- Life is just what happens to you,
while you're busy making other plans.
‘Beautiful Boy’ (song)
- Happiness is a warm gun.
- Imagine there's no heaven,
It's easy if you try.
‘Imagine’ (1971 song)
- Will the people in the cheaper seats clap your hands? All the rest of you, if you'll just rattle your jewellery.
at the Royal Variety Performance, 4 November 1963
- We're more popular than Jesus now; I don't know which will go first—rock 'n' roll or Christianity.
of The Beatles
interview in Evening Standard 4 March 1966
- We've got this gift of love, but 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 watering it. You've got to really look after it and nurture it.
television interview, 30 December 1969
- It's not fun being a genius. It's torture.
interview for Rolling Stone magazine in December 1970, broadcast for the first time in the UK on 3 December 2005