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No longer riding on the merry-go-round, I just had to let it go.

--John Lennon

photo of author John Lennon with quote

Please don't spoil my day; I'm miles away and, after all, I'm only sleeping.

--John Lennon

photo of author John Lennon with quote

All of us growing up have come to terms with too much pain. Although we repress it, it's still there. The worst pain is that of not being wanted, of realising your parents do not need you in the way you need them.

--John Lennon
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I was different, I was always different. Why didn't anybody notice me?

--John Lennon
photo of author John Lennon with quote

The establishment will irritate you -- pull your beard, flick your face -- to make you fight. Because once they've got you violent, then they know how to handle you. The only thing they don't know how to handle is non-violence and humor.

--John Lennon


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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.

--John Lennon
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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.

--John Lennon
photo of author John Lennon with quote

Why don't people believe us when we say we're simply in love?

--John Lennon
photo of author John Lennon with quote

Violence begets violence, you know. And you can't kill off all the violent people or all the murderers. We'd have to kill off the government.

--John Lennon
photo of author John Lennon with quote

Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King are great examples of fantastic nonviolents who died violently. I can never work that out. We're pacifists, but I'm not sure what it means when you're such a pacifist that you get shot. I can never understand that.

--John Lennon
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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.

--John Lennon
photo of author John Lennon with quote

We're playing those mind games together
Pushing the barriers, planting seeds
Playing the mind guerrilla.

--John Lennon

photo of author John Lennon with quote

I'm not going to change the way I look or the way I feel to conform to anything.

--John Lennon

Longer Version:

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.


photo of author John Lennon with quote

I don't intend to be a performing flea any more. I was the dreamweaver, but although I'll be around I don't intend to be running at 20,000 miles an hour trying to prove myself. I don't want to die at 40.

--John Lennon
photo of author John Lennon with quote

I'm a freakin' artist, man, not a (expletive) race horse.

--John Lennon
photo of author John Lennon with quote

There is a time to let things happen, and a time to make things happen. Life is what happens when you are making other plans.

--John Lennon
photo of author John Lennon with quote

I'm dissatisfied with every record the Beatles ever f***ing made. There ain't one of them I wouldn't remake.

--John Lennon
photo of author John Lennon with quote

Before Elvis there was nothing.

--John Lennon
photo of author John Lennon with quote

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.

--John Lennon
photo of author John Lennon with quote

There is no denying that we are still living in the capitalist world. I think that in order to survive and to change the world, you have to take care of yourself first. You have to survive yourself.

--John Lennon
photo of author John Lennon with quote

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.

--John Lennon
photo of author John Lennon with quote

The best things in life are free, but you can keep them for the birds and bees; I want money.

--John Lennon


photo of author John Lennon with quote

Free all the prisoners everywhere, all they want is truth and justice, all they need is love and care.

--John Lennon
photo of author John Lennon with quote

As in a love affair, two creative people can destroy themselves trying to recapture that youthful spirit, at twenty-one or twenty-four, of creating without even being aware of how it's happening.

--John Lennon
photo of author John Lennon with quote

When I find myself in times of trouble
Mother Mary comes to me,
speaking words of wisdom Let it be.

--John Lennon
photo of author John Lennon with quote

The first line (of I Am The Walrus) was written on one acid trip one weekend. The second line was written on the next acid trip the next weekend, and it was filled in after I met Yoko.

--John Lennon
photo of author John Lennon with quote

I was the walrus, but now I am John. And so my friends, you'll just have to carry on. The dream is over.

--John Lennon
photo of author John Lennon with quote

I am the eggman They are the eggmen! I am the walrus!

--John Lennon
photo of author John Lennon with quote

Well, I just want him to grow up happy. That's the main thing.

--John Lennon
photo of author John Lennon with quote

I am going into an unknown future, but I'm still all here, and still while there's life, there's hope.

--John Lennon
photo of author John Lennon with quote

I always was a rebel...but on the other hand, I wanted to be loved and accepted...and not just be a loudmouth, lunatic, poet, musician. But I cannot be what I am not.

--John Lennon
photo of author John Lennon with quote

I am a violent man who has learned not to be violent and regrets his violence.

--John Lennon

photo of author John Lennon with quote

Make your own dream .I can't wake you up. You can wake you up. I can't cure you. You can cure you.

--John Lennon


photo of author John Lennon with quote

Yoko Ono was showing me some of these Haiku in the original. The difference between them and Long fellow is immense. Instead of a long flowery poem the Haiku would say 'Yellow flower in white bowl on wooden table' which gives you the whole picture.

--John Lennon
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We make her paint her face and dance
If she won't be a slave, we say that she don't love us
If she's real, we say she's trying to be a man
While putting her down we pretend that she is above us.

--John Lennon
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We make her bear and raise our children
And then we leave her flat for being a fat old mother hen
We tell her, home is the only place she should be
Then we complain that she's too
unworldly to be our friend.

--John Lennon
photo of author John Lennon with quote

They hit you at school, they hate you if your clever, and they despise a fool.

--John Lennon
photo of author John Lennon with quote

There's room at the top they are telling you still, but first you must learn how to smile as you kill.

--John Lennon
photo of author John Lennon with quote

Keep you doped with religion and sex and TV.

--John Lennon
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Father, you left me, but I never left you.

--John Lennon
photo of author John Lennon with quote

Life is very short, and there's no time for fussing and fighting my friends.

--John Lennon
photo of author John Lennon with quote

I don't believe in Elvis
I don't believe in Zimmerman
I don't believe in Beatles
I just believe in me.

--John Lennon
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Songwriting is about getting the demon out of me. It's like being possessed.

--John Lennon

Longer Version:

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 half-awake 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.


photo of author John Lennon with quote

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

--John Lennon

photo of author John Lennon with quote

I'm really very embarrassed about my guitar playing, in one way, because it's very poor. I can never move but I can make a guitar speak.

--John Lennon

photo of author John Lennon with quote

You can go to church and sing a hymn, Judge me by the colour of my skin, You can live a lie until you die, One thing you can't hide is when you're crippled inside.

--John Lennon
photo of author John Lennon with quote

One has to completely humiliate oneself to be what the Beatles were ... It happened bit by bit, until ... you're doing exactly what you don't want to do with people you can't stand -- the people you hated when you were ten.

--John Lennon


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Life happens whilst you're planning other things.

--John Lennon
photo of author John Lennon with quote

Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.

--John Lennon

Longer Version:

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.


photo of author John Lennon with quote

I've withdrawn many times. Part of me is a monk, and part a performing flea! The fear in the music business is that you don't exist if you're not at Xenon with Andy Warhol.

--John Lennon
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I don't know if I want to record together again. I go off and on it... In the old days, when we needed an album, Paul and I got together and produced enough songs for it. Nowadays, there's three of us writing prolifically and trying to fit it all into one album.

--John Lennon
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Mostly folk music is people with fruity voices trying to keep alive something old and dead. It's all a bit boring, like ballet: a minority thing kept going by a minority group.

--John Lennon
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Look, I wasn't saying the Beatles are better than God or Jesus. I said 'Beatles' because it's easy for me to talk about Beatles. I could have said TV or the cinema, motor cars or anything popular and I would have gotten away with it.

--John Lennon
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I regret profoundly that I was not an American and not born in Greenwich Village. It might be dying, and there might be a lot of dirt in the air you breathe, but this is where it's happening.

--John Lennon
photo of author John Lennon with quote

In Baby You're A Rich Man the point was, stop moaning, you're a rich man and we're all rich, heh heh, baby!

--John Lennon
photo of author John Lennon with quote

You'd have to give people free rein to attack the local councils or to destroy the school authorities, like the students who break up the repression in the universities. It's already happening, though people have got to get together more.

--John Lennon

photo of author John Lennon with quote

That's the choice they allow you -- now the outlet is being a pop star, which is really what I'm saying on the album in 'Working class hero'. As I told Rolling Stone, it's the same people who have the power, the class system didn't change one little bit.

--John Lennon
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Everybody's talking about ministers, sinisters, banisters, and canisters, bishops, fishops, rabbis, and popeyes, bye-bye, bye-byes.

--John Lennon
photo of author John Lennon with quote

Surrealism to me is reality. Psychedelic vision is reality to me and always was.

--John Lennon

photo of author John Lennon with quote

If art were to redeem man, it could do so only by saving him from the seriousness of life and restoring him to an unexpected boyishness.

--John Lennon
photo of author John Lennon with quote

I felt an obligation even then to write a song that people would sing in the pub or on a demonstration. That is why I would like to compose songs for the revolution.

--John Lennon
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I used to hide my real emotions in gobbledegook, like in In His Own Write. When I wrote teenage poems, I wrote in gobbledegook because I was always hiding my real emotions from Mimi.

--John Lennon
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At the (record company) meeting Paul just kept mithering on about what we were going to do, so in the end I just said, 'I think you're daft. I want a divorce.'

--John Lennon


photo of author John Lennon with quote

You don't have to be a star to get a cheese sandwich. You just have to be first.

--John Lennon
photo of author John Lennon with quote

Only by trying on other people's clothes do we find what size we are.

--John Lennon
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I'll be a good boy, please make me well. I promise you anything, get me out of this hell. Cold turkey has got me on the run.

--John Lennon
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Love is a promise; love is a souvenir.

--John Lennon
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Pools of sorrow waves of joy are drifting thorough my open mind possessing and caressing m.

--John Lennon
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How can I go forward when I don't know which way I'm facing?

--John Lennon
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The more reality we face, the more we realise that unreality is the main programme of the day. The more real we become, the more abuse we take, so it does radicalise us in a way, like being put in a corner. But it would be better if there were more of us.

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

--John Lennon
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When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down happy.

--John Lennon
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Nobody loves you when you're down and out.

--John Lennon
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In 'Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds' I was visualizing Alice in Wonderland, an image of this female who would come and save me -- a girl with kaleidoscope eyes who would be the real love of my life. Lucy turned out to be Yoko.

--John Lennon
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Whenever in doubt, turn off your mind, relax, and float downstream.

--John Lennon
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Don't believe that jazz about there's nothing you can do, turn on and drop out, man -- because you've got to turn on and drop in, or they're going to drop all over you.

--John Lennon
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I dream in colour, and its always very surreal. My dream world is complete Hieronymus Bosch and Dali. I love it, I look forward to it every night.

--John Lennon
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When I cannot sing my heart, I can only speak my mind.

--John Lennon
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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.

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

--John Lennon
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Love is like a flower -- you've got to let it grow.

--John Lennon
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There are no problems, only solutions.

--John Lennon

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