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.
It takes time to get rid of all this garbage that I’ve been carrying around that was influencing the way I thought and the way I lived. It had a lot to do with Yoko, showing me that I was still possessed. I left physically when I fell in love with Yoko, but mentally it took the last ten years of struggling. I learned everything from her. … It is a teacher-pupil relationship. That’s what people don’t understand. She’s the teacher and I’m the pupil. I’m the famous one, the one who’s supposed to know everything, but she’s my teacher. She’s taught me everything I fucking know.
I’m not going to change the way I look or the way I feel to conform to anything. I’ve always been a freak. So I’ve been a freak all my life and I have to live with that, you know. I’m one of those people.
It wasn’t that she inspired the songs. She inspired me.
I’ve always thought there was this underlying thing in Paul’s Get Back. When we were in the studio recording it, every time he sang the line Get back to where you once belonged, he’d look at Yoko.
Up until Elvis joined the army, I thought it was beautiful music and Elvis was for me and my generation what the Beatles were to the ’60s. But after he went into the army, I think they cut les bollocks off. They not only shaved his hair off but I think they shaved between his legs, too. He played some good stuff after the army, but it was never quite the same, It was like something happened to him psychologically. Elvis really died the day he joined the army. That’s when they killed him, and the rest was a living death.
The trouble with government as it is, is that it doesn’t represent the people. It controls them.
These critics with the illusions they’ve created about artists – it’s like idol worship. They only like people when they’re on their way up… I cannot be on the way up again.
They despised her (Yoko)… It seemed I had to be happily married to them or Yoko, and I chose Yoko. George insulted her right to her face and I didn’t hit him, I don’t know why. Ringo was alright but the other two really gave it to us. I’ll never forgive ‘em.
Love is a promise, love is a souvenir, once given never forgotten, never let it disappear.
Listen, if anything happens to Yoko and me, it was not an accident.
Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.
My life with the Beatles had become a trap? I always remember to thank Jesus for the end of my touring days; if I hadn’t said that the Beatles were ‘bigger than Jesus’ and upset the very Christian Ku Klux Klan, well, Lord, I might still be up there with all the other performing fleas! God bless America. Thank you, Jesus.
We had one thing in common we were in love. But love is just a gift, and it doesn’t answer everything and it’s like a precious plant that you have to nurture and look after and all that.
The only reason I am a star is because of my repression. Nothing else would have driven me through all that if I was ‘normal’.
Part of me suspects that I’m a loser, and the other part of me thinks I’m God Almighty.