Happy Birthday, Bob Dylan! 20 Quotes to Honor the Legendary Musical Icon

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Happy birthday, Bob Dylan! The legendary singer-songwriter turns 74 today -- that's a lot of candles blowin' in the wind (sorry, couldn't stop myself). Seriously though, few people can claim to have accomplished as much in as many years. Prolific doesn't even begin to describe the pioneering musician's profound -- and profoundly influential -- career. So in honor of Bob's big day, we've put together a list of 20 of our favorite quotes.


1. A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom.

2. No one is free, even the birds are chained to the sky.

3. Take care of all your memories, for you cannot relive them.

4. There is nothing so stable as change.

5. 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.

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6. What's money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.

7. All I can do is be me, whoever that is.

8. Yesterday's just a memory, tomorrow is never what it's supposed to be.

9. 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.

10. I define nothing. Not beauty, not patriotism. I take each thing as it is, without prior rules about what it should be.

11. 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.

12. All the truth in the world adds up to one big lie.

13. A song is anything that can walk by itself.

14. I accept chaos, I'm not sure whether it accepts me.

15. Behind every beautiful thing, there's some kind of pain.

16. Don't criticize what you can't understand.

17. Sometimes it's not enough to know what things mean, sometimes you have to know what things don't mean.

18. I think women rule the world and that no man has ever done anything that a woman either hasn't allowed him to do or encouraged him to do.

19. He not busy being born is busy dying.

20. When you've got nothing, you've got nothing to lose.

What's your favorite Bob Dylan quote?


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