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Wikipedia Summary for Bob Marley

Robert Nesta Marley, (6 February 1945 – 11 May 1981) was a Jamaican singer, songwriter, and musician. Considered one of the pioneers of reggae, his musical career was marked by fusing elements of reggae, ska, and rocksteady, as well as his distinctive vocal and songwriting style. Marley's contributions to music increased the visibility of Jamaican music worldwide, and made him a global figure in popular culture for over a decade. Over the course of his career Marley became known as a Rastafari icon, and he infused his music with a sense of spirituality. He is also considered a global symbol of Jamaican music and culture and identity, and was controversial in his outspoken support for the legalization of marijuana, while he also advocated for Pan-Africanism.

Born in Nine Mile, British Jamaica, Marley began his professional musical career in 1963, after forming Bob Marley and the Wailers. The group released its debut studio album The Wailing Wailers in 1965, which contained the single "One Love/People Get Ready"; the song was popular worldwide, and established the group as a rising figure in reggae. The Wailers subsequently released eleven further studio albums; while initially employing louder instrumentation and singing, the group began engaging in rhythmic-based song construction in the late 1960s and early 1970s, which coincided with the singer's conversion to Rastafari. During this period Marley relocated to London, and the group embodied their musical shift with the release of the album The Best of The Wailers (1971).

The group attained international success after the release of the albums Catch a Fire and Burnin' (both 1973), and forged a reputation as touring artists. Following the disbandment of the Wailers a year later, Marley went on to release his solo material under the band's name. His debut studio album Natty Dread (1974) received positive reception, as did its follow-up Rastaman Vibration (1976). A few months after the album's release Marley survived an assassination attempt at his home in Jamaica, which prompted him to permanently relocate to London. During his time in London he recorded the album Exodus (1977); it incorporated elements of blues, soul, and British rock and enjoyed widespread commercial and critical success.

In 1977, Marley was diagnosed with acral lentiginous melanoma; he died as a result of the illness in 1981. His fans around the world expressed their grief, and he received a state funeral in Jamaica. The greatest hits album Legend was released in 1984, and became the best-selling reggae album of all time. Marley also ranks as one of the best-selling music artists of all time, with estimated sales of more than 75 million records worldwide. He was posthumously honored by Jamaica soon after his death with a designated Order of Merit by his nation. In 1994, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Rolling Stone ranked him No. 11 on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

Love hard when there is love to be had.

--Bob Marley

Longer Version:

Love hard when there is love to be had. Because perfect guys don't exist, but there's always one guy that is perfect for you.


Love the life you live, and live the life you love.

--Bob Marley

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

--Bob Marley

The hotter the battle the sweeter the victory.

--Bob Marley

Until the philosophy Which hold one race superior And another inferior, Is finally and permanently, Discredited and abandoned Everywhere is war.

--Bob Marley

Longer Version:

Until the philosophy which holds one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned, everywhere is war. And until there are no longer first-class and second-class citizens of any nation, until the colour of a man's skin is of no more significance than the colour of his eyes. And until the basic human rights are equally guaranteed to all without regard to race, there is war. And until that day, the dream of lasting peace, world citizenship, rule of international morality, will remain but a fleeting illusion to be pursued, but never attained... now everywhere is war.

- Popularized by Bob Marley in the song War.


Beginnings are usually scary, and endings are usually sad, but it's everything in between that makes it all worth living.

--Bob Marley

You can fool some people sometimes, but you can't fool all the people all the time.

--Bob Marley

Just can't live that negative way, make way for the positive day.

--Bob Marley

Sun is shining. Weather is sweet. Make you wanna move your dancing feet.

--Bob Marley

In their presence, there's no need for continuous conversation, but you find you're quite content in just having them nearby.

--Bob Marley

Truth is, everybody is going to hurt you; you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for.

--Bob Marley

Judge not before you judge yourself. Judge not if you're not ready for judgment.

--Bob Marley

I do smoke, but I don't go through all this trouble just because I want to make my drug of choice legal. It's about personal freedom. We should have the right in this country to do what we want, if we don't hurt anybody.

--Bob Marley

If something can corrupt you, you're corrupted already.

--Bob Marley

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?

--Bob Marley

The Truth An Offense But Not A Sin.

--Bob Marley

There's a natural mystic blowing through the air. If you listen carefully now, you will hear.

--Bob Marley

I believe in freedom for everyone, not just the black man.

--Bob Marley

Life seems completely different, exciting and worthwhile. Your only hope and security is in knowing that they are a part of your life.

--Bob Marley

Reggae is my heart ♥ reggae is my soul.

--Bob Marley

The fittest of the fittest shall survive !

--Bob Marley

One of my good friends said, in a reggae riddim, don't jump in the water if you can't swim.

--Bob Marley

Everything in life got its purpose. Find its reason in every season.

--Bob Marley

It is better to live on the house top than to live in a house full of confusion.

--Bob Marley

The stone that the builder refused shall be the head corner stone.

--Bob Marley

He who feels it, knows it more.

--Bob Marley

Everyone in life is gonna hurt you, you just have to figure out which people are worth the pain.

--Bob Marley

Today they say that we are free, only to be chained in poverty.

--Bob Marley

From the very first time I rest my eyes on you, girl,
My heart says follow through.

--Bob Marley

I-man say don't make jah body a graveyard for de dead animals.

--Bob Marley

A hungry mob is an angry mob.

--Bob Marley

Judge not, before you judge yourself.
Judge not, if you're not ready for judgment.

--Bob Marley

Longer Version:

Judge not, before you judge yourself.
Judge not, if you're not ready for judgment.
The Road of life is rocky and you may stumble too,
so while you talk about me, someone else is judging you.


Love, friendship, laughter... Some of the best things in life really are free.

--Bob Marley

God created people in technicolor. God has never made a difference between black, white, blue, green or pink.

--Bob Marley

No chains around my feet, But I'm not free.

--Bob Marley

The people that are making this world worse don't take a day off, how can I?

--Bob Marley

This music is about struggle. Reggae is a vehicle to carry a message of freedom and peace.

--Bob Marley

One bright morning when my work is over I will fly away home.

--Bob Marley

Good friends we have had, oh good friends we've lost along the way
In this bright future you can't forget your past
So dry your tears I say.

--Bob Marley

When you smoke, you don't want to war.

--Bob Marley

Have pity on those whose chances grow thinner, there ain't no hiding place from the Father of Creation.

--Bob Marley

So you think you've found the solution but it's just another illusion.

--Bob Marley

They gave me star treatment when I was making a lot of money. But I was just as good when I was poor.

--Bob Marley

Ziggy, when you go up bring me up and when you go down don't let me down. Stephen, Money can't buy you life.

--Bob Marley

Don't shed no tears, no woman, no cry.

--Bob Marley

Tell the children the truth.

--Bob Marley

What important is man should live in righteousness, in natural love for mankind.

--Bob Marley

My future is righteousness.

--Bob Marley

You open your heart knowing that there's a chance it may be broken one day and in opening your heart, you experience a love and joy that you never dreamed possible.

--Bob Marley

Longer Version:

You open your heart knowing that there's a chance it may be broken one day and in opening your heart, you experience a love and joy that you never dreamed possible. You find that being vulnerable is the only way to allow your heart to feel true pleasure that's so real it scares you.


Because when you unite, that is the power of God, you know. God love Love, which is unity. So when you unite, you get the whole power of God. That's what him want. Until Black people unite...if the Black people don't unite, the world, no one, no one can live good.

--Bob Marley

Only once in your life, I truly believe, you find someone who can completely turn your world around.

--Bob Marley

We should really love each other in peace and harmony, instead we're fussin' n fighting like we ain't supposed to be.

--Bob Marley

When the race gets hard to run. It means you just can't take the peace.

--Bob Marley

Facts an' facts, an' t'ings an t'ings: dem's all a lotta fockin' bullshit. Hear me! Dere is no truth but de one truth, an' that is the truth of Jah Rastafari.

--Bob Marley

Make way for the positive day.

--Bob Marley

What does rasta mean? Righteousness.

--Bob Marley

I shot the sheriff, but I didn't shoot no deputy.

--Bob Marley

The winds that sometimes take something we love, are the same that bring us something we learn to love. Therefore we should not cry about something that was taken from us, but, yes, love what we have been given. Because what is really ours is never gone forever.

--Bob Marley

Music and herb go together. It's been a long time now I smoke herb. From 1960's, when I first start singing.

--Bob Marley

There comes a time as an artist, can't follow the crowd. You have to do YOU, and make the crowd follow you.

--Bob Marley

Well, me don't swim too tough so me don't go in the water too deep.

--Bob Marley

Take that veil from off of your eyes, look into the future of realize.

--Bob Marley

Man can't do without God. Just like you're thirsty, you have to drink water. You just can't go without God.

--Bob Marley

And me, I know that there is a god. Cause I know who god is.

--Bob Marley

The beauty of love. The love of beauty. The greener you are, the wiser you will be.

--Bob Marley

Jah sitteth in Mount Zion, and rules all creation!

--Bob Marley

I'm gonna be Iron, like a Lion in Zion.

--Bob Marley

Oh Mockingbird have you ever heard words that I've never heard.

--Bob Marley

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.

--Bob Marley

He's not perfect. You aren't either, and the two of you will never be perfect. But if he can make you laugh at least once, causes you to think twice, and if he admits to being human and making mistakes, hold onto him and give him the most you can.

--Bob Marley

Longer Version:

He's not perfect. You aren't either, and the two of you will never be perfect. But if he can make you laugh at least once, causes you to think twice, and if he admits to being human and making mistakes, hold onto him and give him the most you can. He isn't going to quote poetry, he's not thinking about you every moment, but he will give you a part of him that he knows you could break. Don't hurt him, don't change him, and don't expect for more than he can give. Don't analyze. Smile when he makes you happy, yell when he makes you mad, and miss him when he's not there. Love hard when there is love to be had. Because perfect guys don't exist, but there's always one guy that is perfect for you.


She may not be the most popular or prettiest but if you love her and she makes you smile.. what else matters?

--Bob Marley

Rise and take your stance once again.

--Bob Marley

Rise O fallen fighters, rise and take your stance again, He who fight and run away, Live to fight another day.

--Bob Marley

You find that being vulnerable is the only way to allow your heart to feel true pleasure that's so real it scares you. You find strength in knowing you have a true friend and possibly a soul mate who will remain loyal to the end.

--Bob Marley

Your recipe, darling, is so tasty, and you sure can stir your pot.

--Bob Marley

How good and how pleasant it would be before God and man, yeah to see the unification of all Africans.

--Bob Marley

You not supposed to feel down over whatever happen to you. I mean, you're supposed to use whatever happen to you as some type of upper, not a downer.

--Bob Marley

Your Worst Enemy Could Be Your Best Friend andamp;andamp; Your Best Friend Your Worst Enemy.

--Bob Marley

Though the road's been rocky it sure feels good to me.

--Bob Marley

Politics and church are the same. They keep the people in ignorance.

--Bob Marley

A foolish dog barks at a flying bird.

--Bob Marley

Complaints are prayers to the devil.

--Bob Marley

The most beautiful curve on a woman's body is her smile.

--Bob Marley

The most beautiful things are not perfect, they are special.

--Bob Marley

Overcome the devils with a thing called love.

--Bob Marley

Live for yourself and you will live in vain. Live for others and you will live again.

--Bob Marley

You just can't live that negative way.
You know what I mean. Make way for the positive day. Cause it's a new day.

--Bob Marley

When the morning gathers the rainbow, want you to know I'm a rainbow too.

--Bob Marley

Football is Freedom, a whole universe.

--Bob Marley

Football is a part of I. When I play, the world wakes up around me.

--Bob Marley

Light up the darkness.

--Bob Marley

In the abundance of water -- the fool is thirsty.

--Bob Marley

I woke up this morning,
Smiled at the rising sun,
Three little birds,
Sat on my doorstep,
Singing sweet songs.

--Bob Marley

One love, one heart.

--Bob Marley

Longer Version:

One love, one heart ...
Let's get together and feel all right.


Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery.
None but ourselves can free our minds.

--Bob Marley

Never do they hurt your feelings or make you feel like you are not good enough, but rather they build you up and show you the things about yourself that make you special and even beautiful.

--Bob Marley

We don't have education, we have inspiration; if I was educated I would be a damn fool.

--Bob Marley

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