An Artist Remembered: John Lennon (10.9.40-12.8.80)

“If someone thinks that love and peace is a cliche that must have been left behind in the Sixties, that’s his problem. Love and peace are eternal.” –John Lennon

29 years ago today, a man who needs no introduction was fatally shot in New York City.  Let’s take some time to remember the talent, wisdom, and wit of John Lennon on this anniversary of his passing.

“Music is everybody’s possession. It’s only publishers who think that people own it.”

“My role in society, or any artist’s or poet’s role, is to try and express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all.”

“Will the people in the cheaper seats clap your hands? And the rest of you, if you’ll just rattle your jewelry.”

“I’m not going to change the way I look or the way I feel to conform to anything. I’ve always been a freak. So I’ve been a freak all my life and I have to live with that, you know. I’m one of those people.”

“Time you enjoy wasting, was not wasted.”

“My defenses were so great. The cocky rock and roll hero who knows all the answers was actually a terrified guy who didn’t know how to cry. Simple.”

“Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. I think we’re being run by maniacs for maniacal ends and I think I’m liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That’s what’s insane about it.”

“The thing the sixties did was to show us the possibilities and the responsibility that we all had. It wasn’t the answer. It just gave us a glimpse of the possibility.”

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3 Responses

  1. great post shelley….thanks

  2. Nice. Gotta love the eternal wisdom of it all.

  3. Thanks Tag. If we only had his musical legacy to look back upon, that would be impressive enough, but what really makes Lennon such a massively important public figure is his devotion to making the world better. He pursued this goal with humor, intelligence, and phenomenal art. How could someone like that not be completely endearing?

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