John Lennon's career in music moved towards politics near the end of his life. Here are some of his famous quotes.

  1. Will the people in the cheaper seats clap your hands? All the rest of you, if you'll just rattle your jewellery.
  2. I think you've got to be [aware of everything around you], you know. You might get shot.
  3. If people take any notice of what we say, we say we’ve been through the drug scene, man, and there’s nothing like being straight.
  4. I sold my soul to the devil.
  5. Jesus El Pifico, a garlic-eating, stinking little yellow, greasy fascist bastard catholic spaniard.
  6. Everyone always talks about a good thing coming to an end, as if life was over.
  7. 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.
  8. I don't believe in yesterday, by the way.
  9. I'm shot!
  10. Before Elvis there was nothing.
  11. He's not even the best drummer in The Beatles!
  12. I like to write about myself because I know myself.
  13. I'll probably be popped off by some loony.
  14. I might have been born in Liverpool - but I grew up in Hamburg!
  15. Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.
  16. If all politicians were like Pierre Trudeau, there would be world peace.
  17. If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there'd be peace.
  18. If I'd lived in Roman times, I'd have lived in Rome. Where else? Today America is the Roman Empire and New York is Rome itself.
  19. It's just natural, it's not a great disaster. People keep talking about it like it's The End of The Earth. It's only a rock group that split up, it's nothing important. You know, you have all the old records there if you want to reminisce.
  20. Nothing really affected me until Elvis.
  21. Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.
  22. That's part of our policy, is not to be taken seriously, because I think our opposition, whoever they may be, in all their manifest forms, don't know how to handle humor. You know, and we are humorous, we are, what are they, Laurel and Hardy. That's John and Yoko, and we stand a better chance under that guise, because all the serious people, like Martin Luther King, and Kennedy, and Gandhi, got shot.
  23. Time wounds all heels.
  24. When I was 12, I used to think I was a genius and nobody had noticed. If there is such a thing as a genius, I am one, and if there isn't, then I don't care.
  25. I still believe that all you need is love.
  26. If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it 'Chuck Berry'.
  27. Just love, that's the main thing you know. He's just going to be happy and know he's wanted. I'm not having any of that boarding school or sending him away. He's going to be with us all the time
  28. Love means having to say you're sorry every fifteen minutes.
  29. Music is everybody's possession. It's only publishers who think that people own it.
  30. We don't really have an act. We'll just do what we do. Stand there, sing and twitch.
  31. Well, I just want him to grow up happy. That's the main thing.
  32. Women should be obscene and not heard.
  33. Half of me thinks I am a loser, the other half thinks I am God Almighty.
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