"My role in society, or any artist's or poet's role
is to try and express what we all feel. Not as a preacher,
but as a reflection of us all."
"We reckoned we could make it because there were four of
us. None at us would've made it alone, because Paul wasn't
quite strong enough, I didn't have enough girl-appeal, George
was too quiet, and Ringo was the drummer. But we thought
that everyone would be able to dig at least one of us, and
that's how it turned out."
Reporter: "Does show business run in your family?"
John Lennon: "Well, me dad always used to say that me
mum was a great performer."
Question: "Would you like to walk down the street without
John Lennon: "We used to do this with no money in our
pockets, there`s no point in it."
"What I'd have liked would have been the money and the
hit records without the fame."
"If I had the capabilities of being something other than I am, I would. It’s no fun being an artist. You know what it’s like, writing, it’s torture."
"I don't bother so much about the others' songs. For instance,
I don't give a damn about how 'Something' is doing in the
charts -- I watch 'Come Together' (the flip side) because
that's my song."
"Part of me suspects that I'm a loser, and the other part
of me thinks I'm God Almighty."
"One has to completely humiliate oneself to be what the
Beatles were . . . . It happened bit by bit, until . . .
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."
"We don't know (the tour schedule). It's not up to
us where we go. We just climb into the vans."
"We never thought of miming songs at concerts. That
would be cheating, wouldn't it?"
"It ( In My Life ) was the first song that I wrote that
was really, consciously about my life.... up until then,
it had been all glib and throwaway."
"I really had a chip on my shoulder, ... and it still comes
out every now and then."
“The dream is over. I gotta get down to reality. The
good old days is garbage.”
"I never listen to the radio. If it's bad, I make fun of
it, and if it's good, I get jealous that I didn't think of
"I go to restaurants and the groups always play "Yesterday." I
even signed a guy's violin in Spain after he played us "Yesterday." He
couldn't understand that I didn't write the song. But I guess
he couldn't have gone from table to table playing "I Am The
"The worst pain is that of not being wanted,
of realising your parents do not need you in the way you
"The only reason I am a star is because of my repression.
Nothing else would have driven me through all that if I was
"I was different, I was always different. Why didn't anybody
"When you're drowning, you don't say 'I would be incredibly
pleased if someone would have the foresight to notice me
drowning and come and help me,' you just scream."
"I've always been politically minded, you know, and against
the status quo."
"I really thought that love would save us all."
"Before Elvis there was nothing."
"I'm an Elvis fan because it was Elvis who really got me
out of Liverpool."
"There's only one person in the United States we ever wanted
to meet ... not that he wanted us. And we met him last night.
We can't tell you how we felt. We just idolised him so much.
... You can't imagine what a thrill that was last night.
Nothing really affected me until I heard Elvis. If there
hadn't been an Elvis, there wouldn't have been the Beatles."
"I always was a rebel...but on the other hand, I wanted
to be loved and accepted...and not just be a loudmouth, lunatic,
poet, musician. But I cannot be what I am not."
"There's high, and then there's high, and to get really
high--I mean so high that you can walk on the water, that
high--that's where I'm goin'"
"We were a band who made it very, very big. That's all."
"I'm not going to sacrifice love, real love, for any f*ckin'
whore or any friend, or any business, because in the end
you're alone at night."
"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."
"I didn't leave the Beatles. The Beatles have left the
Beatles, but no one wants to be the one to say the party's
"The Beatles is over, but John, Paul, George, and Ringo...God
knows what relationship they'll have in the future. I don't
know. I still love those guys! Because they'll always be
those people who were that part of my life."
"I'm not afraid of death because I don't believe in it.
It's just getting out of one car, and into another."
"Listen, if anything happens to Yoko and me, it was not
"Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King are great examples
of fantastic nonviolents who died violently. I can never
work that out. We're pacifists, but I'm not sure what it
means when you're such a pacifist that you get shot. I can
never understand that."
"I am going into an unknown future, but I'm still all
here, and still while there's life, there's hope."
John Lennon (December 1980)
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