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Bob Marley: Musician and wordsmith

REMEMBERED: Bob Marley died of cancer on May 11 1981 at the age of 36

BOB MARLEY found fame with a string of hits including One Love, Jammin’ and Buffalo Soldier and is celebrated for bringing reggae music to the global mainstream.

He also had a wonderful way with words; and in honour of the King of Reggae, who passed away on May 11, 1981, we’ve chosen some of his most inspirational quotes.


* “Live for yourself and you will live in vain. Live for others and you will live again.”

* “The biggest coward is a man who awakens a woman’s love with no intention of loving her.”

* "“The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.”

* “Me, only have one ambition, y’know? I only have one thing I really like to see happen. I like to see mankind live together – black, white, Chinese, everyone – that’s all.”

* “Though the road’s been rocky, it sure feels good to me.”

* “Every man gotta right to decide his own destiny.”

* “Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet.”

* “Truth is, everybody is going to hurt you; you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for.”

* “Love the life you live. Live the life you love.”

* “One good thing about music — when it hits you, you feel no pain.”

* “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 good times of today are the sad thoughts of tomorrow.”

* “The people who were trying to make this world worse are not taking the day off. Why should I?”

* “When the race gets hard to run, it means you just can’t take the pace.”

* “Don’t forget your history, nor your destiny.”

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