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QUOTES FROM JOHN LENNON & THE BEATLES


Press: Are you going to have a leading lady for the film you're about to make?
Paul: We're trying to get the Queen. She'll sell in England, you know.

Press: Are you scared when crowds scream at you?
John: More so in Dallas than in other places, perhaps.

Press: Are you wearing wigs or real hair?
Ringo: Hey, where's the police?
Paul: Take her out!
George: Our hair's real. What about yours, lady?

Press: Can we look forward to any more Beatle movies?
John: Well, there'll be many more but I don't know whether
you can look forward to them or not.

Press: Do you ever think of getting a haircut?
Paul: No, luv. Do you?

Press: Do you have any special advice for teenagers?
John: Don't get pimples.

Press: Do you have any special message for Dutch youth?
John: Tell them to buy Beatle records.

Press: Do you wear wigs?
John: If we do, they must be the only ones with real dandruff.

Press: Do you worry about smoking in public? Do you think it
might set a bad example for your younger fans?
George: We don't set examples. We smoke because we've always
smoked. Kids don't smoke because we do. They smoke because
they want to. If we changed we'd be putting on an act.
Ringo (whispering): We even drink.

Press: Does it bother you that you can't hear what you sing during concerts?
John: No, we dont mind. We've got the records at home.


Press: Girls rushed toward my car because it has press identfication,
and they thought I met you. How do you explain this phenomenon?
John: You're lovely to look at.

Press (to George): Hi, you're not married.
George: No, I'm George.


Press: How come you were turned back by immigration?
John: We had to be deloused.


Press: How did you find America?
John: Turn left at Greenland.


Press: How do you feel about teenagers imitating you with Beatle wigs?
John: They're not imitating us because we don't wear Beatle wigs.


Press: How does it feel to be putting on the whole world?
Ringo: We enjoy it.

Paul: We aren't really putting you on.
George: Just a bit of it.
John: How does it feel to be put on?

Press: Is it true you can't sing?
John (pointing to George): Not me. Him.


Press: Is your wife expensive?
John: Quite, quite...
Paul: How much did she cost when you bought her?
John: Er, she was about fifty pounds in Nairobi.
George: But she was second hand, wasn't she?
Press: Was she second hand??
John: How dare you!

Press: Ringo, why do you wear two rings on each hand?
Ringo: Because I can't fit them through my nose.

Press: Some people have been calling your work "unamerican".
How do you respond to this?
John: Well, that's very observant of them.


Press: The French have not made up their minds about the Beatles.
What do you think of them?
John: Oh, we like the Beatles. They're gear.


Press: Were you worried about the oversized roughnecks who
tried to infiltrate the airport crowd on your arrival?
Ringo: That was us.

Press: What about this campaign in Detroit to stamp out the Beatles?
Paul: We're starting a campaign to stamp out Detroit.


Press: What did you think when your airplane's engine began smoking
as you landed today?
Ringo: Beatles, women, and children first!


Press: What do you look like with your hair back on your foreheads?
John: You just don't do that, mate. You feel naked if you do that,
like you don't have any trousers on.
Press: What do you think of the criticism that you're not very good?
George: We're not.

Press: What is the biggest threat to your careers, the atom bomb or dandruff?
Ringo: The atom bomb. We've already got dandruff.

Press: What is the reason you are the most popular singing group today?
All four: Don't know. No idea.
John: If we knew, we'd get together four boys with long hair and be managers.

Press: Why are your speaking voices different from your singing voices?
George: We don't have a musical background.

Press: Why don't you smile, George?
George: I'll hurt my lips.

Press: Why is it that you Ringo get more fan mail than the others?
Ringo: I dunno. I suppose it's because more people write to me.

Press: Will you sing something for us?
All four: NO!
Press: Can you sing at all?
John: No, we need money first.

Press: Would you ever accept a girl in your group if she could sing,
play an instrument, and wear the Beatle haircut?
Ringo: How tall is she?

Press: Would you like to walk down the street without being recognized?
John: We used to do this with no money in our pockets. There's no point in it.

John (during the royal variety show): During the next number i need to ask for your
help.......the people in the cheap seats clap your hands, and the rest of you just
rattle your jewellery.

Press: "Gentleman, what do you think would happen to you four if you came to an
appearance without the armored truck, and without the Police?"
Ringo: "We'd get in a lot easier."

John: I'm not The Beatles. I'm me. Paul isn't The Beatles...The Beatles
are The Beatles. Separately, they are separate.

John: Lots of people who have 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.
Wouldn't You?

John: We always got screams in Scotland. I suppose they haven't got much
else to do up there.

John (1966): Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn't argue about that.
I'm right and will be proved right. We're more popular that Jesus now; I don't know which will go
first, rock 'n' roll or Christianity. Jesus was all right, but his disciples were thick and ordinary.
It's them twisting it that ruins it for me. (This quote sparked quite a large controversy)

John (1966):Look, I wasn't saying the Beatles are better than God or Jesus. I said 'Beatles'
because it's easy for me to talk about Beatles. I could have said TV or the cinema, motor
cars or anything popular and I would have gotten away with it.

John: When I was about twelve, I used to think I must be a genius, but
nobody's noticed...If there is such a thing as genius...I am one, and if
there isn't, I don't care.

John: As usual, there is a great woman behind every idiot.

John: Nobody controls me. I'm uncontrollable. The only one who can control
me is me, and that's just barely possible.

John (1970): [LSD] went on for years. I must have had a thousand trips. I used to just eat it
all the time.

Paul: It's hard to follow my own act. But the only answer to that would be to give up after the Beatles. I had two alternatives. Give up or carry on.

Paul (1967): It [LSD] opened my eyes. We only use on-tenth of our brain. Just think of what
we could accomplist if we could only tap that hidden part! It would mean a whole new world
if the politicians would take LSD. There wouldn't be any more war or poverty or famine.

Paul (1967): I now realize that taking drugs was like taking an aspirin without having a headache.

Paul (Dec. 1980): I can't tell you how much it hurts to lose him. His death is a bitter cruel blow.
I really loved the guy.

Paul: A hundred years from now, people will listen to the music of the Beatles
the same way we listen to Mozart.

George: The nicest thing is to open the newspapers and not to find yourself in them.

George: As far as I'm concerned, there won't be a Beatles reunion as long as
John Lennon remains dead.

Ringo: You know I'm not very good at singing because I haven't got a great range.
So they write songs for me that are pretty low and not too hard.

Ringo: I hope the fans will take up meditation instead of drugs.

Ringo (1966): There's a woman in the United States who predicted the plane we were
traveling on would crash. Now, a lot of people would like to think we were scared into
saying a prayer. What we did actually--we drank.

Ringo: Do you remember when everyone began analyzing Beatle songs?
I don't think I ever understood what some of them were supposed to be about.

Ringo (1969): I'm not going to say anything because nobody believes me when I do.

Ringo: I'd like to end up sort of unforgettable.

Reporter ~ "What do you think of the American girls, as opposed to the British girls?"
George ~ "They're the same, only they speak with an accent."

Press: Are you concerned with the rumor going around that the Rolling Stones are
now more important than the Beatles? Paul: It doesn't worry us.
John: Cause we manage them.

Paul: The hardest act to follow is yourself.

George: When you've seen beyond yourself -
then you may find peace of mind is waiting there.

Paul: Someone from the office rang me up and said, 'Look, Paul, you're dead.'
And I said, 'Oh, I don't agree with that.'

John: Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.

Ringo: I'd like to be sort of comfortable, with a nice house and a few
hair dressing businesses. That's a good game.

John: My defenses were so great. The cocky rock-and-roll hero who knew all the answers
was actually a terrified guy who didn't know how to cry. Simple.

John, after writing I am the Walrus, said to Pete Shotton: Let the fuckers try and
work that one out!

John: Love is a promise, Love is a souvenir, Once given never forgotten, Never let it disappear.

Ringo: The future will never come, it will all soon be over tomorrow.

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