John Lennon, our favourite quotes

posted 6 May 2015, 04:14 by Tim Elliston   [ updated 13 May 2015, 10:55 ]

By The Happy Starfish

During his all too short life, John Lennon yearned for a world in which peace reigned with everyone living in tranquillity and calm. To quote the lyrics from Imagine “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”.  He was a complex, intelligent and emotional figure. His quotes are still used today, and are maybe more relevant than ever, as the number of people striving to live a life of serenity are slowly but surely increasing.

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

“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”. 

“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”. 

“Time you enjoy wasting, was not wasted”. 

“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”. 


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

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

“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”. 

“All you need is love”. 

“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”.