Famous John Lennon quotes

John Lennon quotes about life and happiness

We all remember John Lennon as one of our favorite Beatles, whose life tragically ended much too soon in December of 1980. His unique vocals and guitar skills were not only realized as a member of the Beatles, but also in later years, as a solo artist. To this day, his work and legacy inspires masses of people around the world, and his song “Imagine” continues to be a time-tested anthem of peace, love, and a brighter future for the world.

John Lennon provided the world with unique advice on love and a lasting message of peace, reminding us that peace is not something you can simply wish upon the world. You need to actively work to experience feelings of peace, both within your mind, body, and soul, and in your relationships and interactions with others. He was also an advocate for the benefits of relaxation, and famous John Lennon quotes inspire us to take necessary mental breaks to refresh and refocus our minds on the non-material things that truly matter in life.

His creative works remind us that love is the greatest gift of all, one that is within each of us, but just as a plant needs water, love needs to be nurtured in order to grow. This includes love of self, as well as love for others, as we cannot love others fully until we love and accept ourselves just as we are, imperfections and all. Above all, John Lennon’s legacy of quotes reminds us that life is to be experienced with true emotion, smiles, and laughter, which will create the happiest of memories in a life well-lived.

  • If everyone demanded peace instead of another TV set, we'd have peace.

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

  • 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 on watering it. You’ve got to really look after it and nurture it.

  • Life is very short, and there’s no time for fussing and fighting my friends.

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

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

  • 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.

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

  • 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 be as one.

  • It's amazing how low you go to get high.

  • 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 happening.

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

  • 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.

  • Love is the flower you’ve got to let grow.

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

  • God is a concept by which we measure our pain.

  • Being honest may not get you a lot of friends but it’ll always get you the right ones.

  • If being an egomaniac means I believe in what I do and in my art or music, then in that respect you can call me that... I believe in what I do, and I'll say it.

  • The thing the sixties did was to show us the possibilities and the responsibility that we all had. It wasn't the answer. It just gave us a glimpse of the possibility.

  • If someone thinks that peace and love are just a cliche that must have been left behind in the '60s, that’s a problem. Peace and love are eternal.