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60 John Lennon Quotes to Inspire You to Spread Love and Peace Throughout the World (2022)

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If you’ve ever wondered how he founded The Beatles or how talented he is, then these John Lennon quotes are for you!

John Lennon was a peace activist and singer-songwriter who was a pivotal figure in the 1960s British music invasion. His music was an important part of American youth culture, and it continues to be a part of the American soundtrack today.

John was a member of the band The Beatles and is regarded as one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. His songwriting, both with The Beatles and solo, has been praised as some of the best of all time due to the timely and meaningful lyrics. This collection of John Lennon quotes has been curated to further inspire you about this talented artist’s legacy.

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Best John Lennon Quotes and Sayings

1. “We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.”

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

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

4. “The more real you get, the more unreal the world gets.”

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

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

7. “What we’ve got to do is keep hope alive. Because without it we’ll sink.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

14. “How can I go forward when I don’t know which way I’m facing?”

Inspirational John Lennon Quotes to Live By

15. “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.”

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16. “Everyone deserves to believe they are beautiful.”

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

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

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

John Lennon Quotes About War and Peace

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

21. “War is over—if you want it.”

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

23. “Life is very short, and there’s no time for fussing and fighting my friends.”

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

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

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

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

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

29. “Get out there and get peace, think peace, and live peace, and breathe peace, and you’ll get it as soon as you like.”

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

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

32. “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 live as one.”

Quotes by John Lennon About Music and Art

33. “Art is only a way of expressing pain.”

34. “When I cannot sing my heart, I can only speak my mind.”

35. “Meanings of all songs come after they are recorded. Someone else has to interpret them.”

36. “I’m always proud and pleased when people do my songs. It gives me pleasure that they even attempt them because a lot of my songs aren’t that doable.”

37. “They can take anything apart. I mean, I hit it on all levels, you know. We write lyrics, and I write lyrics that you don’t realize what they mean till after.”

John Lennon Quotes That Talks About Love and Relationship

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

39. “Remember to let her into your heart.”

40. “Love, love, love. All you need is love. Love is all you need.”

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

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

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

44. “Guilt for being rich, and guilt thinking that perhaps love and peace aren’t enough and you have to go and get shot or something.”

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

46. “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.”

Funny John Lennon Quotes to Make You Smile

47. “I used to think it was mere homesickness, then I started getting it at home.”

48. “Love is the answer. What was the question?”

49. “You know the way people begin to look like their dogs? Well, we’re beginning to look like each other.”

50. “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 Quotes About Life and Death That Will Make You Think

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

52. “Only by trying on other people’s clothes do we find what size we are.”

53. 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.”

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

55. “The world is still spinning and so are we and so are you. When the spinning stops, that’ll be the time to worry. Not before.”

Quotes by John Lennon on the Creation of the Beatles

56. “Without Jimmy Dean the Beatles would never have existed.”

57. “I don’t believe in Beatles, I just believe in me.”

58. “Nothing really affected me until I heard Elvis. If there hadn’t been an Elvis, there wouldn’t have been the Beatles.”

59. “Paul and I made a deal when we were 15. There was never a legal deal between us, just a deal we made when we decided to write together that we put both our names on it, no matter what.”

60. “Why should The Beatles give more? Didn’t they give everything on God’s earth for ten years? Didn’t they give themselves?”

Which of These John Lennon Quotes Resonated With You the Most?

John Lennon is a British rock musician best known for his time as a member of The Beatles, alongside Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. He formed his first band, the Quarrymen, in 1957, which later changed their name to “The Beatles,” and the group became popular in the United States after releasing their debut album in 1964.

Lennon left the Beatles to pursue a solo career in 1970. His career soared until his death in 1980 at the hands of a deranged fan who shot him in the archway of The Dakota, his New York City residence.

John’s music and message of peace inspired many people around the world. His music continues to serenade and inspire us with the beauty of life and the importance of loving one another. Imagine if we could all learn to love our brothers and sisters unconditionally, and the world would be a better place to live.

With this in mind, we hope that these John Lennon quotes inspired you to spread love and positivity around the world.

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