John Lennon


Quotations

  • ''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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  • ''One has to completely humiliate oneself to be what the Beatles were, and that's what I resent. I didn't know, I didn't foresee. It happened bit by bit, gradually, until this complete craziness is surrounding you, and you're doing exactly what you don't want to do with people you can't stand—the people you hated when you were ten.''
    John Lennon (1940-1980), British rock musician. quoted in Rolling Stone (New York, Jan. 7, 1971).
  • ''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.
  • ''The basic thing nobody asks is why do people take drugs of any sort?... Why do we have these accessories to normal living to live? I mean, is there something wrong with society that's making us so pressurized, that we cannot live without guarding ourselves against it?''
    John Lennon (1940-1980), British rock musician. "Dick Cavett Show," syndicated, Sept. 24, 1971. Lennon added, "If people take any notice of what we say, we say we've been through the drug scene, man, and there's nothing like being straight."
  • ''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).

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