"I really thought that love would save
"Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King
are great examples of fantastic nonviolents who died violently.
I can never work that out. We're pacifists, but I'm not sure
what it means when you're such a pacifist that you get shot.
I can never understand that."
"Nobody's ever tried the peace thing,
... We are selling it like soap."
"We're trying to sell peace, like a
product, you know, and sell it like people sell soap or soft
drinks. And it's the only way to get people aware that peace
is possible, and it isn't just inevitable to have violence.
Not just war — all forms of violence."
"Everything is clearer when you're in love."
"If everyone demanded peace instead of another television
set, then there'd be peace."
"Everybody's talking about peace, but nobody does anything
about it in a peaceful way."
"I think if you get down to basics, whatever the problem
is, it's usually to do with love. So I think 'All You Need
is Love' is a true statement. I'm not saying, 'All you have
to do is...' because 'All You Need' came out in the Flower
Power Generation time. It doesn't mean that all you have
to do is put on a phoney smile or wear a flower dress and
it's gonna be alright. Love is not just something that you
stick on posters or stick on the back of your car, or on
the back of your jacket or on a badge. I'm talking about
real love, so I still believe that. Love is appreciation
of other people and allowing them to be. Love is allowing
somebody to be themselves and that's what we do need."
"I don't believe in killing whatever the reason!"
"We live in a world where we hide to make love! While
violence is committed in broad daylight."
"Violence begets violence, you know. And you can't
kill off all the violent people or all the murderers. We'd
have to kill off the government."
"Love is like a flower, give it time and it will grow"
"Love is a promise, love is a souvenir, once given
never forgotten, never let it disappear."
"You are all geniuses, and you are 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, live peace,
and breathe peace, and you'll get it as soon as you like."
"We've got this gift of love, but 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."
"You either get tired fighting for peace, or you die."
"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."
"I'm not going to sacrifice love, real love, for any
f*ckin' whore or any friend, or any business, because in
the end you're alone at night."
"Why don't people believe us when we say we're simply
"We all have Hitler in us, but we also have love and
peace. So why not give peace a chance for once?"
"I used to be cruel to my woman, and physically --
any woman. I was a hitter. I couldn't express myself and
I hit. I fought men and I hit women. That is why I am always
on about peace, you see. It is the most violent people who
go for love and peace. Everything's the opposite. But I sincerely
believe in love and peace. I am a violent man who has learned
not to be violent and regrets his violence. I will have to
be a lot older before I can face in public how I treated
women as a youngster."
“We had one thing in common — we were in love.
But love is just a gift, and it doesn’t answer everything
and it’s like a precious plant that you have to nurture
and look after and all that.”
"Guilt for being rich, and guilt thinking that perhaps
love and peace isn't enough and you have to go and get shot
1980, the year Lennon was shot