John Lennon was a British singer and songwriter who founded the Beatles. One of the most popular music groups in modern music history, its popularity literally reached every end of the earth. His songs show his wit and his creativity in his expression of rebellion. Government politics and organized religion are his favorite topics showing his disdain against these institutions. His vocal opinions on peace reached its height during the Vietnam war such that the US government then wanted to have him deported. His popularity got a bit on his head too such that he became very bold in criticizing Christianity with claims that He is more popular than Jesus. He also predicted that Christianity will not survive as long as Rock n Roll.
Lennon was murdered by Mark Chapman while he was giving autographs before getting in their limousine. He was pronounced dead upon arrival in the hospital. It was later stated that Chapman was not pleased by the criticism about Christianity and that John Lennon’s claim that he is more popular than Jesus.
Beyond all these drama, John Lennon is known as an icon and his music continues to live even in the hearts of the younger generation.
Famous John Lennon Quotes
People who listened to his songs held onto the words in his songs.
This goes the same for topics he spoke about during interviews.
“Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.”
“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.”
“I’m not going to change the way I look or the way I feel to conform to anything. I’ve alwys 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.”
“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.”
“Will the people in the cheaper seats clap your hands?
And the rest of you, if you’ll just rattle your jewelry.”
“Before Elvis there was nothing.”
“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.”
“Count your age by friends, not years.
Count your life by smiles, not tears.”
John Lennon Quotes Life
His belief or non-belief in religion and in God had an impact on many young people during his time. For some, life became more acceptable as they listened to his songs.
“You either get tired fighting for peace, or you die.”
“Why in the world are we here?
Surely not to live in pain and fear.
Why on the 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.”
“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 the translations have gone wrong.”
“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.”
“Whatever gets you through the night.”
“I’m not afraid of death because I don’t believe in it.
It’s just getting out of one car, and into another.”
“As usual, there is a great woman behind every idiot.”
“The more real you get the more unreal the world bets.”
“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.”
“The more I see the less I know for sure.”
“Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.”
“If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there’d be peace.”
John Lennon love quotes
One of the more famous couples in history was John Lennon and Yoko Ono. You will find below his insights on both romantic and platonic love.
“Love is a promise, love is a souvenir, once given never forgotten, never let it disappear.”
“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.”
“Remember to let her into your heart.”
“If someone thinks that love and peace is a cliché that must have been left behind in the Sixties, that’s his problem. Love and peace are eternal.”
“We live in a world where we have to hide to make love,
while violence is practiced in broad daylight.”
“Women should be obscene and not heard.”
“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.”
“Love is the answer, and you know that for sure;
Love is the flower you’ve got to let grow.”
“But I can be alone without Yoko, but I just have no with to be.
There’s no reason on earth why I should be alone without Yoko.
There’s nothing more important than our relationship, nothing.”
“Everything is clearer when you’re in love.”
“Everybody loves you when you’re six foot in the ground.”
“All you need is love.”
“Limitless undying love which shines around me like a million suns it calls me on and on across the universe.”
“Love is the greates refreshment in life.”
“Nobody loves you when you’re down and out.”
John Lennon inspirational quotes
With his belief in peace, many have become hopeful of a better and less chaotic world. He also inspires people to be not ashamed of the person they choose to be.
“Time you enjoy wasting, was not wasted.”
“You don’t need anybody to tell you who you are or what you are. You are what you are!”
“Yeah we all shine on, like the moon, and the stars, and the sun.”
“I’m not claiming divinity.
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.”
“All we are saying is give peace a chance.”
“Rituals are important.
Nowadays it’s hip not to be married.
I’m not interested in being hip.”
“I get by with a little help from my friends.”
“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;
I told them they didn’t understand life.”
“There are no problems, only solutions.”