Top-10 John Lennon Quotes
"I think our society is run by insane people for insane objectives, and I
think that's what I sussed (suspected) when I was sixteen and twelve -
way down the line - but I expressed it differently all through my life.
It's the same thing I'm expressing all the time, but now I can put it into
that sentence that I think we're being run by maniacs for maniacal ends.
If anybody can put on paper what our government, and the American government, etcetera
and the Russian, Chinese... what they are actually trying to do, and how and
what they THINK they're doing - I'd be very pleased to know what they think they're doing!
I think they're all insane - but I am liable to be put away as insane for expressing
that. That's what is insane about it."
"When it gets down to having to use violence, then you are playing the
system’s game. The establishment will irritate you - pull your beard,
flick your face - to make you fight! Because once they’ve got you violent,
then they know how to handle you. The only thing they don’t know
how to handle is non-violence and humor."
"I think it's a bit of a joke the way people have made this over-population
thing into a kind of myth. I don't really believe it, you know. I think that
whatever happens will balance itself out and work itself out. It's all right
for us all living saying, "Oh Well, there's enough of us so we won't have any
more, don't let anybody else live!" I don't believe in that! I think we've
got enough food and money to feed everybody."
"Nor do I think we came from monkeys, by the way ... that's another piece of garbage.
What the hell's it based on? ... I don't believe in the evolution of fish to
monkeys to men. Why aren't monkeys changing into men now? It's absolute garbage!
They always draw that progression: these apes standing up suddenly - the early
men are always drawn like apes, right? - because that fits in the theory we
have been living with since Darwin."
"The basic thing nobody asks is why do people take drugs of any sort - from alcohol
... to hard drugs? That question has to be resolved first before you think
'What can be done for the poor drug addicts?' Why do we have to 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 in it without guarding ourselves against it?"
“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.”
"If there had been even Paul and John and two other people, we’d never have
been The Beatles. It had to be that combination of Paul, John, George and
Ringo to make The Beatles!"
"In Liverpool, Hamburg and other dance halls, what we generated was fantastic
when we played straight rock, and there was nobody to touch us in Britain.
As soon as we made it, we made it, but the edges were knocked off."
"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 over."
"I started the band. I disbanded it. It’s as simple as that."
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