John Lennon
Quotations


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. Iíd say we deserve ours more.

One has to completely humiliate oneself to be what the Beatles were, and thatís what I resent. I didnít know, I didnít foresee. It happened bit by bit, gradually, until this complete craziness is surrounding you, and youíre doing exactly what you donít want to do with people you canít stand -- the people you hated when you were ten.

Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I neednít argue with that; Iím right and I will be proved right. Weíre more popular than Jesus now; I donít know which will go first -- rock and roll or Christianity.

The basic thing nobody asks is why do people take drugs of any sort? . . . Why do we have these accessories to normal living to live? I mean, is there something wrong with society thatís making us so pressurized, that we cannot live without guarding ourselves against it?

The worst drugs are as bad as anybodyís told you. . . . Itís just a dumb trip, which I canít condemn people if they get into it, because one gets into it for oneís own personal, social, emotional reasons. Itís something to be avoided if one can help it.

If being an egomaniac means I believe in what I do and in my art or my music, then in that respect you can call me that. . . . I believe in what I do, and Iíll say it.

You have to be a bastard to make it, and thatís a fact. And the Beatles are the biggest bastards on earth.

God is a concept by which we measure our pain.

Iíve had the boyhood thing of being Elvis. Now I want to be with my best friend, and my best friendís my wife. Who could ask for anything more?

My defenses were so great. The cocky rock and roll hero who knows all the answers was actually a terrified guy who didnít know how to cry. Simple.

Jesus was all right, but his disciples were thick and ordinary. Itís them twisting it that ruins it for me.

Iím not gonna change the way I look or the way I feel to conform to anything. Iíve always been a freak. So Iíve been a freak all my life and I have to live with that, you know. Iím one of those people.

My role in society, or any artist or poetís role, is to try and express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all.

Life is what happens while you are making other plans.

Weíve got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant. You canít just accept it and leave it in the cupboard or just think itís going to get on by itself. Youíve got to keep watering it. Youíve got to really look after it and nurture it.

Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. . . . I think weíre being run by maniacs for maniacal ends . . . and I think Iím liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. Thatís whatís insane about it.

Rituals are important. Nowadays itís hip not to be married. Iím not interested in being hip.

Songwriting is about getting the demon out of me. Itís like being possessed. You try to go to sleep, but the song wonít let you. So you have to get up and make it into something, and then youíre allowed to sleep. Itís always in the middle of the bloody night, or when youíre half-awake or tired, when your critical faculties are switched off. So letting go is what the whole game is. Every time you try to put your finger on it, it slips away. You turn on the lights and the cockroaches run away. You can never grasp them.

New York is what Paris was in the twenties . . . the center of the art world. And we want to be in the center. Itís the greatest place on earth . . . Iíve got a lot of friends here and I even brought my own cash.

You either get tired fighting for peace, or you die.

The pressures of being a parent are equal to any pressure on earth. To be a conscious parent, and really look to that little beingís mental and physical health, is a responsibility which most of us, including me, avoid most of the time because itís too hard.

Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.

He didnít come out of my belly, but my God, Iíve made his bones, because Iíve attended to every meal, and how he sleeps, and the fact that he swims like a fish because I took him to the ocean. Iím so proud of all those things. But he is my biggest pride.

We were all on this ship in the sixties, our generation, a ship going to discover the New World. And the Beatles were in the crowís nest of that ship.

The thing the sixties did was to show us the possibilities and the responsibility that we all had. It wasnít the answer. It just gave us a glimpse of the possibility.

Work is life, you know, and without it, thereís nothing but fear and insecurity.



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