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John Lennon Quotes




“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”


“Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.”


“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 live as one.”


“Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.”


“As usual, there is a great woman behind every idiot.”


 “The more I see, the less I know for sure.”


“A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.”


“There's nowhere you can be that isn't where you're meant to be...”


“If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there'd be peace.”


“One thing you can't hide - is when you're crippled inside.”


“Living is Easy with Eyes Closed.”


“If someone thinks that peace and love are just a cliché that must have been left behind in the 60s, that's a problem. Peace and love are eternal.”


“Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.”


“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.”


“When you're drowning you don't think, I would be incredibly pleased if someone would notice I'm drowning and come and rescue me. You just scream.”


 “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.”


“For those of you in the cheap seats I'd like ya to clap your hands to this one; the rest of you can just rattle your jewellery!”


“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.”


“It's weird not to be weird.”


 “God is a concept by which we measure our pain.”


“Love is like a flower-you've got to let it grow.”


“Love is a promise, love is a souvenir, once given never forgotten, never let it disappear.”


“How can I go forward when I don't know which way I'm facing?”


“I get by with a little help from my friends.”


 “I'm not afraid of death because I don't believe in it. It's just getting out of one car, and into another”


“Music is everybody's business. It's only the publishers who think people own it”


“Imagine all of us living in peace, it's too beautiful to just be a dream.”


 “There are places I'll remember. All my life though some have changed. Some forever not for better. Some have gone and some remain. All these places have their moments. With lovers and friends I still can recall. Some are dead and some are living. In my life I've loved them all”


 “The more real you get the more unreal the world gets. ”


 “Remember to let her into your heart.”


 “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.”


 “Part of me suspects that I'm a loser, and the other part of me thinks I'm God Almighty.”


“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.”


“You don't need anybody to tell you who you are or what you are. You are what you are!”


“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 on watering it. You've got to really look after it and nurture it.”


“Time wounds all heels.”


“I was the walrus, but now I am John...and so my friends, you'll just have to carry on. The dream is over.”


“Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives”


“Life is very short, and there's no time for fussing and fighting my friends”


“It matters not who you love, where you love, why you love, when you love or how you love, it matters only that you love”


“We live in a world where we have to hide to make love, while violence is practiced in broad daylight.”


“There are no problems, only solutions.”


“People like me are aware of their so-called genius at ten, eight, nine. . . . I always wondered, ``Why has nobody discovered me?'' In school, didn't they see that I'm cleverer than anybody in this school? That the teachers are stupid, too? That all they had was information that I didn't need? I got f***in' lost in being at high school. I used to say to me auntie

 ``You throw my f***in' poetry out, and you'll regret it when I'm famous, '' and she threw the bastard stuff out. I never forgave her for not treating me like a f***in' genius or whatever I was, when I was a child. It was obvious to me. Why didn't they put me in art school? Why didn't they train me? Why would they keep forcing me to be a f***in' cowboy like the rest of them? I was different

 I was always different. Why didn't anybody notice me? A couple of teachers would notice me, encourage me to be something or other, to draw or to paint - express myself. But most of the time they were trying to beat me into being a f***in' dentist or a teacher”


“Before Elvis there was nothing.”


“Living is easy with eyes closed; misunderstanding all you see.”


 “I am a violent man who has learned not to be violent and regrets his violence.”


“Everybody loves you when you're six foot in the ground.”


“Everybody seems to think I'm lazy. I don't mind, I think they're crazy. Running everywhere at such a speed. Till they find there's no need.”


 “When you do something noble and beautiful and nobody noticed, do not be sad. For the sun every morning is a beautiful spectacle and yet most of the audience still sleeps.”