Quotes: John Lennon

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“You don’t need anybody to tell you who you are or what you are. You are what you are!” – John Lennon

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

“Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.” – John Lennon

“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

“We’re more popular than Jesus now; I don’t know which will go first, rock ‘n’ roll or Christianity.” – John Lennon

“Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.” – John Lennon

“Rituals are important. Nowadays it’s hip not to be married. I’m not interested in being hip.” – John Lennon

“It doesn’t matter how long my hair is or what color my skin is or whether I’m a woman or a man.” – John Lennon

“You have to be a bastard to make it, and that’s a fact.” – John Lennon

“Declare it. Just the same way we declare war. That is how we will have peace… we just need to declare it.” – John Lennon

“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

“If there’s such a thing as genius — I am one. And if there isn’t, I don’t care.” – John Lennon

“Before Elvis there was nothing.” – John Lennon

“What we’ve got to do is keep hope alive. Because without it we’ll sink.” – John Lennon

“If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there’d be peace.” – John Lennon

“Happiness is just how you feel when you don’t feel miserable.” – John Lennon

“Music is everybody’s possession. It’s only publishers who think that people own it.” – John Lennon

“You either get tired fighting for peace, or you die.” – John Lennon

“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.” – John Lennon

“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. 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. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.” – John Lennon

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

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

“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.” – John Lennon

“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

“War is over … If you want it.” – John Lennon

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