The Greatest Quotes From John Lennon

John strumming away. Photo Credits: Instagram / rubbersouls__

British musician John Lennon will always be remembered as an enduring cultural icon. He’s always had a way with words and can convey his innermost feelings through songs. After leaving the Beatles, Lennon pursued his own career and continued making music.

Tragically, Lennon was shot dead by Mark David Chapman on December 8, 1980. On that day, the world has lost a musician and an icon. Lennon may have passed away, but his works continue to inspire people around the world.

John and Paul, soulmates in music.
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Here are 25 memorable quotes from the Beatles co-founder John Lennon worth pondering on:

  1. 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.”

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

  3. Time you enjoy wasting was not wasted.

  4. Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.”

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

  6. Peace is not something you wish for; it’s something you make, something you do, something you are, and something you give away.”

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

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

  9. 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.”

  10. 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.

  11. Declare it. Just the same way we declare war. That is how we will have peace…we just need to declare it.

  12. If everyone could just be happy with themselves and the choices people around them make, the world would instantly be a better place!

  13. Everybody loves you when you’re six foot in the ground.

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

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

  16. If you want peace, you won’t get it with violence.

  17. Art is only a way of expressing pain.

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

  19. I am a violent man who has learned not to be violent and regrets his violence.”

  20. I’ve never really been wanted.

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

  22. There are no problems, only solutions.

  23. Love is all you need.”

  24. It’s weird not to be weird.

  25. I can’t wake you up. You can wake you up. I can’t cure you. You can cure you.