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'Enjoy life now': The 15 Bob Marley quotes I often think about

"Love the life you live. Live the life you love."

'Enjoy life now': The 15 Bob Marley quotes I often think about

Jamaican reggae musician Bob Marley (1945 - 1981) performs on stage, a microphone in his hand, late 1970s.

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As someone with Jamaican heritage that grew up in New York, there wasn't a time when the faintest sounds of soul and reggae music didn't permeate the rooms in homes, streets, or parties, primarily that of the talented Jamaican artist Bob Marley.

Especially in the Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer era(they performed ska music together) to becoming one of the most highly revered and influential pioneers of reggae being placed on the map for the world to see.


While embracing his Rastafarian faith, encouragement and compassion for others, he humanized a country that wasn't regarded as much, and for that, I'll always be grateful.

In honor of his birthday month, and his air of optimism, here are 20 quotes and one-liners that have resonated with me through the course of my life journey.

1. "Don't gain the world and lose your soul; wisdom is better than silver or gold."

2. "Don't worry about a thing; every little thing is gonna be alright."

3. "I didn't change. I just found myself."

4. "My music fights against the system that teaches to live and die."

5. "The day you stop racing is the day you win the race."

Bob Marley standing beside woman during daytime Photo by Bill Fairs on Unsplash


6. "One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain."

7. "Truth is the light, so you never give up the fight."

8. "Love the life you live. Live the life you love."

9. "The mind replays what the heart can't delete."

10. "You just can't live that negative way. You know what I mean. Make way for the positive day. Cause it's a new day…"

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11. "One love, one heart. Let's get together and feel all right."

12. "Light up the darkness."

13. "You never know how strong you are until being strong is your only choice."

14. "Wake up and live!"

15. "When one door is closed, don't you know that many more are open."

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