21 Matisyahu Quotes to Keep You Inspired

“I can show you where to dig, and what to dig for, but the digging you must do for yourself.” – Matisyahu

“Who’s gonna make you happy when you’re your own worst enemy?” – Matisyahu

“When there’s light shining on a tree, that tree takes on different meaning. If there’s no light at all it just looks dead. If you look at light as godly meaning, the world comes alive in a certain way.” – Matisyahu

“Reach for the sky Keep your eye on the prize Forever in my mind Be my golden sunshine It’s raining in your mind So push them clouds aside Forever by my side You’re my golden sunshine” – Matisyahu

“I don’t think you could pull one Bob Marley song that didn’t have quotes from the Torah or the Old Testament.” – Matisyahu

“My music is not really about one ideology. It’s not about one truth.” – Matisyahu

“The religious lifestyle keeps you focused. It’s helpful when trying to manoeuvre through the music scene.” – Matisyahu

“Everyone’s right or wrong, Everyone’s got an opinion, put them in a song and let me keep on living.” – Matisyahu

“All my life I been waitin’ for I been prayin’ for, for the people to say that we don’t want to fight no more. They’ll be no more wars and our children will play, one day.” – Matisyahu

“Some artists are bound to an image: Bob Marley has dreadlocks, Matisyahu has a beard. But that’s a reminder that the whole thing is not about style. It’s about music.” – Matisyahu

“The idea that God’s mercy is connected to whether or not I shave is ludicrous and I need to just trust myself, and that, you know, if I’m deserving of God’s mercy, I’ll get it, regardless of, you know, my beard,” – Matisyahu

“I think there is a tendency for people to get rigid and caught up in their beliefs of what is right and wrong, and they lose sight of humanity. Being human has to come first before right or wrong.” – Matisyahu

“You’re looking for help from God, you say he couldn’t be found. Looking up to the sky and searchin’ beneath the ground.” – Matisyahu

“I was into acting as a kid. There was a time when I was 18 that I played the boy in a production of ‘Equus’ in Oregon, and I thought that was going to be my life.” – Matisyahu

“I am reclaiming myself. Trusting my goodness and my divine mission.” – Matisyahu

“My life is not separate from my music, you know? It’s not like a day job that I leave and go home. It’s who I am as a person and how I am trying to grow, come closer to God, be a better person.” – Matisyahu

“Reggae music isn’t Jewish, but a lot of the ideas are.” – Matisyahu

“The world that I come from is the world of raves, hip-hop clubs, and rock and roll.” – Matisyahu

“We’re so quick to go to make things black and white, and to put things in their box. But everything is this mixture – and that’s what this world is – is this blend of different things.” – Matisyahu

“Most of my life wasn’t about knowledge from books, but experiential knowledge.” – Matisyahu

“At a certain point, I felt the need to submit to a higher level of religiosity to move away from my intuition and to accept an ultimate truth. I felt that in order to become a good person, I needed rules – lots of them – or else I would somehow fall apart. I am reclaiming myself. Trusting my goodness and my divine mission.” – Matisyahu

“Growing up, the way that I looked was very important to me. I was always trying to impress people, and when I grew my beard there was a certain freedom, a separation, getting past this the way I looked, identify myself as a spiritual seeker.” – Matisyahu