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John Lennon

  • English musician
  • Born October 9, 1940
  • Died December 8, 1980

John Winston Ono Lennon (9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980) was an English singer, songwriter, and peace activist who co-founded the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. He and fellow member Paul McCartney formed a much-celebrated songwriting partnership. Along with George Harrison and Ringo Starr, the group would ascend to worldwide fame during the 1960s. After the group disbanded in 1970, Lennon pursued a solo career and started the band Plastic Ono Band with his second wife Yoko Ono.


The more I see the less I know for sure.

The more I see the less I know for sure.




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.




We're more popular than Jesus now; I don't know which will go first, rock 'n' roll or Christianity.




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.




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?




Part of me suspects that I'm a loser, and the other part of me thinks I'm God Almighty.




Lots of people who complained about us receiving the MBE received theirs for heroism in the war - for killing people. We received ours for entertaining other people. I'd say we deserve ours more.




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.




Everybody loves you when you're six foot in the ground.

Everybody loves you when you're six foot in the ground.




Time you enjoy wasting, was not wasted.




If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it 'Chuck Berry'.




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.




I don't know which will go first - rock 'n' roll or Christianity.




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.




Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.




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

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




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




And God help Bruce Springsteen when they decide he's no longer God... They'll turn on him, and I hope he survives it.




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 society that's making us so pressurized, that we cannot live without guarding ourselves against it?




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




Everything is clearer when you're in love.




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.




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.




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




Guilt for being rich, and guilt thinking that perhaps love and peace isn't enough and you have to go and get shot or something.




I don't believe in killing whatever the reason!




All you need is love.

All you need is love.




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




Surrealism had a great effect on me because then I realised that the imagery in my mind wasn't insanity. Surrealism to me is reality.




There's nothing you can know that isn't known.




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.




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




Music is everybody's possession. It's only publishers who think that people own it.




Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn't argue with that; I'm right and I will be proved right. We're more popular than Jesus now; I don't know which will go first - rock and roll or Christianity.




He didn't come out of my belly, but my God, I've made his bones, because I've attended to every meal, and how he sleeps, and the fact that he swims like a fish because I took him to the ocean. I'm so proud of all those things. But he is my biggest pride.



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