John Lennon was ranked as the 5th greatest singer of all time by the Rolling Stone magazine in the year 2008, and voted 8th in the 2002 BBC poll on the 100 Greatest Britons.
One of the founding members of the rock band Beatles, John Lennon was born on October 9, 1940. He had a very successful writing partnership with Paul McCartney, another member of the Beatles. The Beatles were so popular in the 1960s that the phenomena was called Beatlemania. After a very successful run, John announced his departure from the group on September 20, 1969. He married Yoko Ono in 1969 and changed his name to John Ono Lennon. His first solo debut album "John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band" released in the year 1970. It was highly praised and critically acclaimed.
John Lennon was known for his rebellious nature and bitter wit. His quotes about peace and happiness are beautiful and meaningful. He always used his music to spread the message of peace. Some of his songs were used as anthems during the Vietnam War. He met with a tragic end at a very young age, but his music and thoughts still continue to inspire many.
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. Get out there and get peace, think peace, and live peace and breathe peace, and you'll get it as soon as you like.
There’s nothing you can know that isn't known.
You don't need anybody to tell you who you are or what you are. You are what you are!
That's what the great masters and mistresses have been saying ever since time began. They can point the way, leave signposts and little instructions in various books that are now called holy and worshiped for the cover of the book and not for what it says, but the instructions are all there for all to see, have always been and always will be.
There's nothing new under the sun. All the roads lead to Rome. And people cannot provide it for you. I can't wake you up. You can wake you up. I can't cure you. You can cure you.
There are no problems, only solutions.
Love is the Answer. What was the Question?
Love is a promise, love is a souvenir, once given never forgotten, never let it disappear.
Love is like a flower-you've got to let it grow.
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.
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.
We live in a world where we have to hide to make love, while violence is practiced in broad daylight.
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.
When real music comes to me – the music of the spheres, the music that surpasses understanding – that has nothing to do with me, cause I’m just the channel. The only joy for me is for it to be given to me, and to transcribe it like a medium… those moments are what I live for.
Well, I just want him to grow up happy. That’s the main thing.( talking about his first son, Julian)
Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.
Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.
Being honest may not get you a lot of friends but it’ll always get you the right ones.
The more real you get the more unreal the world gets.
People think you want them to do something or say something special...you don't. You just want them to be themselves, so you can be yourself.
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.
I'm not afraid of death because I don't believe in it.
If everyone could just be happy with themselves and the choices people around them make, the world would instantly be a better place!
When you do something noble and beautiful and nobody noticed, do not be sad. For the sun every morning is a beautiful spectacle and yet most of the audience still sleeps.
Life is very short. There's no time for fussing and fighting, my friend.
What I’d have liked would have been the money and the hit records without the fame.
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.
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.
Peace is not something you wish for; It's something you make, Something you do, Something you are, And something you give away.
If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there'd be peace.
Declare it. Just the same way we declare war. That is how we will have peace... we just need to declare it.
It's weird not to be weird.
If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it ‘Chuck Berry’.
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.
There is an alternative to war. It's staying in bed and growing your hair.
About the Beatles
I only ever asked two people to work with me as a partner. One was Paul McCartney and the other Yoko Ono. Paul and me were the Beatles.
If there is such a thing as a genius, I am one, and if there isn’t, I don’t care. I didn’t become something when the Beatles made it, or when you heard about me. I’ve been like this all my life.
Without Jimmy (James) Dean the Beatles would never have existed.
John Lennon always believed in expressing his thoughts, whether political, social, musical, or humorous. His messages will always have a special place in the hearts of his fans. He said in his last interview "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."