even birds are chained to the skyway (Bobdylan.com)
Blame it on a simple twist of fate.
Come you masters of war
In the dime stores and bus stations, People talk of situations, read books, repeat quotations, Draw conclusions on the wall
Music can save people, but it can`t in the commercial way it`s being used. It`s just too much. It`s pollution.
Come mothers and fathers Throughout the land, And don`t criticize What you can`t understand
People today are still living off the table scraps of the `60s. They are still being passed around - the music and the ideas.
You don`t need a weather man to know which way the wind blows.
The picture you have in your mind of what you`re about will come true.
It rubs me the wrong way, a camera . . . It`s a frightening thing . . . Cameras make ghosts out of people.
I think a poet is anybody who wouldn`t call himself a poet.
Art is the perpetual motion of illusion. The highest purpose of art is to inspire. What else can you do? What else can you do for anyone but to inspire them?
(on why he renounced his faith in Christianity) Because I felt so damned guilty all the time.
I don`t think the human mind can comprehend the past and the future. They are both just illusions that can manipulate you into thinking there`s some kind of change.
Swallow your pride, you will not die, it`s not poison.
Maybe in the `90s or possibly in the next century people will look upon the `80s as the age of masturbation, when it was taken to the limit; that might be all that`s going on right now in a big way.
Take care of all your memories. For you cannot relive them.
I think of myself as a song-and-dance man.
I wasn`t a good husband . . . I don`t even know what a good husband is.
The bootleg records, those are outrageous. I mean, they have stuff you do in a phone booth. Like, nobody`s around. If you`re just sitting and strumming in a motel, you don`t think anybody`s there, you know . . . it`s like the phone is tapped and then it appears on a bootleg record. With a cover that`s got a picture of you taken from underneath your bed and it`s got a striptease-type title and it costs $30. Amazing. Then you wonder why most artists feel so paranoid.
(on his hometown of Hibbing, MN) The town didn`t have a rabbi, and it was time for me to be bar mitzvahed. Suddenly a rabbi showed up under strange circumstances for only a year. He and his wife got off the bus in the middle of winter. He showed up just in time for me to learn this stuff. He was an old man from Brooklyn who had a white beard and wore a black hat and black clothes. They put him upstairs above the café, which was the local hangout. It was a rock and roll café where I used to hang out, too. I use to go up there every day to learn the stuff, either after school or after dinner. After studying with him an hour or so, I`d come down and boogie.
I consider myself a poet first and a musician second. I live like a poet and I`ll die like a poet.
All this talk about equality. The only thing people really have in common is that they are all going to die.
A mistake is to commit a misunderstanding.
What the songwriter does is just connect the dots. The ends he sees and the ones given to him and he connects them.
(on the legendary Woodstock Festival) I didn`t want to be part of that thing. I liked the town. I felt they exploited the sh*t out of that, going up there and getting 15 million people all in the same spot. That don`t excite me. The flower generation - is that what it was? I wasn`t into that at all. I just thought it was a lot of kids out and around wearing flowers in their hair taking a lot of acid.
You don`t necessarily have to write to be a poet. Some people work in gas stations and they`re poets. I don`t call myself a poet because I don`t like the word. I`m a tr*peze artist.
Being noticed can be a burden. Jesus got himself crucified because he got himself noticed. So I disappear a lot.
Democracy don`t rule the world, You`d better get that in your head; This world is ruled by violence, But I guess that`s better left unsaid.
If the point is sharp, and the arrow is swift, it can pierce through the dust no matter how thick.
I say there`re no depressed words, just depressed minds.
I accept chaos, I`m not sure whether it accepts me.
Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet.
When you ain`t got nothin`, you got nothin` to lose.
You can`t be wise and in love at the same time.
My childhood is so far away . . . it`s like I don`t even remember being a child. I think it was someone else who was a child.
(on his song "Everything Is Broken") Critics usually don`t like a song like this coming out of me because it didn`t seem to be autobiographical. Maybe not, but the stuff I write does come from an autobiographical place.
I`m speaking for all of us. I`m the spokesman for a generation.
Being on tour is like being in limbo. It`s like going from nowhere to nowhere.
They`d like to use my tunes for different beer companies and perfumes and automobiles. I get approached on all that stuff. But, sh*t, I didn`t write them for that reason. That`s never been my scene.
(about Woody Guthrie) His influence on me was never in inflection or in voice. What drew me to was that hearing his voice, I could tell he was very lonesome, very alone and very lost in his time. That`s why I dug him.
He not busy being born is busy dying.
A lot of people can`t stand touring, but to me it`s like breathing. I do it because I`m driven to do it.
People can learn everything about me through my songs, if they know where to look.
All I can do is be me, whoever that is.
I like America, just as everybody else does. I love America, I gotta say that. But America will be judged.
I can move, and fake. I know some of the tricks and it all applies artistically, not politically or philosophically.
The radio makes hideous sounds.
Everything passes. Everything changes. Just do what you think you should do.
I know there are groups at the top of the charts that are hailed as the saviors of rock `n` roll and all that, but they are amateurs. They don`t know where the music comes from . . . I wouldn`t even think about playing music if I was born in these times . . . I`d probably turn to something like mathematics. That would interest me. Architecture would interest me. Something like that.