Quotations From BOB DYLAN [ROBERT ALLEN ZIMMERMAN]


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  • It pays to know who your friends are but it also pays to know you ain't got any friends.
    Bob Dylan [Robert Allen Zimmerman] (b. 1941), U.S. singer, songwriter. "Prelude to the Flatpick," Tarantula (1970).
  • 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.
    Bob Dylan [Robert Allen Zimmerman] (b. 1941), U.S. singer, songwriter. Quoted in Robert Shelton, No Direction Home, ch. 1, "Kaddish," (1986).

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  • Don't matter how much money you got, there's only two kinds of people: there's saved people and there's lost people.
    Bob Dylan [Robert Allen Zimmerman] (b. 1941), U.S. singer, songwriter. Quoted in "Saved: Bob Dylan's Conversion to Christianity," Wanted Man, ed. John Bauldie (1990). On stage, Nov. 26, 1979, in Tempe, Arizona.

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  • You learn from a conglomeration of the incredible past—whatever experience gotten in any way whatsoever.
    Bob Dylan [Robert Allen Zimmerman] (b. 1941), U.S. singer, songwriter. "Subterranean Homesick Blues & the Blond Waltz," Tarantula (1970).
  • This land is your land & this land is my land—sure—but the world is run by those that never listen to music anyway.
    Bob Dylan [Robert Allen Zimmerman] (b. 1941), U.S. singer, songwriter. "Sacred Cracked Voice & the Jingle Jangle Morning," Tarantula (1970). See also Woody Guthrie's lyrics under "land, the."

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  • I like America, just as everybody else does. I love America, I gotta say that. But America will be judged.
    Bob Dylan [Robert Allen Zimmerman] (b. 1941), U.S. singer, songwriter. Quoted in "Saved: Bob Dylan's Conversion to Christianity," Wanted Man, ed. John Bauldie (1990). on stage, Nov. 26, 1979, in Tempe, Arizona.

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  • All this talk about equality. The only thing people really have in common is that they are all going to die.
    Bob Dylan [Robert Allen Zimmerman] (b. 1941), U.S. singer, songwriter. Remark, 1966. Quoted in Robert Shelton, "Kaddish," ch. 1, No Direction Home (1986).

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  • In writing songs I've learned as much from C├ęzanne as I have from Woody Guthrie.
    Bob Dylan [Robert Allen Zimmerman] (b. 1941), U.S. singer, songwriter. Quoted in Clinton Heylin, Dylan: Behind the Shades, ch. 25 (1991).
  • I think of a hero as someone who understands the degree of responsibility that comes with his freedom.
    Bob Dylan [Robert Allen Zimmerman] (b. 1941), U.S. singer, songwriter. Interview in booklet accompanying the Biograph album set (1985).

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  • People today are still living off the table scraps of the sixties. They are still being passed around—the music and the ideas.
    Bob Dylan [Robert Allen Zimmerman] (b. 1941), U.S. singer, songwriter. Guardian (London, Feb. 13, 1992).

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