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A collection of quotes and thoughts by Peter Tosh on life, spirit, myself, love, people, travel, music, garden, suffer, consequences, justice, guilty, equality and rights.

31 Top Peter Tosh Quotes That You Must Know

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Reggae Musician

Born On
19 October 1944 AD

Died On
11 September 1987 AD

Born In
Westmoreland, Jamaica

Died At Age
42

One of the core members of the band, ‘Wailers’, Peter Tosh was a renowned Jamaican reggae artist. Born Winston Hubert Mclntosh, Tosh was inclined towards music from a very young age. Self-taught keyboardist and guitarist, Peter formed ‘The Wailing Wailers’ band in the year 1964 along with Bunny Wailer and Bob Marley and few others. ‘Simmer Down’ was their first single, which became a hit and they continued to produce hit numbers. Later they started incorporating social and political message into their music. Few years down the line they teamed up with, ‘Lee Perry’ and produced some of the earlier reggae songs like, ‘Small Axe’ and ‘Soul Rebel’. Tosh parted ways with band and established himself as a solo artist. His first solo, ‘Legalize I’ was released in the year 1976 by the CBS record company. The song struck chord almost instantly with the followers of reggae. ‘Equal Rights’ and ‘BushDoctor’ are two other Peter’s famous albums. Tosh’s music, words, lyrics, thoughts and views worked towards bringing positive changes in the society and whose influence can still be felt. We have gathered Peter’s quotes and sayings that convey a powerful message of standing for ones beliefs and integrity.

If I wasn't a singer, I'd be a bloodclaat revolutionary.

- Peter Tosh

I'm on my way to happiness, where I can find some peace and rest.

- Peter Tosh

Legalize it, and I will advertise it.

- Peter Tosh

I don't need no peace. I need equal rights and justice.

- Peter Tosh

Soon the earth will tilt on its axis and begin to dance to the reggae beat to the accompaniment of earthquake. And who can resist the dance of the earthquake, mon?

- Peter Tosh

If the music does not penetrate the heart, the soul, the mind, and the body... Then you ain't gon' feel it.

- Peter Tosh

I do nothing I regret, man, because I try to do nothing abominable. As long as there is not an abomination, there is nothing to regret, you understand?

- Peter Tosh

Because everyone who try a-go to church, and they were trying to teach but they weren't teaching, they was brainwashing. Since I would never call that teaching..

- Peter Tosh

There are lots of imposters in this earth, and to very first there always comes a second, to every reality there always come a fantasy, and the fantasy wants to come and live the life of the reality

- Peter Tosh

I don't owe no one no obligation, and no one owe me none so every 'ting is fine.

- Peter Tosh

To be coordinated with the power of balance, your mind and your temple must be running parallel.

- Peter Tosh

My songs is hard stuff which politicians don't want on them radio station because they still want people to live in ignorancy.

- Peter Tosh

It is only the TRUTH that can make a man FREE, it is only the TRUTH that can make a man LIVE.

- Peter Tosh

Peace is a certificate you get in the grave.

- Peter Tosh

Everyone's trying to reach the top. Tell me how far is it from the bottom.

- Peter Tosh

My philosophy is: if you don't bear a cross, you can't wear a crown so you gotta go through some form of humiliation to reach tribulation.

- Peter Tosh

I am good. I live good. I think good. I don't have to feel good to be good, I take my goodness wherever I go.

- Peter Tosh

I travel the garden of music, thru inspiration. It's a large, very large garden, seen?

- Peter Tosh

I don't think the label cares about an album... People just want their number-one record.

- Peter Tosh

I mean the flesh, never fade! The flesh never leave the creation, see, because with that divine spirit the flesh cannot fade. If the spirit is weak then the flesh fade, seen?

- Peter Tosh

And I ask why am I black, they say I was born in sin, and shamed inequity. One of the main songs we used to sing in church makes me sick, 'love wash me and I shall be whiter than snow.

- Peter Tosh

I've got to pick myself up Dust myself off And start all over again.

- Peter Tosh

In the beginning there was the word. The word was Jah. The word is in I, Jah is in I. I make what is good, better, and what is better, best. I follow this in every aspect of life.

- Peter Tosh

Everyone is crying out for peace... I need equal rights and justice.

- Peter Tosh

Some goin' east; and-a some goin' west, Some stand aside to try their best. Some livin' big, but the most is livin' small. They just can't even find no food at all.

- Peter Tosh

You never miss the water til the well runs dry...

- Best of Peter Tosh, Peter Tosh

To have the truth in your possession you can be found guilty, sentenced to death.

- Peter Tosh

I am not a politician... I only suffer the consequences.

- Peter Tosh

Are some flowers more beautiful than others? The garden is beautiful. Do I prefer brother over brother? Comparisons are part of this political world. Where there is one, there is no conflict. Where there is two or more, there is conflict. Two is the devil. Conflict begin with the devil. We count 0 to 1, then back to 0. It is a circle.

- Peter Tosh

Music is a science, it heals depression, it awakens, most people don't know, they just take music for an entertainment, something to dance to, and enjoy yourself and you go to bed and forget it tomorrow, music must never be forgotten, it's like a fountain that keeps on flowing

- Peter Tosh

How old is the sun? Sun not temporary, not chronological. There is the terra-celestial and the celestial. I am celestial, mon. I am here, there and everywhere. I live among men so I must adjust myself. When I go to other planet, I must adjust myself there, too, mon.

- Peter Tosh