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35 Memorable Quotes From John Lennon That Show He Was More Than Just A Musician

35 Memorable Quotes From John Lennon That Show He Was More Than Just A Musician

John Lennon was a rare and special man.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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Is Procrastination Bad? The Truth About Procrastination Revealed

Is Procrastination Bad? The Truth About Procrastination Revealed

Procrastination is very literally the opposite of productivity. To produce something is to pull it forward, while to procrastinate is to push it forward — to tomorrow, to next week, or ultimately to never.

Procrastination fills us with shame — we curse ourselves for our laziness, our inability to focus on the task at hand, our tendency to be easily led into easier and more immediate gratifications. And with good reason: for the most part, time spent procrastinating is time spent not doing things that are, in some way or other, important to us.

There is a positive side to procrastination, but it’s important not to confuse procrastination at its best with everyday garden-variety procrastination.

Sometimes — sometimes! — procrastination gives us the time we need to sort through a thorny issue or to generate ideas. In those rare instances, we should embrace procrastination — even as we push it away the rest of the time.

Why we procrastinate after all

We procrastinate for a number of reasons, some better than others. One reason we procrastinate is that, while we know what we want to do, we need time to let the ideas “ferment” before we are ready to sit down and put them into action.

Some might call this “creative faffing”; I call it, following copywriter Ray Del Savio’s lead, “concepting”.[1]

Whatever you choose to call it, it’s the time spent dreaming up what you want to say or do, weighing ideas in your mind, following false leads and tearing off on mental wild goose chases, and generally thinking things through.

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To the outside observer, concepting looks like… well, like nothing much at all. Maybe you’re leaning back in your chair, feet up, staring at the wall or ceiling, or laying in bed apparently dozing, or looking out over the skyline or feeding pigeons in the park or fiddling with the Japanese vinyl toys that stand watch over your desk.

If ideas are the lifeblood of your work, you have to make time for concepting, and you have to overcome the sensation— often overpowering in our work-obsessed culture — that faffing, however creative, is not work.

So, is procrastination bad?

Yes it is.

Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you’re “concepting” when in fact you’re just not sure what you’re supposed to be doing.

Spending an hour staring at the wall while thinking up the perfect tagline for a marketing campaign is creative faffing; staring at the wall for an hour because you don’t know how to come up with a tagline, or don’t know the product you’re marketing well enough to come up with one, is just wasting time.

Lack of definition is perhaps the biggest friend of your procrastination demons. When we’re not sure what to do — whether because we haven’t planned thoroughly enough, we haven’t specified the scope of what we hope to accomplish in the immediate present, or we lack important information, skills, or resources to get the job done.

It’s easy to get distracted or to trick ourselves into spinning our wheels doing nothing. It takes our mind off the uncomfortable sensation of failing to make progress on something important.

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The answer to this is in planning and scheduling. Rather than giving yourself an unspecified length of time to perform an unspecified task (“Let’s see, I guess I’ll work on that spreadsheet for a while”) give yourself a limited amount of time to work on a clearly defined task (“Now I’ll enter the figures from last months sales report into the spreadsheet for an hour”).

Giving yourself a deadline, even an artificial one, helps build a sense of urgency and also offers the promise of time to “screw around” later, once more important things are done.

For larger projects, planning plays a huge role in whether or not you’ll spend too much time procrastinating to reach the end reasonably quickly.

A good plan not only lists the steps you have to take to reach the end, but takes into account the resources, knowledge and inputs from other people you’re going to need to perform those steps.

Instead of futzing around doing nothing because you don’t have last month’s sales report, getting the report should be a step in the project.

Otherwise, you’ll spend time cooling your heels, justifying your lack of action as necessary: you aren’t wasting time because you want to, but because you have to.

How bad procrastination can be

Our mind can often trick us into procrastinating, often to the point that we don’t realize we’re procrastinating at all.

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After all, we have lots and lots of things to do; if we’re working on something, aren’t we being productive – even if the one big thing we need to work on doesn’t get done?

One way this plays out is that we scan our to-do list, skipping over the big challenging projects in favor of the short, easy projects. At the end of the day, we feel very productive: we’ve crossed twelve things off our list!

That big project we didn’t work on gets put onto the next day’s list, and when the same thing happens, it gets moved forward again. And again.

Big tasks often present us with the problem above – we aren’t sure what to do exactly, so we look for other ways to occupy ourselves.

In many cases too, big tasks aren’t really tasks at all; they’re aggregates of many smaller tasks. If something’s sitting on your list for a long time, each day getting skipped over in favor of more immediately doable tasks, it’s probably not very well thought out.

You’re actively resisting it because you don’t really know what it is. Try to break it down into a set of small tasks, something more like the tasks you are doing in place of the one big task you aren’t doing.

More consequences of procrastination can be found in this article:

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Procrastination, a technical failure

Procrastination is, more often than not, a sign of a technical failure, not a moral failure.

It’s not because we’re bad people that we procrastinate. Most times, procrastination serves as a symptom of something more fundamentally wrong with the tasks we’ve set ourselves.

It’s important to keep an eye on our procrastinating tendencies, to ask ourselves whenever we notice ourselves pushing things forward what it is about the task we’ve set ourselves that simply isn’t working for us.

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