Quotations by Lennon, John


He’s a real Nowhere Man,
Sitting in his Nowhere Land,
Making all his nowhere plans
For nobody.
Doesn’t have a point of view,
Knows not where he’s going to,
Isn’t he a bit like you
And me?

John Lennon (1940-1980) English rock musician, singer, songwriter
“Nowhere Man” (song) (1965) [with Paul McCartney]
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Life is what happens to you
While you’re busy
Making other plans.

John Lennon (1940-1980) English rock musician, singer, songwriter
“Beautiful Boy” (song) (1981)

More analysis on this quote and its predecessors (going back to Allen Saunders in 1957) here.
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For I don’t care too much for money,
For money can’t buy me love.

John Lennon (1940-1980) English rock musician, singer, songwriter
“Can’t Buy Me Love” (song) (1964) [with Paul McCartney]
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All the lonely people,
where do they all come from?
All the lonely people,
where do they all belong?

John Lennon (1940-1980) English rock musician, singer, songwriter
“Eleanor Rigby” (song) [with Paul McCartney] (1966)
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Being honest may not get you many friends, but it’ll always get you the right ones.

John Lennon (1940-1980) English rock musician, singer, songwriter
(Attributed)

Frequently attributed to Lennon, but with no actual source ever provided.
Added on 24-Jul-14 | Last updated 24-Jul-14
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Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.

John Lennon (1940-1980) English rock musician, singer, songwriter
The Way It Is, CBS television (Jun 1969)
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Songwriting is about getting the demon out of me. It’s like being possessed. You try to go to sleep, but the song won’t let you. So you have to get up and make it into something, and then you’re allowed to sleep. It’s always in the middle of the bloody night, or when you’re half-awake or tired, when your critical faculties are switched off. So letting go is what the whole game is.

John Lennon (1940-1980) English rock musician, singer, songwriter
Interview, Playboy (Sep 1980)
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