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Quotes for Bob Dylan’s Birthday

bob-dylan.jpgToday, Robert Zimmerman turns 69 years old.  (You know Robert Zimmerman is folk legend Bob Dylan’s real name, right?  Ok, good.) 

Anyway, today is Bob Dylan’s birthday, and a good time to reflect on a man who could be called “folk legend,” “strange genius,” “religious chameleon,” “voice of a generation,” and “heart-breaker” with equal justification for each epithet. 


One only has to take a stroll through some of Dylan’s quotes to get a sense of the mysterious power that this man has held steadily from 1969 to age 69.  Here are some to pique your imagination, as Dylan always does:

Bob Dylan Quotes: Happy Birthday, Man!

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

A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and
gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do.

A poem is a naked person… Some people say that I am
a poet.”

Being noticed can be a burden. Jesus got himself
crucified because he got himself noticed. So I disappear a lot.


Chaos is a friend of mine.

He not busy being born is busy dying.

“I’ve forgotten more than you’ll ever know.”

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

And then, of course, there are the songs.  My favorites are “Boots of Spanish Leather,” “The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll,” and “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright.”  Yours are….?

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  • Joseph Poor

    Lily, Rosemarie, and the Jack of Hearts
    Desolation Row
    To Make You Feel My Love

  • Elston Gunn

    Greatest lyricist of all time…too many to pick from as far as greatest song…
    Just remember, even Monalisa must’ve had the highway blues, you can’t tell by the way she smiles!

  • Marcia

    Happy Birthday To Us…

  • yvonne

    Happy Birthday Sunshine! Wish I was there to give you a great big hug and a kiss behind the ear :)nush nush

  • bird

    Like a Rolling Stone, Rainy Day Women, Subterranean Homesick Blues, Lay Lady Lay… I saw him a few years ago in our town when he was on his concert tour of small local baseball stadiums (with Willie Nelson). He was incomprehensible. But I know that he can really sing if he wants to…

  • Danielle,Paris,France

    My favourite songs are “You’re her lover now”,”The lonesome death of Hattie Carrol”,”You’re a big girl now”,”Sad-eyed lady of the lowlands”,”What good am I?”,”Most of the time”,”It ain’t me babe”,”Talking Hava Naguila blues”,and hundreds more …
    I am a HUGE FAN of Bob who is UNIQUE : he is a GENIUS.
    Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits)who has been a Dylan fan since he was a teenager, once said :”being a Dylan fan is to listen to all his songs and albums all over again,to explore all of them,it is a full time job!” I AM A FAN!

  • Candith Layne Padgett

    I wanted to wish U a VERY VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY. Ur 69 yrs young. May God Bless U & Send down his Guardian Angels to watch over U. ~~~~ Candith Layne Padgett~~~~

  • Sharolyn

    Loved you at Bethal.Happy Birthday to the greats you and Levon!!!!

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