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The 30 greatest John Lennon quotes

Aside from creating an extraordinary amount of iconic songs, John Lennon was also capable of inspiring millions with a single spoken sentence. Not something you could easily attribute to many contemporary performers...

In case you don't quite believe us, then we've assembled 30 of his greatest quotes to improve your day and get your mind working. Let us know which one's your favourite.

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  • The 30 greatest John Lennon quotes

    John Lennon

    "Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans."

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    John Lennon

    "I don't know which will go first - rock 'n' roll or Christianity."

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    John Lennon

    "Time you enjoy wasting, was not wasted."

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    John Lennon

    "Everybody loves you when you're six foot in the ground."

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    John Lennon

    "If there's such a thing as genius — I am one. And if there isn't, I don't care."

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    John Lennon

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

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    John Lennon

    "You don't need anybody to tell you who you are or what you are. You are what you are!"

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    John Lennon

    "Before Elvis there was nothing."

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    John Lennon

    "Everything is clearer when you're in love."

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    John Lennon

    "A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality."

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    John Lennon

    "Everything is as important as everything else."

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    John Lennon

    "If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there'd be peace."

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    John Lennon

    "You either get tired fighting for peace, or you die."

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    John Lennon

    "I don't believe in killing whatever the reason!"

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    John Lennon

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

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    John Lennon

    "Happiness is just how you feel when you don't feel miserable."

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    John Lennon

    "Music is everybody's possession. It's only publishers who think that people own it."

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    John Lennon

    "You have to be a bastard to make it, and that's a fact."

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    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."

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    John Lennon

    "The more I see the less I know for sure."

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    John Lennon

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

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    John Lennon

    "We've got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant.... You've got to keep watering it. You've got to really look after it and nurture it."

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    John Lennon

    "I don't believe in yesterday, by the way."

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    John Lennon

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

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    John Lennon

    "Reality leaves a lot to the imagination."

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    John Lennon

    "It's better to fade away like an old soldier than to burn out."

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    John Lennon

    "Art is only a way of expressing pain."

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    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."

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    John Lennon

    " I can't wake you up. You can wake you up. I can't cure you. You can cure you."

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    John Lennon

    "I believe in everything until it's disproved."

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