Kathmandu- Bob Marley is revered around the world as arguably the pioneer of reggae music in the mainstream. This engaging sound evolved in the 1960s in Jamaica from a combination of local music, with elements of rock, soul, ska, and rhythm and blues. Marley helped bring reggae to a worldwide audience, thanks to his compelling lyrics and beats, as well as his dynamic and inspirational persona.

Sadly, his life was cut short by cancer, but his songs — and his soul — live on. Of particular appeal is the wisdom that’s often woven through the lyrics of his many hits. Read on to discover some of his greatest quotes, which still resonate powerfully today.

These inspiring, contemplative lyrics share some of Marley’s most profound and inspirational thoughts. Learn what they mean and how they can help you reach a higher level.

1.“Some people feel the rain, others just get wet.”

Our perspective is powerful, transformative, and key to a well-lived life. We can look at the rain as a bummer, a ruiner of our day. Or we can walk outside and feel the raindrops hit our skin — and smile. We can watch the downpour and be inspired by the majesty of nature.

2.“Love the life you live. Live the life you love.”

Wake up to the choices you are making in your life. Become more aware of where you might be complacent or unquestioning. What are you keeping in your life that doesn’t serve you? What can you change that would bring more joy, ease, and love into your days?

3.“Don’t worry about a thing, everything is gonna be alright.”

This fabulous phrase serves as a reminder that given time, patience and faith, things usually turn out okay in the end. Trust and hope in the future can help us through even the darkest of times. While worry can alert us to problems and guide us to focus on looking for solutions, being in a perpetual state of high alert isn’t healthy or helpful.

4.“Open your eyes, look within. Are you satisfied with the life you’re living?”

This quote is all about self-reflection. This lyric asks us to live an examined life. Instead of just going with the flow and moving through your life blindly, start asking questions of yourself. Are you happy? Are you living the life you want to live? What would you like to change about your life?

5.“When one door is closed, don’t you know that many more are open?”

This question begs us to see all the possibilities that are always all around us. Yes, sometimes we hit a dead end or obstacle that feels like an ending or failure, but there are always other opportunities or paths to follow. It’s easy to get bogged down or feel defeated when things don’t go our way or a setback happens. Even easier is to just give up because it can feel fruitless to keep trying.