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Beatles Quotes that Reach for a Better World

There is no band more iconic than The Beatles. These Beatles quotes show the wisdom the band shared with the world during the troubled times of the 60s and 70s. Their hope for a better world, a world that aspires for love and peace, still inspires us to be better people today. 

What made The Beatles so popular?

Not only were The Beatles one of the most influential musical bands of their time, they also used their platform as a world-wide sensation to actively in campaign for peace.

The words of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr still inspire us to live our lives with love, strive for peace, and to never extinguish the hope in our hearts. 

Here is our collection of Beatles quotes and sayings, collected from a variety of sources over the years. 

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Beatles quotes about love

1. “There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance.” — John Lennon

2. “We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections.” — John Lennon

3. “If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create.” — John Lennon

4. “Love is like a flower, give it time and it will grow.” – John Lennon

5. “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.” – John Lennon

6. “And, in the end the love you take is equal to the love you make.” — The Beatles

7. “Love is a promise, love is a souvenir, once given, never forgotten, never let it disappear.” – John Lennon

8. “All you need is love.” — The Beatles

9. “Love is the answer and you know that for sure.” – John Lennon

Beatles quotes about peace

10. “If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there’d be peace.” — John Lennon

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11. “If someone thinks that peace and love are just a cliché that must have been left behind in the 60s, that’s a problem. Peace and love are eternal.” — John Lennon

12. “We all have Hitler in us, but we also have love and peace. So why not give peace a chance for once?” – John Lennon

13. “And when the brokenhearted people living in the world agree there will be an answer, let it be.” – The Beatles

14. “I’m really glad that most of our songs were about love, peace and understanding.” – Paul McCartney

15. “Get out there and get peace, think peace, and live peace and breathe peace, and you’ll get it as soon as you like.” – John Lennon

16. “Lots of people who complained about us receiving the MBE received theirs for heroism in the war-for killing people. We received ours for entertaining other people. I’d say we deserve ours more.” – John Lennon

17. “I don’t believe in killing whatever the reason.” – John Lennon

Beatles quotes about hope

18. “Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.” — John Lennon

19. “I am going into an unknown future, but I’m still all here, and still while there’s life, there’s hope.” – John Lennon

20. “What we’ve got to do is keep hope alive. Because without it we’ll sink.” – John Lennon

21. “Take these broken wings and learn to fly.” – The Beatles

22. “I believe in yesterday.” – The Beatles

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Beatles quotes about people

23. “I used to think anyone doing anything weird was weird. Now I know that it is the people that call others weird that are weird.” — Paul McCartney

24. “You can judge a man’s true character by the way he treats his fellow animals.” — Paul McCartney

25. “It doesn’t matter how long my hair is or what color my skin is or whether I’m a woman or a man.” – John Lennon

26. “If everyone could just be happy with themselves and the choices people around them make, the world would instantly be a better place!” – John Lennon

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27. “You’re all geniuses, and you’re all beautiful. You don’t need anyone to tell you who you are. You are what you are.” — John Lennon

Beatles quotes about life

28. “It’s being here now that’s important. There’s no past and there’s no future. Time is a very misleading thing. All there is ever, is the now.” — George Harrison

29. “Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.” — John Lennon

30. “Nothing is real.” — John Lennon

31. “Life is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans” – John Lennon

32. “Possession isn’t nine-tenths of the law its nine-tenths of the problem.” – John Lennon

33. “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

34. “When I was about twelve, I used to think I must be a genius, but nobody’s noticed. If there is such a thing as a genius…I am one, and if there isn’t, I don’t care.” – John Lennon

35. “I only had two alternatives. Give up or carry on.” – Paul McCartney

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More Beatles quotes on life lessons

36. “I’ve never really done anything to create what has happened. It creates itself. I’m here because it happened. But I didn’t do anything to make it happen apart from saying ‘Yes’.” – Ringo Starr

37. “Nobody controls me. I’m uncontrollable. The only one who can control me is me, and that’s just barely possible.” – John Lennon

38. “You don’t need anybody to tell you who you are or what you are. You are what you are!” — John Lennon

39. “And any time you feel the pain, hey Jude, refrain. Don’t carry the world upon your shoulders.” – The Beatles

40. “Your own space, man, it’s so important. That’s why we were doomed because we didn’t have any. It is like monkeys in a zoo. They die. You know, everything needs to be left alone.” – George Harrison

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41. “It’s all in the mind.” – George Harrison

42. “Time wounds all heels.” – John Lennon

43. “Music is like a psychiatrist. You can tell your guitar things that you can’t tell people. And it will answer you with things people can’t tell you.” – Paul McCartney

Beatles quotes for dreamers

44. “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

45. “A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.” — John Lennon

46. “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 live as one.” – The Beatles

47. “There’s nothing you can do that can’t be done.” – The Beatles

48. “Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see” – The Beatles

49. “When you do something noble and beautiful and nobody noticed, do not be sad. For the sun every morning is a beautiful spectacle and yet most of the audience still sleeps.” – John Lennon

50. “There’s nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be.” ― John Lennon

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Do these Beatles quotes inspire you to live life with love?

In their lyrics, The Beatles sang about love, hope, and their observations of life during the 60s and 70s. While their lyrics ranged from deep to nonsensical, their words still impact music listeners of today. These Beatles quotes reflect their efforts to make the world a better place.

As The Beatles said, all you need is love. The world would be a better place if we all live with a little more love in our hearts. Use these quotes to inspire you to live life with love and do your part to bring a little more peace on earth. 

Did you enjoy these Beatles quotes and lyrics? Which quote is your favorite? Do you have a favorite quote that we didn’t mention? Let us know in the comment section below.

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  1. StephChi

    June 21, 2022 at 8:23 PM

    Nice list. Just so you know, #6, 21, 22, and 39 were all by Paul McCartney.

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