John Lennon Quote — “when I was 5 years…” FAKE ! HOAX!


It never ends.  Somebody saw a quote that was easily attributed to John Lennon simply because the words were pasted on top of the picture.

It’s a very corny and snarky quote and of course the misfits on Facebook fall for it because they want to believe that John Lennon actually said it — he did not.  In fact, he never really said much of anything worth quoting unless you count song lyrics.

The quote is anonymous and douche bags the world over on Facebook have decided that John Lennon must have said it because it’s so “cool” and so “edgy” and sooooo something John Lennon would have said:  It goes like this.

“When I was 5 years old, my mom always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down “happy.” They told me I didn’t understand the assignment and I told them they didn’t understand life. ” <——- JOHN LENNON NEVER SAID THIS!!!!

The fake quotes just go on and on and on and on and on and on.  There are websites where people claim that their kid said it in school.  The quote has also been attributed to George Gershwin, Judy Garland, Cher and even Abraham Lincoln. etc. etc. etc.  In other words, the quote pre-dates John Lennon, so obviously he could not not have said it.

It’s a quote that somebody made up and now the mass belief is that John Lennon said it — HE DID NOT!  Nowhere in any John Lennon archive is this found on tape or in print.

Listen:  If you see a quote you like — FIND OUT WHO REALLY  SAID IT!  Don’t just assume that the morons-only ispirational picture that one of your retarded friends on Facebook shared with you is real — LEARN TO FUCKING THINK!

Here is the final word on this from an expert!

“There is a phenomenon in social circles – and Facebook is indeed a social circle – whereby  someone hears a quote and attributes it to someone else because the quote ‘sounds’ like something that person would say.  Some people call it a variation of ‘The Matthew Phenomenon’ which is a somewhat vague sociological term that refers to the rich getting richer as it applies to reading and scholarship.  In other words, a phrase is heard and attributed to a person who never said it simply because the quote sounds like that person said it.  With that in mind,  the famous person is made even more famous by the misattribution of a witty or thought provoking quote.” [Dean Traherne MD PhD. University of Barcelona School of Psychiatric Studies]

In spite of Dr. Traherne’s scientific explanation, I think that if John Lennon had really said anything– it would probably have been….

 “When I was 21 years old, my mom always told me to get the fuck outof the bloody house because I was a bleedin’ wanker. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down “I want to marry an ugly and untalented Japanese woman.” They told me I didn’t understand the assignment and I told them they didn’t understand that I would one day be misquoted by assholes. ” [Damien]

125 thoughts on “John Lennon Quote — “when I was 5 years…” FAKE ! HOAX!

  1. This is so sad just some cool quote that somebody put on a photo caused all this hatred for one another. Especially over something related to John Lennon the world is a sad place now a days. We could really use a John Lennon right now. Not like it would matter people are to into there wealth of knowledge, being better than everyone else, and how big there house is or how much money they have. Nobody is perfect not even Lennon but at least he didn’t spread so much hatred as you all. I hope you all find peace one day friends because it is apparent some of you are not there. Best of wishes on your journey through life this is all I have to say.

  2. Lennon’s mother died when he was a lad and could not have said anything to him at age 21. Do some research.

  3. I did not INVENT the quote – aim your barbs at the morons who actually believe that Lennon said this stupid drivel. He said a ton of stupid shit, but this quote is not one of them.

  4. I see that he did not say it but I disagree with the quote that you said would John Lennon would’ve said this. His mother was dead before he turned 21, she died when he was 18. He wouldn’t make a joke involving his mother too, he loved her and when she died he was heart broken. Plus He loved Yoko Ono and she loved him so leave her alone. I understand your reasoning why he would say that but do some research before you say it.

  5. Its actually a pretty good quote. The only one with a snarky attitude is the author of this piece.

  6. Its actually a pretty good quote. The only one with a snarky attitude is the author of this piece.

  7. John Lennon would never say a thing like this. At the college a teacher ask him what he wanted to be and he said: “I want to be like Elvis”. It sounds far diff’rent.

  8. This quote has been around for longer than John Lennon has been alive — thank you for seeing the light, Michael.

    Damien LeGallienne — EDITOR

  9. You know whats funny? There is no actual concrete proof to show that he did or did not say those words first. Now sure there have been alot of people who have made qoutes “s-i-m-i-l-a-r” to this qoute but lennon is the ONLY person who has actually been given credit for it. If you knew anything about Lennon or his beliefs you would realize he in the next world and, well probably the majority of this world do not care about your illminded accusations. Because some people are happy with life and just pursue happiness instead of being a nagitive little parasite. But hey maybe this is all you got so enjoy it. Yank on.

  10. You know what else is funny? You think simplistically, and you provide all the material I need to prove the mission statement of this website, you lard ass. It’s too bad you live in the age of the internet and social media because you belong in an easy chair..reading Reader’s Digest. So, yeah, because I tell you a quote is being attributed to someone who didn’t say the words, I am an unhappy parasite. I think the Canadian dullness is setting in on you.

    buzz of, loser
    Damien LeGallienne EDITOR

  11. It doesn’t matter at all if it is true or not. Why do you stitch so much to the accuracy? This is not science. What is important is the truth that lies within and that it gives people hope, as John Lennon did.

  12. Selina — what if the message is that you are a moron? What if I posted a quote which I attributed to you, and in that quote, I put the words, “My mother said I was a stupid moron,” — would the message matter?

  13. No 5 year old is capable of thinking in such depth. Any moron with a burnt match for a brain can deduce this. People are gullible wretches usually. Their ignorance knows no bounds. The lost leftists and worldly Satanists know nothing of the evil that penetrates their souls, its quite sad really. Being a true divine singer directly from God’s courts I promise to you humanity… I will judge the evil swiftly and true. Satan in all its forms will bow and submit to Jesus Christ and His Father before he reaches the pit. It will be real. I will succeed. Godspeed to all you believers. To all of you whom curse the Lord’s creation. I block and bind your evil intent by the Holy Child Jesus.


  14. Thank you for telling it like it is. Bravo from a Lennon lover who hates this bullshit phenomenon.

  15. The hatred with which this was written merely suggests the author has some axe to grind against John Lennon.

  16. The person who wrote this hates when people are misquoted. He also mocks people who mindlessly like and share fake quotes with nary a care about accuracy or validity. The comment section of The Damien Zone is where the actual mission statement of this blog takes place. That mission statement is to reveal human stupidity and “dumbness” wherever it may occur. That’s where morons like you come in.

    Damien LeGallienne

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