“Possession make you rich? I don’t have that type of richness. My richness is life.” -Bob Marley
Bob Marley would have been 74 years old today. Social media posts today have been all about Bob, Bob, Bob. As they should be!
The legendary musician and activist was born in Jamaica on February 6th, 1945. Despite his untimely demise to cancer in 1981 at only 36 years old, his music and messages remain just as significant and substantial as ever.
He brought Reggae music to the masses, sang about social justice, and embraced and shared his belief in life, love, peace and happiness. His legacy continues to live on. One Love!
Check out the video below of him singing ‘Get Up, Stand Up’ live in 1980.
And here are just a few of his well-known quotes and song lyrics:
“If you’re white and you’re wrong, then you’re wrong; if you’re black and you’re wrong, you’re wrong. People are people. Black, blue, pink, green – God make no rules about color; only society make rules where my people suffer, and that why we must have redemption and redemption now.”
“Though the road’s been rocky it sure feels good to me.”
“Don’t gain the world and lose your soul. Wisdom is better than silver and gold.”
“In this great future, you can’t forget your past.”
“You say you love rain, but you use an umbrella to walk under it. You say you love sun, but you seek shelter when it is shining. You say you love wind, but when it comes you close your windows. So that’s why I’m scared when you say you love me.”
“Better to die fighting for freedom than be a prisoner all the days of your life.”
“Rastafari not a culture, it’s a reality.”
“Don’t let them fool you, or even try to school you, you’ve got a mind of your own.”
“When one door is closed, don’t you know, another is open.”
“…don’t expect more than she can give. Smile when she makes you happy, let her know when she makes you mad, and miss her when she’s not there.”
“Every man gotta right to decide his own destiny.”
“Just because you are happy it does not mean that the day is perfect but that you have looked beyond its imperfections.”
Bob Marley – ‘Get Up, Stand Up’ 1980: