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.
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.