John Lennon -- Indispensable Beatle and outspoken activist died on Dec. 8, 1980 at age 40. Cause of death: Murdered outside his New York apartment by Mark David Chapman after he first signed an autograph for him. Quote: "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."
A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality. John Lennon All we are saying is give peace a chance. John Lennon All you need is love. John Lennon As usual, there is a great woman behind every idiot. John Lennon Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn't argue with that; I'm right and I will be proved right. We're more popular than Jesus now; I don't know which will go first - rock and roll or Christianity. John Lennon Everybody loves you when you're six foot in the ground. John Lennon Everything is clearer when you're in love. John Lennon God is a concept by which we measure our pain. John Lennon Guilt for being rich, and guilt thinking that perhaps love and peace isn't enough and you have to go and get shot or something. John Lennon He didn't come out of my belly, but my God, I've made his bones, because I've attended to every meal, and how he sleeps, and the fact that he swims like a fish because I took him to the ocean. I'm so proud of all those things. But he is my biggest pride. John Lennon 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? John Lennon 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. John Lennon I don't believe in killing whatever the reason! John Lennon I don't know which will go first - rock 'n' roll or Christianity. John Lennon 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. John Lennon 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. John Lennon If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there'd be peace. John Lennon 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 If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it 'Chuck Berry'. John Lennon 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. John Lennon