100 Powerful Quotes By John Lennon To Feed Your Soul
Co-founder of 'The Beatles'
Liverpool, England, UK
If there has ever been a band that changed the music scenario and history of popular music like none other in the centuries gone by, it has to be ‘The Beatles’. And ‘Beatles’ wouldn’t have been so had it not been for the famed singer-songwriter, John Lennon. A sheer musical genius, Lennon co-founded Beatles along with Paul McCartney thus starting a musical legacy that crossed continents and transpired success making the pop music what it is today. An aspirational musician since young, Lennon formed a ‘historical’ songwriting-partnership with McCartney that led the duo to lay roots of ‘Beatles’. In the years to follow, George Harrison and Ringo Starr joined in and gave Beatles its heart and soul. For more than a decade, Beatles dominated the pop culture and rock and roll so much so that the era is best remembered as ‘Beatlemania’. And much of the success of the Beatles came in due to the exceptional lyrics delivered by Lennon and McCartney. More than often, Lennon infused in his songs his political and peace activism. The same is also visible in his solo ventures that were crusades of his social campaigns. And not far behind are his quotes that portray his ideology and philosophy. Browse through this section and brief yourself with some of the best quotes by John Lennon.
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. Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears. 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? As usual, there is a great woman behind every idiot. The more I see, the less I know for sure. A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality. One thing you can't hide - is when you're crippled inside. There's nowhere you can be that isn't where you're meant to be... If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there'd be peace. Living is Easy with Eyes Closed. Reality leaves a lot to the imagination. 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. 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. It's weird not to be weird. 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. 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. 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! War is over ... If you want it. Limitless undying love which shines around me like a million suns it calls me on and on across the universe. How can I go forward when I don't know which way I'm facing? God is a concept by which we measure our pain. Love is a promise, love is a souvenir, once given never forgotten, never let it disappear. I get by with a little help from my friends. I'm not afraid of death because I don't believe in it.
It's just getting out of one car, and into another. We all shine on...like the moon and the stars and the sun...we all shine on...come on and on and on... Everything will be okay in the end. If it's not okay, it's not the end. Love is a flower you got to let it grow. Whatever gets you through the night 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. The more real you get the more unreal the world gets. Part of me suspects that I'm a loser, and the other part of me thinks I'm God Almighty. You don't need anybody to tell you who you are or what you are. You are what you are! Music is everybody's business. It's only the publishers who think people own it Everything is clearer when you're in love. Remember to let her into your heart. We live in a world where we have to hide to make love, while violence is practiced in broad daylight. 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 matters not who you love, where you love, why you love, when you love or how you love, it matters only that you love 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 am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together. Being honest may not get you a lot of friends but it’ll always get you the right ones Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives I was the walrus, but now I am John...and so my friends, you'll just have to carry on. The dream is over. Please don’t spoil my day; I’m miles away and, after all, I’m only sleeping. When you cross the street, take my hand I was feeling insecure you might not love me anymore The sun is up, the sky is blue
It's beautiful, and so are you 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. Life is very short, and there's no time for fussing and fighting my friends 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. There are no problems, only solutions. When I cannot sing my heart, I can only speak my mind. Love is the greatest refreshment in life. Please don't wake me, no, don't shake me, leave me where I am, I'm only sleeping... Nobody loves you when you're down and out. I am a violent man who has learned not to be violent and regrets his violence. I don't believe in Beatles, I just believe in me. 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. Love, Love, Love. All you need is love. Love is all you need. Paranoia is just a heightened sense of awareness There are only a few notes. Just variations on a theme. Before Elvis there was nothing. Everybody loves you when you're six foot in the ground. No short-haired, yellow-bellied, son of tricky dicky
Is gonna mother hubbard soft soap me
With just a pocketful of soap. Pools of sorrow waves of joy are drifting thorough my open mind possessing and caressing m I've never really been wanted. You can manicure a cat but can you caticure a man? 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. Peace is not something you wish for; It's something you make, Something you do , Something you are, And something you give away Slipping? We're bigger than Jesus. If you want peace, you won't get it with violence. It came in a vision - a man appeared on a flaming pie and said unto them, 'From this day forward you are Beatles with an A.' Thank you Mister Man, they said, thanking him. 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. 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. Love is the Answer. What was the Question? You have to be a bastard to make it, and that's a fact. And the Beatles are the biggest bastards on earth. Creativity is a gift. It doesn't come through if the air is cluttered. Turn off your mind, relax, and float downstream. I'm not going to sacrifice love, real love, for any *%@$n' war or any friend, or any business, because in the end you're alone at night. Without Jimmy (James) Dean the Beatles would never have existed. When his rolls royce was mobbed by fans the chauffeur said:
''do you want me to get them off the car?''
and Lennon replied: ''No - they paid for it, they can wreck it If there hadn't been an Elvis, there wouldn't have been the Beatles. I put things down on sheets of paper and stuff them in my pockets. When I have enough, I have a book. Happiness is just how you feel when you don't feel miserable. 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. I still believe that all you need is love. So long ago, was it in a dream, was it just a dream? Man, you should have seen them kicking Edgar Allan Poe.
One thing I can tell you is you have to be free. Come together, right now, over me.
I'm not really a career person; I'm a gardener, basically.
Declare it. Just the same way we declare war. That is how we will have peace... we just need to declare it.
A mistake is only an error, it becomes a mistake when you fail to correct it
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? I would like to say thank you on behalf of the group and ourselves and I hope we’ve passed the audition.