160 John Lennon Quotes on love and life

John Winston Ono Lennon was an English singer, songwriter, musician and peace activist who achieved worldwide fame as the founder, co-songwriter, co-lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist of the Beatles. Here are some John Lennon Quotes about life, love, etc. We hope these quotes of John Lennon will motivate and inspire you.

“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?”

“There’s no such thing as sculpture or art or anything, it’s just a bit of – it’s just words, you know, and actually saying everything is art. We’re all art, art is just a tag, like a journalists’ tag, but artists believe it.”

“Time you enjoy wasting, was not wasted.”

“As a child I did a lot of imaginary bits, you know. It depends on the individual, I enjoyed then knocking the nail in, I enjoy knocking nails in walls to hang pictures up, but I also enjoy thinking ‘I’m gonna do that’ but I actually won’t do it, I enjoy imagining doing things just as much.”

“Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.”

“You’re only awake when you realize you’re awake and when you’re dreaming, it is just as real, whatever happens is just as real – whether you actually do die in a dream or fulfil whatever you’re doing in a dream, it’s, there’s nobody to tell me it isn’t as real as this now, because how do you know?”

“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.”

“I cannot be what I am not.”

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

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“Creativity is a gift. It doesn’t come through if the air is cluttered.”

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

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

John Lennon quotes about love

“I was feeling insecure you might not love me anymore”

“Love is you, you and me. Love is knowing we can be.”

“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.”

“Being honest may not get you a lot of friends but it’ll always get you the right ones”

“Always remember this: ‘A kiss will never miss, and after many kisses a miss becomes a misses.’”

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

“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”

“From this moment on I know exactly where my life will go: seems that all I really was doing was waiting for love.”

“Love is like a flower – you have to let it grow.”

“Everything is clearer when you’re in love.”

“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.”

“Limitless undying love which shines around me like a million suns it calls me on and on across the universe.”

“I really thought that love would save us all.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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”

“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.”

“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.”

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

“A dream you dream alone is only a dream.”

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

“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… I cannot be on the way up again.”

“I believe time wounds all heels.”

“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.”

“The people have the power. All we have to do is awaken the power in the people.”

“What I’d have liked would have been the money and the hit records without the fame.”

“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.”

“The establishment irritates you – pull your beard, flick your face – to make you fight because once they’ve got you violent they know how to handle you. The only thing they don’t know how to handle is non-violence and humor.”

“I believe in what I do, and I’ll say it.”

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Short quotes about life from John Lennon

“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.”

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

“A day spent wasting time, that you enjoyed, is not time wasted…”

“Tell the truth and make it rhyme”

“I’m not going to change the way I look or the way I feel to conform to anything.”

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

“As a kid I had a dream – I wanted to own my own bicycle. When I got the bike I must have been the happiest boy in Liverpool, maybe the world. I lived for that bike. Most kids left their bike in the backyard at night. Not me. I insisted on taking mine indoors and the first night I even kept it in my bed.”

“Laurel and Hardy, that’s John and Yoko. And we stand a better chance under that guise because all the serious people like Martin Luther King and Kennedy and Gandhi got shot.”

“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.”

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

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

“Everyone deserves to believe they are beautiful.”

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“Speaking as somebody who’s been in the drug scene, it’s not something you can go on and on doing, you know. It’s like drink, or anything, you’ve got to come to terms with it. You know, like too much food, or too much anything. You’ve got to get out of it. You’re left with yourself all the time, whatever you do–you know, meditation, drugs or anything. But you’ve got to get down to your own god and your own temple in your head.”

“Imagine all the people living life in peace…”

“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’.”

“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.”

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

“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.”

“I don’t believe in yesterday, by the way.”

“There’s nothing you can know that isn’t known.”

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“God is a concept by which we measure our pain.”

“Life is very short, and there’s no time for fussing and fighting my friends”

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

“It’s alright all of us all living saying ‘oh well there’s enough of us so we won’t have anymore, don’t let anybody else live.’ I don’t believe in that.”

“All we are saying is give peace a chance.”

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

“Tame birds sing of freedom. Wild birds fly.”

“Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives”

“Imagine all of us living in peace, it’s too beautiful to just be a dream.”

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“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.”

“Strawberry Fields is anywhere you want to go”

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

“Imagine no possessions; I wonder if you can.”

“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.”

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

“There’s nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be…”

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“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.”

“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.”

“Whatever gets you through the night”

“The postman wants an autograph. The cab driver wants a picture. The waitress wants a handshake. Everyone wants a piece of you.”

“Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.”

“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.”

“Imagine all the people Sharing all the world.”

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“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.”

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

“Possession isn’t nine-tenths of the law. It’s nine-tenths of the problem.”

“Happiness is inside you, not with another person”

“People asking questions, lost in confusion, well I tell them there’s no problem, only solutions.”

“The more I see the less I know for sure.”

“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.”

“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?”

“Love is real, real is love.”

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Best quotes from John Lennon

“Turn off your mind, relax, and float downstream.”

“A mistake is only an error, it becomes a mistake when you fail to correct it”

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

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

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

“I get by with a little help from my friends.”

“I still believe in peace, love, and understanding.”

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

“You won’t get anything unless you have the vision to imagine it.”

“Love means having to say you’re sorry every fifteen minutes.”

“A working class hero is something to be.”

“The more real you get, the more unreal everything else is.”

“I want you to make love, not war, I know you’ve heard it before.”

“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.”

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

“Peace in your mind, peace on earth, peace at work, peace at home, peace in the world.”

“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.”

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

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

“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.”

“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.”

“We want to go forward, but which way are we facing?”

“Happiness is a good vibe for peace.”

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More Love quotes and Life quotes from John Lennon

“We’re all God. I’m not a god or the God, but we’re all God and we’re all potentially divine-and potentially evil.”

“There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love.”

“That’s what the great masters and mistresses have been saying ever since time began. They can point the way, leave signposts and little instructions in various books that are now called holy and worshipped for the cover of the book and not for what it says, but the instructions are all there for all to see, have always been and always will be.”

“We’re not disinterested in politics. It’s just that politicians are disinteresting.”

“As I play the game of life, I try to make it better each and every day. And when I struggle in the night, The magic of the music seems to light the way.”

“If there’s anything that you want, If there’s anything I can do, Just call on me, And I’ll send it along with love from me to you.”

“Art is only a way of expressing pain.”

“It’s better to fade away like an old soldier than to burn out.”

“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”

“Everything is as important as everything else.”

“Imagine … Imagine no religion.”

“Love is real, real is love, Love is feeling, feeling love, Love is wanting to be loved. Love is touch, touch is love, Love is reaching, reaching love, Love is asking to be loved. Love is you, You and me, Love is knowing, We can be. Love is free, free is love, Love is living, living love, Love is needing to be loved.”

“I believe in everything until it’s disproved.”

“I don’t want to be king, I want to be real.”

“Life is what happens to you while you’re planning on doing something else.”

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

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

“Nobody controls me. I’m uncontrollable. The only one who can control me is me, and even that’s barely possible.”

“Well, I don’t want to be king, I want to be real.”

“There’s nothing you can do that can’t be done…..”

“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.”

“How poetry comes to the poet is a mystery.”

“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”

“Meanings of all songs come after they are recorded. Someone else has to interpret them”

“Images of broken light which dance before me like a million eyes They call me on and on across the universe Thoughts meander like a restless wind inside a letter box They tumble blindly as they make their way across the universe”

“We reckoned we could make it because there were four of us. None at us would’ve made it alone, because Paul wasn’t quite strong enough, I didn’t have enough girl-appeal, George was too quiet, and Ringo was the drummer. But we thought that everyone would be able to dig at least one of us, and that’s how it turned out.”

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

“I don’t mind people putting us down, because if everybody really liked us, it would be a bore. You’ve got to have people putting you down. It doesn’t give any edge to it if everybody just falls flat on their face saying, ‘You’re great.’ We enjoy some of the criticisms as well, they’re quite funny; some of the clever criticisms, not the ones that don’t know anything, but some of the clever ones are quite fun.”

“Money can’t buy me love.”

“I wouldn’t say I was a born writer; I’m a born thinker.”

“I feel now at 53 I have grown into a deeper understanding of what a human life is.”

“I’m not a god or the God, but we’re all God and we’re all potentially divine — and potentially evil. 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.”

“The world went mad and used us as an excuse.”

“Why don’t people believe us when we say we’re simply in love?”

“Don’t hate what you don’t understand!”

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“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.”

“I don’t know how much money I’ve got. I did ask the accountant how much it came to. I wrote it down on a bit of paper. But I’ve lost the bit of paper.”

“The dream is over. I gotta get down to reality. The good old days is garbage.”

“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.”

“My original idea for the cover was better – decapitate Paul – but he wouldn’t go along with it.”

“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.”

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