„The future for me is already a thing of the past.“

—  Bob Dylan

Song lyrics, Love and Theft (2001), Bye and Bye
Zdroj: Bob Dylan - Love and Theft: Piano/Vocal/Guitar

„I'd come from a long ways off and had started from a long ways down. But now destiny was about to manifest itself. I felt like it was looking right at me and nobody else.“

—  Bob Dylan

Zdroj: Chronicles: Vol. One (2004), p. 22
Kontext: I was heading for the fantastic lights. No doubt about it. Could it be that I was being deceived? Not likely. I don't think I had enough imagination to be deceived; had no false hope, either. I'd come from a long ways off and had started from a long ways down. But now destiny was about to manifest itself. I felt like it was looking right at me and nobody else.

„It was the first poetry that spoke my own language.“

—  Bob Dylan

On the influence of Jack Kerouac, as quoted in Jack Kerouac (2007) by Alison Behnke, p. 100
Kontext: Someone handed me Mexico City Blues in St. Paul [Minnesota] in 1959 and it blew my mind. It was the first poetry that spoke my own language.

„For the loser now will be later to win“

—  Bob Dylan

Song lyrics, The Times They Are A-Changin' (1964), The Times They Are A-Changin'
Kontext: Come writers and critics
Who prophesize with your pen
And keep your eyes wide
The chance won’t come again
And don’t speak too soon
For the wheel’s still in spin
And there’s no tellin’ who that it’s naming.’
For the loser now will be later to win

„I think a poet is anybody who wouldn't call himself a poet.“

—  Bob Dylan

Quoted in Robert Shelton's No Direction Home https://books.google.com/books?id=-IefAAAAMAAJ&dq=%22I+think+a+poet+is+anybody+who+wouldn%27t+call+himself+a+poet.%22&focus=searchwithinvolume&q=%22I+think+a+poet+is+anybody+who+wouldn%27t+call+himself+a+poet.+Anybody+who+could+possibly+call+himself+a+poet+just+cannot+be+a+poet.%22 (1986), p. 353
Kontext: I think a poet is anybody who wouldn't call himself a poet. Anybody who could possibly call himself a poet just cannot be a poet.

„Darkness at the break of noon
Shadows even the silver spoon
The handmade blade, the child's balloon“

—  Bob Dylan

Song lyrics, Bringing It All Back Home (1965), It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)
Kontext: Darkness at the break of noon
Shadows even the silver spoon
The handmade blade, the child's balloon
Eclipses both the sun and moon
To understand you know too soon
There is no sense in trying

„Look out kid
It's somethin' you did
God knows when
But you're doin' it again“

—  Bob Dylan

Song lyrics, Bringing It All Back Home (1965), Subterranean Homesick Blues
Kontext: Johnny's in the basement
Mixing up the medicine
I'm on the pavement
Thinking about the government
The man in the trenchcoat
Badge out, laid off
Says he's got a bad cough
Wants to get it paid off
Look out kid
It's somethin' you did
God knows when
But you're doin' it again

„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 inspire them?“

—  Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan: The Rolling Stone Interview http://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/the-rolling-stone-interview-bob-dylan-19780126 by Jonathan Cott (26 January 1978)

„People call, say beware doll, you're bound to fall, you thought they were all, kiddin you.“

—  Bob Dylan

Song lyrics, Highway 61 Revisited (1965), Like a Rolling Stone
Kontext: Once upon a time you dressed so fine, threw the bums a dime in your prime, didn't you. People call, say beware doll, you're bound to fall, you thought they were all, kiddin you.

„The cost of liberty is high, and young people should understand that before they start spending their life with all those gadgets.“

—  Bob Dylan

Rolling Stone #1078 (14 May 2009), p. 45
Kontext: It's peculiar and unnerving in a way to see so many young people walking around with cellphones and iPods in their ears and so wrapped up in media and video games. It robs them of their self-identity. It's a shame to see them so tuned out to real life. Of course they are free to do that, as if that's got anything to do with freedom. The cost of liberty is high, and young people should understand that before they start spending their life with all those gadgets.

„If you take whatever there is to the song away—the beat, the melody—I could still recite it.“

—  Bob Dylan

Interview with Paul Robbins (March, 1965)
Kontext: I find it easy to write songs. I been writing songs for a long time and the words to the songs aren't written out just for the paper; they're written as you can read it, you dig. If you take whatever there is to the song away—the beat, the melody—I could still recite it. I see nothing wrong with songs you can't do that with either—songs that, if you took the beat and the melody away, they wouldn't stand up because they're not supposed to do that, you know. Songs are songs.

„We're idiots, babe. It's a wonder we can even feed ourselves.“

—  Bob Dylan

Song lyrics, Blood on the Tracks (1975), Idiot Wind
Kontext: Idiot wind, blowing through the buttons of our coats, blowing through the letters that we wrote.
Idiot wind, blowing through the dust upon our shelves,
We're idiots, babe. It's a wonder we can even feed ourselves.

„I ain't saying you treated me unkind
You could have done better but I don't mind“

—  Bob Dylan

Song lyrics, The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan (1963), Don't Think Twice, It's All Right
Kontext: I ain't saying you treated me unkind
You could have done better but I don't mind
You just kinda wasted my precious time
But don't think twice, it's all right.

„But goodbye's too good a word, babe
So I'll just say fare thee well“

—  Bob Dylan

Compare: "So I'm walkin' down that long, lonesome road..." Paul Clayton, Who's Gonna Buy You Ribbons (When I'm Gone).
Song lyrics, The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan (1963), Don't Think Twice, It's All Right
Kontext: I'm walkin' down that long, lonesome road, babe
Where I'm bound, I can't tell
But goodbye's too good a word, babe
So I'll just say fare thee well

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