Quotations From JOHN LENNON

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  • 1.
    My role in society, or any artist 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.
    John Lennon (1940-1980), British rock musician. Interview, December 8, 1980, KFRC RKO Radio. Given the day of his death.

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  • 2.
    I've had the boyhood thing of being Elvis. Now I want to be with my best friend, and my best friend's my wife. Who could ask for anything more?
    John Lennon (1940-1980), British rock musician. Interview for KFRC RKO Radio, December 8, 1980, the day of Lennon's murder.

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  • 3.
    I'd love to turn you on.
    John Lennon (1940-1980), British songwriter, rock musician, and Paul Mccartney (b. 1942), British rock musician. "A Day in the Life" (song), on the album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967).

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  • 4.
    Life is what happens while you are making other plans.
    John Lennon (1940-1980), British songwriter, rock musician. "Beautiful Boy" (song), on the album Starting Over (1980). The line has also been attributed to Betty Talmadge (divorced wife of Senator Herman Talmadge) and Thomas La Mance (unknown).

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  • 5.
    My defences 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 (1940-1980), British rock musician. Playboy (Chicago, Sept. 1980).

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  • 6.
    Rituals are important. Nowadays it's hip not to be married. I'm not interested in being hip.
    John Lennon (1940-1980), British rock musician. Playboy (Chicago, Sept. 1980).
  • 7.
    You either get tired fighting for peace, or you die.
    John Lennon (1940-1980), British rock musician. Press conference, June 1970, Toronto, Canada. "John, Yoko and Year One," pt. 2, published in The Ballad of John and Yoko, eds. Jonathan Cott and Christine Doudna (1982).

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  • 8.
    We were all on this ship in the sixties, our generation, a ship going to discover the New World. And the Beatles were in the crow's nest of that ship.
    John Lennon (1940-1980), British rock musician. Interview, March 1974, for French TV by François Vallee.

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  • 9.
    I'm not gonna 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 (1940-1980), British rock musician. Interview in Playboy (Chicago, September 1980).

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  • 10.
    Will the people in the cheaper seats clap your hands? All the rest of you, if you'll just rattle your jewelry.
    John Lennon (1940-1980), British songwriter, rock musician. Royal Variety Performance, London, Nov. 4, 1963. quoted in John Winston Lennon, pt. 1, ch. 11, R. Colman (1984).

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