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10 Quotes That Will Change the Way You Think About John Lennon

John Lennon, who would have turned 75 in October, wasn't all peace signs and love nests. These lines reveal the acerbic and sometimes insecure side of the bespectacled Beatle.

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Grow your hair

There is an alternative to war. It’s staying in bed and growing your hair.

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God Almighty

Part of me suspects that I’m a loser, and the other part of me thinks I’m God Almighty.

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Fairies and dragons

I believe in fairies, myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it’s in your mind.

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A Gardener

I’m not really a career person; I’m a gardener, basically.

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I’m not afraid of death because I don’t believe in it. It’s just getting out of one car, and into another.

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Song writing

When real music comes to me…I’m just the channel. The only joy for me is to transcribe it like a medium. Those moments are what I live for.

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I’ve made two “discoveries” in my life: Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono. I think that’s pretty good.

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Music is everyone’s possession

Music is everyone’s possession. It’s only publishers who think that people own it.

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Six feet under

Everyone loves you when you’re six feet in the ground.

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Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.

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