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Wikipedia Summary for Yoko Ono

Yoko Ono Lennon ( OH-noh; Japanese: 小野 洋子, romanized: Ono Yōko, usually spelled in katakana オノ・ヨーコ; born February 18, 1933) is a Japanese multimedia artist, singer, songwriter and peace activist. Her work also encompasses performance art, which she performs in both English and Japanese, and filmmaking. She was married to English singer-songwriter John Lennon of the Beatles from 1969 until his murder in 1980.

Ono grew up in Tokyo and moved to New York in 1953 to live with her family. She became involved in New York City's downtown artists scene, which included the Fluxus group. With their performance Bed-Ins for Peace in Amsterdam and Montreal in 1969, Ono and Lennon used their honeymoon at the Hilton Amsterdam as a stage for public protests against the Vietnam War. The feminist themes of her music have influenced musicians as diverse as the B-52s and Meredith Monk. She achieved commercial and critical acclaim in 1980 with the chart-topping album Double Fantasy, a collaboration with Lennon that was released three weeks before his murder, winning the Grammy Award for Album of the Year.

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People don't remember each tree in a park but all of us benefit from the trees. And in a way, artists are like trees in a park.

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Most people like to hear sounds they are used to.

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I don't have time to listen to anybody's music. I'm making it, you know.

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Here's nothing bad about feminism. We have to help each other, because there's a lot of women in the world who are suffering because the fact is we're not equal. It's as plain as that. It's still a men's world. I don't know. We'll go on with it.

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To have world peace, we all have to have a healthy understanding of what is necessary to bring World Peace. It's not something that will be dropped on our laps. We have to work for it.

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Longer Version:

To have world peace, we all have to have a healthy understanding of what is necessary to bring World Peace. It's not something that will be dropped on our laps. We have to work for it. Until we get World Peace, I think my strongest passion stays in the effort to get it.


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My life has always been unplanned. So when something comes along, I feel like, Why not give it a try? It's fun to experiment like that.

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The boats outside the window were always still I wondered if one of them would take me to the ocean.

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Remember, each one of us has the power to change the world.

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Longer Version:

Remember, each one of us has the power to change the world. Just start thinking peace, and the message will spread quicker than you think.


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I think it's nice to let people know that there is an invisible part of the world. I think there are many people now who are interested in the invisible world.

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Many of my songs were dance orientated from way back. That's because I love dance! When I hear a dance number, just hearing the first eight bars, it immediately makes my bod start moving and dancing.

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Whisper your dream to a cloud.
Ask the cloud to remember it.

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Perhaps one feels more pain when parents are there. It's like when you're hungry, you know, it's worse to get a symbol of a cheeseburger than no cheeseburger at all. It doesn't do you any good, you know.

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Dance music makes us dance. Let us get off our couch and spin around!

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Anger is an emotion that is very energetic. It is an ideal emotion to turn it around to make it work as a positive force.

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Next time you meet a 'foreigner', remember it's only like a window with a different shape to it and the person who's sitting inside is you.

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Keep going until your efforts start to make things better in your hometown.

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When you're imagining peace, you can't kill anyone. That's good isn't it?

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When people get cynical about love, they should look at us Yoko and John Lennon and see it is possible.

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We are very lucky really, because we can create our own reality, John Lennon and me, but we know the important thing is to communicate with other people.

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I don't work for a long time on anything. I don't have too much time in life.

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Tape the sound of the moon fading at dawn. Give it to your mother to listen to when she's in sorrow.

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Someday I'll be remembered for The phone calls I never made Letters I never mailed And the stories I never finished telling anyone.

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The amazing thing is that we could live in the world together peacefully, feed the world, shelter the world. We have that capability both spiritually and technologically.

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I'm not the kind of woman who would love to make soup or knit sweaters. I never cherished that so much.

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What is beauty? It's what you love.

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Artists are magicians and I definitely think John Lennon was a Wizard.

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Beatles was 20th-century folksong in the framework of capitalism; they couldn't do anything different if they wanted to communicate within that framework.

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Tell the Earth how much you care, how beautiful she is, and how much you love her. Ask for her forgiveness for having been so careless.

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I really feel that artists or musicians are controversial people. Controversy is part of the nature of art and creativity. If people are not doing that, they're not artists -- they're artisans.

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I'm a politician. Politics is just a convenience for our life and we just have to create a beautiful world together that would be very convenient for us and just enjoyable.

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Faces can lie. Backsides can't.

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If you're criticized then you can use it as an experience. Compliments, you can't use.

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Don't ever give up on life. Life can be so beautiful, especially after you've spent a lot of time with it.

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Mirror becomes a razor when it's broken. A stick becomes a flute when it's loved.

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Give death announcements each time you move instead of giving announcements of the change of address. Send the same when you die.

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I feel sad that he's just a voice now.

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We don't read people's wishes. The wishes are suppose to be direct communication to the Universe. Your interception will weaken the power of the wish.

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We get shy about saying things like I love you. Life is so short. It's crazy, that we hesitate to express our true thoughts to each other.

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You can't love someone unless you are in an equal position with them. A lot of women have to cling to men out of fear or insecurity, and that's not love -- basically that's why women hate men.

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The opposite of love is fear, not hate.

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I should think that people would be more interested in politics and all that is happening, rather than two lovebirds who are looking to wed. I think it's very nice that in an age when love is so scarce that people are willing to gamble on getting married.

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You're filled with so much life. Is there any reason why all of us are not full of life?

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And the more you are active about something you love, the world is going to be a better place.

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I thank Pussy Riot for standing firmly in their belief for Freedom of Expression, and making all women of the world proud to be women.

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You know harmony only exists in music-isn't that amazing? I think that if you see earth from very far away, the color is blue. That is very interesting because blue is the color of communication.

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We're all water from different rivers, That's why it's so easy to meet, We're all water in this vast, vast ocean, Someday we'll evaporate together.

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I think I'm an observer in a way. And my life was not so -- well, my life was bad too -- but it's just that I had the sense to cope with it. But it's probably not that easy to cope if you're in a society where you get killed when your husband dies.

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Some people are old at 18 and some are young at 90. Time is a concept that humans created.

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I have the outsider's vision, which is creating wisdom I can share with the world. The fact that I am misunderstood has always given me an added impetus to work on communication to bridge the gap.

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Long, long time ago, I declared that all my works are a form of a prayer a wish.

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The first idea, the first art piece I ever did, was when I was four. I cut the seed of a pear in half and the seed of an apple in half in put those two halves together and planted the seed, hoping a very strange tree might grow. And I never stopped.

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In a way the new music showed things could be transformed by new channels of communication.

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Imagine painting all the statues in the world in the color of the sky.

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These days, DJ's are the ones who are bringing fresh sounds to the music world. In fact, they are creating a new spatial music. They are the space transformers of the universe.

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The odds of not meeting in this life are so great that every meeting is like a miracle. It's a wonder that we don't make love to every single person we meet.

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Art is a mind-game that we do to make our lives easier. If it isn't for that, it becomes superfluous.

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Look at a star in the sky not as something unreachable but as a planet you would visit one day.

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Think of the Earth as a turning point in eternity. Think of the Earth as a meeting point in infinity.

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You are beautiful. Don't ever think you are not. It may be such a compliment that does not come from a man too often. They are shy, proud, and rude. Give yourself some love. And walk as what you are -- a beautiful woman. All your life.

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Confusion has become a state of mind, more of less; we're trained to be confused. Quite simply, the people in power are keeping us down, keeping us docile and keeping us consuming with this confusion. It's a cultural confusion and it is deliberate.

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In your head, a sunset can go on for days.

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All my life, I have been in love with the sky. Even when everything was falling apart around me, the sky was always there for me.

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Imagine a dolphin dancing in the sky. Let it dance with joy. Think of yourself at the bottom of the ocean watching.

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Love is an incredibly strong thing, it goes everywhere, it's like water, you can't stop it. Love, once you have it, once you create a kind of pathway for it to come out, it just keeps on coming out.

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Tape the sound of friends laughing together. Save it for a rainy day.

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Try to say nothing negative about anybody for three days, for forty-five days, for three months. See what happens to your life.

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I think that all women are witches, in the sense that a witch is a magical being. Don't be scared of witches, because we are good witches, and you should appreciate our magical power.

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Each time we don't say what we wanna say, we're dying.

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Art is a way of survival.

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Spring passes and one remembers one's innocence.

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Longer Version:

Spring passes and one remembers one's innocence. Summer passes and one remembers one's exuberance. Autumn passes and one remembers one's reverence. Winter passes and one remembers one's perseverance.


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Use your blood to paint. Keep painting until you faint. Keep painting until you die.

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The most effective way to convince people is quietly.

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Only art and music have the power to bring peace.

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Transform jealousy to admiration, and what you admire will become part of your life.

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Don't be hard on yourself. Be kind.

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I always believed that my work should be unfinished in the sense that I encourage people to add their creativity to it, either conceptually or physically.

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I always believed that my work should be unfinished in the sense that I encourage people to add their creativity to it, either conceptually or physically. Back in the 1960s, I was calling for 'Unfinished Music,' number one, and number two, with my artwork -- I was taking unfinished work into the gallery. And that's how I was looking at it.


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Be thankful for your life, and forgive everybody, including yourself.

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Tell them you still love them, and they will get the message.

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Keep being yourself inside you. Keep visualizing what you are aiming for in life. Be patient and know that you will get what you want one day.

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Fracking kills, and it doesn't just kill us. It kills the land, nature and, eventually, the whole world.

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Having a son is not all pleasure.

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In the Second World War, I was a little girl. I was evacuated in my country.

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After I was 70, I realized that, 'Okay, I would like to have another 50 years, and I probably could.' But part of me is saying, 'Maybe I'm not going to have that much time.'

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If you go back to all my albums, they're all confessional.

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Women artists are still treated differently from men.

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Japanese are very proud and workaholics. Proud workaholics.

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Power is power. It's energy. And if you get big, big energy, you can use that in a good way.

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Everybody's an artist. Everybody's God. It's just that they're inhibited.

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Everybody's an artist. Everybody's God. It's just that they're inhibited. I believe in people so much that if the whole of civilization is burned so we don't have any memory of it, even then people will start to build their own art. It is a necessity -- a function. We don't need history.


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Why do they cover Paul's songs but never mine?

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What we do really affects the world. Most of us think we can't do anything, but it really isn't true.

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