busy being born is busy dying.
There is nothing so stable as change.
Yesterday's just a memory, tomorrow is never what it's supposed to be.
Being noticed can be a burden. Jesus got himself crucified because he got himself noticed. So I disappear a lot.
Chaos is a friend of mine.
All the truth in the world adds up to one big lie.
Money doesn't talk, it swears.
To live outside the law, you must be honest.
I define nothing. Not beauty, not patriotism. I take each thing as it is, without prior rules about what it should be.
I am against nature. I don't dig nature at all. I think nature is very unnatural. I think the truly natural things are dreams, which nature can't touch with decay.
I think a poet is anybody who wouldn't call himself a poet.
When you cease to exist, then who will you blame?
Don't matter how much money you got, there's only two kinds of people: there's saved people and there's lost people.
You've got a lot of nerve, To say you are my friend, When I was down, you just stood there grinning.
Well, the future for me is already a thing of the past.
A mistake is to commit a misunderstanding.
Just because you like my stuff doesn't mean I owe you anything.
A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom.
A lot of people can't stand touring but to me it's like breathing. I do it because I'm driven to do it.
At times in my life the only place I have been happy is when I am on stage.
Basically you have to suppress your own ambitions in order to be who you need to be.
Being on tour is like being in limbo. It's like going from nowhere to nowhere.
Democracy don't rule the world, You'd better get that in your head; This world is ruled by violence, But I guess that's better left unsaid.
Don't follow leaders, watch your parkin' meters.
I don't think the human mind can comprehend the past and the future. They are both just illusions that can manipulate you into thinking theres some kind of change.
I have dined with kings, I've been offered wings. And I've never been too impressed.
I say there're no depressed words just depressed minds.
I'll let you be in my dreams if I can be in yours.
I'm just glad to be feeling better. I really thought I'd be seeing Elvis soon.
I'm speaking for all of us. I'm the spokesman for a generation.
I've never written a political song. Songs can't save the world. I've gone through all that.
If I wasn't Bob Dylan, I'd probably think that Bob Dylan has a lot of answers myself.
In ceremonies of the horsemen, even the pawn must hold a grudge.
People today are still living off the table scraps of the sixties. They are still being passed around - the music and the ideas.
People seldom do what they believe in. They do what is convenient, then repent.
The radio makes hideous sounds.
What good are fans? You can't eat applause for breakfast. You can't sleep with it.
You learn from a conglomeration of the incredible past - whatever experience gotten in any way whatsoever.
If the point is sharp, and the arrow is swift, it can pierce through the dust no matter how thick.
When you feel in your gut what you are and then dynamically pursue it - don't back down and don't give up - then you're going to mystify a lot of folks.
Everything passes. Everything changes. Just do what you think you should do.
If you need somebody you can trust, trust yourself.
When you ain't got nothin', you got nothin' to lose.
For them that think death's honesty won't fall upon them naturally life sometimes must get lonely.
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?
Sailing round the world in a dirty gondola oh, to be back in the land of Coca-Cola!
Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet.
The pump don't work 'cause the vandals took the handles.
- Bob Dylan
(1965 Subterranean Homesick Blues)
The times, they are a changin'.
- Bob Dylan
When Jerry Garcia passed away Bob Dylan saluted the Grateful Dead verbally by saying they made "electronic Dixieland".
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