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John Lennon quotes

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.

It doesn't matter how long my hair is or what colour my skin is or whether I'm a woman or a man.

I don't believe in killing whatever the reason!

There's nothing you can know that isn't known.

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.

Rituals are important. Nowadays it's hip not to be married. I'm not interested in being hip.

The postman wants an autograph. The cab driver wants a picture. The waitress wants a handshake. Everyone wants a piece of you.

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?

And God help Bruce Springsteen when they decide he's no longer God... They'll turn on him, and I hope he survives it.

I don't know which will go first - rock 'n' roll or Christianity.

The cross of the Legion of Honor has been conferred on me. However, few escape that distinction.

I believe time wounds all heels.

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.

He didn't come out of my belly, but my God, I've made his bones, because I've attended to every meal, and how he sleeps, and the fact that he swims like a fish because I took him to the ocean. I'm so proud of all those things. But he is my biggest pride.

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.

These critics with the illusions they've created about artists - it's like idol worship. They only like people when they're on their way up... I cannot be on the way up again.

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.