I have been thinking about John Lennon this week. Here are some pithy quotes.
Love is the answer, and you know that – for sure.
War is Over…If You Want It.
The concept of imagining no religion — not imagining no God, although you’re entitled to do that too – but imagining no denominations. Imagine that there’s no Catholic-Protestant, no Jew-Christian. Imagine that we revere Jesus Christ, Mohammed, Krishna, Milarepa, equally, or that we don’t have to worship any of them. That we allow it all, freedom of religion for real.
(taken from audio – please comment with any corrections)
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.
The only hope for us is peace. Violence begets violence. You can have peace as soon as you like if we all pull together. You’re all geniuses, and you’re all beautiful. You don’t need anyone to tell you who you are. You are what you are. Get out there and get peace, think peace, and live peace and breathe peace, and you’ll get it as soon as you like.
The thing the sixties did was 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.