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Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.
John Lennon

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?
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Happiness is just how you feel when you don't feel miserable.
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When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When
I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down "happy."
They told me I didn't understand the assignment, and I told them they didn't understand life.
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The more real you get the more unreal the world gets.
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I'm not afraid of dying. To me dying is like getting out of one car and into another.
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Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.
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I believe in everything until it's disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all
exists, even if it's in your mind. Who's to say that dreams and nightmares aren't as real as
the here and now?
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Love is a promise, love is a souvenir, once given never forgotten, never let it disappear.
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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.
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Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. I think we are being run by maniacs
with maniacal ends and I think I'm liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That's
what's insane about it.
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Rituals are important. Nowadays it's hip not to be married. I'm not interested in being hip.
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I am a violent man who has learned not to be violent and regrets his violence.
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We must always remember to thank the CIA and the Army for LSD, by the way. Everything is
the opposite of what it is, isn't it? They brought out LSD to control people, and what they did
was give us freedom. Sometimes it works in mysterious ways its wonders to perform. But it
sure as hell performs them. If you look at the government report book on acid, the only ones
who jumped out of windows because of it were the ones in the Army. I never knew anybody
who jumped out of a window or killed themselves because of it.
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Make love, not war.
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God is a concept by which we measure our pain.
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Slipping? We're bigger than Jesus.
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Everybody loves you when you're six foot in the ground.
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In England, there are only two things to be, basically: You are either for the labor movement
or for the capitalist movement.
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I've always considered my work one piece and I consider that my work won't be finished until
I am dead and buried and I hope that's a long, long time.
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It's better to fade away like an old soldier than to burn out... I worship the people who survive.
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They torture and scare you for twenty odd years. Then they expect you to pick a career.
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I've never met anybody who's had a flashback in my life and I took millions of trips in the
Sixties and I've never met anybody who had any problem. I've had bad trips, but I've had bad
trips in real life. I've had a bad trip on a joint. I can get paranoid just sitting in a restaurant. I
don't have to take anything.
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Paranoia is just a heightened sense of awareness.
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It was just a gradual development over the years. Last year was "All You Need Is Love." This
year it's "Give Peace a Chance." Remember love. The only hope for any of us is peace.
Violence begets violence. If you want to get peace, you can get it as soon as you like if we
all pull together. You're all geniuses and you're all beautiful. You don't need anybody to tell
you who you are or what you are. You are what you are. Get out there and get peace. Think
peace, live peace, and breathe peace and you'll get it as soon as you like. Okay?
John Lennon

I wouldn't say I was a born writer; I'm a born thinker.
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Imagine there's no heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today...

Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
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

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world...

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 live as one.
John Lennon

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