20 Memorable John Lennon Quotes

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Brenna LaBine – Every Friday at Live and Invest Overseas we like to pay tribute to an icon that has inspired the world through their words…

John Winston Lennon was born Oct. 9 1940 in Liverpool, England. It was here that, in 1960, John, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison formed the Beatles–considered by many to be the greatest and most influential act of the rock era… From pop to psychedelic ballads, the Beatles’ influence spans generations and has left a lasting impression on the world of music—With socially and politically charged messages throughout…

John Lennon died at the hand of gunman Mark David Chapman in 1980. In honor of John Lennon’s recent 73rd Birthday, we have included 20 of the most prolific John Lennon quotes:

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

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

3. “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.”

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

5. “We’re more popular than Jesus now; I don’t know which will go first, rock ‘n’ roll or Christianity.”

6. “Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.”

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

8. “It doesn’t matter how long my hair is or what color my skin is or whether I’m a woman or a man.”

9. “You have to be a bastard to make it, and that’s a fact.”

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

11. “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.”

12. “Everybody loves you when you’re six foot in the ground.”

13. “If there’s such a thing as genius — I am one. And if there isn’t, I don’t care.”

14. “Before Elvis there was nothing.”

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

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

17. “Happiness is just how you feel when you don’t feel miserable.”

18. “Music is everybody’s possession. It’s only publishers who think that people own it.”

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

20. “If someone thinks that peace and love are just a cliché that must have been left behind in the 60s, that’s a problem. Peace and love are eternal.”

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