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John Lennon Quotes

  1. All we are saying is give peace a chance.
  2. All you need is love.
  3. And God help Bruce Springsteen when they decide he’s no longer God… They’ll turn on him, and I hope he survives it.
  4. As usual, there is a great woman behind every idiot.
  5. Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn’t argue with that; I’m right and I will be proved right. We’re more popular than Jesus now; I don’t know which will go first – rock and roll or Christianity.
  6. Everybody loves you when you’re six foot in the ground.
  7. Everything is clearer when you’re in love.
  8. God is a concept by which we measure our pain.
  9. Guilt for being rich, and guilt thinking that perhaps love and peace isn’t enough and you have to go and get shot or something.
  10. He didn’t come out of my belly, but my God, I’ve made his bones, because I’ve attended to every meal, and how he sleeps, and the fact that he swims like a fish because I took him to the ocean. I’m so proud of all those things. But he is my biggest pride.
  11. I believe in God, but not as one thing, not as an old man in the sky. I believe that what people call God is something in all of us. I believe that what Jesus and Mohammed and Buddha and all the rest said was right. It’s just that the translations have gone wrong.
  12. I believe in everything until it’s disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it’s in your mind. Who’s to say that dreams and nightmares aren’t as real as the here and now?
  13. I believe time wounds all heels.
  14. I don’t believe in killing whatever the reason!
  15. I don’t know which will go first – rock ‘n’ roll or Christianity.
  16. I’m not claiming divinity. I’ve never claimed purity of soul. I’ve never claimed to have the answers to life. I only put out songs and answer questions as honestly as I can… But I still believe in peace, love and understanding.
  17. I’m not going to change the way I look or the way I feel to conform to anything. I’ve always been a freak. So I’ve been a freak all my life and I have to live with that, you know. I’m one of those people.
  18. If being an egomaniac means I believe in what I do and in my art or music, then in that respect you can call me that… I believe in what I do, and I’ll say it.
  19. If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there’d be peace.
  20. If someone thinks that love and peace is a cliche that must have been left behind in the Sixties, that’s his problem. Love and peace are eternal.
  21. If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it ‘Chuck Berry’.
  22. Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will be as one.
  23. It doesn’t matter how long my hair is or what colour my skin is or whether I’m a woman or a man.
  24. It was like being in the eye of a hurricane. You’d wake up in a concert and think, Wow, how did I get here?
  25. Jesus was all right, but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It’s them twisting it that ruins it for me.
  26. Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.
  27. Lots of people who complained about us receiving the MBE received theirs for heroism in the war – for killing people. We received ours for entertaining other people. I’d say we deserve ours more.
  28. Love is the answer, and you know that for sure; Love is a flower, you’ve got to let it grow.
  29. Love is the flower you’ve got to let grow.
  30. Music is everybody’s possession. It’s only publishers who think that people own it.
  31. My role in society, or any artist’s or poet’s role, is to try and express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all.
  32. Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. I think we’re being run by maniacs for maniacal ends and I think I’m liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That’s what’s insane about it.
  33. Part of me suspects that I’m a loser, and the other part of me thinks I’m God Almighty.
  34. Possession isn’t nine-tenths of the law. It’s nine-tenths of the problem.
  35. Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.
  36. Rituals are important. Nowadays it’s hip not to be married. I’m not interested in being hip.
  37. Surrealism had a great effect on me because then I realised that the imagery in my mind wasn’t insanity. Surrealism to me is reality.
  38. The basic thing nobody asks is why do people take drugs of any sort? Why do we have these accessories to normal living to live? I mean, is there something wrong with society that’s making us so pressurized, that we cannot live without guarding ourselves against it?
  39. The cross of the Legion of Honor has been conferred on me. However, few escape that distinction.
  40. The more I see the less I know for sure.
  41. The postman wants an autograph. The cab driver wants a picture. The waitress wants a handshake. Everyone wants a piece of you.
  42. The thing the sixties did was to show us the possibilities and the responsibility that we all had. It wasn’t the answer. It just gave us a glimpse of the possibility.
  43. There’s nothing you can know that isn’t known.
  44. These critics with the illusions they’ve created about artists – it’s like idol worship. They only like people when they’re on their way up… I cannot be on the way up again.
  45. Time you enjoy wasting, was not wasted.
  46. We were all on this ship in the sixties, our generation, a ship going to discover the New World. And the Beatles were in the crow’s nest of that ship.
  47. We’re more popular than Jesus now; I don’t know which will go first, rock ‘n’ roll or Christianity.
  48. We’ve got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant. You can’t just accept it and leave it in the cupboard or just think it’s going to get on by itself. You’ve got to keep watering it. You’ve got to really look after it and nurture it.
  49. When you’re drowning, you don’t say ‘I would be incredibly pleased if someone would have the foresight to notice me drowning and come and help me,’ you just scream.
  50. Will the people in the cheaper seats clap your hands? And the rest of you, if you’ll just rattle your jewelry.
  51. Yeah we all shine on, like the moon, and the stars, and the sun.
  52. You don’t need anybody to tell you who you are or what you are. You are what you are!
  53. You either get tired fighting for peace, or you die.
  54. You have to be a bastard to make it, and that’s a fact. And the Beatles are the biggest bastards on earth.
  55. You’re just left with yourself all the time, whatever you do anyway. You’ve got to get down to your own God in your own temple. It’s all down to you, mate.

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