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.
The reason why kids are crazy is because nobody can face the responsibility of bringing them up.
Question: Do you plan to record any anti-war songs?
John Lennon: All our songs are anti-war.
I’m not afraid of death because I don’t believe in it. It’s just getting out of one car, and into another.
Love is the flower you’ve got to let grow.