John Lennon Quotes

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!


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


When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life.


When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. 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.


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


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


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.


All we are saying is give peace a chance.


We had one thing in common we were in love. But love is just a gift, and it doesn’t answer everything and it’s like a precious plant that you have to nurture and look after and all that.


Nobody’s ever tried the peace thing, … We are selling it like soap.


Life is what happens when we are busy doing other things. Peace is not something you wish for; it’s something you make, something you do, something you are and something you give away.


We all have Hitler in us, but we also have love and peace. So why not give peace a chance for once?


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


I believe that as soon as people want peace in the world they can have it. The trouble is they are not aware they can get it.


Peace and love are eternal.


I’m not claiming divinity. I’ve never claimed purity of soul. 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.


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.


I used to be cruel to my woman, and physically any woman. I was a hitter. I couldn’t express myself and I hit. I fought men and I hit women. That is why I am always on about peace, you see. It is the most violent people who go for love and peace. Everything’s the opposite. But I sincerely believe in love and peace. I am a violent man who has learned not to be violent and regrets his violence. I will have to be a lot older before I can face in public how I treated women as a youngster.


It just was a gradual development over the years. I mean last year was ‘all you need is love.’ This year, it’s ‘all you need is love and peace, baby.’ Give peace a chance, and remember Love. The only hope for us is peace. Violence begets violence. You can have peace as soon as you like if we all pull together. You’re all geniuses, and you’re all beautiful. You don’t need anyone to tell you who you are. You are what you are. Get out there and get peace, think peace, and live peace and breathe peace, and you’ll get it as soon as you like.


You better get yourself together, darling, and join the human race.


There’s nothing you can do that can’t be done
Nothing you can sing that can’t be sung
Nothing you can say but you can learn how to play the game It’s easy.


All you need is love.


Songwriting is like … being possessed. You try to go to sleep but the song won’t let you.


I must say the more interesting songs to me were the black ones because they were more simple.


I go to restaurants and the groups always play “Yesterday.” I even signed a guy’s violin in Spain after he played us “Yesterday.” He couldn’t understand that I didn’t write the song. But I guess he couldn’t have gone from table to table playing “I Am The Walrus.


I’d spent five hours that morning trying to write a song that was meaningful and good, and I finally gave up and lay down. Then, “Nowhere Man” came, words and music, the whole damn thing, as I lay down…Song writing is about getting the demon out of me. It’s like being possessed. You try to go to sleep, but the song won’t let you. So you have to get up and make it into something, and then you’re allowed sleep.


Songwriting is about getting the demon out of me. It’s like being possessed. You try to go to sleep, but the song won’t let you. So you have to get up and make it into something, and then you’re allowed to sleep. It’s always in the middle of the night, or you’re halfawake or tired, when your critical faculties are switched off. So letting go is what the whole game is. Every time you try to put your finger on it, it slips away. You turn on the lights and the cockroaches run away. You can never grasp them…


There’s nothing you can do that can’t be done Nothing you can sing that can’t be sung. Nothing you can say but you can learn how to play the game. It’s easy. Nothing you can make that can’t be made. No one you can save that can’t be saved. Nothing you can do but you can learn how to be you in time. It’s easy. Nothing you can know that isn’t known. Nothing you can see that isn’t shown. Nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be. It’s easy.


I started being me about the songs, not writing objectively, but subjectively. I think it was Dylan who helped me realize that not by any discussion or anything, but by hearing his work.


It ( In My Life ) was the first song that I wrote that was really, consciously about my life…. up until then, it had been all glib and throwaway.

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