Before Elvis there was nothing.
I had a lot of it in my day, but I don't like it. It's a dumb drug. Your whole concentration goes on getting the next fix. I find caffeine easier to deal with.
Imagine all the people Sharing all the world.
I was the walrus, but now I am John. And so my friends, you'll just have to carry on. The dream is over.
I want you to make love, not war, I know you've heard it before.
The Kingdom of Heaven is within you.
Music is everybody's business. It's only the publishers who think people own it.
Music is everybody's possession. It's only publishers who think that people own it. If you were going to give Rock 'n' Roll another name you might as well call it Chuck Berry. We're more popular than Jesus now; I don't know which will go first -- Rock and Roll or Christianity.
We make her bear and raise our children
And then we leave her flat for being a fat old mother hen
We tell her, home is the only place she should be
Then we complain that she's too
unworldly to be our friend.
I am like a chameleon, influenced by whatever's going on. If Elvis can do it, I can do it. If the Everly Brothers can do it, me and Paul can. Same with Dylan.
My defenses were so great. The cocky rock and roll hero who knows all the answers was actually a terrified guy who didn't know how to cry. Simple.
There is a time to let things happen, and a time to make things happen. Life is what happens when you are making other plans.
It was like being in the eye of a hurricane. You'd wake up in a concert and think, Wow, how did I get here?
I want to be with my best friend. My best friend, my wife. Who could ask for anything more?
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.
All this bit about angels and all the different religions, it's based on something. I think anything's possible. I believe in everything until it's disproved.
If someone thinks that love and peace is a cliche that must have been left behind in the '60s, that's his problem. Love and peace are eternal.
Work is life, you know, and without it, there's nothing but fear and insecurity.
I'm not really a career person; I'm a gardener, basically.
If we took over Britain, then we'd have the job of cleaning up the bourgeoisie and keeping people in a revolutionary state of mind.
What I'm trying to do is to influence all the people I can influence. All those who are still under the dream and just put a big question mark in their mind. The acid dream is over, that is what I'm trying to tell them.
People are just up tight because the kids are having fun and they didn't have the same freedom.
At the (record company) meeting Paul just kept mithering on about what we were going to do, so in the end I just said, 'I think you're daft. I want a divorce.'
You have to be a bastard to make it, and that's a fact. And the Beatles are the biggest bastards on earth.
Guilt for being rich, and guilt thinking that perhaps love and peace isn't enough and you have to go and get shot or something.
One thing I can tell you is you have to be free. Come together, right now, over me.
I wanna hold your gland.
I don't believe in Elvis
I don't believe in Zimmerman
I don't believe in Beatles
I just believe in me.
Imagine there's no heaven, it's easy if you try. No hell below us, above us only sky. Imagine all the people living for today.
I've withdrawn many times. Part of me is a monk, and part a performing flea! The fear in the music business is that you don't exist if you're not at Xenon with Andy Warhol.
Nothing is real.
I am a violent man who has learned not to be violent and regrets his violence.
I regret profoundly that I was not an American and not born in Greenwich Village. It might be dying, and there might be a lot of dirt in the air you breathe, but this is where it's happening.
Life is very short, and there's no time for fussing and fighting my friends.
We never write anything with themes. We just write the same rubbish all the time.
For those of you in the cheap seats I'd like ya to clap your hands to this one; the rest of you can just rattle your jewelry!
You can go to church and sing a hymn, Judge me by the colour of my skin, You can live a lie until you die, One thing you can't hide is when you're crippled inside.
No longer riding on the merry-go-round, I just had to let it go.
We live in a world where we have to hide to make love, while violence is practiced in broad daylight.
Pools of sorrow waves of joy are drifting thorough my open mind possessing and caressing m.
Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.
Life is what happens when we are busy doing other things. Peace is not something you wish for; it's something you make, something you do, something you are and something you give away.
You can only breathe out if you breathe in.
It came in a vision -- a man appeared on a flaming pie and said unto them, 'From this day forward you are Beatles with an A.' Thank you Mister Man, they said, thanking him.
You won't get anything unless you have the vision to imagine it.
Songwriting is about getting the demon out of me. It's like being possessed.
Songwriting is about getting the demon out of me. It's like being possessed. You try to go to sleep, but the song won't let you. So you have to get up and make it into something, and then you're allowed to sleep. It's always in the middle of the night, or you're half-awake or tired, when your critical faculties are switched off. So letting go is what the whole game is. Every time you try to put your finger on it, it slips away. You turn on the lights and the cockroaches run away. You can never grasp them.
Songwriting is like ... being possessed. You try to go to sleep but the song won't let you.
I felt an obligation even then to write a song that people would sing in the pub or on a demonstration. That is why I would like to compose songs for the revolution.
Everything is clearer when you're in love.
You may say i'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one.
I am going into an unknown future, but I'm still all here, and still while there's life, there's hope.
I used to think it was mere homesickness, then I started getting it at home.
When you're drowning you don't think, I would be incredibly pleased if someone would notice I'm drowning and come and rescue me. You just scream.
I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together.
In Baby You're A Rich Man the point was, stop moaning, you're a rich man and we're all rich, heh heh, baby!
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 it.
Free all the prisoners everywhere, all they want is truth and justice, all they need is love and care.
When I find myself in times of trouble
Mother Mary comes to me,
speaking words of wisdom "Let it be."
The best things in life are free, but you can keep them for the birds and bees; I want money.
There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love.
There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance.
As in a love affair, two creative people can destroy themselves trying to recapture that youthful spirit, at twenty-one or twenty-four, of creating without even being aware of how it's happening.
I didn't come after Elvis and Dylan, I've been around always. But if I see or meet a great artist, I love 'em.
One day at a time is all we do. One day at a time is good for you.
When I was a child I experienced moments of not wanting to see the ugliness, not wanting to see not being wanted. This lack of love went into my eyes and into my mind.
I found I was having continually to please the sort of people I'd always hated when I was a child. This began to bring me back to reality.
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 on watering it. You've got to really look after it and nurture it.
I don't intend to be a performing flea any more. I was the dreamweaver, but although I'll be around I don't intend to be running at 20,000 miles an hour trying to prove myself. I don't want to die at 40.
I'm a moldy moldy man I'm moldy thru and thru I'm a moldy moldy man You would not think it true I'm moldy til my eyeballs I'm moldy til my toe I will not dance I shyballs I'm such a humble Joe.
I hope someday you will join us and the world will live as one.
We all have Hitler in us, but we also have love and peace. So why not give peace a chance for once?
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.
It was a choice of making it or still eating chicken onstage.
I just like TV. I think to me, it replaced the fireplace when I was a child. They took the fire away and they put a TV in instead and I got hooked on it.
There's nothing new under the sun. All the roads lead to Rome. And people cannot provide it for you. I can't wake you up. You can wake you up. I can't cure you. You can cure you.
Whenever in doubt, turn off your mind, relax, and float downstream.
You don't have to be a star to get a cheese sandwich. You just have to be first.
Surrealism to me is reality. Psychedelic vision is reality to me and always was.
Imagine ... Imagine no religion.
I can't remember anything without a sadness so deep that it hardly becomes known to me, so deep that its tears leave me a spectator of my own stupidity.
We're playing those mind games together
Pushing the barriers, planting seeds
Playing the mind guerrilla.
There's nothing you can do that can't be done.
There's nothing you can do that can't be done
Nothing you can sing that can't be sung.
Nothing you can say but you can learn how to play the game.
Nothing you can make that can't be made.
No one you can save that can't be saved.
Nothing you can do but you can learn how to be you in time.
Nothing you can know that isn't known.
Nothing you can see that isn't shown.
Nowhere you can be that isn't where you're meant to be.
Whatever gets you through the night.
I'm not saying we're better or greater, or comparing us with Jesus Christ as a person, or God as a thing, or whatever it is. I just said what I said, and it was wrong, or it was taken wrong. And now it's all this.
Lots of people who complained about us receiving the MBE received theirs for heroism in the war -for killing people. We received ours for entertaining other people. I'd say we deserve ours more.
I'm a freakin' artist, man, not a (expletive) race horse.
I am the eggman They are the eggmen! I am the walrus!
Love means having to say you're sorry every fifteen minutes.
We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create.
I think it's the best thing I've ever done. I think it's realistic, and it's true to the me that has been developing over the years. I like first-person music.
Everything will be okay in the end. If it's not okay, it's not the end.
You know the way people begin to look like their dogs? Well, we're beginning to look like each other.
Tame birds sing of freedom. Wild birds fly.
Father, you left me, but I never left you.
When I was singing about 'All You Need Is Love' I was talking about something I hadn't experienced.
I never went to high school reunions. My thing is, out of sight, out of mind. That's my attitude toward life. So I don't have any romanticism about any part of my past.
There are no problems, only solutions.
God is a concept by which we measure our pain.
And So This Is Christmas; And What Have We Done? Another Year Over; A New One Just Begun; And So Happy Christmas; I Hope You Have Fun; The Near And The Dear Ones; The Old And The Young.
Nobody loves you when you're down and out.
I've got used to the fact - just about - that whatever I do is going to be compared to the other Beatles. If I took up ballet dancing, my ballet dancing would be compared with Paul's bowling.
Please don't spoil my day; I'm miles away and, after all, I'm only sleeping.
That's part of our policy, is not to be taken seriously because I think our opposition, whoever they may be in all their manifest forms, don't know how to handle humour.
Mostly folk music is people with fruity voices trying to keep alive something old and dead. It's all a bit boring, like ballet: a minority thing kept going by a minority group.
Possession isn't nine-tenths of the law. It's nine-tenths of the problem.
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.
It's amazing how low you go to get high.
Pain is what we're in most of the time. And I think the bigger the pain the more gods we need.
The first line (of I Am The Walrus) was written on one acid trip one weekend. The second line was written on the next acid trip the next weekend, and it was filled in after I met Yoko.
We're crazy about this city. Los Angeles? That's just a big parking lot where you buy a hamburger for the trip to San Francisco.
The Beatles had gone beyond comprehension. We were smoking marijuana for breakfast. We were well into marijuana and nobody could communicate with us, because we were just glazed eyes, giggling all the time.
It matters not who you love, where you love, why you love, when you love or how you love, it matters only that you love.
We must always remember to thank the CIA and the Army for LSD. That's what people forget.... They invented LSD to control people and what they did was give us freedom.
Remember to let her into your heart.
We're mostly macrobiotic, but sometimes I take the family out for a pizza.
Paul and I know each other on a lot of different levels that very few people know about.
You don't need anybody to tell you who you are or what you are. You are what you are!
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.
If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there would be peace.
Come together, right now.
They hit you at school, they hate you if your clever, and they despise a fool.
Love is the answer, and you know that for sure;
Love is a flower, you've got to let it grow.
How can I go forward when I don't know which way I'm facing?
I was different, I was always different. Why didn't anybody notice me?
It seems that all revolutions end up with a personality cult -- even the Chinese seem to need a father-figure.
In Western-style Communism we would have to create an almost imaginary workers' image of themselves as the father-figure.
I'm not going to change the way I look or the way I feel to conform to anything.
I'm not going to change the way I look or the way I feel to conform to anything. I've always been a freak. So I've been a freak all my life and I have to live with that, you know. I'm one of those people.
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.
Love is real, real is love.
It's better to fade away like an old soldier than to burn out.
It's better to fade away like an old soldier than to burn out. I don't appreciate worship of dead Sid Vicious or of dead James Dean or of dead John Wayne. It's the same thing. Making Sid Vicious a hero, Jim Morrison -- it's garbage to me. I worship the people who survive. Gloria Swanson, Greta Garbo.
When I started, rock and roll itself was the basic revolution to people of my age and situation. We needed something loud and clear to break through all the unfeeling and repression that had been coming down on us kids.
One more stage, one more limo, one more run for your life.
A very Merry Christmas
And a happy New Year
Let's hope it's a good one
Without any fear.
Surrealism had a great effect on me because then I realised that the imagery in my mind wasn't insanity. Surrealism to me is reality.
We make her paint her face and dance
If she won't be a slave, we say that she don't love us
If she's real, we say she's trying to be a man
While putting her down we pretend that she is above us.
I'm cynical about society, politics, newspapers, government. But I'm not cynical about life, love, goodness, death. That's why I really don't want to be labeled a cynic.
Love is all, love is new, love is all, love is you.
Don't believe that jazz about there's nothing you can do, "turn on and drop out, man" -- because you've got to turn on and drop in, or they're going to drop all over you.
Without Jimmy Dean the Beatles would never have existed.
I dream in colour, and its always very surreal. My dream world is complete Hieronymus Bosch and Dali. I love it, I look forward to it every night.
There's room at the top they are telling you still, but first you must learn how to smile as you kill.
Don't let them fool you with dope and cocaine, can't do you know harm to feel your own pain.
Everybody seems to think I'm lazy
I don't mind, I think they're crazy.
Running everywhere at such a speed
Till they find there's no need.
We're more popular than Jesus now; I don't know which will go first, rock 'n' roll or Christianity.
Paranoia is just a heightened sense of awareness.
Well, I just want him to grow up happy. That's the main thing.
We should be trying to reach the young workers because that's when you're most idealistic and have least fear.
If being an egomaniac means I believe in what I do and in my art or music, then in that respect you can call me that… I believe in what I do, and I'll say it.
What does it mean when a person is such a pacifist that they get shot? I can never understand that.
Rituals are important. Nowadays it's hip not to be married. I'm not interested in being hip.
I don't expect you to understand after you've caused so much pain, but then again-you're not to blame; you're just human-a victim of the insane.
I used to hide my real emotions in gobbledegook, like in In His Own Write. When I wrote teenage poems, I wrote in gobbledegook because I was always hiding my real emotions from Mimi.
And Paul hits this chord, and I turn to him and say, 'That's it! Do that again!' In those days we really used to absolutely write like that -- both playing into each other's noses.
I'm dissatisfied with every record the Beatles ever f***ing made. There ain't one of them I wouldn't remake.
When I cannot sing my heart, I can only speak my mind.
We gave up everything just to sit at your table.
I'm really very embarrassed about my guitar playing, in one way, because it's very poor. I can never move but I can make a guitar speak.
Make your own dream .I can't wake you up. You can wake you up. I can't cure you. You can cure you.
I'll be a good boy, please make me well. I promise you anything, get me out of this hell. Cold turkey has got me on the run.
Nowadays it's hip not to be married. I'm not interested in being hip.
Music touching my soul, the spirit dance was unfolding.
My teacher asked me what I want to be when I grow up, I said happy. She told me I don't understand the assignment, I told her she doesn't understand life.
I recently got into Haiku in Japan and I just think it's fantastic. Obviously, when you get rid of a whole section of illusion in your mind you're left with great precision.
Imagine no possesions, I wonder if you can, No need for greed or hunger, A brotherhood of man. Imagine all the people Sharing all the world.
I'm an Elvis fan because it was Elvis who really got me out of Liverpool.
When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life.
The reason why kids are crazy is because nobody can face the responsibility of bringing them up.
Keep you doped with religion and sex and TV.
There is an alternative to war. It's staying in bed and growing your hair.
Sitting on a cornflake, waiting for the van to come.
Like Paul Kraston said, all I ask in life is a water bed, a TV and a typewriter. Well, I'll just have an ordinary bed, a TV and a guitar.
If art were to redeem man, it could do so only by saving him from the seriousness of life and restoring him to an unexpected boyishness.
We're not disinterested in politics. It's just that politicians are disinteresting.
War is over ... If you want it.
I was a working-class macho guy who was used to being served and Yoko didn't buy that. From the day I met her, she demanded equal time, equal space, equal rights.
Being honest may not get you a lot of friends but it'll always get you the right ones.
Instant Karma's gonna get you, gonna knock you right on the head.
I don't know which will go first -- rock 'n' roll or Christianity.
If The Beatles or the 60's had a message, it was 'Learn to swim. And once you've learned -- swim!
I was a great one as a kid for standing and just looking out a window for hours and hours and hours. Now the TV does that for me, except for the view changes immensely.
There's nothing you can know that isn't known.
The more I see the less I know for sure.
It was my Fat Elvis period. I was eating and drinking like a pig. I was depressed and I was crying out for help. It's real. And I meant it.
Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn't argue with that; I'm right and I will be proved right. We're more popular than Jesus now; I don't know which will go first -- rock and roll or Christianity.
Why don't people believe us when we say we're simply in love?
Everybody's talking about ministers, sinisters, banisters, and canisters, bishops, fishops, rabbis, and popeyes, bye-bye, bye-byes.
Art is only a way of expressing pain.
You're just left with yourself all the time, whatever you do anyway. You've got to get down to your own God in your own temple. It's all down to you, mate.
Half of what I say is meaningless, but I say it just to reach you.
I would like to say thank you on behalf of the group and ourselves and I hope we've passed the audition.
Life's what happens when you're making other plans.
If everyone could just be happy with themselves and the choices people around them make, the world would instantly be a better place!
You feel alone if you're the only one thinking 'wouldn't it be nice if there was peace and nobody was getting killed.' So advertise yourself that you're for peace if you believe in it.
I really had a chip on my shoulder, ... and it still comes out every now and then.
When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down happy.
Love is like a flower -- you've got to let it grow.
Love is a promise; love is a souvenir.
I know I hurt you then But that was way back when.
I still believe in peace, love and understanding.
Only by trying on other people's clothes do we find what size we are.
Man, you should have seen them kicking Edgar Allan Poe.
Oh sure. I dug the fame, the power, the money, and playing to big crowds. Conquering America was the best thing.
The sun is up, the sky is blue
It's beautiful, and so are you.
I'd like to incite people to break the framework, to be disobedient in school, to stick their tongues out, to keep insulting authority.
Part of me suspects that I'm a loser, and the other part of me thinks I'm God Almighty.
We had one thing in common -- we were in love. But love is just a gift, and it doesn't answer everything and it's like a precious plant that you have to nurture and look after and all that.
If you want to get peace, you can get it as soon as you like if we all pull together. ... Think peace, live peace, and breathe peace and you'll get it as soon as you like.
There is no denying that we are still living in the capitalist world. I think that in order to survive and to change the world, you have to take care of yourself first. You have to survive yourself.
I've never voted. I've never voted yet although I could have voted for the last ten years.
The cross of the Legion of Honor has been conferred on me. However, few escape that distinction.
I believe in everything until it's disproved.
I want it to sound like an orange.
Tell the truth and make it rhyme.
Life happens whilst you're planning other things.
It's weird not to be weird.
We were all on this ship in the sixties, our generation, a ship going to discover the New World. And the Beatles were in the crow's nest of that ship.
All of us growing up have come to terms with too much pain. Although we repress it, it's still there. The worst pain is that of not being wanted, of realising your parents do not need you in the way you need them.
I believe in God, but not as one thing, not as an old man in the sky. I believe that what people call God is something in all of us.
I don't purchase records. I do enjoy listening to things like Japanese folk music or Indian music.
There are only a few notes. Just variations on a theme.