John Lennon was shot by Mark David Chapman at the entrance of the building where he lived, The Dakota, in New York City on 8 December 1980. Today marks 33 years since the Beatles singer's death. Lennon was a true visionary: his lyrics remain some of the most profound and moving ever written. On the 14th of December 1980, millions of people around the world paused for ten minutes to remember John Lennon. 225,000 gathered in Central Park. Every radio station in New York City went off the air.

John Lennon was born in Liverpool, England in 1940. As a teenager, he met Paul McCartney and formed what would become the greatest songwriting partnership of the 20th century. Lennon's solo album sales in the United States have exceeded 14 million units and, as writer, co-writer or performer, he is responsible for 25 number-one singles on the US Hot 100 chart. The Beatles are still the highest selling group in both the US and the UK, a remarkable testament to Lennon's incredible lyricism. 

John Lennon's words defined a generation. His speeches and song lyrics continue to inspire and astound. Today, as we remember the legendary musician, here are ten phrases to honour the genius Beatle.


"All you need is love."

    "Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans."

      "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. "

        "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."

          "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 watering it. You've got to really look after it and nurture it."

            "You don't need anybody to tell you who you are or what you are. You are what you are!"

              "All we are saying is give peace a chance." 

                "Reality leaves a lot to the imagination." 

                  "The more I see the less I know for sure."

                    "Time you enjoy wasting, was not wasted."