John Lennon


John Lennon Quotes

  • ''You have to be a bastard to make it, and that's a fact. And the Beatles are the biggest bastards on earth.''
    John Lennon (1940-1980), British rock musician. Quoted in Lennon Remembers, ed. Jann Wenner (1970).
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  • ''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 I'll say it.''
    John Lennon (1940-1980), British rock musician. The Tomorrow Show, NBC-TV (April 1975).
  • ''New York is what Paris was in the twenties ... the center of the art world. And we want to be in the center. It's the greatest place on earth.... I've got a lot of friends here and I even brought my own cash.''
    John Lennon (1940-1980), British rock musician. The Tomorrow Show, April 1975, NBC-TV. Lennon was finally given residency status in the U.S. the following year.
  • ''Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.''
    John Lennon (1940-1980), British rock musician. CBC-TV, June 1969. "The Way It Is."
  • ''Work is life, you know, and without it, there's nothing but fear and insecurity.''
    John Lennon (1940-1980), British rock musician. Twenty-Four Hours, BBC-TV (Dec. 15, 1969).
  • ''The worst drugs are as bad as anybody's told you.... It's just a dumb trip, which I can't condemn people if they get into it, because one gets into it for one's own personal, social, emotional reasons. It's something to be avoided if one can help it.''
    John Lennon (1940-1980), British rock musician. "Dick Cavett Show," syndicated, Sept. 24, 1971.
  • ''We've got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant. You can't just accept it and leave it in the cupboard or just think it's going to get on by itself. You've got to keep watering it. You've got to really look after it and nurture it.''
    John Lennon (1940-1980), British rock musician. Man of the Decade, broadcast, December 30, 1969, ATV.
  • ''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.''
    John Lennon (1940-1980), British rock musician. Interview BBC-TV (June 22, 1968).
  • ''I'd love to turn you on.''
    John Lennon (1940-1980), British songwriter, rock musician, and Paul Mccartney (b. 1942), British rock musician. "A Day in the Life" (song), on the album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967).
  • ''Life is what happens while you are making other plans.''
    John Lennon (1940-1980), British songwriter, rock musician. "Beautiful Boy" (song), on the album Starting Over (1980). The line has also been attributed to Betty Talmadge (divorced wife of Senator Herman Talmadge) and Thomas La Mance (unknown).

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