Today marks what should have been Bob Marley’s 70th birthday. To call him a talented man is an understatement. Marley was wise beyond his years, with such a powerful connection to music and words. His untimely death at 36 was a great tragedy. While it hurts to think of how much good he could have done for this world, it’s astonishing to think of what he achieved in such a short space of time.
He should still be with us today.
Marley once said that his music would live on forever, and he was right. In honour of the great man himself, below is a list of some of his best quotes.
“So I throw my cards on your table! I want to love you… love and treat you right.”
“One good thing about music – when it hits you, you feel no pain.”
“Emancipate yourself from mental slavery. None but ourselves can free our minds.”
“Who are you to judge the life I live? I know I’m not perfect – and I don’t live to be. But before you start pointing fingers… Make sure your hands are clean.”
“The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you. You just got to find the ones worth suffering for.”
“Love would never leave us alone, and in the darkness there must come out to light.”
“If something can corrupt you, you’re corrupted already.”
“Better to die fighting for freedom than be a prisoner all the days of your life.”
“Don’t worry about a thing. Every little thing is gonna be alright.”
“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.”
“The day you stop racing, is the day you win the race.”
You’ve got to wonder what he would make of the world today, and the way we live. Would Bob like the way technology is such an integral part of so many peoples lives worldwide? No doubt about it, I think he wouldn’t. That’s another debate for another day.
R.I.P. Robert Nesta Marley O.M. You were a great man.