The Zen of Yoko Ono

A top 50 collection and infographic celebrating the Twitter prose of the avant-garde revolutionary. 


Austin Powell


Published Nov 16, 2011   Updated Jun 3, 2021, 1:17 am CDT

A decade ago, Yoko Ono’s philosophical tweets would’ve been printed onto a tear-away, daily calendar.

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The avant-garde pioneer regularly updates her account with impressionistic asides, packing profound, bite-size wisdom into 140 characters or less. Like her genre-blurring musical output, Ono’s tweets move with an almost-effortless grace—sparse, modern, and always open to personal interpretation.

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Her posts communicate mostly in metaphors, perpetually rearranging furniture, opening windows, and imagining doors, while at other times they consist of singular, evocative words: whisper, dream, and touch

With nearly 1.7 million followers, Ono’s tweets have become an essential read for music aficionados and casual fans alike. Here at the Daily Dot, we wanted to find a way to commemorate and celebrate those posts. What follows is a custom-word cloud, generated by Ono’s 3,000-plus posts, as well as our top 50 favorite tweets. 



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*First Published: Nov 16, 2011, 1:22 pm CST