Bob Dylan

Quotations

All this talk about equality. The only thing people really have in common is that they are all going to die.

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.

Despite everybody who has been born and has died, the world has just gone on. I mean, look at Napoleon-but we went right on. Look at Harpo Marx-the world went around, it didn’t stop for a second. It’s sad but true. John Kennedy, right?

It pays to know who your friends are but it also pays to know you ain’t got any friends.

Chaos is a friend of mine.

Newsweek December 9, 1985

The first way to answer the questions in the song is by asking them. But lots of people have to first find the wind.

Sleeve notes to album The Freewheelin

I’ve been up the mountain and I had a choice. Should I come down? So I came down. God said, “Okay, you’ve been up on the mountain, now you go down. You’re on your own, free. Check in later, but now you’re on your own.”

I like America, just as everybody else does. I love America, I gotta say that. But America will be judged.

on stage, Nov. 26, 1979, in Tempe, Arizona

Don’t matter how much money you got, there’s only two kinds of people: there’s saved people and there’s lost people.

Jesus tapped me on the shoulder and said, Bob, why are you resisting me? I said, I’m not resisting you! He said, You gonna follow me? I said, I’ve never thought about that before! He said, When you’re not following me, you’re resisting me.

In writing songs I’ve learned as much from Cezanne as I have from Woody Guthrie.

When I first heard Elvis’s voice I just knew that I wasn’t going to work for anybody and nobody was gonna be my boss. Hearing him for the first time was like busting out of jail.

I think of a hero as someone who understands the degree of responsibility that comes with his freedom.

Interview in booklet accompanying the Biograph album set (1985)