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Quotes of the day: John Lennon

Published Wednesday, October 08, 2014 @ 9:19 PM EDT
Oct 08 2014

John Ono Lennon, MBE (born John Winston Lennon; October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980), was an English musician, singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a founding member of the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. With Paul McCartney, he formed a songwriting partnership that is one of the most celebrated of the 20th century. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


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

Above all else never let people know how physically unattractive they actually are. Everyone deserves to believe they are beautiful.

All kids draw and write poetry and everything, and some of us last until we're about eighteen, but most drop off at about twelve when some guy comes up and says, 'You're no good.' That's all we get told all our lives.

All we are saying is give peace a chance.

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

Before Elvis, there was nothing. (Attributed)

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

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

God is a concept by which we measure our pain.

Happiness is just how you feel when you don't feel miserable.

I really thought that love would save us all.

I think people who need a church should go. And the others who know the church is in your own head should visit that temple because that's where the source is.

I'm not afraid of dying. I'm prepared for death because I don't believe in it. I think it's just getting out of one car and getting into another.

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

It's just natural, it's not a great disaster. People keep talking about it like it's The End of The Earth. It's only a rock group that split up, it's nothing important. You know, you have all the old records there if you want to reminisce.

It's only a rock group that split up, it's nothing important. You know, you have all the old records there if you want to reminisce.

It's quite possible to do anything, but not to put it on the leaders and the parking meters. Don't expect Jimmy Carter or Ronald Reagan or John Lennon or Yoko Ono or Bob Dylan or Jesus Christ to come and do it for you. You have to do it yourself.

Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives.

Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.

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

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.

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.
All you need is love.

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.

We all have everything within us and the Kingdom of Heaven is nigh and within us, and if you look hard enough you'll see it.

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

When I was about twelve, I used to think I must be a genius, but nobody's noticed. Either I'm a genius or I'm mad, which is it? 'No,' I said, 'I can't be mad because nobody's put me away; therefore I'm a genius.' Genius is a form of madness and we're all that way. But I used to be coy about it, like me guitar playing. But if there's such a thing as genius — I am one. And if there isn't, I don't care.

When I was five 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.

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