We were cowards when we sacked him.
John Lennon about Pete Best
In one way, I was always hip. I was hip in kindergarten. I was different from the others. There was something wrong with me, I thought, because I seemed to see things people didn’t see. I always saw things in a hallucinatory way.
Question: How would you trace the breakup of the Beatles?
John Lennon: After Brian died, we collapsed. Paul took over and supposedly led us. But what is leading us, when we went round in circles? We broke up then. That was the disintegration.
Jesus was all right, but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It’s them twisting it that ruins it for me.
Well, I just want him to grow up happy. That’s the main thing.
John Lennon talking about his first son, Julian
The whole thing died in my mind long before the rumpus started. We used to believe the Beatles myth just as much as the public and we were in love with them just the same way. But we were four individuals who eventually recovered our individualities after being submerged in a myth.
Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.
I’ve had the boyhood thing of being Elvis. Now I want to be with my best friend, and my best friend’s my wife. Who could ask for anything more?
Music is everybody’s possession. It’s only publishers who think that people own it.
Violence begets violence, you know. And you can’t kill off all the violent people or all the murderers. We’d have to kill off the government.
The thing the sixties did was to show us the possibilities and the responsibility that we all had. It wasn’t the answer. It just gave us a glimpse of the possibility.
We’re all God. I’m not a god or the God, but we’re all God and we’re all potentially divine-and potentially evil.
We haven’t been apart for more than one hour in two years. Everything we do is together, and that’s what gives us our strength.
It’s just natural, it’s not a great disaster. People keep talking about it like it’s The End of The Earth. It’s only a rock group that split up, it’s nothing important. You know, you have all the old records there if you want to reminisce.
I’d never met a woman I considered as intelligent as me. That sounds bigheaded, but every woman I met was either a dolly-chick, or a sort of screwed-up intellectual chick. And of course, in the field I was in, I didn’t meet many intellectual people anyway. I always had this dream of meeting an artist, an artist girl who would be like me. And I thought it was a myth, but then I met Yoko and that was it.
Surrealism had a great effect on me because then I realized that the imagery in my mind wasn’t insanity. Surrealism to me is reality.
I’m not going to sacrifice love, real love, for any fckin’ whore or any friend, or any business, because in the end you’re alone at night.
We are both sensitive people and we were hurt a lot by it. I mean, we couldn’t understand it. When you’re in love, when somebody says something like, ‘How can you be with that woman?’ you say, ‘What do you mean? I am with this goddess of love, the fulfillment of my whole life. Why are you saying this? Why do you want to throw a rock at her or punish me for being in love with her?’ Our love helped us survive it, but some of it was pretty violent. There were a few times when we nearly went under, but we managed to survive it and here we are. [John looks up] Thank you, thank you, thank you.