100+ Amazing Quotes By John Lennon That Will Inspire You

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September 18, 2020

John Lennon Quotes

John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE, was an English singer-songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as one of the founding members of The Beatles, and together with Paul McCartney formed one of the most successful songwriting partnerships of the 20th century.

Born and raised in Liverpool, Lennon became involved in the skiffle craze as a teenager, his first band, The Quarrymen, evolving into The Beatles in 1960.

As the group began to undergo the disintegration that led to their break-up towards the end of that decade, Lennon launched a solo career that would span the next decade, punctuated by critically acclaimed albums, including John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band and Imagine, and iconic songs such as “Give Peace a Chance” and “Imagine”.

122+ Inspiring Quotes by John Lennon

  1. Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.
  2. All we are saying is give peace a chance.
  3. A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.
  4. Music is everybody’s business. It’s only the publishers who think people own it.
  5. 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.
  6. 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!
  7. Only by trying on other people’s clothes do we find what size we are.
  8. You have to be a bastard to make it, and that’s a fact. And the Beatles are the biggest bastards on earth.
  9. When I was about twelve I used to think I must be a genius, but nobody’s noticed. If there is such a thing as a genius, I am one, and if there isn’t I don’t care.
  10. They hate you if you’re clever and they despise a fool.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. They want to hold onto something they never had in the first place. Anybody who claims to have some interest in me as an individual artist or even as part of the Beatles has absolutely misunderstood everything I ever said if they can’t see why I’m with Yoko. And if they can’t see that, they don’t see anything. They’re just jacking off to – it could be anybody. Mick Jagger or somebody else. Let them go jack off to Mick Jagger, okay? I don’t need it.
  14. Those of you in the cheaper seats can clap your hands, and those of you in the balcony can just rattle your jewelry.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. There are no problems, only solutions.
  18. If everyone could just be happy with themselves and the choices people around them make, the world would instantly be a better place!
  19. Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.
  20. I put things down on sheets of paper and stuff them in my pockets. When I have enough, I have a book.
  21. People think you want them to do something or say something special…you don’t. You just want them to be themselves, so you can be yourself.
  22. Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.
  23. I am a violent man who has learned not to be violent and regrets his violence.
  24. 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
  25. The more I see, the less I know for sure.
  26. 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.
  27. Well, I don’t want to be king, I want to be real.
  28. The basic thing nobody asks is why do people take drugs of any sort? Why do we have these accessories to normal living to live? I mean, is there something wrong with a society that’s making us so pressurized, that we cannot live without guarding ourselves against it?
  29. Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives.
  30. It doesn’t matter who you love, where you love, why you love, when you love or how you love, it only matters that you love!
  31. Life is very short, and there’s no time for fussing and fighting my friends.
  32. When I cannot sing my heart, I can only speak my mind.
  33. I would like to say thank you on behalf of the group and ourselves and I hope we’ve passed the audition.
  34. Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see.
  35. 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.
  36. Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.
  37. Love is the greatest refreshment in life.
  38. Peace is not something you wish for; It’s something you make, something you do, something you are, and something you give away.
  39. 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?
  40. Surrealism had a great effect on me because then I realized that the imagery in my mind wasn’t insanity. Surrealism to me is reality.
  41. Nobody loves you when you’re down and out.
  42. 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.
  43. 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.
  44. If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there’d be peace.
  45. The time you enjoy wasting was not wasted.
  46. The sun is up, the sky is blue. It’s beautiful, and so are you.
  47. 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.
  48. Limitless undying love which shines around me like a million suns it calls me on and on across the universe.
  49. Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.
  50. Happiness is just how you feel when you don’t feel miserable.
  51. Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.
  52. I don’t believe in the Beatles, I just believe in me.
  53. Declare it. Just the same way we declare war. That is how we will have peace… we just need to declare it.
  54. When it gets down to having to use violence, then you are playing the system’s game. The establishment will irritate you – pull your beard, flick your face – to make you fight. Because once they’ve got you violent, then they know how to handle you. The only thing they don’t know how to handle is non-violence and humor.
  55. The more I see, the less I know for sure.
  56. I wasn’t saying whatever they’re saying I was saying. I’m sorry I said it really. I never meant it to be a lousy anti-religious thing. I apologize if that will make you happy. I still don’t know quite what I’ve done. I’ve tried to tell you what I did do but if you want me to apologize, if that will make you happy, then OK, I’m sorry.
  57. As usual, there is a great woman behind every idiot.
  58. So long ago, was it in a dream, was it just a dream?
  59. 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.
  60. There’s nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be…
  61. You don’t need anybody to tell you who you are or what you are.
  62. I still believe that all you need is love.
  63. There are only a few notes. Just variations on a theme.
  64. I’m not afraid of death because I don’t believe in it. It’s just getting out of one car, and into another.
  65. When you do something 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.
  66. When you cross the street, take my hand.
  67. 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?
  68. One thing I can tell you is you have to be free. Come together, right now, over me.
  69. 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.
  70. Life is very short, and there’s no time for fussing and fighting my friends.
  71. A mistake is only an error, it becomes a mistake when you fail to correct it.
  72. Everybody loves you when you’re six foot in the ground.
  73. 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.
  74. One thing I can tell you is you have to be free. Come together, right now, over me.
  75. The more real you get, the more unreal the world gets.
  76. When it gets down to having to use violence, then you are playing the system’s game. The establishment will irritate you – pull your beard, flick your face – to make you fight. Because once they’ve got you violent, then they know how to handle you. The only thing they don’t know how to handle is non-violence and humor.
  77. If someone thinks that peace and love are just a cliche that must have been left behind in the 60s, that’s a problem. Peace and love are eternal.
  78. Part of me suspects that I’m a loser, and the other part of me thinks I’m God Almighty.
  79. They made us believe that each one of us is half of an orange and that life only makes sense when you find that other half.
  80. 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.
  81. Peace is not something you wish for; It’s something you make, Something you do, Something you are, And something you give away.
  82. I used to think it was mere homesickness, then I started getting it at home.
  83. They did not tell us that we were born as a whole, and that no-one in our lives deserves to carry on his back such responsibility of completing what is missing on us: we grow through life by ourselves. If we have a good company it’s just more pleasant.
  84. You don’t need anybody to tell you who you are or what you are. You are what you are!
  85. Why in the world are we here? Surely not to live in pain and fear. Why on earth are you there, when you’re everywhere-come and get your share.
  86. A mistake is only an error, it becomes a mistake when you fail to correct it.
  87. Produce your own dream. If you want to save Peru, go save Peru. It’s quite possible to do anything, but not if you put it on the leaders and the parking meters.
  88. Imagine there are no countries. It isn’t hard to do. Nothing to kill or die for. And no religion too. Imagine all the people Living life in peace.
  89. If you want peace, you won’t get it with violence.
  90. You’re all geniuses, and you’re all beautiful. You don’t need anyone to tell you who you are. You are what you are.
  91. You’re all geniuses, and you’re 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, and live peace and breathe peace, and you’ll get it as soon as you like.
  92. If everyone could just be happy with themselves and the choices people around them make, the world would instantly be a better place!
  93. I used to think that the world was doing something to me, that the world owed me something. And that either the conservatives or the socialists or the fascists or the communists or the Christians or the Jews or the fascists were doing something to me. And when you’re a teeny-booper, that’s what you think. I’m 40 now, I don’t think that anymore—because I found out it doesn’t fucking work. I am part of them. There’s no separation. Were all one. “Give peace a chance,” not “Shoot people for peace.” “All you need is love.” I believe it. It’s damn hard, but I absolutely believe it.
  94. It’s weird not to be weird.
  95. Being honest may not get you a lot of friends but it’ll always get you the right ones.
  96. 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.
  97. All we are saying is give peace a chance.
  98. You can manicure a cat but can you caticure a man?
  99. The world is still spinning and so are we and so are you. When the spinning stops, that’ll be the time to worry. Not before.
  100. Everybody loves you when you’re six foot in the ground.
  101. It’s better to fade away like an old soldier than to burn out.
  102. There is an alternative to war. It’s staying in bed and growing your hair.
  103. Trying to please everybody is impossible – if you did that, you’d end up in the middle with nobody liking you. You’ve just got to make the decision about what you think is your best, and do it.
  104. You may say that 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.
  105. 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.
  106. Everything is true and not true about everything. That’s one thing I’ve learned.
  107. 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.
  108. Produce your own dream. It’s quite possible to do anything, but not if you put it on the leaders and the parking meters.
  109. As usual, there is a great woman behind every idiot.
  110. Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King are great examples of fantastic nonviolents who died violently. I can never work that out. We’re pacifists, but I’m not sure what it means when you’re such a pacifist that you get shot. I can never understand that.
  111. Love is the Answer. What was the Question?
  112. Love is a promise, love is a souvenir, once given never forgotten, never let it disappear.
  113. 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.
  114. Rituals are important. Nowadays it’s hip not to be married. I’m not interested in being hip.
  115. When I hold you in my arms and I feel my finger on your trigger I know no one can do me no harm because happiness is a warm gun.
  116. God is a concept by which we measure our pain.
  117. How can I go forward when I don’t know which way I’m facing?
  118. When you do something noble and beautiful and no one notices, don’t be sad. Sunrise is a beautiful spectacle but without a doubt the greater part of the audience is still asleep.
  119. Creativity is a gift. It doesn’t come through if the air is cluttered.
  120. The more real you get the more unreal the world gets.
  121. Turn off your mind, relax, and float downstream.
  122. People are just uptight because the kids are having fun. They didn’t have the same freedom because they didn’t take it; they just followed the lives laid down by their parents. And they’re jealous of the people who didn’t do that.

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