QUOTING THE LEGEND

I don’t believe in death, neither in flesh nor in spirit.

When one door is closed, don’t you know, another is open.

Don’t gain the world and lose your soul. Wisdom is better than silver and gold.

In this great future, you can’t forget your past. —No Woman, No Cry, from the album Natty Dread (1974)

A hungry mob is an angry mob. —Them Belly Full (But We Hungry), from the album Natty Dread (1974)

All dese governments and dis this and that, these people that say they’re here to help, why them say you cannot smoke the herb? Herb… herb is a plant, you know? And when me check it, me can’t find no reason.” “All them say is, ‘it make you rebel’. Against what?

INTERVIEW (1979) WITH DYLAN TAITE IN AOTEAROA, NEW ZEALAND.

As a man sow, shall he reap. and I know that talk is cheap. But the heat of the battle is as sweet as the victory.

Babylon is everywhere. You have wrong and you have right. Wrong is what we call Babylon, wrong things. That is what Babylon is to me. I could have born in England, I could have born in America, it make no difference where me born, because there is Babylon everywhere.

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

Better to die fighting for freedom than be a prisoner all the days of your life.

Don’t trust people whose feelings change with time. Trust people whose feelings remain the same, even when the time changes.

Every day the bucket a-go a well, one day the bottom a-go drop out.

I SHOT THE SHERIFF, FROM THE ALBUM BURNIN’ (1973

Every time I plant a seed, He say kill it before it grow, he say kill it before they grow.

Everything is political. I will never be a politician or even think political. Me just deal with life and nature. That is the greatest thing to me.

Have no fear for atomic energy, ’cause none of them can stop the time.

I don’t know how to live good. I only know how to suffer.

If you’re white and you’re wrong, then you’re wrong; if you’re black and you’re wrong, you’re wrong. People are people. Black, blue, pink, green – God make no rules about color; only society make rules where my people suffer, and that why we must have redemption and redemption now.

I’ve been here before and will come again, but I’m not going this trip through.