John Lennon Quotes for Peace and Love

John Lennon Quotes

If you’re looking for words that can stir your soul and set your heart ablaze, here are the John Lennon Quotes for Peace and Love.

Introduction

John Lennon was an iconic British musician, singer-songwriter, and peace activist, best known as one of the founding members of the Beatles. He was born on October 9, 1940, in Liverpool, England, and passed away on December 8, 1980, in New York City, USA.

Lennon’s musical career began in the late 1950s when he formed a skiffle group with his friends, including Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. The group later became known as the Beatles and went on to become one of the most successful and influential bands in history, with Lennon’s songwriting and vocal abilities being a significant contribution to their success.

After the Beatles disbanded in 1970, Lennon pursued a successful solo career, releasing several acclaimed albums and singles, including “Imagine,” which became an anthem for peace and unity.

Lennon was also a prominent peace activist, advocating for non-violent solutions to political and social conflicts. He and his wife, Yoko Ono, were known for their artistic and political collaborations, including their famous “Bed-In for Peace” protest in 1969.

Lennon’s legacy as a musician and activist continues to inspire generations of people around the world. He was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and is widely regarded as one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. Here are some John Lennon Quotes to take inspiration in life.

John Lennon Quotes for Peace and Love

We’re more popular than Jesus now…. Jesus was alright but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It’s them twisting it that ruins it for me.

– John Lennon

I am a violent man who has learned not to be violent and regrets his violence.

– John Lennon

You’re born in pain. Pain is what we are in most of the time, and I think that the bigger the pain, the more God you look for.

– John Lennon

I don’t want to die, and I don’t want to be hurt physically, but if they blow the world up… we’re all out of our pain then, forget it, no more problems!

– John Lennon

You can’t just keep quiet about anything that’s going on in the world unless you’re a monk. Sorry, monks!

– John Lennon

When Paul first sang ‘Hey Jude’ to me–or played me the little tape he’d made of it–I took it very personally. ‘Ah, it’s me!’ I said. ‘It’s me.’ He says, ‘No, it’s me.’ I said, ‘Check, we’re going through the same bit.’ So we all are. Whoever is going through that bit with us is going through it; that’s the groove.

– John Lennon

My defenses were so great. The cocky rock-and-roll hero who knows all the answers was actually a terrified guy who didn’t know how to cry. Simple.

– John Lennon

I don’t want to grow up but I’m sick of not growing up… I’ll find a different way of not growing up.

– John Lennon
John Lennon Quotes
John Lennon Quotes

That was a great period. We were like kings of the jungle then, and we were very close to the Stones.… I spent a lot of time with them, and it was great.

– John Lennon

I’m not their fing parents… They come to the door with a fing peace symbol and expect to just sort of march around the house or something, like an old Beatles fan. They’re under a delusion of awareness by having long hair, and that’s what I’m sick of. They frighten me.

– John Lennon

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.

– John Lennon

I’ve withdrawn many times. Part of me is a monk, and part a performing flea! The fear in the music business is that you don’t exist if you’re not at Xenon with Andy Warhol.

– John Lennon

You don’t have to be a star to get a cheese sandwich. You just have to be first.

– John Lennon

I used to be cruel to women, and physically–any woman. I was a hitter. I couldn’t express myself and I hit. I fought men and I hit women. That is why I am always on about peace.

– John Lennon

When you’re drowning you don’t think, I would be incredibly pleased if someone would notice I’m drowning and come and rescue me. You just scream.

– John Lennon

It looks like I’m going to be 40 and life begins at 40—​so they promise. And I believe it, too.

– John Lennon
John Lennon Quotes
John Lennon Quotes

John Lennon Quotes for Peace and Love

We live in a world where we have to hide to make love, while violence is practiced in broad daylight.

– John Lennon

Paul [McCartney] and I made a deal when we were 15. There was never a legal deal between us, just a deal we made when we decided to write together that we put both our names on it, no matter what.

– John Lennon

There is no denying that we are still living in the capitalist world. I think that in order to survive and to change the world, you have to take care of yourself first. You have to survive yourself.

– John Lennon

The biggest mistake Yoko and I made… was allowing ourselves to become influenced by the male-macho ‘serious revolutionaries,’ and their insane ideas about killing people to save them from capitalism and/or communism (depending on your point of view). We should have stuck to our own way of working for peace: bed-ins, billboards, etc.

– John Lennon

We’re not Beatles to each other, you know. It’s a joke to us. If we’re going out the door of the hotel, we say, ‘Right! Beatle John! Beatle George now! Come on, let’s go!’ We don’t put on a false front or anything.

– John Lennon

We were four guys… I met Paul, and said, ‘You want to join me band?’ Then George joined and then Ringo joined. We were just a band that made it very, very, big, that’s all. Our best work was never recorded.

– John Lennon

That’s why we never improved as musicians; we killed ourselves then to make it.

– John Lennon

After Brian [Epstein] died, we collapsed. Paul took over and supposedly led us. But what is leading us, when we went around in circles? We broke up then. That was the disintegration.

– John Lennon

But it’s my music with my band when it’s me singing it, and it’s Paul’s music with his band. Sometimes it’s halvey-halvey, you know. When we write them together, they’re together.

– John Lennon
John Lennon Quotes
John Lennon Quotes

That is one of the main reasons the Beatles ended. I can’t speak for George, but I pretty damn well know we got fed up of being sidemen for Paul.

– John Lennon

I meant it, it’s real; the lyric is as good now as it was then. It’s no different. And it makes me feel secure to know that I was that sensible, or whatever–not sensible, aware of myself… It was just me singing ‘Help’ and I meant it.

– John Lennon


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.
Rituals are important. Nowadays it’s hip not to be married. I’m not interested in being hip.

– John Lennon


I’m not going to change the way I look or the way I feel to conform to anything. I’ve always been a freak. So I’ve been a freak all my life and I have to live with that, you know. I’m one of those people.

– John Lennon


When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.

– John Lennon


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

– John Lennon


Declare it. Just the same way we declare war. That is how we will have peace… we just need to declare it.

– John Lennon


Living is easy with eyes closed.

– John Lennon
John Lennon Quotes
John Lennon Quotes


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

– John Lennon


God is a concept by which we measure our pain.

– John Lennon


If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create.

– John Lennon


There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life.


Before Elvis there was nothing.

– John Lennon


It matters not who you love, where you love, why you love, when you love or how you love, it matters only that you love.

– John Lennon


There’s an alternative to violence. It’s to stay in bed and grow your hair.

– John Lennon


I don’t know which will go first- rock ‘n’ roll or Christianity.

– John Lennon


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

– John Lennon

I believe in everything until it’s disproved. So I believe in fairies, myths, and dragons. It all exists, even if it’s in your mind. Who’s to say that dreams and nightmares aren’t as real as the here and now?

– John Lennon

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