70 Greatest John Lennon Quotes

Looking for the best John Lennon quotes? You’ve come to the right place. We’ve compiled a collection of 70 popular Lennon quotes.

70 John Lennon Quotes

1. “Love is the answer, and you know that for sure; Love is a flower, you’ve got to let it grow.”

2. “Happiness is just how you feel when you don’t feel miserable.”

3. “Everything is clearer when you’re in love.”

4. “There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance.”

5. “All you need is love.”

6. “Living is easy with eyes closed.”

7. “A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.”

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

9. “If you want peace, you won’t get it with violence.”

10. “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.”

11. “Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.”

12. “I don’t believe in yesterday, by the way.”

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

14. “I put things down on sheets of paper and stuff them in my pockets. When I have enough, I have a book.”

15. “Well, I don’t want to be king, I want to be real.”

16. “One thing I can tell you is you have to be free. Come together, right now, over me.”

17. “Love is a promise, love is a souvenir, once given never forgotten, never let it disappear.”

18. “Nobody controls me. I’m uncontrollable. The only one who controls me is me, and that’s just barely possible.”

19. “Everything is as important as everything else.”

20. “Sometimes you wonder, I mean really wonder. I know we make our own reality, and we always have a choice, but how much is preordained? Is there always a fork in the road, and are there two preordained paths that are equally preordained? There could be hundreds of paths where one could go this way or that way — there’s a chance, and it’s very strange sometimes.”

21. “It’s better to fade away like an old soldier than to burn out.”

22. “A mistake is only an error, it becomes a mistake when you fail to correct it.”

23. “Peace is not something you wish for; It’s something you make, something you do, something you are, and something you give away.”

24. “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.”

25. “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.”

26. “War is over… If you want it.”

27. “I’m not really a career person; I’m a gardener, basically.”

28. “Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.”

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

30. “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.”

31. “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.”

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

33. “Love is the flower you’ve got to let grow.”

34. “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?”

35. “Being honest may not get you a lot of friends but it’ll always get you the right ones.”

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

37. “If everyone could just be happy with themselves and the choices people around them make, the world would instantly be a better place!”

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

39. “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.”

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

41. “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.”

42. “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.”

43. “Music is everybody’s possession. It’s only publishers who think that people own it.”

44. “There’s nothing you can know that isn’t known.”

45. “When you do something 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.”

46. “Declare it. Just the same way we declare war. That is how we will have peace… we just need to declare it.”

47. “If there’s such a thing as genius — I am one. And if there isn’t, I don’t care.”

48. “I don’t believe in killing whatever the reason!”

49. “Rituals are important. Nowadays it’s hip not to be married. I’m not interested in being hip.”

50. “We’re more popular than Jesus now; I don’t know which will go first, rock ‘n’ roll or Christianity.”

51. “God is a concept by which we measure our pain.”

52. “You don’t need anybody to tell you who you are or what you are. You are what you are!”

53. “The postman wants an autograph. The cab driver wants a picture. The waitress wants a handshake. Everyone wants a piece of you.”

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

55. “We were all on this ship in the sixties, our generation, a ship going to discover the New World. And the Beatles were in the crow’s nest of that ship.”

56. “Everybody loves you when you’re six foot in the ground.”

57. “Before Elvis there was nothing.”

58. “You have to be a bastard to make it, and that’s a fact. And the Beatles are the biggest bastards on earth.”

59. “Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.”

60. “Time you enjoy wasting, was not wasted.”

61. “Will the people in the cheaper seats clap your hands? And the rest of you, if you’ll just rattle your jewelry.”

62. “The more I see the less I know for sure.”

63. “I believe time wounds all heels.”

64. “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.”

65. “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.”

66. “All we are saying is give peace a chance.”

67. “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.”

68. “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?”

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

70. “Part of me suspects that I’m a loser, and the other part of me thinks I’m God Almighty.”