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The 63 Most Inspirational John Lennon Quotes

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Whether or not he’s your favorite Beatle (he totally is), John Lennon was a quotable man.

Taken both from his lyrics and from his regular talking words, these are the best John Lennon quotes we could find.

Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.John Lennon


Everything is as important as everything else.John Lennon

We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections.John Lennon

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

Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not, it’s not the end.John Lennon

The more I see the less I know for sure.John Lennon

I really thought that love would save us all.John Lennon

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Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.John Lennon

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?John Lennon

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.John Lennon

Creativity is a gift. It doesn’t come through if the air is cluttered.John Lennon


What we’ve got to do is keep hope alive. Because without it we’ll sink.John Lennon

If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create.John Lennon

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.John Lennon

There are no problems, only solutions.John Lennon

Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.John Lennon

I can’t wake you up. You can wake you up. I can’t cure you. You can cure you.John Lennon

There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life.John Lennon

Before Elvis there was nothing.John Lennon

Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.John Lennon

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


The more real you get, the more unreal the world gets.John Lennon

I don’t know which will go first- rock ‘n’ roll or christianity.John Lennon

Love is the greatest refreshment in life.John Lennon

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.John Lennon

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.John Lennon

There’s an alternative to violence. It’s to stay in bed and grow your hair.John Lennon

Everybody loves you when you’re six foot in the ground.John Lennon

It’s better to fade away like an old soldier than to burn out.John Lennon

Part of me suspects that I’m a loser, and the other part of me thinks I’m God Almighty.John Lennon

Get out there and get peace, think peace, and live peace and breathe peace, and you’ll get it as soon as you like.John Lennon

Living is easy with eyes closed.John Lennon

As usual, there is a great woman behind every idiot.John Lennon


Happiness is just how you feel when you don’t feel miserable.John Lennon

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

One thing you can’t hide – is when you’re crippled inside.John Lennon

A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.John Lennon

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

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.John Lennon

One thing I can tell you is you have to be free.John Lennon

All you need is love!John Lennon

I don’t believe in yesterday, by the way.John Lennon

All we are saying is give peace a chance.John Lennon

I don’t want to be king, I want to be real.John Lennon

You have to be a bastard to make it, and that’s a fact.John Lennon

If someone thinks that love and peace is a cliche that must have been left behind in the Sixties, that’s his problem. Love and peace are eternal.John Lennon

When I was about twelve, I used to think I must be a genius, but nobody’s noticed. If there is such a thing as a genius…I am one, and if there isn’t, I don’t care.John Lennon

If everyone could just be happy with themselves and the choices people around them make, the world would instantly be a better place!John Lennon

Lots of people who complained about us receiving the MBE received theirs for heroism in the war – for killing people. We received ours for entertaining other people. I’d say we deserve ours more.John Lennon


God is a concept by which we measure our pain.John Lennon

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.John Lennon

They torture and scare you for twenty odd years. Then they expect you to pick a career. When you can’t really function, you’re so full of fear.John Lennon

A mistake is only an error, it becomes a mistake when you fail to correct it.John Lennon

They’ll never be able to forget us.John Lennon

When you’re drowning, you don’t say, “I would be incredibly pleased if someone would have the foresight to notice me drowning and come and help me, you just scream.”John Lennon

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 happeningJohn Lennon

I used to think that the world was doing something to me, that the world owed me something. And that either the conservatives or the socialists or the fascists or the communists or the Christians or the Jews or the fascists were doing something to me. And when you’re a teeny-booper, that’s what you think. I’m 40 now, I don’t think that anymore—because I found out it doesn’t fucking work. I am part of them. There’s no separation. Were all one. “Give peace a chance,” not “Shoot people for peace.” “All you need is love.” I believe it. It’s damn hard, but I absolutely believe it.John Lennon

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