With his distinctive voice and songwriting approach, American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan became well-known in the folk music scene in the early 1960s. Since he created songs that encapsulated the spirit of civil rights and anti-war movements, his music had a significant impact on the social and political landscape of the period. Additionally, Bob Dylan’s songs had an impact on later musical generations as well as the 1960s popular music sound. The best quotes by Bob Dylan have the same impact he has had over the years.
Bob Dylan, an American master and the “Voice of a Generation,” was born on May 24, 1941. Dylan has established himself as a classic American musician who has integrated several musical genres and written songs that openly conveyed his political perspective, ultimately pushing others to do the same. This is in addition to the fact that he has spent the previous 50 years creating and performing record-breaking music. Some of the best quotes by Bob Dylan were said during his 50 years of career, where he has been active every second of it.
Dylan, who became the first musician to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature, changed the course of the American folk movement and, in the words of the Swedish Academy, “created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.”
82-year-old now, Bob Dylan’s songs continue to inspire, calm, and “vibe” his listeners. The best quotes by Bob Dylan are those that contain his free spirit and unique taste.
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- “I’ve never been able to understand the seriousness of it all, the seriousness of pride. People talk, act, and live as if they’re never going to die. And what do they leave behind? Nothing. Nothing but a mask.”
A quote by Bob Dylan that really puts up a mirror to life. As human beings, we tend to spend our time blowing our own trumpets, and not being as grounded and grateful as we could be.
Once the life we have falls out through our fingers, we don’t leave behind the pride, or the attitude. We leave behind nothing.
- “Behind every beautiful thing, there’s some kind of pain”
Quite Oscar Wilde worthy quote by Bob Dylan here. There could be two perspectives on this, one that encourages us to see the good in bad; to see the beauty that comes behind pain.
Another one- once a human embraces pain in their life, that’s when they can churn out the true beauty of life.
- “I consider myself a poet first and a musician second. I live like a poet and I’ll die like a poet.”
Being the great singer-songwriter he is, it is well conveyed through Bob Dylan’s songs how poetic and meaningful his lyricism is. He considers his career, and writing process like that of a poet.
- “Passion is a young man’s game. Young people can be passionate. Older people got to be wiser. I mean, you’re around awhile, you leave certain things to the young. Don’t try to act like you’re young. You could really hurt yourself.”
Kind of an interesting take on the “passion is forever” mindset here. Young people are bound to be way more energetic and passionate in comparison. As they grow older, they don’t lose that passion ofcourse, but they have had enough experiences along the way to make them wise and wisdomous.
Hence, passion is a young individual’s game and wisdom that of older people.
- “People seldom do what they believe in. They do what is convenient, then repent”
A very “follow your gut” type quote by Bob Dylan. He says one should do what they believe in, even though it is the hard route taken.
Sometimes, the convenient way is not the right way. Many-a-times people choose what’s convenient and then regret their decisions later.
- “No one is free, even the birds are chained to the sky.”
A quote by Bob Dylan that makes you question is all. Does justice to the fact that he says he is a poet.
He tries to hint towards that we are all somehow caged in our daily routines. We do the same thing everyday- like the the birds fly all day.
Even though that is our purpose, but it still is like we are chained.
- “Everything passes. Everything changes. Just do what you think you should do.”
Ending this with a motivating quote by Bob Dylan. Whatever you are going thorugh, shall pass! Whatever troubles you, will go away!
Just do what your heart truly says and it will be alright!
While he turns 82 this year, Bob Dylan’s songs will continue to be on music lovers’ daily playlists, charts, and more. His songs and his amazing songwriting has created a benchmark for the millions of people who aspire to be one!