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John Lennon

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B. John Winston Lennon, 9 October 1940, Liverpool, Lancashire, England, d. 8 December 1980, New York City, New York, USA. John Winston Ono Lennon has been exhumed in print more ...

John Lennon

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Oxford Essential Quotations (6 ed.)

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...0John John Lennon 1940 – 80 English pop singer and songwriter . See also Lennon and McCartney Life is just what happens to you, while you're busy making other plans. ‘Beautiful Boy’ (song) Happiness is a warm gun. title of song (1968); see Advertising slogan , Schulz happiness is a warm gun Happiness is a warm gun Imagine there's no heaven, It's easy if you try. ‘Imagine’ (1971 song) imagine there's no heaven Imagine there's no heaven Will the people in the cheaper seats clap your hands? All the rest of you, if you'll just rattle your...

John Lennon

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The Oxford Dictionary of American Quotations (2 ed.)

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...John Lennon 1940 – 80 Part of me suspects that I'm a loser, and the other part of me thinks I'm God Almighty. The interview was published a month after Lennon was shot to death in New York City to David Steff, interview with Lennon and Yoko Ono, Playboy , Jan....

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Oxford Dictionary of Quotations (8 ed.)

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...0John John Lennon 1940 – 80 English pop singer and songwriter . See also lennon and mccartney Happiness is a warm gun. title of song (1968); see advertising slogans happiness is a warm gun Happiness is a warm gun Imagine there's no heaven, It's easy if you try. ‘Imagine’ (1971 song) imagine there's no heaven Imagine there's no heaven Will the people in the cheaper seats clap your hands? All the rest of you, if you'll just rattle your jewellery. at the Royal Variety Performance, 4 November 1963, in R. Colman John Winston Lennon (1984) pt....

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Oxford Dictionary of Modern Quotations (3 ed.)

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...0John John Lennon 1940 – 80 English pop singer and songwriter , who as a founder member of the Beatles also wrote most of their songs in collaboration with Paul mccartney ; he was assassinated outside his home in New York . See also lennon and mccartney , ono Happiness is a warm gun. title of song (1968); see advertising slogans , ephron , schulz happiness is a warm gun Happiness is a warm gun Imagine there's no heaven It's easy if you try. ‘Imagine’ (1971 song) imagine there's no heaven Imagine there's no heaven Will the people in...

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Brewer's Famous Quotations

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...this as ‘There is no hell below us, above us only sky’ at the renaming of Liverpool's airport as Liverpool John Lennon Airport (in 2001). Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans. In the lyrics of Lennon's song ‘Beautiful Boy’ (included on his Double Fantasy album, 1980), this is one of two quotations (the other is the slogan ‘Every day in every way I'm getting better and better’, see Coué 1 ). So it is wrong to credit Lennon with either line, as has been done. Barbara Rowe's The Book of Quotes (1979) ascribes the ‘Life is …’...

John Lennon 1940–80 and Paul McCartney 1942– 

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Oxford Essential Quotations (6 ed.)

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...0John1 John Lennon 1940 – 80 and Paul McCartney 1942 –   English pop singer s and songwriter s . See also Lennon All you need is love. title of song (1967) For I don't care too much for money, For money can't buy me love. ‘Can't Buy Me Love’ (1964 song) money can't buy me love money can't buy me love money can't buy me love All the lonely people, where do they all come from? ‘Eleanor Rigby’ (1966 song) All the lonely people where do they all come from where do they all come from Give peace a chance. title of song (1969) Give ...

John Lennon 1940–80 and Paul McCartney 1942– 

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Oxford Dictionary of Modern Quotations (3 ed.)

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...1John John Lennon 1940 – 80 and Paul McCartney 1942 –   English pop singers and songwriters . See also lennon , mccartney All you need is love. title of song (1967) All you need is love All you need is love For I don't care too much for money, For money can't buy me love. ‘Can't Buy Me Love’ (1964 song) money can't buy me love money can't buy me love money can't buy me love All the lonely people, where do they all come from? ‘Eleanor Rigby’ (1966 song) All the lonely people where do they all come from where do they all come ...

John Lennon 1940–80 and Paul McCartney 1942– 

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Oxford Dictionary of Quotations (8 ed.)

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...0John02 John Lennon 1940 – 80 and Paul McCartney 1942 –   English pop singer s and songwriter s . See also lennon , mccartney For I don't care too much for money, For money can't buy me love. ‘Can't Buy Me Love’ (1964 song) don't care too much for money money can't buy me love money can't buy me love money can't buy me love Eleanor Rigby picks up the rice in the church where a wedding has been, Lives in a dream. Waits at the window. ‘Eleanor Rigby’ (1966 song) Eleanor Rigby Waits at the window All the lonely people, where do they...

John Lennon194080(Sir) Paul McCartney1942

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Brewer's Famous Quotations

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...when Ringo Starr used the phrase to describe a ‘heavy’ night out (according to Ray Coleman, John Lennon , 1984). What, in fact, Ringo must have done was to use the title of the Lennon and McCartney song (presumably already written if it was towards the end of filming) in a conversational way. Indeed, Hunter Davies in The Beatles (1968) noted: ‘Ringo Starr came out with the phrase, though John had used it earlier in a poem.’ It certainly sounds like a Lennonism and may have had some limited general use subsequently as a catchphrase, meaning that the...

Yoko Ono

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...Yoko Ono 1933 –   Japanese poet and songwriter Woman is the nigger of the world. remark made in a 1968 interview for Nova magazine and adopted by her husband John Lennon as the title of a song (1972); see Hurston woman the nigger of the world nigger of the...

Opportunity

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Oxford Essential Quotations (6 ed.)

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...beginning of great enterprises. Demosthenes c. 384 – c. 322 bc Greek orator and Athenian statesman Against Leptines 162 We must beat the iron while it is hot, but we may polish it at leisure. John Dryden 1631 – 1700 English poet , critic , and dramatist Aeneis (1697) dedication She's got a ticket to ride, but she don't care. John Lennon 1940 – 80 and Paul McCartney 1942 –   English pop singer s and songwriter s ‘Ticket to Ride’ (1965 song) She's got a ticket to ride She's got a ticket to ride she don't care La carrière...

Loneliness

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...see also Solitude The first twinges of existential angst: fears of dying alone and being found three weeks later half-eaten by an Alsatian. Helen Fielding 1958 –   English writer Bridget Jones's Diary (1996) All the lonely people, where do they all come from? John Lennon 1940 – 80 and Paul McCartney 1942 –   English pop singer s and songwriter s ‘Eleanor Rigby’ (1966 song) All the lonely people where do they all come from where do they all come from Only the lonely (know the way I feel). Roy Orbison 1936 – 88 and Joe ...

Musicians

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Oxford Dictionary of Humorous Quotations (5 ed.)

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...doubt that the first requirement for a composer is to be dead. Arthur Honegger 1892 – 1955 Swiss composer : Je suis compositeur (1951) composer is to be dead composer is to be dead anonymous : Is Ringo the best drummer in the world? john lennon : He's not even the best drummer in the band. John Lennon 1940 – 80 English pop singer and songwriter : attributed best drummer in the band best drummer in the band In the 1960s, the record companies seemed to sign anything with long hair; if it was a sheepdog, so what. Nick Mason 1944 – ...

Dress

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Oxford Dictionary of Humorous Quotations (5 ed.)

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...A silk dress in four sections, and shoes with high heels that would have broken the heart of John Calvin. Stephen Leacock 1869 – 1944 Canadian humorist : Arcadian Adventures with the Idle Rich (1914) shoes with high heels shoes with high heels My little rebellion was to have my tie loose, with the top button of my shirt undone, but Paul'd always come up to me and put it straight. John Lennon 1940 – 80 English pop singer and songwriter : John Lennon: in His Own Words (1980) rebellion was to have my tie loose rebellion was to have my tie ...

Genius

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..., critic , and lexicographer Lives of the English Poets (1779–81) ‘Cowley’ A man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery. James Joyce 1882 – 1941 Irish novelist Ulysses (1922) It's not fun being a genius. It's torture. John Lennon 1940 – 80 English pop singer and songwriter interview for Rolling Stone magazine in December 1970, broadcast for the first time in the UK on 3 December 2005 Genius does what it must, and Talent does what it can. Owen Meredith ( Lord Lytton ) 1831 – 91 English ...

Futility

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...has value. E. M. Forster 1879 – 1970 English novelist A Passage to India (1924) ch. 14 pathos , piety, courage Pathos, piety, courage Everything exists Nothing has value He's a real nowhere man Sitting in his nowhere land Making all his nowhere plans for nobody. John Lennon 1940 – 80 and Paul McCartney 1942 –   English pop singer s and songwriter s ‘Nowhere Man’ (1966 song) I'm not going to rearrange the furniture on the deck of the Titanic. having lost five of the last six primaries as President Ford 's campaign manager Rogers ...

Happiness

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... soldier and writer Les Liaisons dangereuses (1782) Happiness is a warm gun. John Lennon 1940 – 80 English pop singer and songwriter title of song (1968); see Advertising slogan , Schulz happiness is a warm gun Happiness is a warm gun Ask yourself whether you are happy, and you cease to be so. John Stuart Mill 1806 – 73 English philosopher and economist Autobiography (1873) ch. 5 whether you are happy But headlong joy is ever on the wing. John Milton 1608 – 74 English poet ‘The Passion’ (1645) Happiness writes in white...

Class

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Oxford Dictionary of Humorous Quotations (5 ed.)

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...evening clothes. The governor is bound to ask you to dine. Lady Douglas Home 1909 – 90 : attributed governor is bound to ask you bound to ask you to dine Will the people in the cheaper seats clap your hands? All the rest of you, if you'll just rattle your jewellery. John Lennon 1940 – 80 English pop singer and songwriter : at the Royal Variety Performance, 4 November 1963 in the cheaper seats clap your hands just rattle your jewellery Of all the hokum with which this country [ America ] is riddled the most odd is the common notion...

Culture

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...of life? Carl Gustav Jung 1875 – 1961 Swiss psychologist The Stages of Life (1930) Culture is worth a little risk. Norman Mailer 1923 – 2007 American novelist and essayist press conference after testifying at the Jack Abbott trial, 18 January 1982; J. Michael Lennon Norman Mailer: A Double Life (2014) Letting a hundred flowers blossom and a hundred schools of thought contend is the policy for promoting progress in the arts and the sciences and a flourishing socialist culture in our land. Mao Zedong 1893 – 1976 Chinese statesman ; de...

Words

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Oxford Dictionary of Humorous Quotations (5 ed.)

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...is full of single entendre. George S. Kaufman 1889 – 1961 American dramatist : to Howard Dietz on Between the Devil ; Howard Teichmann George S. Kaufman (1973) play is full of single entendre full of single entendre Avant-garde? That's the French for bullshit. John Lennon 1940 – 80 English pop singer and songwriter : attributed avant-garde ? That's the French French for bullshit French for bullshit Hypochondria is Greek for ‘men’. Kathy Lette 1958 – Australian writer : in Mail on Sunday 4 April 2004 hypochondria is Greek...

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