I love John Lennon. I love his music and I love everything he stood for. His story is, of course, a tragic one but beyond his story is the art he created. He died in the most senseless way but he left behind an amazing legacy and that legacy includes more than just music. His legacy includes speaking out about the things he believed in with honesty and candor. He was certainly a talented songwriter but he didn’t just speak to his fans through music. I think that, more than anything else, is what I respect so much about him. The word legend is thrown around a lot – far too often to really mean anything anymore – but John Lennon earned that label. He is a legend. My favorite John Lennon quotes are included below along with some of the most iconic photographs of him, but I want to make a few notes before we continue. First, I excluded song lyrics. Some of John’s most brilliant words were in his songs, of course, but if I were to include lyrics, we’d be here all day. Second, I don’t own or claim to own any of the photographs used in this post. I credited them to the site where I found them and left any watermarks intact. Okay, we have all that out of the way. Let’s get to my favorite John Lennon quotes.
29: Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.
28: You don’t need anybody to tell you who you are or what you are. You are what you are!
27: Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.
26: Rituals are important. Nowadays it’s hip not to be married. I’m not interested in being hip.
25: It doesn’t matter how long my hair is or what color my skin is or whether I’m a woman or a man.
24: You have to be a bastard to make it, and that’s a fact.
23: Declare it. Just the same way we declare war. That is how we will have peace … we just need to declare it.
22: Everybody loves you when you’re six foot in the ground.
21: Before Elvis there was nothing.
20: What we’ve got to do is keep hope alive because without it we’ll sink.
19: If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there’d be peace.
18: Happiness is just how you feel when you don’t feel miserable.
17: Music is everybody’s possession. It’s only publishers who think that people own it.
16: You either get tired fighting for peace or you die.
15: If someone things that peace and love are just a cliche that muust have been left behind in the 60s, that’s a problem. Peace and love are eternal.
14: 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.
13: I’ve had the boyhood thing of being Elvis. Now I want to be with my best friend and my best friend’s my wife. Who could ask for anything more?
12: The more I see the less I know for sure.
11: Time you enjoy wasting was not wasted.
10: Everything is as important as everything else.
09: Everything is clearer when you’re in love.
08: I don’t believe in killing whatever the reason.
07: 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.
06: God is a concept by which we measure our pain.
05: I don’t believe in yesterday, by the way.
04: It’s better to fade away like an old soldier than to burn out.
03: Art is only a way of expressing pain.
02: I can’t wake you up. You can wake you up. I can’t cure you. You can cure you.
01: I believe in everything until it’s disproved.