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1. “One thing you can't hide - is when you're crippled inside.”

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Author : John Lennon

2. “There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.”

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3. “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.”

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4. “Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.”

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5. “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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6. “As usual, there is a great woman behind every idiot.”

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7. “The more I see, the less I know for sure.”

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8. “A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.”

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9. “There's nowhere you can be that isn't where you're meant to be...”

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10. “If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there'd be peace.”

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11. “Living is Easy with Eyes Closed.”

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12. “Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.”

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13. “If someone thinks that peace and love are just a cliche that must have been left behind in the 60s, that's a problem. Peace and love are eternal.”

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14. “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.”

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15. “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!”

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16. “War is over ... If you want it.”

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17. “Limitless undying love which shines around me like a million suns it calls me on and on across the universe.”

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18. “Nothing is real.”

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19. “God is a concept by which we measure our pain.”

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20. “We all shine on...like the moon and the stars and the sun...we all shine on...come on and on and on...”

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21. “Whatever gets you through the night”

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22. “When you do something noble and beautiful and nobody noticed, do not be sad. For the sun every morning is a beautiful spectacle and yet most of the audience still sleeps.”

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23. “I believe in God, but not as one thing, not as an old man in the sky. I believe that what people call God is something in all of us. I believe that what Jesus and Mohammed and Buddha and all the rest said was right. It's just that the translations have gone wrong.”

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24. “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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25. “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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26. “When you're drowning you don't think, I would be incredibly pleased if someone would notice I'm drowning and come and rescue me. You just scream.”

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27. “People like me are aware of their so-called genius at ten, eight, nine. . . . I always wondered, ``Why has nobody discovered me?'' In school, didn't they see that I'm cleverer than anybody in this school? That the teachers are stupid, too? That all they had was information that I didn't need? I got fuckin' lost in being at high school. I used to say to me auntie ``You throw my fuckin' poetry out, and you'll regret it when I'm famous, '' and she threw the bastard stuff out. I never forgave her for not treating me like a fuckin' genius or whatever I was, when I was a child. It was obvious to me. Why didn't they put me in art school? Why didn't they train me? Why would they keep forcing me to be a fuckin' cowboy like the rest of them? I was different I was always different. Why didn't anybody notice me? A couple of teachers would notice me, encourage me to be something or other, to draw or to paint - express myself. But most of the time they were trying to beat me into being a fuckin' dentist or a teacher”

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28. “Imagine there's no countriesIt isn't hard to doNothing to kill or die forAnd no religion tooImagine all the peopleLiving life in peaceYou may say that I'm a dreamerBut I'm not the only oneI hope someday you'll join usAnd the world will be as one”

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Source : Imagine

29. “I was feeling insecure you might not love me anymore”

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30. “I am a violent man who has learned not to be violent and regrets his violence.”

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31. “Avant-garde is French for bullshit”

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32. “It's weird not to be weird.”

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33. “Part of me suspects that I'm a loser, and the other part of me thinks I'm God Almighty.”

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34. “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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35. “Let It Be”

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36. “I used to think that the world was doing something to me, that the world owed me something. And that either the conservatives or the socialists or the fascists or the communists or the Christians or the Jews or the fascists were doing something to me. And when you're a teeny-booper, that's what you think. I'm 40 now, I don't think that anymore—because I found out it doesn't fucking work. I am part of them. There's no separation. Were all one. "Give peace a chance," not "Shoot people for peace." "All you need is love." I believe it. It's damn hard, but I absolutely believe it.”

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37. “No short-haired, yellow-bellied, son of tricky dickyIs gonna mother hubbard soft soap meWith just a pocketful of soap.”

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38. “Life is what is happening today while you were planning tomorrow”

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39. “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.”

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40. “I wasn't saying whatever they're saying I was saying. I'm sorry I said it really. I never meant it to be a lousy anti-religious thing. I apologize if that will make you happy. I still don't know quite what I've done. I've tried to tell you what I did do but if you want me to apologize, if that will make you happy, then OK, I'm sorry.”

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41. “…Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I don't know what will go first, rock 'n' roll or Christianity. We're more popular than Jesus now. Jesus was all right, but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It's them twisting it that ruins it for me.”

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42. “Everybody seems to think I'm lazyI don't mind, I think they're crazy.Running everywhere at such a speedTill they find there's no need.”

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43. “The more real you get the more unreal the world gets. ”

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44. “Being honest may not get you a lot of friends but it’ll always get you the right ones.”

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45. “I get by with a little help from my friends.”

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46. “Remember to let her into your heart.”

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47. “There's nothing you can do that can't be doneNothing you can sing that can't be sung. Nothing you can say but you can learn how to play the game. It's easy.Nothing you can make that can't be made. No one you can save that can't be saved. Nothing you can do but you can learn how to be you in time. It's easy.Nothing you can know that isn't known. Nothing you can see that isn't shown. Nowhere you can be that isn't where you're meant to be. It's easy.”

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48. “I was the walrus, but now I am John...and so my friends, you'll just have to carry on. The dream is over.”

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49. “I don't believe in Beatles, I just believe in me.”

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50. “You don't need anybody to tell you who you are or what you are. You are what you are!”

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51. “Being honest may not get you a lot of friends it’ll get you the right ones”

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52. “Love is a promise, love is a souvenir, once given never forgotten, never let it disappear.”

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53. “Love, Love, Love. All you need is love. Love is all you need.”

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54. “Produce your own dream. If you want to save Peru, go save Peru. It’s quite possible to do anything, but not if you put it on the leaders and the parking meters. Don’t expect Carter or Reagan or John Lennon or Yoko Ono or Bob Dylan or Jesus Christ to come and do it for you. You have to do it yourself.”

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55. “Surrealism had a great effect on me because then I realised that the imagery in my mind wasn't insanity. Surrealism to me is reality.”

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56. “Well, I don’t want to be king, I want to be real.”

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57. “The basic thing nobody asks is why do people take drugs of any sort? Why do we have these accessories to normal living to live? I mean, is there something wrong with society that's making us so pressurized, that we cannot live without guarding ourselves against it?”

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58. “There is an alternative to war. It's staying in bed and growing your hair.”

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59. “You, you may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.”

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60. “We insult her everyday on TVAnd wonder why she has no guts or confidenceWhen she's young we kill her will to be freeWhile telling her not to be so smart we put her down for being so dumb”

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61. “We make her paint her face and danceIf she won't be a slave, we say that she don't love usIf she's real, we say she's trying to be a manWhile putting her down we pretend that she is above us”

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62. “We make her bear and raise our childrenAnd then we leave her flat for being a fat old mother henWe tell her, home is the only place she should beThen we complain that she's toounworldly to be our friend”

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63. “When it gets down to having to use violence, then you are playing the system’s game. The establishment will irritate you – pull your beard, flick your face – to make you fight. Because once they’ve got you violent, then they know how to handle you. The only thing they don’t know how to handle is non-violence and humor.”

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64. “And so this is Christmas...what have you done?”

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65. “I regret profoundly that I was not an American and not born in Greenwich Village. It might be dying, and there might be a lot of dirt in the air you breathe, but this is where it's happening.”

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66. “Sitting on a cornflake, waiting for the van to come.”

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67. “Before Elvis there was nothing.”

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68. “If there hadn't been an Elvis, there wouldn't have been the Beatles.”

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69. “Slipping? We're bigger than Jesus.”

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70. “imagine a world without people”

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71. “Music is everybody's business. It's only the publishers who think people own it”

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72. “Love is like a precious plant. You can't just accept it and leave it in the cupboard or just think it's going to get on by itself. You've got to keep on watering it. You've got to really look after it and nurture it.”

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73. “The sun is up, the sky is blueIt's beautiful, and so are you”

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74. “One thing I can tell you is you have to be free. Come together, right now, over me.”

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75. “I used to think it was mere homesickness, then I started getting it at home.”

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76. “You know the way people begin to look like their dogs? Well, we're beginning to look like each other.”

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