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276 Inspiring Quotes by John Lennon

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Wikipedia Summary for John Lennon

John Winston Ono Lennon (born John Winston Lennon; 9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980) was an English singer, songwriter, musician and peace activist who achieved worldwide fame as the founder, co-lead vocalist, and rhythm guitarist of the Beatles. His songwriting partnership with Paul McCartney remains the most successful in history. In 1969, he started the Plastic Ono Band with his second wife, Yoko Ono. After the Beatles disbanded in 1970, Lennon continued his career as a solo artist and as Ono's collaborator.

Born in Liverpool, Lennon became involved in the skiffle craze as a teenager. In 1956, he formed his first band, the Quarrymen, which evolved into the Beatles in 1960. He was initially the group's de facto leader, a role gradually ceded to McCartney. Lennon was characterised for the rebellious nature and acerbic wit in his music, writing, drawings, on film and in interviews. In the mid-1960s, he had two books published: In His Own Write and A Spaniard in the Works, both collections of nonsense writings and line drawings. Starting with 1967's "All You Need Is Love", his songs were adopted as anthems by the anti-war movement and the larger counterculture.

From 1968 to 1972, Lennon produced more than a dozen records with Ono, including a trilogy of avant-garde albums, his first solo LP John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, and the international top 10 singles "Give Peace a Chance", "Instant Karma!", "Imagine" and "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)". In 1969, he held the two week-long anti-war demonstration Bed-Ins for Peace. After moving to New York City in 1971, his criticism of the Vietnam War resulted in a three-year attempt by the Nixon administration to deport him. In 1975, Lennon disengaged from the music business to raise his infant son Sean and, in 1980, returned with the Ono collaboration Double Fantasy. He was shot and killed in the archway of his Manhattan apartment building by a Beatles fan, Mark David Chapman, three weeks after the album's release.

As a performer, writer or co-writer, Lennon had 25 number one singles in the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Double Fantasy, his best-selling album, won the 1981 Grammy Award for Album of the Year. In 1982, Lennon was honoured with the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. In 2002, Lennon was voted eighth in a BBC poll of the 100 Greatest Britons. Rolling Stone ranked him the fifth-greatest singer and thirty-eighth greatest artist of all time. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame (in 1997) and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (twice, as a member of the Beatles in 1988 and as a solo artist in 1994).

water drops on glass

Before Elvis there was nothing.

--John Lennon


orange and white stone fragment

I had a lot of it in my day, but I don't like it. It's a dumb drug. Your whole concentration goes on getting the next fix. I find caffeine easier to deal with.

--John Lennon


gray-scale photo of man and woman holding hands

Imagine all the people Sharing all the world.

--John Lennon

red flowers with water droplets

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

--John Lennon

blue ocean

I want you to make love, not war, I know you've heard it before.

--John Lennon

woman and man holding hands

The Kingdom of Heaven is within you.

--John Lennon

silhouette of man standing on rock while looking in sky

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

--John Lennon

Longer Version:

Music is everybody's possession. It's only publishers who think that people own it. If you were going to give Rock 'n' Roll another name you might as well call it Chuck Berry. We're more popular than Jesus now; I don't know which will go first -- Rock and Roll or Christianity.




backdrop

We make her bear and raise our children
And then we leave her flat for being a fat old mother hen
We tell her, home is the only place she should be
Then we complain that she's too
unworldly to be our friend.

--John Lennon

pink

I am like a chameleon, influenced by whatever's going on. If Elvis can do it, I can do it. If the Everly Brothers can do it, me and Paul can. Same with Dylan.

--John Lennon


three books on surface

My defenses were so great. The cocky rock and roll hero who knows all the answers was actually a terrified guy who didn't know how to cry. Simple.

--John Lennon


two clown fishes underwater

There is a time to let things happen, and a time to make things happen. Life is what happens when you are making other plans.

--John Lennon

laughing woman photo

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?

--John Lennon

rock formation surrounding by body of water

I want to be with my best friend. My best friend, my wife. Who could ask for anything more?

--John Lennon

green leafed vegetable on brown wooden surface

New York is what Paris was in the twenties... the center of the art world. And we want to be in the center. It's the greatest place on earth... I've got a lot of friends here and I even brought my own cash.

--John Lennon

white and blue sky during daytime

All this bit about angels and all the different religions, it's based on something. I think anything's possible. I believe in everything until it's disproved.

--John Lennon

person looking at the milkyway

If someone thinks that love and peace is a cliche that must have been left behind in the '60s, that's his problem. Love and peace are eternal.

--John Lennon

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Work is life, you know, and without it, there's nothing but fear and insecurity.

--John Lennon


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I'm not really a career person; I'm a gardener, basically.

--John Lennon

landscape photo of waters, mountains, and black clouds

If we took over Britain, then we'd have the job of cleaning up the bourgeoisie and keeping people in a revolutionary state of mind.

--John Lennon

brown and gray brick wall

What I'm trying to do is to influence all the people I can influence. All those who are still under the dream and just put a big question mark in their mind. The acid dream is over, that is what I'm trying to tell them.

--John Lennon

green leafed tree on body of water under starry sky

People are just up tight because the kids are having fun and they didn't have the same freedom.

--John Lennon

a man walks alone in the haze

At the (record company) meeting Paul just kept mithering on about what we were going to do, so in the end I just said, 'I think you're daft. I want a divorce.'

--John Lennon

close up shot of white flower

You have to be a bastard to make it, and that's a fact. And the Beatles are the biggest bastards on earth.

--John Lennon

purple flower

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.

--John Lennon

brown rock formation

One thing I can tell you is you have to be free. Come together, right now, over me.

--John Lennon

person walking on street while holding black umbrella near cars on road at nighttime

I wanna hold your gland.

--John Lennon

black textile in close up photography

I don't believe in Elvis
I don't believe in Zimmerman
I don't believe in Beatles
I just believe in me.

--John Lennon

yellow sunflower in close up photography

Imagine there's no heaven, it's easy if you try. No hell below us, above us only sky. Imagine all the people living for today.

--John Lennon

Clear blue ocean washing on the sandy shore on a clear day in Cancún

I've withdrawn many times. Part of me is a monk, and part a performing flea! The fear in the music business is that you don't exist if you're not at Xenon with Andy Warhol.

--John Lennon

turned on gray alarm clock displaying 10:11

Nothing is real.

--John Lennon

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

--John Lennon

assorted-colored cactus

I regret profoundly that I was not an American and not born in Greenwich Village. It might be dying, and there might be a lot of dirt in the air you breathe, but this is where it's happening.

--John Lennon

aerial photo of foggy mountains

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

--John Lennon

black wooden louver door window

We never write anything with themes. We just write the same rubbish all the time.

--John Lennon

bird in the sky

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 jewelry!

--John Lennon

aerial view of river in between green trees during daytime

You can go to church and sing a hymn, Judge me by the colour of my skin, You can live a lie until you die, One thing you can't hide is when you're crippled inside.

--John Lennon

brown houses in front of hill under starry night

No longer riding on the merry-go-round, I just had to let it go.

--John Lennon

leafless tree on body of water during daytime

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

--John Lennon

sunset highway

Pools of sorrow waves of joy are drifting thorough my open mind possessing and caressing m.

--John Lennon

black bird flying under white clouds during daytime

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

--John Lennon

Longer Version:

Life is what happens when we are busy doing other things. Peace is not something you wish for; it's something you make, something you do, something you are and something you give away.



two women sitting on wooden dock over body of water

You can only breathe out if you breathe in.

--John Lennon


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It came in a vision -- a man appeared on a flaming pie and said unto them, 'From this day forward you are Beatles with an A.' Thank you Mister Man, they said, thanking him.

--John Lennon

worm's eye view photography of pink cheery blossom tree

You won't get anything unless you have the vision to imagine it.

--John Lennon

woman standing on cliff

Songwriting is about getting the demon out of me. It's like being possessed.

--John Lennon

Longer Version:

Songwriting is about getting the demon out of me. It's like being possessed. You try to go to sleep, but the song won't let you. So you have to get up and make it into something, and then you're allowed to sleep. It's always in the middle of the night, or you're half-awake or tired, when your critical faculties are switched off. So letting go is what the whole game is. Every time you try to put your finger on it, it slips away. You turn on the lights and the cockroaches run away. You can never grasp them.


white and black soccer ball on grass field

Songwriting is like ... being possessed. You try to go to sleep but the song won't let you.

--John Lennon

photography of white sky at golden hour

I felt an obligation even then to write a song that people would sing in the pub or on a demonstration. That is why I would like to compose songs for the revolution.

--John Lennon

brown and black tiger near body of water

Everything is clearer when you're in love.

--John Lennon

green forest during daytime

You may say i'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one.

--John Lennon

white and yellow flower in close up photography

I am going into an unknown future, but I'm still all here, and still while there's life, there's hope.

--John Lennon

blooming yellow sunflower field

I used to think it was mere homesickness, then I started getting it at home.

--John Lennon

red flower in white background

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.

--John Lennon

man with LED headlight looking upward

I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together.

--John Lennon

red flowers under the blue sky

In Baby You're A Rich Man the point was, stop moaning, you're a rich man and we're all rich, heh heh, baby!

--John Lennon

purple and white clouds during night time

I never listen to the radio. If it's bad, I make fun of it, and if it's good, I get jealous that I didn't think of it.

--John Lennon


gold round wall clock on white painted wall

Free all the prisoners everywhere, all they want is truth and justice, all they need is love and care.

--John Lennon


white and blue ice in water

When I find myself in times of trouble
Mother Mary comes to me,
speaking words of wisdom "Let it be."

--John Lennon


rock formation surrounding by body of water

The best things in life are free, but you can keep them for the birds and bees; I want money.

--John Lennon

snowflake

There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love.

--John Lennon

Longer Version:

There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance.


blue textile with blue background

As in a love affair, two creative people can destroy themselves trying to recapture that youthful spirit, at twenty-one or twenty-four, of creating without even being aware of how it's happening.

--John Lennon

green ceramic mug beside book

I didn't come after Elvis and Dylan, I've been around always. But if I see or meet a great artist, I love 'em.

--John Lennon

brown and white butterfly on purple petaled flower

One day at a time is all we do. One day at a time is good for you.

--John Lennon

yellow and white color illustration

When I was a child I experienced moments of not wanting to see the ugliness, not wanting to see not being wanted. This lack of love went into my eyes and into my mind.

--John Lennon

purple

I found I was having continually to please the sort of people I'd always hated when I was a child. This began to bring me back to reality.

--John Lennon

brown tree branch during daytime

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.

--John Lennon

blue sky

I don't intend to be a performing flea any more. I was the dreamweaver, but although I'll be around I don't intend to be running at 20,000 miles an hour trying to prove myself. I don't want to die at 40.

--John Lennon

woman wears black dress tutu dancing ballet on rooftop

I'm a moldy moldy man I'm moldy thru and thru I'm a moldy moldy man You would not think it true I'm moldy til my eyeballs I'm moldy til my toe I will not dance I shyballs I'm such a humble Joe.

--John Lennon

green leaf tree on shore

I hope someday you will join us and the world will live as one.

--John Lennon

man playing soccer during daytime

We all have Hitler in us, but we also have love and peace. So why not give peace a chance for once?

--John Lennon

person holding white ceramic cup with liquid

I don't bother so much about the others' songs. For instance, I don't give a damn about how 'Something' is doing in the charts -- I watch 'Come Together' (the flip side) because that's my song.

--John Lennon

orange abstract painting

It was a choice of making it or still eating chicken onstage.

--John Lennon

white

I just like TV. I think to me, it replaced the fireplace when I was a child. They took the fire away and they put a TV in instead and I got hooked on it.

--John Lennon

man in black tank top standing near tree under starry night

There's nothing new under the sun. All the roads lead to Rome. And people cannot provide it for you. I can't wake you up. You can wake you up. I can't cure you. You can cure you.

--John Lennon


shooting star in night sky

Whenever in doubt, turn off your mind, relax, and float downstream.

--John Lennon


low-angle photo of white daisy

You don't have to be a star to get a cheese sandwich. You just have to be first.

--John Lennon

person standing on top of mountain

Surrealism to me is reality. Psychedelic vision is reality to me and always was.

--John Lennon


purple petaled flower with vase selective focus photography

Imagine ... Imagine no religion.

--John Lennon

body of water under blue sky with stars

I can't remember anything without a sadness so deep that it hardly becomes known to me, so deep that its tears leave me a spectator of my own stupidity.

--John Lennon

green and white painted wall

We're playing those mind games together
Pushing the barriers, planting seeds
Playing the mind guerrilla.

--John Lennon

sunflower field under white sky during daytime

There's nothing you can do that can't be done.

--John Lennon

Longer Version:

There's nothing you can do that can't be done
Nothing you can sing that can't be sung.
Nothing you can say but you can learn how to play the game.
It's easy.

Nothing you can make that can't be made.
No one you can save that can't be saved.
Nothing you can do but you can learn how to be you in time.
It's easy.

Nothing you can know that isn't known.
Nothing you can see that isn't shown.
Nowhere you can be that isn't where you're meant to be.
It's easy.


bird at pier

Whatever gets you through the night.

--John Lennon

green palm tree during daytime

I'm not saying we're better or greater, or comparing us with Jesus Christ as a person, or God as a thing, or whatever it is. I just said what I said, and it was wrong, or it was taken wrong. And now it's all this.

--John Lennon

woman riding on skateboard during daytime

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.

--John Lennon



brown and black leaf in close up photography

I'm a freakin' artist, man, not a (expletive) race horse.

--John Lennon

yellow labrador retriever puppy sitting on floor

I am the eggman They are the eggmen! I am the walrus!

--John Lennon

landscape photography of road at savannah

Love means having to say you're sorry every fifteen minutes.

--John Lennon


white

We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create.

--John Lennon

a man walks alone in the haze

I think it's the best thing I've ever done. I think it's realistic, and it's true to the me that has been developing over the years. I like first-person music.

--John Lennon

grassland landscape

Everything will be okay in the end. If it's not okay, it's not the end.

--John Lennon

shallow focus photography of bee on flower

You know the way people begin to look like their dogs? Well, we're beginning to look like each other.

--John Lennon

gray wooden house on green plains near mountain range at daytime

Tame birds sing of freedom. Wild birds fly.

--John Lennon


sunset with agave stem

Father, you left me, but I never left you.

--John Lennon


silhouette of person standing beside bare tree under stary sky

When I was singing about 'All You Need Is Love' I was talking about something I hadn't experienced.

--John Lennon

Clear blue ocean washing on the sandy shore on a clear day in Cancún

I never went to high school reunions. My thing is, out of sight, out of mind. That's my attitude toward life. So I don't have any romanticism about any part of my past.

--John Lennon


fire near trees

There are no problems, only solutions.

--John Lennon

person running

God is a concept by which we measure our pain.

--John Lennon

wormeye view photo of milky way

And So This Is Christmas; And What Have We Done? Another Year Over; A New One Just Begun; And So Happy Christmas; I Hope You Have Fun; The Near And The Dear Ones; The Old And The Young.

--John Lennon

two women sitting on wooden dock over body of water

Nobody loves you when you're down and out.

--John Lennon

orange leaves tree

I've got used to the fact -​ just about -​ that whatever I do is going to be compared to the other Beatles. If I took up ballet dancing, my ballet dancing would be compared with Paul's bowling.

--John Lennon

time lapse photography of fire

Please don't spoil my day; I'm miles away and, after all, I'm only sleeping.

--John Lennon

yellow and white color illustration

That's part of our policy, is not to be taken seriously because I think our opposition, whoever they may be in all their manifest forms, don't know how to handle humour.

--John Lennon

blue boat on sand near body of water during daytime

Mostly folk music is people with fruity voices trying to keep alive something old and dead. It's all a bit boring, like ballet: a minority thing kept going by a minority group.

--John Lennon





sunset with rainbow

Possession isn't nine-tenths of the law. It's nine-tenths of the problem.

--John Lennon

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Violence begets violence, you know. And you can't kill off all the violent people or all the murderers. We'd have to kill off the government.

--John Lennon

brown and white wooden star print board

It's amazing how low you go to get high.

--John Lennon


two women making peace sign near the Golden Gate bridge

Pain is what we're in most of the time. And I think the bigger the pain the more gods we need.

--John Lennon


three boys running on field

The first line (of I Am The Walrus) was written on one acid trip one weekend. The second line was written on the next acid trip the next weekend, and it was filled in after I met Yoko.

--John Lennon

silhouette of stones during golden hour

We're crazy about this city. Los Angeles? That's just a big parking lot where you buy a hamburger for the trip to San Francisco.

--John Lennon


selective focus photography of pink petaled flower

The Beatles had gone beyond comprehension. We were smoking marijuana for breakfast. We were well into marijuana and nobody could communicate with us, because we were just glazed eyes, giggling all the time.

--John Lennon

brown sands

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.

--John Lennon



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We must always remember to thank the CIA and the Army for LSD. That's what people forget.... They invented LSD to control people and what they did was give us freedom.

--John Lennon

person doing yoga exercises

Remember to let her into your heart.

--John Lennon

red flame

We're mostly macrobiotic, but sometimes I take the family out for a pizza.

--John Lennon

sunset highway

Paul and I know each other on a lot of different levels that very few people know about.

--John Lennon

green trees on brown dried leaves during daytime

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

--John Lennon

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I always was a rebel...but on the other hand, I wanted to be loved and accepted...and not just be a loudmouth, lunatic, poet, musician. But I cannot be what I am not.

--John Lennon

telescope

If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there would be peace.

--John Lennon

sunset

Come together, right now.

--John Lennon

sunset

They hit you at school, they hate you if your clever, and they despise a fool.

--John Lennon

pink and white tulips on white surface

Love is the answer, and you know that for sure;
Love is a flower, you've got to let it grow.

--John Lennon


man kissing the woman wearing blue polka-dot dress

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

--John Lennon

person sitting on black surface looking to sky

I was different, I was always different. Why didn't anybody notice me?

--John Lennon

purple and white petaled flower

It seems that all revolutions end up with a personality cult -- even the Chinese seem to need a father-figure.

--John Lennon

red textile in close up photography

In Western-style Communism we would have to create an almost imaginary workers' image of themselves as the father-figure.

--John Lennon

aerial photo of foggy mountains

I'm not going to change the way I look or the way I feel to conform to anything.

--John Lennon

Longer Version:

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.




yellow wallpaper

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.

--John Lennon

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Love is real, real is love.

--John Lennon

green and white abstract painting

It's better to fade away like an old soldier than to burn out.

--John Lennon

Longer Version:

It's better to fade away like an old soldier than to burn out. I don't appreciate worship of dead Sid Vicious or of dead James Dean or of dead John Wayne. It's the same thing. Making Sid Vicious a hero, Jim Morrison -- it's garbage to me. I worship the people who survive. Gloria Swanson, Greta Garbo.


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When I started, rock and roll itself was the basic revolution to people of my age and situation. We needed something loud and clear to break through all the unfeeling and repression that had been coming down on us kids.

--John Lennon


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One more stage, one more limo, one more run for your life.

--John Lennon

rainbow desert

A very Merry Christmas
And a happy New Year
Let's hope it's a good one
Without any fear.

--John Lennon

empty gray floor beside pool

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.

--John Lennon

sea of white clouds

We make her paint her face and dance
If she won't be a slave, we say that she don't love us
If she's real, we say she's trying to be a man
While putting her down we pretend that she is above us.

--John Lennon

tan wallpaper

I'm cynical about society, politics, newspapers, government. But I'm not cynical about life, love, goodness, death. That's why I really don't want to be labeled a cynic.

--John Lennon

grayscale photo of elephant on grass field

Love is all, love is new, love is all, love is you.

--John Lennon

None

Don't believe that jazz about there's nothing you can do, "turn on and drop out, man" -- because you've got to turn on and drop in, or they're going to drop all over you.

--John Lennon


two women lying on hammock

Without Jimmy Dean the Beatles would never have existed.

--John Lennon


pink and teal striped textile

I dream in colour, and its always very surreal. My dream world is complete Hieronymus Bosch and Dali. I love it, I look forward to it every night.

--John Lennon


white bicycle parked beside wall

There's room at the top they are telling you still, but first you must learn how to smile as you kill.

--John Lennon

white and red flower with green leaves

Don't let them fool you with dope and cocaine, can't do you know harm to feel your own pain.

--John Lennon

shallow focus photography of hand with red paint

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.

--John Lennon


None

We're more popular than Jesus now; I don't know which will go first, rock 'n' roll or Christianity.

--John Lennon


3 women playing soccer on green grass field during daytime

Paranoia is just a heightened sense of awareness.

--John Lennon

focus photo of a hummingbird on leaf

Well, I just want him to grow up happy. That's the main thing.

--John Lennon

rock formation under starry skies

We should be trying to reach the young workers because that's when you're most idealistic and have least fear.

--John Lennon


woman on seashore near island under blue sky

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.

--John Lennon

two white flowers

What does it mean when a person is such a pacifist that they get shot? I can never understand that.

--John Lennon

silhouette of man standing on hill during starry night

Rituals are important. Nowadays it's hip not to be married. I'm not interested in being hip.

--John Lennon

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I don't expect you to understand after you've caused so much pain, but then again-you're not to blame; you're just human-a victim of the insane.

--John Lennon


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I used to hide my real emotions in gobbledegook, like in In His Own Write. When I wrote teenage poems, I wrote in gobbledegook because I was always hiding my real emotions from Mimi.

--John Lennon

person holding sunflower

And Paul hits this chord, and I turn to him and say, 'That's it! Do that again!' In those days we really used to absolutely write like that -- both playing into each other's noses.

--John Lennon

band performing on stage in front of people

I'm dissatisfied with every record the Beatles ever f***ing made. There ain't one of them I wouldn't remake.

--John Lennon



shallow focus photography of white flowers

When I cannot sing my heart, I can only speak my mind.

--John Lennon

selective focus photo of brown and blue hourglass on stones

We gave up everything just to sit at your table.

--John Lennon

yellow rose flower

I'm really very embarrassed about my guitar playing, in one way, because it's very poor. I can never move but I can make a guitar speak.

--John Lennon

yellow sunflower on white wall

Make your own dream .I can't wake you up. You can wake you up. I can't cure you. You can cure you.

--John Lennon

silhouette photo of mountain during night time

I'll be a good boy, please make me well. I promise you anything, get me out of this hell. Cold turkey has got me on the run.

--John Lennon


red rose illustration

Nowadays it's hip not to be married. I'm not interested in being hip.

--John Lennon

flock of birds flying under blue sky during daytime

Music touching my soul, the spirit dance was unfolding.

--John Lennon

blue and white water surface

My teacher asked me what I want to be when I grow up, I said happy. She told me I don't understand the assignment, I told her she doesn't understand life.

--John Lennon

yellow painted wall

I recently got into Haiku in Japan and I just think it's fantastic. Obviously, when you get rid of a whole section of illusion in your mind you're left with great precision.

--John Lennon

aerial photography of pine trees with mist

Imagine no possesions, I wonder if you can, No need for greed or hunger, A brotherhood of man. Imagine all the people Sharing all the world.

--John Lennon

A view of the night showing stars

I'm an Elvis fan because it was Elvis who really got me out of Liverpool.

--John Lennon

silhouette of kneeling man

When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life.

--John Lennon

leafless tree on body of water during daytime

The reason why kids are crazy is because nobody can face the responsibility of bringing them up.

--John Lennon

aerial view of blue ocean water during daytime

Keep you doped with religion and sex and TV.

--John Lennon

forest trees photograph

There is an alternative to war. It's staying in bed and growing your hair.

--John Lennon

adult Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dog

Sitting on a cornflake, waiting for the van to come.

--John Lennon

woman standing between sunflower field during daytime

Like Paul Kraston said, all I ask in life is a water bed, a TV and a typewriter. Well, I'll just have an ordinary bed, a TV and a guitar.

--John Lennon



red rose in black background

If art were to redeem man, it could do so only by saving him from the seriousness of life and restoring him to an unexpected boyishness.

--John Lennon

low-angle photo of white daisy

We're not disinterested in politics. It's just that politicians are disinteresting.

--John Lennon


brown french bulldog wearing red and white santa hat sitting on yellow pasta

War is over ... If you want it.

--John Lennon

woman leaning against a wall in dim hallway

I was a working-class macho guy who was used to being served and Yoko didn't buy that. From the day I met her, she demanded equal time, equal space, equal rights.

--John Lennon

brown wooden table clock at 10 10

Being honest may not get you a lot of friends but it'll always get you the right ones.

--John Lennon

brown and gray mountains during daytime

Instant Karma's gonna get you, gonna knock you right on the head.

--John Lennon

purple and black skies

I don't know which will go first -- rock 'n' roll or Christianity.

--John Lennon

Arizona landscape

If The Beatles or the 60's had a message, it was 'Learn to swim. And once you've learned -- swim!

--John Lennon

purple and green light digital wallpaper

I was a great one as a kid for standing and just looking out a window for hours and hours and hours. Now the TV does that for me, except for the view changes immensely.

--John Lennon


four coffee cups on floor

There's nothing you can know that isn't known.

--John Lennon

rocks on sea side at daytime

The more I see the less I know for sure.

--John Lennon

orange rose in bloom close up photo

It was my Fat Elvis period. I was eating and drinking like a pig. I was depressed and I was crying out for help. It's real. And I meant it.

--John Lennon

green palm tree during daytime

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.

--John Lennon

rainbow

Why don't people believe us when we say we're simply in love?

--John Lennon

yellow sunflower in close up photography

Everybody's talking about ministers, sinisters, banisters, and canisters, bishops, fishops, rabbis, and popeyes, bye-bye, bye-byes.

--John Lennon

selective focus photography of grey coin operated telescope

Art is only a way of expressing pain.

--John Lennon

white

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.

--John Lennon

silhouette of man looking towards left

Half of what I say is meaningless, but I say it just to reach you.

--John Lennon



person standing on rock beside body of water between green trees

I would like to say thank you on behalf of the group and ourselves and I hope we've passed the audition.

--John Lennon

forest near mountain alps

Life's what happens when you're making other plans.

--John Lennon

pink tulip in bloom close up photo

If everyone could just be happy with themselves and the choices people around them make, the world would instantly be a better place!

--John Lennon

white wall paint with black shadow

You feel alone if you're the only one thinking 'wouldn't it be nice if there was peace and nobody was getting killed.' So advertise yourself that you're for peace if you believe in it.

--John Lennon

silhouette of person wearing cowboy hat during sunset

I really had a chip on my shoulder, ... and it still comes out every now and then.

--John Lennon


man playing soccer during daytime

When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down happy.

--John Lennon


pavement surrounded with dried leaves

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

--John Lennon

pet dog sitting down on snow

Love is a promise; love is a souvenir.

--John Lennon

focus photography of chick on gray ground

I know I hurt you then But that was way back when.

--John Lennon

yellow labrador retriever puppy sitting on floor

I still believe in peace, love and understanding.

--John Lennon

black pug puppy on white and pink textile

Only by trying on other people's clothes do we find what size we are.

--John Lennon


full moon in the sky

Man, you should have seen them kicking Edgar Allan Poe.

--John Lennon

blue and white abstract painting

Oh sure. I dug the fame, the power, the money, and playing to big crowds. Conquering America was the best thing.

--John Lennon

flock of birds flying under blue sky during daytime

The sun is up, the sky is blue
It's beautiful, and so are you.

--John Lennon

beach during daytime

I'd like to incite people to break the framework, to be disobedient in school, to stick their tongues out, to keep insulting authority.

--John Lennon



aerial's photo of metropolitan during night time\

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

--John Lennon


grayscale photography of woman

We had one thing in common -- we were in love. But love is just a gift, and it doesn't answer everything and it's like a precious plant that you have to nurture and look after and all that.

--John Lennon

white rose flower

If you want to get peace, you can get it as soon as you like if we all pull together. ... Think peace, live peace, and breathe peace and you'll get it as soon as you like.

--John Lennon


plain background

There is no denying that we are still living in the capitalist world. I think that in order to survive and to change the world, you have to take care of yourself first. You have to survive yourself.

--John Lennon

pink and yellow flower painting

I've never voted. I've never voted yet although I could have voted for the last ten years.

--John Lennon

Arizona landscape

The cross of the Legion of Honor has been conferred on me. However, few escape that distinction.

--John Lennon


person holding dried beans

I believe in everything until it's disproved.

--John Lennon

top view of green succulent plants

I want it to sound like an orange.

--John Lennon

water drops on glass

Tell the truth and make it rhyme.

--John Lennon

green leafed seedlings on black plastic pots

Life happens whilst you're planning other things.

--John Lennon


selective focus photography of stones on sand

It's weird not to be weird.

--John Lennon

silhouette of man and woman during sunset

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.

--John Lennon

purple flowered hedge plants

All of us growing up have come to terms with too much pain. Although we repress it, it's still there. The worst pain is that of not being wanted, of realising your parents do not need you in the way you need them.

--John Lennon

white stone woman sculpture

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.

--John Lennon

black and white photography of alarm clock displaying 1:37 time

I don't purchase records. I do enjoy listening to things like Japanese folk music or Indian music.

--John Lennon

person holding green plant during daytime

There are only a few notes. Just variations on a theme.

--John Lennon

We wish you a perfect day!