Ziggy Marley Quotes

  1. People love me everywhere I go.
  2. The people who are teaching religion and not teaching love are missing the message.
  3. Children are wonderful, and they add to my whole life.
  4. It’s very important that we instill some respect for the parents. In America especially, the kids are unruly, screaming at Mommy and Daddy, running the show.
  5. Nobody owns me or my music.
  6. Old music used to mean something. There is none of that today.
  7. Reggae music is not an easy music to like when it comes to the power in society. ‘Cause it talks about changing society. You won’t find it readily accepted.
  8. I’ve been in Africa, America, moving around a lot. It’s helped me to open up my mind. I was born in Jamaica; I’ve lived all my life there and got all I could from Jamaica. But I needed to be somewhere else to grow.
  9. Politics, nature, and what is happening all over the world is important to who we are and where we live.
  10. The more I grow as an artist, the more I think I become like my father as an artist. The more I diversify, the more I become like my father, which is true to who he was.
  11. I don’t think we should do anything that should make the people hate the American people more.
  12. The sun is always shining. We have oxygen, trees, birds. There’s so much good things on Earth, still. We haven’t destroyed everything.
  13. I like Flea, I like him as a musician.
  14. I left Jamaica for a while, because as an artist I need to experience different things, see the world, have different energies. Living in one place is not good for me.
  15. When people come to Jamaica, we don’t want them to think about the problems of Jamaica. So let them come be in their paradise.
  16. I’m digging Batman. I’m digging that balance, that duality. He’s always on the edge and trying to balance himself within the rules of what’s lawful and justice, and being Bruce Wayne and being Batman.
  17. Social revolutions and group revolutions are good, and we need that, but we also need personal revolution – revolution within ourselves that change who we are as people.
  18. Everyone will someday be judged for what they do, and Jah is the only judge.
  19. I love running in nature. I don’t like running on the streets, I don’t like running in the city, I don’t like running on the concrete. I love running in nature, so Jamaica provides a lot of that for me.
  20. Proud about my father? What am I most proud of? I think I’m proud of the legacy he left I think is what it is. He has left us so much.
  21. My father’s music gives hope to people and also inspires them to break the bonds of injustice and to be positive in life. I’ve seen that everywhere I go, especially in poor countries and poor neighborhoods.
  22. ‘Master Blaster,’ by Stevie Wonder, is up-tempo and fun, like Stevie himself. Stevie’s always making jokes; he really knows how to put people at ease. He’s one of my inspirations, as a musician and a person.
  23. The revolution will come from the people and the willingness to work towards something better, to fight for a better living.
  24. I prefer the country life. I live in Kingston, but there is lots of trees.
  25. My father, my Rastafari culture, has a tight link to the Jewish culture. We have a strong connection from when I was a young boy and read the Bible, the Old Testament.
  26. I was in my yard and thought that the tree was a living being. We take trees for granted. We don’t believe they are as much alive as we are.
  27. My father loved all different types of music. He wasn’t a snob. He wasn’t a purist.
  28. Everything, I just wanted to be like my father. And, as I grew within the music, I kind of became myself which was even more like my father, only without me trying though.
  29. It’s hard to say a favorite song of my father’s. I listen to all his stuff – a lot of the old stuff before the ’70s.
  30. I have found that children are the most open-minded of all my audiences. They are not set in their ways. They are open to ideas.
  31. God is like the sun. When the sun shines, it shines for everyone. God is for everyone.
  32. I’m not so much into the beats. I’m more into the spiritual side of the music.
  33. I’ve tried body surfing. It’s nice.
  34. If African countries can unite and pull resources together, then that will be the best thing we could ever do for the problems in Africa including AIDS.
  35. Last time I was in Jamaica I financed a teacher to teach in an orphanage.
  36. I think my type of personality has all music inside of it, so I am full of music, without even knowing it, without even learning it, without even hearing it.
  37. There’s more to life than physical and material.
  38. I think the people should have a right to boycott whoever they want to boycott without the government making them into criminals and try to protect corporations from people. They should protect people from corporations.
  39. I don’t have to wait to realize the good old days.
  40. Jamaica has problems; America has problems; everywhere has problems.
  41. Society and the system and politicians don’t want people to be aware of things. They want people to believe what they have to show ’em.
  42. My father speaks for himself, through his music.
  43. My whole family is spiritual. My grandmother, grand aunt, cousins, they’re all preachers and pastors. Spirituality is a part of my family, from generations ago.
  44. If religion had a good purpose, then man would have created something great. But we’re man: we mess up everything. We mess up nature. We mess up God. We take what is given to us and make it into what we think it should be.
  45. I was born by myself but carry the spirit and blood of my father, mother and my ancestors. So I am really never alone. My identity is through that line.
  46. ‘She Wolf,’ by Shakira, makes you want to let go of your inhibitions and jam.
  47. No matter the bad things that happened in past time, let’s try to live the best we can now.
  48. I’m not a slave to the recording industry. I have the freedom to make an album that I want to make and do it the way I want.
  49. Each father wants their sons to be just like them, really.
  50. Using political tools to change social conditions won’t work.
  51. I am a leader, so leaders always get heat. They’re always going against the grain. Jimi Hendrix got heat; Bob Marley got heat; Miles Davis got heat. Every great artist got heat. Heat means you’re doing something right.
  52. I think God surrounds us, in all different manifestations of the energy.
  53. Sometimes my mistakes turn into interesting music because I do things that aren’t supposed to be done.
  54. I follow the universe; I follow G-d. G-d made the sun, and the sun shines on everyone.
  55. I don’t like to do things for any other reason than it happens spontaneously or there’s something that makes it happen naturally. I don’t like putting down too many plans and trying to do a strategy to get a certain response or a certain effect.
  56. I am expressing myself truthfully. That is an important thing.
  57. I want people to get over the stigma about hemp. These seeds can’t make you high, but they will make you feel good.
  58. The Rastafari culture has a very strong connection to Haile Selassie, a descendant of King Solomon.
  59. Children are the world’s future, and we need to take care of them like we would any precious resource.
  60. Love is a positive effect. Love can never have a negative effect, only a positive effect.
  61. Today, music is great for entertainment, but it is lacking soul; it’s lacking substance, and it’s difficult to find good stuff. There are too many corporate interests. It’s not about the actual music because it’s about the corporation, and music just becomes part of a package.
  62. Screaming, it’s not me. I tried it before! Action is more my thing. Not talking. It’s hard for me to have word fights, fighting with words. I’d rather just listen.
  63. Alcohol, tobacco, and pharmaceutical drugs are legal, but they can hurt a lot of people.
  64. The people don’t run the system; the people are victims of the system. The people choose the leaders thinking that they will help them. But when they turn around, there is no help.
  65. This dragonfly came up to me. He was hovering right in front of my face, and I was really examining him, thinking, How does he see me? I became enlightened.
  66. I don’t fight creativity. I don’t fight against not being creative. If I’m not being creative, I’m not forcing it.
  67. I’m a big reader. My kids love reading, and I think it’s important, not just for development but for bonding. You start reading to kids before they can even understand what you’re saying to them, so I look at it as a fundamental tool for connection.
  68. The idea of who my father is to me is very different than who he is to you, or to the rest of the world.
  69. The solution for mankind is of a spiritual nature. It is not a political or religious solution. It’s the ability to love each other. That’s the only solution I see.
  70. There is a physical relationship with a woman that you don’t have with anybody else, but that’s not about love. Love is a spiritual thing.
  71. I just got into the Beatles a couple years ago, you know, I like it.
  72. In Jamaica, we eradicated polio many years ago, but there are a lot of kids suffering in Africa still.
  73. In my songs, the sex is all subliminal. It’s subliminal, spiritual.
  74. I think Americans should have a policy of love. That should be the foreign policy, love. Export Love.
  75. I would look at a dog and when our eyes met, I realized that the dog and all creatures are my family. They’re like you and me.
  76. My father was interested in bringing reggae music to the entire world.
  77. I want the people who listen to my music to feel the feeling that I feel, to cry the cry that I cry – justice. I want them to feel in their hearts the need for justice.
  78. The African-American community still needs to come together as one and stand up for rights of the people and of what’s happening in their culture, their community.
  79. I’ve opened up more by traveling outside Jamaica. It helps me to grow as a person to be outside of my element; to be on my own in a strange place meeting people.
  80. I rented a house, recorded the stuff in a house. Just took my time ‘cuz sometimes it’s just rush, rush, rush. I just wanna live and play music.
  81. I grew up with coconuts as the main flavor in food in Jamaica. It’s part of our culture.
  82. I am a leader. Leaders always get heat. They’re always going against the grain. Jimi Hendrix got heat; Bob Marley got heat; Miles Davis got heat. Every great artist got heat. Heat means you’re doing something right.
  83. I don’t care what you play, where you’re from, who you produce. It depends on what you’re doing when you’re with me. That’s what counts. I don’t pre-judge anything or anybody.
  84. People treat you according to your energy or what you put out there, so what I put out there is very open. I’m not paranoid or scared, I’m open. That’s how I treat people, with respect and speak truthfully.
  85. I don’t chase what I hear on the radio. I try not to compete with anybody.
  86. Love is more than one thing.
  87. I’m always in love.
  88. I think it’s wrong the way they criminalize herb. There are many more uses than just smoking. Beneficial to mankind.
  89. I’ve spent a lot of time in America since Sept. 11, 2001. Being here, I was noticing that the people, who in the ’60s used to voice their opinions about their rights, are much different today. People are afraid to voice opposition to the government in a mass way.
  90. As a viewer, I love watching movies. There has to be an emotional connection.
  91. I make music that I know that people will enjoy, and balance the ideas and philosophy that we put in music with music that when we play it live, people can move to it and groove to it.
  92. I believe we are all connected to other people. I am connected to people who are suffering. We all are.
  93. Hemp is a part of the cannabis plant, and it is very useful.
  94. I’m not an American, Do they count the votes in America? I haven’t voted in Jamaica either.
  95. I don’t believe in other people’s ideas. I have my own ideas.
  96. Music is one of the most essential things in life. It is what teaches us.
  97. Running is a part of my medicine. It’s what helps relieve my stress, and it’s what helps me get away from the concerns of business and anything else that’s going on in my life that I need to escape from at times – to find who I am. Running really helps me with that.
  98. URGE is a grassroots charity. We organized to get some incubators to give to the hospital for the kids. We donate money to orphanages.
  99. Working on my own gave me a chance to take my time and experiment a lot.
  100. Kids are an important audience to reach for the future of the planet.
  101. The long-term study of GMO foods is going on in real time and in real life. Not in a lab.
  102. The most important thing my father taught me is that every man has to stand up for his rights.
  103. I’ve never read one book about my father.
  104. If it is, it is, If it’s not, it’s not.
  105. Music is a unifying force.
  106. My father was like the Old Testament. I am the New Testament. I am part of a new generation. In time, people will realize this.
  107. I’d rather be by myself, really, than have, like, a million posse around me.
  108. I never did feel any pressure in Jamaica. You just someone, not nobody big.
  109. My dream is to live a good life and be loving, be close to God and be a good human being and bring peace to people.
  110. Yoga is a great thing and meditation is also great to get connected to yourself more.
  111. If food is labeled, some people might choose to eat stuff that’s genetically modified. They might decide they love it. But give us a choice.
  112. A record is a message, timeless.
  113. Children are not a burden.
  114. The last thing my father told me was: ‘On your way up, take me up. On your way down, don’t let me down.’ A father telling his son that puts some responsibility on my shoulders. He told me that, and I take it very seriously.
  115. Even if I wasn’t in music, even if my father was a carpenter, some guy in Jamaica would go ‘You’re just like Bob. You’re just like your father.’ That happens in Jamaica all the time.
  116. Fitness has always been one of the top priorities in my life because that’s the way I grew up, with soccer being the sport of choice.
  117. Some of my songs I don’t do on tour because they don’t work well live.
  118. Reggae has a philosophy, you know? It’s not just entertainment. There’s an idea behind it, a way of life behind the music, which is a positive way of life, which is a progressive way of life for better people.
  119. Success to me does not mean money.
  120. My father and I had a really good relationship. We’re cool. I am not trying to outdo him or anything like that.
  121. The political system is not for the people. The people are secondary to the economy. It’s about what generates money, not about what benefits the people.
  122. I like doing nothing, actually. Doing nothing is better thing when I am not working.
  123. The music I do is food… that will be your dinner.
  124. My father, we bumped heads when I was younger, much younger… I had different ideas that I shared with him. He didn’t like them as much. He gets upset or whatever. I guess I had a strong opinion from when I was a little boy.
  125. I am not reggae, I am me. I am bigger than the limits that are put on me. It all has to do with the individual journey.
  126. If I’m doing a concert, and I’m having a problem with the audience… I just play a Bob Marley song, and I’m good for the rest of the night.
  127. People have to know there is more to living than physical things.
  128. My father, his spirit is with me constantly, and I’m a believer in that world and the world of dreams and that stuff.
  129. I’m inspired to do music. I really can’t stop unless I stop being inspired.
  130. I want to be fulfilled in myself, rather than try to follow exactly in my father’s footsteps.
  131. My best business decision was to be independent as a musician and artist. My worst was compromising on certain aspects of a deal for the sake of other members of my group when I shouldn’t have, because I was right in the end.
  132. Religion has become so many different things. Religion is an economic thing for some people. Religion is a gun.
  133. Love is cheering and sharing and compassion and giving and receiving. Love is an action thing more than a word thing, that brings comfort or joy or relief to anyone or anything.
  134. I am a compassionate human being. I am who I am.
  135. We believe in the almighty and we believe in God and that music is from God and we’re inspired by God to give messages and ideas to people.
  136. I think parents today are looking for meaningful things for their kid. It’s about feeding them something with meaning.
  137. It’s that kind of in-born music thing – I could pick up the guitar and play something. It’s not something I consciously do.
  138. I try to make my music interesting to me first, then hopefully other people will find it interesting, too.
  139. It’s natural that anyone is compared to their father.
  140. Growing up, music was an important part of my childhood. I see it being just as important in my children and all children’s growth and development, and in a parent’s connection with their children.
  141. My father’s songs don’t intimidate me; my father’s songs are my songs. My songs are his songs. There’s no intimidation.
  142. I was 12 when my father passed, so I didn’t have a father during my teenage years.
  143. Art is always good. It just depends if you like or not.
  144. I run four times a week. And I don’t count miles – I don’t do that. I don’t care about that. I care about how I feel, and I run according to how I feel.
  145. I have a satellite radio show called ‘The Legends of Reggae.’ It’s a cool way to branch out and do other things. I’m paying respect to the legends of reggae.
  146. The roots of my music start from the ghetto.
  147. Doing something that is productive is a great way to alleviate emotional stress. Get your mind doing something that is productive.
  148. I used to have this little mouse. I buy birds from the pet store and I let them go.

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