Ziggy Marley

(David Nesta "Ziggy" Marley)

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A record is a message, timeless.
Alcohol, tobacco, and pharmaceutical drugs are legal, but they can hurt a lot of people. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Art is always good. It just depends if you like or not. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
As a viewer, I love watching movies. There has to be an emotional connection. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Children are not a burden.
Children are the world's future, and we need to take care of them like we would any precious resource. Future
Children are wonderful, and they add to my whole life. Life
Doing something that is productive is a great way to alleviate emotional stress. Get your mind doing something that is productive.
Each father wants their sons to be just like them, really.
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. Time ;Music, Chants & Rapps
Everyone will someday be judged for what they do, and Jah is the only judge.
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. Music, Chants & Rapps
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. Life ;Sports & Athletics
God is like the sun. When the sun shines, it shines for everyone. God is for everyone. Religion & God
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. Music, Chants & Rapps
Hemp is a part of the cannabis plant, and it is very useful.
I am a compassionate human being. I am who I am.
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.
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.
I am expressing myself truthfully. That is an important thing.
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.
I believe we are all connected to other people. I am connected to people who are suffering. We all are.
I don't believe in other people's ideas. I have my own ideas.
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.
I don't chase what I hear on the radio. I try not to compete with anybody.
I don't fight creativity. I don't fight against not being creative. If I'm not being creative, I'm not forcing it.
I don't have to wait to realize the good old days.
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.
I don't think we should do anything that should make the people hate the American people more.
I follow the universe; I follow G-d. G-d made the sun, and the sun shines on everyone.
I grew up with coconuts as the main flavor in food in Jamaica. It's part of our culture. Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
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. Respect
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.
I just got into the Beatles a couple years ago, you know, I like it.
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.
I like doing nothing, actually. Doing nothing is better thing when I am not working.
I like Flea, I like him as a musician.
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. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Nature
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. Music, Chants & Rapps
I never did feel any pressure in Jamaica. You just someone, not nobody big.
I prefer the country life. I live in Kingston, but there is lots of trees. Life
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. Time ;Music, Chants & Rapps
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.
I think Americans should have a policy of love. That should be the foreign policy, love. Export Love. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I think God surrounds us, in all different manifestations of the energy. Religion & God
I think it's wrong the way they criminalize herb. There are many more uses than just smoking. Beneficial to mankind.
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. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Music, Chants & Rapps
I think parents today are looking for meaningful things for their kid. It's about feeding them something with meaning.
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. Government
I try to make my music interesting to me first, then hopefully other people will find it interesting, too. Music, Chants & Rapps
I used to have this little mouse. I buy birds from the pet store and I let them go.
I want people to get over the stigma about hemp. These seeds can't make you high, but they will make you feel good.
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. Music, Chants & Rapps
I want to be fulfilled in myself, rather than try to follow exactly in my father's footsteps.
I was 12 when my father passed, so I didn't have a father during my teenage years.
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.
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.
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. Families, Children & Parenting
I'd rather be by myself, really, than have, like, a million posse around me.
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.
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. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
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.
If it is, it is, If it's not, it's not.
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. Nature ;Religion & God
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. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I'm always in love. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
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.
I'm inspired to do music. I really can't stop unless I stop being inspired. Music, Chants & Rapps
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. Freedom & Liberty
I'm not an American, Do they count the votes in America? I haven't voted in Jamaica either.
I'm not so much into the beats. I'm more into the spiritual side of the music. Music, Chants & Rapps
In Jamaica, we eradicated polio many years ago, but there are a lot of kids suffering in Africa still.
In my songs, the sex is all subliminal. It's subliminal, spiritual.
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.
It's natural that anyone is compared to their father.
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. Music, Chants & Rapps
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. Respect
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. Life
I've never read one book about my father.
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.
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. Time ;Government
I've tried body surfing. It's nice.
Jamaica has problems; America has problems; everywhere has problems.
Kids are an important audience to reach for the future of the planet. Future
Last time I was in Jamaica I financed a teacher to teach in an orphanage. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Time
Love is a positive effect. Love can never have a negative effect, only a positive effect. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
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. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Love is more than one thing. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
'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.
Music is a unifying force. Music, Chants & Rapps
Music is one of the most essential things in life. It is what teaches us. Life ;Music, Chants & Rapps
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. Business, Commerce & Finance
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. Life ;Religion & God
My father and I had a really good relationship. We're cool. I am not trying to outdo him or anything like that.
My father loved all different types of music. He wasn't a snob. He wasn't a purist. Music, Chants & Rapps
My father speaks for himself, through his music. Music, Chants & Rapps
My father was interested in bringing reggae music to the entire world. Music, Chants & Rapps
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. Time
My father, his spirit is with me constantly, and I'm a believer in that world and the world of dreams and that stuff.
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.
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.
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. Life ;Music, Chants & Rapps
My father's songs don't intimidate me; my father's songs are my songs. My songs are his songs. There's no intimidation.
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. Families, Children & Parenting
No matter the bad things that happened in past time, let's try to live the best we can now. Time
Nobody owns me or my music. Music, Chants & Rapps
Old music used to mean something. There is none of that today. Music, Chants & Rapps
People have to know there is more to living than physical things.
People love me everywhere I go. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
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. Respect
Politics, nature, and what is happening all over the world is important to who we are and where we live. Nature ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
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.
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. Life ;Music, Chants & Rapps
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. Society ;Music, Chants & Rapps ;Power
Religion has become so many different things. Religion is an economic thing for some people. Religion is a gun. Religion & God
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. Life ;Business, Commerce & Finance
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.
'She Wolf,' by Shakira, makes you want to let go of your inhibitions and jam.
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.
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. Society
Some of my songs I don't do on tour because they don't work well live. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Sometimes my mistakes turn into interesting music because I do things that aren't supposed to be done. Music, Chants & Rapps
Success to me does not mean money. Success ;Money, Coins & Minting
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.
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.
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.
The long-term study of GMO foods is going on in real time and in real life. Not in a lab. Life ;Time
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.
The most important thing my father taught me is that every man has to stand up for his rights.
The music I do is food... that will be your dinner. Music, Chants & Rapps ;Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
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.
The people who are teaching religion and not teaching love are missing the message. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Religion & God
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. Money, Coins & Minting
The Rastafari culture has a very strong connection to Haile Selassie, a descendant of King Solomon.
The revolution will come from the people and the willingness to work towards something better, to fight for a better living. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
The roots of my music start from the ghetto. Music, Chants & Rapps
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. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Nature
The sun is always shining. We have oxygen, trees, birds. There's so much good things on Earth, still. We haven't destroyed everything.
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. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Women
There's more to life than physical and material. Life
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.
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. Music, Chants & Rapps
URGE is a grassroots charity. We organized to get some incubators to give to the hospital for the kids. We donate money to orphanages. Money, Coins & Minting
Using political tools to change social conditions won't work. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
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. Music, Chants & Rapps ;Religion & God
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.
Working on my own gave me a chance to take my time and experiment a lot. Time
Yoga is a great thing and meditation is also great to get connected to yourself more.