John Lennon Quotes

Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see.

John Lennon (Strawberry Fields, 1967)

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

John Lennon (Playboy Interview, 1980)

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.

John Lennon

God is a concept by which we measure our pain.

John Lennon (Quoted in Lennon Remembers, 2000)

I've always considered my work one piece and I consider that my work won't be finished until I am dead and buried and I hope that's a long, long time.

John Lennon (Interview with RKO Radio on the day of his murder, December 8 1980)

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.

John Lennon

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

John Lennon (Quoted in John Lennon: In His Own Words, 2005)

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 (Playboy Interview, 1980)

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

John Lennon

You are all geniuses, and you are all beautiful. You don't need anyone to tell you who you are. You are what you are. Get out there and get peace, think peace, live peace, and breathe peace, and you'll get it as soon as you like.

John Lennon (Quoted in The Beatles: An Oral History, 1998)

Everything is clearer and open when you're in love.

John Lennon (Playboy Interview, 1980)

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 (Playboy Interview, 1980)

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

John Lennon (Julia, 1968)

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

John Lennon (Playboy Interview, 1980)

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. 

John Lennon

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. 

John Lennon

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?

John Lennon

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

John Lennon

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

John Lennon (Quoted in The Beatles A to Z, 1980)

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.

John Lennon (Quoted in Come Together: John Lennon in his Time, 1991)

Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.

John Lennon (Quoted in John Lennon: In His Own Words, 2005)

All we are saying is give peace a chance.

John Lennon (Anti-Vietnam peace campaign, 1969)

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 (Quoted in The Beatles Forever, 1978)

Jesus was all right, but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It's them twisting it that ruins it for me.

John Lennon (Quoted in The Lennon Companion, 1987)

Yeah we all shine on, like the moon, and the stars, and the sun. 

John Lennon (Quoted in The Words and Music of John Lennon, 2007)

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

John Lennon (Playboy Interview, 1980)

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

John Lennon (Mind Games, 1973)

You're all geniuses and you're all beautiful. You don't need anybody to tell you who you are or what you are. You are what you are. Get out there and get peace. Think peace, live peace, and breathe peace and you'll get it as soon as you like.

John Lennon (Quoted in The Beatles: A Celebration, 1986)

I'm not going to sacrifice love, real love, for any fuckin' whore or any friend, or any business, because in the end you're alone at night.

John Lennon (Quoted in Lennon Remembers, 2000)

Music is everybody's possession. It's only publishers who think that people own it.

John Lennon

The more I see the less I know for sure.

John Lennon (Quoted in Lennon, 1985)

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

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.

John Lennon (Rolling Stone Interview, 1980)

You either get tired fighting for peace, or you die.

John Lennon

The only reason I am a star is because of my repression. Nothing else would have driven me through all that if I was 'normal'.

John Lennon (Quoted in The Revolutionary Artist: John Lennon's Radical Years, 2008)

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.

John Lennon

Time you enjoy wasting, was not wasted.

John Lennon

I don't need to go to church. I respect churches because of the sacredness that's been put on them over the years by people who do believe. But I think a lot of bad things have happened in the name of the church and in the name of Christ.

John Lennon (The Beatles Anthology, 2000)

I really thought that love would save us all.

John Lennon (Quoted in The Philadelphia Inquirer, 1980)

There are no problems, only solutions.

John Lennon (Double Fantasy - Watching the Wheels, 1980)

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.

John Lennon (Imagine, 1971)

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.

John Lennon (All You Need Is Love, 1967)

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.

John Lennon (Quoted in The Lost Beatles Interview, 1994)

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.

John Lennon

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

John Lennon (Double Fantasy - Beautiful Boy, 1980)

John Lennon Biography

Born: October 9, 1940
Died: December 8, 1980

John Lennon was an English musician. He is best known for being a part of the famous bands of all time, The Beatles. He was and is still known for his fervent advocacy for peace and antiwar.