British singer/songwriter (1940-1980)

John Lennon

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, attributed, How to Be Happy


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

JOHN LENNON, "Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)"


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We are all water from
different rivers
That's why it's so easy to to meet
We are all water in this vast,
vast ocean
Someday we'll evaporate

JOHN LENNON, "We Are All Water"


We're trying to sell peace, like a product, you know, and sell it like people sell soap or soft drinks. And it's the only way to get people aware that peace is possible, and it isn't just inevitable to have violence. Not just war -- all forms of violence. People just accept it ... [but] We're all responsible for everything that goes on, you know, we're all responsible for Biafra and Hitler and everything. So we're just saying "SELL PEACE" -- anybody interested in peace just stick it in the window. It's simple but it lets somebody else know that you want peace too, because you feel alone if you're the only one thinking "wouldn't it be nice if there was peace and nobody was getting killed." So advertise yourself that you're for peace if you believe in it.

JOHN LENNON, interview, The David Frost Show, June 14, 1969


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You may say I'm a dreamer,
but I'm not the only one,
I hope some day you'll join us,
And the world will be as one.

JOHN LENNON, "Imagine"


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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, statement to reporters at O'Hare Airport in Chicago, August 11, 1966


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I'm not afraid of death because I don't believe in it. It's just getting out of one car, and into another.

JOHN LENNON, attributed, Magic Circles: The Beatles in Dream and History


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We've got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant.... You've got to keep watering it. You've got to really look after it and nurture it.

JOHN LENNON, ATV interview, December 2, 1969


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



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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

JOHN LENNON, "Imagine"


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I wouldn't say I was a born writer; I'm a born thinker.

JOHN LENNON, The Beatles Anthology


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Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.

JOHN LENNON, attributed, Melbourne Sunday Herald Sun, January 13, 2003


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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.

JOHN LENNON, "Intuition"


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When you're in love, when somebody says something like, "How can you be with that woman?" you say, "What do you mean? I am with this goddess of love, the fulfillment of my whole life. Why are you saying this? Why do you want to throw a rock at her or punish me for being in love with her?"

JOHN LENNON, interview, Playboy, January 1981


I was stuck in the feeling that one did not--was not justified in being alive unless one was fulfilling other people's dreams, whether they were contractual dreams or the public's dreams, or fulfilling my own dreams and illusions about what I thought I was supposed to be, which, in retrospect, turned out to not be what I am.

JOHN LENNON, All We Are Saying: The Last Major Interview with John Lennon and Yoko Ono


When I was about twelve, I used to think I must be a genius, but nobody's noticed. Either I'm a genius or I'm mad, which is it? "No," I said, "I can't be mad because nobody's put me away; therefore I'm a genius." Genius is a form of madness and we're all that way. But I used to be coy about it, like me guitar playing. But if there's such a thing as genius -- I am one. And if there isn't, I don't care.

JOHN LENNON, interview, Rolling Stone, December 1970


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I've always thought there was this underlying thing in Paul's "Get Back." When we were in the studio recording it, every time he sang the line "Get back to where you once belonged," he'd look at Yoko.

JOHN LENNON, interview, Playboy, January 1981


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God is a concept by which we measure our pain.



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What's Bagism? It's like... a tag for what we all do, we're all in a bag ya know, and we realised that we came from two bags, I was in this pop bag going round and round in my little clique, and she was in her little avant-garde clique going round and round, and you're in your little tele clique and they're in their...ya know? and we all sort of come out and look at each other every now and then, but we don't communicate. And we all intellectualize about how there is no barrier between art, music, poetry... but we're still all "I'm a rock and roller, he's a poet" ... so we just came up with the word so you would ask us what bagism is, and we'd say "WE'RE ALL IN A BAG BABY!"

JOHN LENNON, interview, The David Frost Show, June 14, 1969


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, "What Can I Tell You about Myself which You Have Not Already Found Out from Those Who Do Not Lie?", The Beatles Anthology


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