Rastafarian Sayings and Quotes

When most people think of Rastafarianism, Jamaica, ganja, dreadlocks, and it’s most prominent ambassador, Bob Marely, come to mind. Below you’ll find a collection of wise and insightful Rastafarian quotes.


The Rastafari identity can serve as a radical challenge to oppression because it demands that reform begin with oneself.     

Charles Price

There are as many kinds of Rastas as the reeds that grow on the riverbank. There's the baldhead Rasta, like me. There's the white Rasta, like you. There's the rootical Rasta...There's Congo Dread and Coptic Dread. But it all stem from the same thing, and it all go through the same place, the heart, you know.     

Gerald Hausman

What is it about this movement--developing in the slums of West Kingston, Jamaica--that makes it so appealing to people of very different nationalities, ethnic backgrounds, socioeconomic standings, and academic interests?     

Nathaniel Samuel Murrell

To many, dreadlocks are a symbol of defiance against 'Babylon', to others a way of manifesting individual, personal choice and being different from the mainstream aesthetic norms, whilst to others they are simply the natural way of wearing ones hair according to biblical scripture.     

Katrin Hansing

Any interpretation of the significance of Rastafari must begin with the understanding that it is a conscious attempt by the African soul to free itself from the alienating fetters of colonialism and its contemporary legacies.     

Ennis B. Edmonds

Rasta psychology is...resistance and liberation psychology--the sum total of the organized and spontaneous campaign against racist subjection, fired by the burning desire to be free from all forms of social, economic, and political dimination.     

Clinton Hutton

Rasta is a concept, Rasta is a religion, Rasta is a faith, Rasta is you. You make yourself to be a Rasta. And in order to be a Rasta, you have to seek first the Kingdom of God, and all things shall be added.     

Brother Yendi

Rastafarianism is the first mass movement among West Indians preoccupied with the task of looking into themselves and asking the fundamental question, Who am I? or What am I?     

Dennis Forsythe

Above my bed, Bob's face I saw, my daddy looking at me so passionately, little brother. Well, in his eyes I saw the truth, mommy, the truth of a Rastaman, the truth of a iyaman.     

Ziggy Marley

For if one days its coffee, the next day it may be tea, but if there is nothing at all, ALMIGHTY, I-n-I will still give thanks to Thee.     

Robert Athlyi Rogers

JAH would never give the power to a baldhead. Run some crucify the dread. Time alone, oh! time will tell. Think you're in heaven, but you living in hell.     

Bob Marley

It is not only war that can stop war but men of goodwill, conscious of their mission can deal with such deadly enemy.     

Haile Selassie

Don't gain the world and lose your soul; wisdom is better than silver or gold.     

Bob Marley

Everyone will someday be judged for what they do, and Jah is the only judge.     

Dennis Brown

Enlightened leadership is spiritual if we understand spirituality not as some kind of religious dogma or ideology but as the domain of awareness where we experience values like truth, goodness, beauty, love and compassion, and also intuition, creativity, insight and focused attention.     

Deepak Chopra

Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you riding through the ruts, don't complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy. Don't bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality . Wake Up and Live!     

Bob Marley