Apart from composing some of the world’s most iconic songs as a solo artist, such as “Give Peace a Chance,” “Working Class Hero” and “Imagine,” he was also the co-founder of the legendary pop band The Beatles. The Beatles remains the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music to date.
But, what was most striking about John was that he was more influenced by peace and harmony than by living an affluent life. That is not something you can easily attribute to many contemporary musicians. John’s words in his music, writings, interviews and on films were delivered with a marked acerbic wit that stirred emotions and inspired millions around the world.
Although John’s life was short (he was assassinated in New York by a crazed fan at age 40), his words remain immortal – a testament that he was more than just a musician. If you don’t quite believe us, here are 35 of his most memorable quotes to inspire you and celebrate this great man’s life. Enjoy.
1. “When I cannot sing my heart, I can only speak my mind.”
2. “Everybody loves you when you’re six foot in the ground.”
3. “If there’s such a thing as genius — I am one. And if there isn’t, I don’t care.”
4. “As usual, there is a great woman behind every idiot.”
5. “You don’t need anybody to tell you who you are or what you are. You are what you are!”
6. “Everything is clearer when you’re in love.”
7. “A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.”
8. “Everything is as important as everything else.”
9. “If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there’d be peace.”
10. “I don’t believe in killing whatever the reason!”
11. “We all have Hitler in us, but we also have love and peace. So why not give peace a chance for once?”
12. “There is an alternative to war. It’s staying in bed and growing your hair.”
13. “War is over … If you want it.”
14. “Love is like a flower-you’ve got to let it grow.”
15. “Love is a promise, love is a souvenir, once given never forgotten, never let it disappear.”
16. “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.”
17. “Love, Love, Love. All you need is love. Love is all you need.”
18. “Imagine all the people living life in peace. 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 be as one.”
19. “Life is very short, and there’s no time for fussing and fighting my friends”
20. “Time you enjoy wasting, was not wasted.”
21. “Happiness is just how you feel when you don’t feel miserable.”
22. “You have to be a bastard to make it, and that’s a fact.”
23. “When you’re drowning, you don’t say ‘I would be incredibly pleased if someone would have the foresight to notice me drowning and come and help me,’ you just scream.”
24. “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.”
25. “It’s weird not to be weird.”
26. “Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.”
27. “Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.”
28. “I get by with a little help from my friends.”
29. “Being honest may not get you a lot of friends but it’ll always get you the right ones.”
30. “For those of you in the cheap seats I’d like ya to clap your hands to this one; the rest of you can just rattle your jewelry!”
31. “The more I see, the less I know for sure.”
32. “I’m not afraid of death because I don’t believe in it. It’s just getting out of one car, and into another.”
33. “There’s nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be…”
34. “What we’ve got to do is keep hope alive. Because without it we’ll sink.”
35. “Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.”
Are you keen to reinvent yourself this year? Or at least use the new year as a long overdue excuse to get rid of bad habits or pick up new ones?
Yes, it’s that time of year again. The time of year when we feel as if we have to turn over a new leaf. The time when we misguidedly imagine that the arrival of a new year will magically provide the catalyst, motivation and persistence we need to reinvent ourselves.
Traditionally, New Year’s Day is styled as the ideal time to kick start a new phase in your life and the time when you must make your all important new year’s resolution. Unfortunately, the beginning of the year is also one of the worst times to make a major change in your habits because it’s often a relatively stressful time, right in the middle of the party and vacation season.
Don’t set yourself up for failure this year by vowing to make huge changes that will be hard to keep. Instead follow these seven steps for successfully making a new year’s resolution you can stick to for good.
1. Just pick one thing
If you want to change your life or your lifestyle don’t try to change the whole thing at once. It won’t work. Instead pick one area of your life to change to begin with.
Make it something concrete so you know exactly what change you’re planning to make. If you’re successful with the first change you can go ahead and make another change after a month or so. By making small changes one after the other, you still have the chance to be a whole new you at the end of the year and it’s a much more realistic way of doing it.
Don’t pick a New Year’s resolution that’s bound to fail either, like running a marathon if you’re 40lbs overweight and get out of breath walking upstairs. If that’s the case resolve to walk every day. When you’ve got that habit down pat you can graduate to running in short bursts, constant running by March or April and a marathon at the end of the year. What’s the one habit you most want to change?
2. Plan ahead
To ensure success you need to research the change you’re making and plan ahead so you have the resources available when you need them. Here are a few things you should do to prepare and get all the systems in place ready to make your change.
Read up on it – Go to the library and get books on the subject. Whether it’s quitting smoking, taking up running or yoga or becoming vegan there are books to help you prepare for it. Or use the Internet. If you do enough research you should even be looking forward to making the change.
Plan for success – Get everything ready so things will run smoothly. If you’re taking up running make sure you have the trainers, clothes, hat, glasses, ipod loaded with energetic sounds at the ready. Then there can be no excuses.
3. Anticipate problems
There will be problems so make a list of what they’ll be. If you think about it, you’ll be able to anticipate problems at certain times of the day, with specific people or in special situations. Once you’ve identified the times that will probably be hard work out ways to cope with them when they inevitably crop up.
You don’t have to make these changes on New Year’s Day. That’s the conventional wisdom, but if you truly want to make changes then pick a day when you know you’ll be well-rested, enthusiastic and surrounded by positive people. I’ll be waiting until my kids go back to school in February.
Sometimes picking a date doesn’t work. It’s better to wait until your whole mind and body are fully ready to take on the challenge. You’ll know when it is when the time comes.
5. Go for it
On the big day go for it 100%. Make a commitment and write it down on a card. You just need one short phrase you can carry in your wallet. Or keep it in your car, by your bed and on your bathroom mirror too for an extra dose of positive reinforcement.
Your commitment card will say something like:
I enjoy a clean, smoke-free life.
I stay calm and in control even under times of stress.
I’m committed to learning how to run my own business.
I meditate daily.
6. Accept failure
If you do fail and sneak a cigarette, miss a walk or shout at the kids one morning don’t hate yourself for it. Make a note of the triggers that caused this set back and vow to learn a lesson from them.
If you know that alcohol makes you crave cigarettes and oversleep the next day cut back on it. If you know the morning rush before school makes you shout then get up earlier or prepare things the night before to make it easier on you.
Perseverance is the key to success. Try again, keep trying and you will succeed.
7. Plan rewards
Small rewards are great encouragement to keep you going during the hardest first days. After that you can probably reward yourself once a week with a magazine, a long-distance call to a supportive friend, a siesta, a trip to the movies or whatever makes you tick.
Later you can change the rewards to monthly and then at the end of the year you can pick an anniversary reward. Something that you’ll look forward to. You deserve it and you’ll have earned it.
Whatever your plans and goals are for this year, I’d do wish you luck with them but remember, it’s your life and you make your own luck.
Decide what you want to do this year, plan how to get it and go for it. I’ll definitely be cheering you on.
Are you planning to make a New Year’s resolution? What is it and is it something you’ve tried to do before or something new?