In his own words, from the Paulo Coelho blog post of July 2, 2010, A tribute to John Lennon
Nothing you can sing that can’t be sung.
Nothing you can say but you can learn how to play the game.
There’s nothing you can make that can’t be made.
No one you can save that can’t be saved.
Nothing you can do but you can learn how to be you in time – It’s easy.
All you need is love, love is all you need.
Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.
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?
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.
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.
Music is everybody’s possession. It’s only publishers who think that people own it.
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.
Part of me suspects that I’m a loser, and the other part of me thinks I’m God Almighty. Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.
The thing the sixties did was to show us the possibilities and the responsibility that we all had. It wasn’t the answer. It just gave us a glimpse of the possibility.
A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.
John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980)
was one of the founding members of The Beatles