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Yoko Ono and John Lennon on 8 December 1980, photo by Annie Leibovitz

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Quotes of the Day for 8 December 2002 – John Lennon

I grew up in the '60s, learned a little guitar, and looked up to the creative geniuses that made the music of that era. Some were more than a little warped, like Jim Morrison of the Doors, born on this day in 1943. I sang along, and sometimes tried to play along, with records (remember records?) from the Doors, the Kinks, Jethro Tull, the Grateful Dead, and Led Zeppelin. But always at the top of the list, both for his raw creative force and his willingness to take on the world, was John Lennon, shot dead in the entrance to his home on this day in 1980.

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The quotes:

People asking questions, lost in confusion, well I tell them there's no problem, only solutions.

The unknown is what it is. And to be frightened of it is what sends everybody scurrying around chasing dreams, illusions, wars, peace, love, hate, all that. Unknown is what it is. Accept that it's unknown, and it's plain sailing.

Everything is clearer when you're in love.

We reckoned we could make it because there were four of us. None of us could've made it alone, because Paul wasn't quite strong enough, I didn't have enough girl appeal, George was too quiet, and Ringo was the drummer. But we thought that everyone would be able to dig at least one of us, and that's how it turned out.

Life is what happens while you're busy making other plans.

We've got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant. You just can't accept it and leave in the cupboard or just think it's going to get on by itself. You've got to keep watering it, really look after it and nurture it.
     - All from John Lennon, 1940 - 1980

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