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  • Love is the flower you've got to let grow.
  • Music is everybody's possession. It's only publishers who think that people own it.
  • Cosmetics is a boon to every woman, but a girl's best beauty aid is still a near-sighted man
  • Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans
  • Love is a promise, love is a souvenir, once given never forgotten, never let it disappear.
  • Spring passes and one remembers one's innocence. Summer passes and one remembers one's exuberance. Autumn passes and one remembers one's reverence. Winter passes and one remembers one's perseverance.
  • Always remember this: 'A kiss will never miss, and after many kisses a miss becomes a misses'.
  • Newspaper people have a habit of putting you in the front pages to sell their papers, and then after they've sold their papers and got big circulation's, they say, 'Look at what we've done for you.'
  • (Asked by a reporter if Ringo Starr was the best drummer in the world): In the world? He's not even the best drummer in The Beatles!
  • 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.
  • Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see.
  • Will all the people in the cheaper seats clap your hands? All the rest of you, if you'll just rattle your jewelry. (At Royal Variety Performance 4th November 1963)
  • (about the song "Help!") I was eating and drinking like a pig, and I was fat as a pig, dissatisfied with myself, and subconsciously I was crying for help. It was my fat Elvis period.
  • I've made two 'discoveries' in my life: Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono. I think that's a pretty damned good choice.
  • My role in society, or any artist's or poet's role, is to try and express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all.
  • I don't believe in Beatles, I just believe in me.
  • (on reconciling with Yoko in 1975, after more than a year apart) The separation didn't work out.
  • Well, we all know about "Yesterday." I have had so much accolade for "Yesterday." That is Paul's song, of course, and Paul's baby. Well done. Beautiful - and I never wished I had written it. (From the 1980 Playboy Interviews)
  • The more I see, the less I know for sure.
  • Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn't argue about that, I'm right and will be proved right. We're (the Beatles) more popular than Jesus now. Jesus was all right, but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It's them twisting it that ruins it for me. I don't know which will go first, rock and roll or Christianity. (to London's Evening Standard, 1966)
  • Love means having to say you're sorry every fifteen minutes.
  • (on meeting his teenage crush, Brigitte Bardot, in 1968) I was on acid, and she was on her way out.
  • Before Elvis there was nothing
  • (on hearing that Elvis Presley had died) Elvis dies and his manager lives. Our manager died and we lived.
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