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John Lennon quotes

The basic thing nobody asks is why do people take drugs of any sort? Why do we have these accessories to normal living to live? I mean, is there something wrong with society that's making us so pressurized, that we cannot live without guarding ourselves against it?

My role in society, or any artist's or poet's role, is to try and express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all.

Yeah we all shine on, like the moon, and the stars, and the sun.

All you need is love.

All we are saying is give peace a chance.

Love is the answer, and you know that for sure; Love is a flower, you've got to let it grow.

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.

Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.

Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn't argue with that; I'm right and I will be proved right. We're more popular than Jesus now; I don't know which will go first - rock and roll or Christianity.

God is a concept by which we measure our pain.

I'm not claiming divinity. I've never claimed purity of soul. I've never claimed to have the answers to life. I only put out songs and answer questions as honestly as I can... But I still believe in peace, love and understanding.

Jesus was all right, but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It's them twisting it that ruins it for me.

Possession isn't nine-tenths of the law. It's nine-tenths of the problem.

We're more popular than Jesus now; I don't know which will go first, rock 'n' roll or Christianity.

Will the people in the cheaper seats clap your hands? And the rest of you, if you'll just rattle your jewelry.

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

You have to be a bastard to make it, and that's a fact. And the Beatles are the biggest bastards on earth.

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

If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it 'Chuck Berry'.

You're just left with yourself all the time, whatever you do anyway. You've got to get down to your own God in your own temple. It's all down to you, mate.