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The infamous "happy" quote.
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22 March 2012
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You all know you quote I'm talking about, right?

"When I was 5 years old, my mother 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 told them they didn't understand life."

I Googled the quote but I couldn't find a source and I was wondering, is there any proof that John Lennon actually said this?

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22 March 2012
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He didn't say it. The quote is made up, appeared on tumblr and then spread around Facebook.

For one thing, he didn't have a relationship with Julia when he was five.

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24 March 2012
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That's exactly why I thought it was fake. Thank you.

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24 March 2012
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Actually, I'm not so sure. Lennon was moved to Mimi at the age of five (if I remember correctly), so the dates aren't automatically wrong. Any other proof? Because the quote sounds perfectly Lennonesque to me.

As if it matters how a man falls down.'

'When the fall's all that's left, it matters a great deal.

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*bump*

I tripped across this thread looking for something else. It doesn't look like it got fully answered back then. Some folks were talking about this topic recently in another thread. I hope someone will write out the explanation here in this thread.

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Its also covered in another thread in a bit more conversation but no amount of searching brought it up.

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Multiple mod power and we're still not sure!   :)

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Got it/one - from hereGoogle search was the answer bringing these results.

And from that conversation here is one site that says its not a John quote.

 

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I didn't look for the thread last night. I was half asleep when I made that post. I just remembered that it had been discussed recently. I didn't want someone using Google to trip across this thread and not find the truth. I brought up the issue hoping someone would pick up the torch. Thanks for doing so, mmm.

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Ahhh Girl said
I didn't look for the thread last night. I was half asleep when I made that post. I just remembered that it had been discussed recently. I didn't want someone using Google to trip across this thread and not find the truth. I brought up the issue hoping someone would pick up the torch. Thanks for doing so, mmm.

I think he picked up the torch and hit me over the head with it.

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Ahhh Girl said
I didn't look for the thread last night. I was half asleep when I made that post. I just remembered that it had been discussed recently. I didn't want someone using Google to trip across this thread and not find the truth. I brought up the issue hoping someone would pick up the torch. Thanks for doing so, mmm.

There's a bit of discussion in the "Miscellaneous questions about John" thread, which I was skimming last night. (Was it updated recently? can't remember)

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Could be it. My head is a bit jumbled by this cold.

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Ahhh Girl said
Could be it. My head is a bit jumbled by this cold.

Hope it's better soon - you can't afford too many of those psychedelic lozenges!

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17 March 2015
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That quote has just obviously seemed fake to me. There are a lot of those going around on Facebook.

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17 March 2015
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I'm pretty sure that this quote is fake.  I was seeing it online years before it started being attributed to John Lennon.

Anyway, I hope that it's not real because it's a very stupid thing to say.

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It's 100% fake...he never EVER said it and it's never been found where he has said it anywhere, ever. It pisses me off to no end when I see people posting it with his picture all over the internet!

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I wasn't sure where to post this, so this thread is probably the best place.

Quote Investigator section on John Lennon

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Thanks @Zig. I love me Peanuts.

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meanmistermustard said
Thanks @Zig. I love me Peanuts.

Me too! My mom likes to tell the tale that I taught myself to read with Peanuts. I always picked Peanuts books for them to read to me and one time I just took over reading it myself, I was 4.

On topic: Would even a precocious 5 year old think to answer back "you don't understand life"? John still could have said (as an adult) that he said it (as a 5yo) even if he was just making it up - but the fact that he didn't say it has been established. Just adding another thought...

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