Quotes by Yoko Ono

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Everything has complexity. Everything has simplicity. You just grab it. more...

It's better to dance than to march through life. more...

We've been filled with great treasure for one purpose: to be spilled. more...

Stand in the evening light until you become transparent or until you fall asleep. more...

Art is an effort to make you walk a half an inch above ground. more...

If someone is unpleasant to you, draw a halo around his or her head in your mind. He/she is an angel who came to teach you something. more...

Be silent in a group of people See what they reveal to you. more...

Loneliness is equal to the radius of one's awareness. more...

You know harmony only exists in music-isn't that amazing? I think that if you see earth from very far away, the color is blue. That is very interesting because blue is the color of communication. more...

John would have been the first white rapper. And also he would have cherished the Internet. more...

When you burn the chair, you suddenly realize that the chair in your mind did not burn or disappear more...

I think that all women are witches, in the sense that a witch is a magical being. And a wizard, which is a male version of a witch, is kind of revered, and people respect wizards. But a witch, my god, we have to burn them. It's the male chauvinistic society that we're living in for the longest time, 3,000 years or whatever. And so I just wanted to point out the fact that men and women are magical beings. We are very blessed that way, so I'm just bringing that out. Don't be scared of witches, because we are good witches, and you should appreciate our magical power. more...

Each time we don't say what we wanna say, we're dying. more...

I think that all women are witches, in the sense that a witch is a magical being. And a wizard, which is a male version of a witch, is kind of revered, and people respect wizards. But a witch, my god, we have to burn them. more...

Walking on thin ice, I'm paying the price. I'm throwing the dice in the air. Why must we learn it the hard way, and play the game of life with your heart? more...

I thank Pussy Riot for standing firmly in their belief for Freedom of Expression, and making all women of the world proud to be women. more...

Don't ever give up on life. Life can be so beautiful, especially after you've spent a lot of time with it. more...

If your judgement is clouded, you must be carrying too many things which are being a burden to you. more...

The opposite of love is fear, not hate. more...

We're all water from different rivers, That's why it's so easy to meet, We're all water in this vast, vast ocean, Someday we'll evaporate together. more...

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. more...

Smile in the mirror. Do that every morning and you'll start to see a big difference in your life. more...

There's a long life ahead of you and it's going to be beautiful, as long as you keep loving and hugging each other. more...

A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality. more...

Nobody's life is a bed of roses. We all have crosses to bear, and we all just do our best. I would never claim to have the worst situation. There are many widows, and many people dying of AIDS, many people killed in Lebanon, people starving all over the planet. So we have to count our lucky stars. more...

The regret of my life is that I have not said 'I love you' often enough. more...

Experiencing sadness and anger can make you feel more creative, and by being creative, you can get beyond your pain or negativity. more...

Sometimes I am happy and sometimes not. I am, after all, a human being, you know. And I am glad that we are sometimes happy and sometimes not. You get your wisdom working by having different emotions. more...

Being alone is very difficult. more...

You change the world by being yourself. more...

Healing yourself is connected with healing others. more...

If your life changes, we can change the world, too. more...

Distance doesn't exist, in fact, and neither does time. Vibrations from love or music can be felt everywhere, at all times. more...

You can be very wild and still be very wise. more...

The sky is always there for me, while my life has been going through many, many changes. When I look up the sky, it gives me a nice feeling, like looking at an old friend. more...

My heart is mysteriously alive in the world of sounds - a totally different dimension from the daily life. more...

Every drop in the ocean counts. more...

There's many women now who think, 'Surely we don't need feminism anymore, we're all liberated and society's accepting us as we are'. Which is just hogwash. It's not true at all. more...

Every moment in our lives is a miracle we should enjoy instead of ignoring. more...

In the '60s we fought for peace, when the Vietnam war was on. We were against the cops and against the politicians, and there was a lot of waving banners and all that. And I think in a way, just as they were enjoying that machoism of war, we were enjoying the machismo of being anti-war, you know? more...

People think that their world will get smaller as they get older. My experience is just the opposite. Your senses become more acute. You start to blossom. more...

The computer is my favourite invention. I feel lucky to be part of the global village. I don't mean to brag, but I'm so fast with technology. People think it all seems too much, but we'll get used to it. I'm sure it all seemed too much when we were learning to walk. more...

I just want to be healthy and stay alive and keep my family going and everything and keep my friends going and try to do something so that this world will be peaceful. That is the most ambitious and the most difficult thing, but I'm there trying to do it. more...

This society is driven by neurotic speed and force accelerated by greed and frustration of not being able to live up to the image of men and woman we have created for ourselves; the image has nothing to do with the reality of people. more...

When people ask me what the most important thing is in life, I answer: 'Just breathe.' more...

We are all dreamers creating the next world, the next beautiful world for ourselves and for our children. more...

It is sad that the air is the only thing we share. No matter how close we get to each other, there is always air between us. more...

Luckily we never injected because both of us were totally scared about needles. So that probably saved us. And the other thing that saved us was our connection was not very good. more...

You can't dance if you got too much muck in your head. more...

Spring passes and one remembers one's innocence. more...

I should think that people would be more interested in politics and all that is happening, rather than two lovebirds who are looking to wed. I think it's very nice that in an age when love is so scarce that people are willing to gamble on getting married. more...

You should do something that will make your heart dance once a day. If you can't do that because you're too depressed, then do something that will make somebody else's heart dance. more...

I saw sorrow turning into clarity. more...

When people get cynical about love, they should look at us [Yoko and John Lennon] and see it is possible more...

Touch, touch, touch, touch me love, I'm shaking inside. more...

Over 1,057,000 people have been killed by guns in the USA since John Lennon was shot and killed on 8 Dec 1980, more...

All my life, I have been in love with the sky. Even when everything was falling apart around me, the sky was always there for me. more...

When you go through a negative situation, don't think about it. Make it positive. more...

If people want to make war they should make a color war, and paint each others' cities up in the night in pinks and greens. more...

Smile to the future and it will smile back to you more...

Everybody's an artist. Everybody's God. It's just that they're inhibited. I believe in people so much that if the whole of civilization is burned so we don't have any memory of it, even then people will start to build their own art. It is a necessity - a function. We don't need history. more...

you don't need talent to be an artist. 'Artist' is just a frame of mind. Anybody can be an artist, anybody can communicate if they are desperate enough. more...

Transform jealousy to admiration, and what you admire will become part of your life. more...

I wonder why men can get serious at all. They have this delicate long thing hanging outside their bodies, which goes up and down by its own will. First of all, having it outside your body is terribly dangerous. If I were a man I would have a fantastic castration complex to the point that I wouldn't be able to do a thing. Second, the inconsistency of it, like carrying a chance time alarm or something. If I were a man I would always be laughing at myself. more...

Kill all the men you have slept with. Put the bones in a box and send it into the sea with flowers. more...

I feel sad that he's just a voice now. more...

Try to say nothing negative about anybody for three days, for forty-five days, for three months. See what happens to your life. more...

When you say 'I love you', you are not just saying it to that person. You are saying 'I love you' to yourself, the planet & The Universe. more...

See what you can do. See what you want to do. See what you will do about it. Find your way out. more...

In your head, a sunset can go on for days more...

It's always good to do something that is not a repeat. I just don't believe in repeating. more...

I trust in my inspiration, really, and that's difficult because sometimes you would rather be technical. And once you empty your mind, empty your brain, it's really incredible. I'm very caring about things that dash into my brain, and I make sure I don't just clog it. more...

Your thoughts create reality. The most pragmatic way to create world peace is to use your power of visualization. Think Peace, Act Peace, Spread Peace, Imagine Peace. Your thoughts will soon cover the planet. The most important thing is to believe in your power. It works. more...

We don't read people's wishes. The wishes are suppose to be direct communication to the Universe. Your interception will weaken the power of the wish. more...

Some people say, "Sometimes I have violent thoughts, what can I do?" So I say, "Well, have them!" Cos we should not try to control ourselves. It's very bad to control ourselves in this sense. If you have any emotion at all, if its a bad emotion or good emotion, think about it, you should just understand that you have those emotions. And it's good because we are people and we have all these emotions. And the result of that is you would become more and more peaceful. If you don't let those emotions be inside of you then you become extremely violent. more...

All wishes create an upswing line when it is manifested. Therefore, together, it becomes an incredible upswing of power, whatever you wished. Of course, the more high level wishes, which covers the whole human race is stronger than wishing for getting ice cream for your dessert! more...

Love is an incredibly strong thing, it goes everywhere, it's like water, you can't stop it. Love, once you have it, once you create a kind of pathway for it to come out, it just keeps on coming out. more...

I have the outsider's vision, which is creating wisdom I can share with the world. The fact that I am misunderstood has always given me an added impetus to work on communication to bridge the gap. more...

To have world peace, we all have to have a healthy understanding of what is necessary to bring World Peace. It's not something that will be dropped on our laps. We have to work for it. Until we get World Peace, I think my strongest passion stays in the effort to get it. more...

It's difficult to explain love. You want to explain water? You need a book for it. There are many different ways to explain what water is. Love is big, it's very big. I know that I have tons of it. But maybe we don't want to open up so much, and we think, maybe we don't have so much, but yes, you know that you have tons of love. We all do. Through that love we can connect, we can heal each other, we can make people, all of us, happy, joyful, and make a better world. more...

All women are feminists. Being a feminist is allowing woman to be natural, for what she is, whatever it is. All of us can be natural and we're all feminists in that sense. more...

Society was built on male power, and women's power was... ignored is the best word to describe it I suppose, we have been running society on one power, half a power really. And that's so terrible. The world needs women's power too. more...

I'm just trying to do my best every day, hoping that I have done my best every day, and its very easy in a way, but also it's not that easy. Every day counts. more...

Some people are saying there's going to be a third World War. I hope not. I really think this is a time that people can start to mend things by negotiations, dealings. We know about dealings, don't we? We have brilliant lawyers. Why don't we have brilliant lawyers standing up and working for peace? more...

I'm not the kind of woman who would love to make soup or knit sweaters. I never cherished that so much. more...

Nobody's life is a bed of roses. We all have crosses to bear and we all just do our best. more...

I'm into indie music. I think indie is going to bring back the spirit in music. There was a time when it was all about accommodating the music business, the music was getting tasteless, but the spirit is back. more...

Give peace a chance and let's hope that one day we will all live in peace. more...

I think that all women are witches, in the sense that a witch is a magical being. Don't be scared of witches, because we are good witches, and you should appreciate our magical power. more...

Music is like my security blanket. The first medium that I learned was music. more...

When I was 4 years old my mother put me into an early music education school. That's where they taught you perfect pitch and harmony and how to write music and all that. At that time, one of the homeworks was to listen to all the sounds and the noise of a day and transfer that into musical notes. more...

I think something that's very important for us to communicate is usually very simple. Like breathing: Breathing is very simple. You don't do a dissonant 9th harmony or something in breathing. You just breathe, you know. I think that's how it is with very important messages. more...

I started to notice that simpleness is divine. I think we all start trying to use very complex harmonies and rhythms and all that because of a certain kind of ambition. But I was always trying to create something simple. more...

Some people get medals and awards and all that, and maybe not intentionally - maybe the world is making them do it - but they sort of just follow what they were doing. Repeat or follow what they were doing all their lives, in their style of music or whatever. In my case, I always try to start from scratch. It's very nerve-wracking actually, but it's interesting. more...

Sometimes I have compared myself with a scientist or something: when you discover something and you don't expect the whole world to understand it. I always thought I was doing that kind of activity, in art and in music too. more...

I really feel that artists or musicians are controversial people. Controversy is part of the nature of art and creativity. If people are not doing that, they're not artists - they're artisans. more...

When you go on a stage, before you go on a stage you're really scared and you're really frightened. You don't know what to do. "Why did I say yes to this?" But once you're on the stage you think, "Okay." more...

Every time I create something, just before that there's a kind of - you're feeling very low, you're feeling very down and insecure. Then you create and then it's fine. This is the way I observe me doing it. more...

What a beautiful future it will be! Don't worry about life being boring. It will never be. more...

Dance in your dream. Go out into the street and hug everyone you meet. Tell them how beautiful they are. Dance together. more...

Think of the Earth as a turning point in eternity. Think of the Earth as a meeting point in infinity. more...

Watch the sun until it comes into your body and stays as a tiny sun. It will keep your face shining even in the coldest of winter. more...

Tape the sound of friends laughing together. Save it for a rainy day. more...

What is beauty? It's what you love. more...

Listen to the sound of the earth turning. more...

Look at a star in the sky not as something unreachable but as a planet you would visit one day. more...

Look at yourself in the mirror and don't be afraid to notice how beautiful you are. more...

Unclog your mind. Unclog your room. Arrange your room in a way you wish your mind would be. more...

When you are feeling bad, do one thing a day to make your heart dance. It could be a simple thing like looking up at the sky. more...

There are things you can never take, no matter how strong you are. more...

Life keeps getting better. If anything, you start to carry a certain pride in having survived all those years. more...

I realized that if my thoughts immediately affect my body, I should be careful about what I think. Now if I get angry, I ask myself why I feel that way. If I can find the source of my anger, I can turn that negative energy into something positive. more...

Energy is so important. If you don't have it, don't bother with rock and roll. more...

Women are very intelligent and not appreciated. We try to pretend that we are not clever, and it's such a pity that we can't show how clever we are. more...

Some people think that movements, such as the movements in ballet, are a higher cultural expression, whereas some are just dirt. I think it is elitist to think that a trained movement is more acceptable than untrained and possibly unrehearsed movements. more...

I did not break up the Beatles. You can't have it both ways. If you're going to blame me for breaking the Beatles up, you should be thankful that I made them into myth rather than a crumbling group. more...

DJs are in incredible competition, musically. And they are the most musically creative and sensitive people in all the music charts. I am amazed how they are. more...

I am extremely rebellious. I have this strong, defiant spirit. more...

I'm kind of honored to be a dragon lady. The dragon is a very powerful, mythical animal. more...

I don't think you should always stay calm in a tense situation, because you might not ever confront the problem. Maybe it's better to actually let yourself be tense - and find a solution. more...

Remember, each one of us has the power to change the world. Just start thinking peace, and the message will spread quicker than you think. more...

A lot of things have been thrown at me in life, and I've got through it all without a rule book, taking it one day at a time. more...

Marriage is a gamble, let's be honest. more...

I saw that nothing was permanent. You don't want to possess anything that is dear to you because you might lose it. more...

True artists are prophets. I don't want to be that prophetic in that sense because it's so lonely. more...

When I turned 60, it didn't bother me at all. more...

Countries have lost their culture because what they wanted was money. Money became the running theme in every country and culture was sacrificed. more...

The cynicism that you have is not your real soul. more...

Artists and musicians of the Sixties were definitely into clothes. more...

The nice thing about the gallery shows is that without having to pay any money you can just go and see it. more...

It is very difficult for us to know we love somebody because it is an insecure position to be in. But in the end, it is important to be honest about your love because life is not that long. more...

I'm a very obsessive type. If I do get into it, I'll soon be there 12 hours a day. I just don't want to do that. more...

When you go through a negative situation, don't think about it. Make it positive. more...

The thing that would most improve my life is 27 hours in a day. I could meet all my deadlines. more...

What the Beatles did was something incredible, it was more than what a band could do. We have to give them respect. more...

When I got pregnant, I had to concentrate on being pregnant for a whole nine months, even though I knew it was ruining my career at the time. more...

Events are the best teacher for us. You try to learn from people, there is always some bend to it. more...

I was born into a very important family in Japan. My grandfather was a descendant of the Emperor, and we were very wealthy. more...

I think if you give in and accept society's stereotypes, then you start thinking, 'I cannot dance till late at night because I'm 70.' more...

We don't live by just sleeping and eating. We need pride and dignity in our lives. Work gives you that. more...

When you go to war, both sides lose totally. more...

Art is like breathing for me. If I don't do it, I start to choke. more...

I trust myself. You need that to survive. more...

Marriage is a difficult project. When seven years have passed and all your body's cells have been replaced, you're meant to experience that seven-year itch. more...

I relate to happiness as an ecstatic moment - something you don't create, you encounter. more...

My husband John Lennon was a very special man. A man of humble origin, he brought light and hope to the whole world with his words and music. more...

Even my mother told me: 'You are a handsome woman, but you're not pretty. Pretty girls don't have those big bones.' more...

I like artists who have something to say, not wallpaper. more...

I think energy is the most important thing that we can give to people as performers. Anything else is a little bit pretentious. But energy is not. more...

It's a waste of time to think that if you colored a painting red what might have happened if you painted it black. more...

People make music to get a reaction. Music is communication. more...

When you are totally depressed, you should try giggling. Just make yourself laugh. Force yourself to laugh. more...

My beauty secret is... nothing! I don't drink too much water. I don't eat very well. Sometimes I cheat and grab some chocolate. The best thing is to eat what you want, but not very much. more...

I admire all people who are trying to be a good power in this chaotic world. more...

My father was a banker, but he was an independent spirit. He was a very good pianist and very much into music. more...

Women have become stronger, and there's a backlash. Men have become terribly possessive. I find it much easier to get on with women. more...

I get very nervous before I get on the stage, but once I'm on the stage, I'm just, you know, me. Nothing hurts me. more...

My first husband met me as a career woman, and the second did, too. I was lucky. more...

To have a relationship that is pure and passionate and beautiful - I think people are scared of having that now. Especially guys. more...

Great Art is Great because it inspired you greatly. If it didn't, no matter what the critics, the museums and the galleries say, it's not great art for you. more...

I always believed that my work should be unfinished in the sense that I encourage people to add their creativity to it, either conceptually or physically. Back in the 1960s, I was calling for 'Unfinished Music,' number one, and number two, with my artwork - I was taking unfinished work into the gallery. And that's how I was looking at it. more...

Nothing is written in stone. So don't prepare yourself for a long and lucrative career. You might die tomorrow. Your gold holdings might become dust. Just make the music you want to make now and enjoy it. more...

The human race is a very, very magical race. We have a magic power of witches and wizards. We're here on this earth to unravel the mystery of this planet. The planet is asking for it. more...

The process is always the same. I get an inspiration for a new song, I put it down on paper immediately so I won't lose it. When I am ready to go to the studio with it, I play it a few times on the piano and edit, add, and type the lyrics and take it to the studio. Sometimes I don't have anything on paper. more...

Indie music is 'it' now. It's kind of a revolution to the music: 1980s, 1990s music was getting very sanitized; they were complying with the music industry. Music was getting more and more dead in a way. Now, because of the social climate that's very severe, the artists are compelled to start being real. It's really great that indie music is now. more...

To me, the concept of distance is not important. Distance doesn't exist, in fact, and neither does time. Vibrations from love or music can be felt everywhere, at all times. more...

We're growing up together, the human race. And we've discovered a lot of things that we didn't know. We're finding our way. Instead of thinking about doomsday all the time, think about how beautiful the world is. We're all together, and together we're getting wiser. more...

I think that there is a sort of spiritual power that is translating into our bodies as we perform. Performers give, and giving is so important. It can heal. That is my experience, anyway. more...

People say that this new generation is so used to the Internet that their heads are already different. They can't read a book from beginning to end. That is not a tragedy. The book changes form. more...

I travel a lot, so when I arrive in a city, I like to go to good local bookshops and make a selection based on how I'm feeling and what I'm thinking. The book I pick usually seems to have a definite karmic connection! more...

The whole world is starting to realize that it was the most unwise thing for our society to have ignored women power, to run the society with male priorities. more...

When you are suffering, you become more understanding about yourself, but also about other people's sufferings too. That's the first step to understand somebody is to understand their sufferings. So then love follows. more...

I am aware of the sufferings of women in India, which is also the suffering of women in many, many countries on our planet. My heart is filled with empathy and love for them. more...

If you have too many quotes from other people in your head, you can't create. You have to keep your head empty. That's why I am constantly enjoying the sky, the park, the walk. more...

One day, the dance charts will be the biggest chart in the music world. Because we all need to dance. This planet will be a fun planet when the judges in court will end the day with a dance! more...

Art is my life and my life is art. more...

Dancing is a very healthy thing to do for our body. more...

Our public officials have forgotten that they are ultimately accountable to the people who put them in office, that the information they keep in secrecy belongs to all of us. more...

Performance art is going to be the future. Plays on Broadway are so restricted. But performance art is like haikus, just one line thing. And it's more casual but more interesting. more...

Is truth always positive? Of course. Once the truth comes out, you know, it's all right. We're scared that if the truth comes out that it's not all right. It's the other way around. more...

I think there is a big difference between the music business and music. And my relationship is to music, not music business. I think the business will keep changing, but music won't. Music will be there. more...

Controversy is part of the nature of art and creativity. more...

At least I had that, one guy understood me. more...

All my concerts had no sounds in them; they were completely silent. People had to make up their own music in their minds! more...

John wrote with a very deep love for the human race and a concern for its future. more...

I just go with the flow, so any style can be in my music - that makes it exciting. more...

Artists are going to be the metronome of this society. more...

I thought art was a verb, rather than a noun. more...

My career? I never think of it as a 'career.' Art and music and all those things that I'm creating are just part of me. more...

We artists have the dignity to tell the truth to the people, unlike politicians. more...

I never want projects to be finished; I have always believed in unfinished work. I got that from Schubert, you know, the 'Unfinished Symphony.' more...

When I was four years old, my mother put me into a school for early music education where you get perfect pitch and harmony and composition. more...

I have been known as the minimal and conceptual artist for over five decades. I think I haven't changed much. more...

I think of John every day. I do try to block it, but December 8th is not the only day I think of him. more...

If a woman writes about a domestic situation, everyone automatically assumes that it's about her. more...

After my husband John Lennon passed away, I tried to smile for my health. more...

I'm very thankful that I can make people happy just by signing my name. more...

Losing my daughter was a very serious pain. There was always some empty space in my heart. more...

Mothers are not supposed to give guidance. more...

People just love to be entertained, and in order to entertain them, you have to do things in a way that they understand. more...

Sometimes the father feels pushed out because of the connection between the mother and the child. more...

We know that our cells are speaking to each other. more...

Words are power. And a book is full of words. Be careful what power you get from it. But know that you do. more...

You can't always be in awe of someone's talent, living with them. more...

Art for me is like breathing. more...

Bad stories are written about me because the press knows they can make me into a weeping dog and few people will object. more...

Fracking is an incredible risk to the human race, I don't know why they even thought of doing it. more...

I always thought that I was an important musician. If you don't have that confidence, why would you go on and do it? more...

I don't believe in a chronological way of doing things. more...

I don't have a goal. I don't limit myself to a goal. more...

I have only one life, so I want to make sure it's a good one. more...

I must say that I always thought I had a voice, even when I was 4 years old. more...

I never thought I would go into the dance charts. more...

I'm just being normal. A normal woman. Well, I don't know what a normal woman is, but I'm a woman and I'm Yoko and I've never changed that. more...

I'm not going to doubt my life. more...

It's a waste to not say anything with art. more...

Money is not everything. We don't need billions and trillions of dollars. more...

People accuse artists of being narcissists - of course we are! If we don't like ourselves, who's going to like us? more...

People are still thinking of solving problems by violence and war, and that has to stop. more...

People don't remember each tree in a park but all of us benefit from the trees. And in a way, artists are like trees in a park. more...

Reality can be elastic, and I want to see how elastic it can be, you know? more...

The 1960s were about releasing ourselves from conventional society and freeing ourselves. more...

The universe, when you leave it alone, is going to be beautiful. more...

You can be lonely when you have a guy living with you. more...

Your private life is really very important for you. You know, all of us, you know. more...

I think that there is incredible prejudice about witches while there is no prejudice about wizards. Words are very important, and I'm really into destroying myths. more...

When I speak out against the guns or against the big corporations, some of my friends say, 'Oh Yoko, be careful. These people have all the power.' But, you know, most people don't speak out because they are frightened. more...

In the '60s, people were still very protective of each field that they belonged to. Avant-garde artists didn't know about rock or pop or jazz. And the jazz people of course didn't want to know about any other music. They were all just kind of protecting their territory. more...

Chemically speaking or biologically, we research things, but we don't know half of them. We only know our half of it - symbolically - and we don't know ourselves more than half. more...

I was being hated for about 40 or 50 years by the whole world, but it did not destroy me, and it did not ruin my health. And the reason is because I just did not answer them. I had my own life. more...

Women are put in a position of feeling embarrassed about their bodies. It's so ridiculous, but also astounding - we have to always be apologetic about having created the human race. more...

My life was pretty rough. more...

Sound as medium has an incredible elasticity. So, of course, it is tempting for artists of other fields to try something with sounds. Why not? We are living in the age when there is no limit in gathering all forms of art and music to mix it together if you so desire. more...

If everybody thinks of something, then it will happen. Your mind is part of the universe. It is connected, you can use its energy. more...

No one person could have broken up a band, especially one the size of the Beatles. more...

Most of the fans of John Lennon and maybe John and Yoko are younger than me. more...

All I can say is, it's not very easy for a woman to be associated with The Beatles. more...

Fracking kills, and it doesn't just kill us. It kills the land, nature and, eventually, the whole world. more...

War is over if you want it. more...

When people don't understand my work, I don't feel like explaining. more...

Art is a mind-game that we do to make our lives easier. If it isn't for that, it becomes superfluous. more...

But only art and music have the power to bring peace. more...

I don't have time to listen to anybody's music. I'm making it, you know. more...

I just wish that people will be kinder to me when I pass away. more...

I love Oasis. more...

I'm free from holding personal anger because I can express what I want through my music. more...

I'm not interested so much in collaboration. You see that from the history of my albums. more...

If you go back to all my albums, they're all confessional. more...

Japanese are very proud and workaholics. Proud workaholics. more...

Music is like my security blanket. more...

Please know that being 80 is not a scary thing. When you're 80, your life is much freer. more...

The Beatles were a group made up of four very complex men, and my small hand could not have broken these men up. more...

The only instrument I can play is piano. Whenever I make songs at home, I play the piano and make them on the piano. more...

You can't always measure the effects of activist work; you just have to wish and pray that the message gets through. more...

Everybody's an artist. Everybody's God. It's just that they're inhibited. more...

Having a son is not all pleasure. more...

I respect Lady Gaga very much. more...

I see so many activists... who are artists because they feel that they have the power of communication. more...

I've always said that I use my voice as an instrument. It was something I created myself, and I said, 'Have voice, will travel.' more...

In the Second World War, I was a little girl. I was evacuated in my country. more...

Life with another person is always difficult. more...

Many incredible artists die before they were famous. more...

Many people do remember their births, but they deny it. more...

Most people like to hear sounds they are used to. more...

Power is power. It's energy. And if you get big, big energy, you can use that in a good way. more...

Society tells you that when you're old you have to retire. You have to defy that. more...

The art world was not initially really accepting my kind of work. I was ahead of my time. more...

We live too long for one marriage. more...

What we do really affects the world. Most of us think we can't do anything, but it really isn't true. more...

When Orientals are attacked, they don't hit back. more...

When you're imagining peace, you can't kill anyone. That's good isn't it? more...

Why do they cover Paul's songs but never mine? more...

Women artists are still treated differently from men. more...

I just like to explore all sorts of different forms - no, 'explore' is not even the word - enjoy. You don't want to limit yourself to a particular form. more...

Many of my songs were dance orientated from way back. That's because I love dance! When I hear a dance number, just hearing the first eight bars, it immediately makes my bod start moving and dancing. more...

When I'm putting some communication out on Twitter or Facebook or Instagram, I think that it's helping me, my brain, you know, because it's always somehow stimulated by people who are sending things to me. And it works both ways. It's great. My brain is very happy about it. more...

After I was 70, I realized that, 'Okay, I would like to have another 50 years, and I probably could.' But part of me is saying, 'Maybe I'm not going to have that much time.' more...

I don't think about the future. I don't think about the past. I just think of what comes into my head at the time. So that might be about the past, that might be about the future. Or, the present. more...

I feel that my work is not in vain, that it does have a place in society, even though it may not be considered that it has a place in society - it doesn't matter. more...

I think it's nice to let people know that there is an invisible part of the world. I think there are many people now who are interested in the invisible world. more...

The war industry people are very together; they know exactly what they want; they don't even have to talk to each other. The peace industry people are just intellectuals who are very critical of each other... Unless the peace industry is powerful, we're always going to have war. It is as simple as that. more...

There is an incredible love in creating art unless somebody is saying, 'Hey, let's just make money,' because it doesn't work when you do it that way. If you are aiming for that, forget it. more...

You know, something happened to me when I became 70. I started to feel a tremendous love for the human race, and life and this planet, the universe, the whole shebang. more...

I wonder why men get serious at all. They have this delicate, long thing hanging outside their bodies which goes up and down by its own will. If I were a man I would always be laughing at myself. more...

Remember love. Remember our hearts are one. Even when we are fighting with each other, our hearts are beating in unison. I love you. more...

And the more you are active about something you love, the world is going to be a better place. more...

If I was a Jewish girl in Hitler's day, I would become his girlfriend. After ten days in bed, he would come to my way of thinking. more...

Be kind to yourself this evening. Buy something for yourself. Treat yourself to a meal. Look in the mirror and give yourself a smile more...

Next time you meet a 'foreigner', remember it's only like a window with a different shape to it and the person who's sitting inside is you. more...

Art is a way of survival. more...

Imagine the clouds dripping Dig a hole in your garden to put them in more...

Keep going until your efforts start to make things better in your hometown. more...

I have to be pretty inclusive. I have to be pretty much inside of me rather than going out and finding out what people are doing. I don't have the time to. I just listen to my mind, in a way. more...

When I'm inspired, I jot things down and put them in a pile. more...

I don't work for a long time on anything. I don't have too much time in life. more...

Not being appreciated for 40 years or something ... It feels like I was accused of something that I didn't do, which was breaking up the Beatles. That was like being somebody who is in prison without having done anything wrong. more...

When I hear music, my body just starts to move. It has nothing to do with training or anything. That's just me. That's just my body. And I was like that as a child, too. more...

I don't particularly consider myself just an artist. I'm a woman - I'm a human being. more...

It's better that you're criticized than complimented as a person. more...

If you're criticized then you can use it as an experience. Compliments, you can't use. more...

I don't really believe in going with somebody to have tea and chat. I don't do that. It's just a waste of time. more...

You have to release your emotion in order to keep your sanity. more...

We created a thing called culture and civilization, and now we're about to lose it because we're trying to destroy everything. And I kind of miss it. I miss culture and civilization. more...

There's a big difference between sending your art in a statement or something like that, and sending yourself there. When you send yourself somewhere, then you are sharing your information uncontrollably - like all yourself. more...

My life has always been unplanned. So when something comes along, I feel like, Why not give it a try? It's fun to experiment like that. more...

What surprises me is-even though discrimination against women and racial discrimination still exist, they have improved a lot, especially among artists. And just when I felt I could finally take a break, I encounter the age discrimination. I turned 72 and started noticing a drastic difference in people's attitudes. I started with racism and sexism in the beginning and fought them so hard and was finally ready to relax. Then, here comes ageism, and I feel like, "Give me a break!" more...

Art for me is like breathing. When I stop breathing, what happens? more...

Peace is here now. It's just that we don't recognize it. Let's say that 98 percent of people in the world are wanting peace. Now people say, even people from Siberia? Yes. We want world peace. The two percent is really tying to mess it up. It's so sad in a way, because by messing it up what are they going to get? Their children are going to suffer, their grandchildren are going to suffer, and they might even die before something gets good. more...

I am the type of person who would do something thoroughly if someone said, "I don't think you can do it." I am extremely rebellious. I have this strong, defiant spirit. more...

Our thoughts determine our age. more...

There's nothing bad about feminism. We have to help each other, because there's a lot of women in the world who are suffering because the fact is we're not equal. It's as plain as that. It's still a men's world. I don't know. We'll go on with it. more...

If I hear dance music, my body starts to move. Whatever the dance music is, I can't help it. With all that, I still felt, well, rock is a little higher art, but it wasn't. Right now, because I have so much experience with dance charts, I started to realize that it's incredible art. This is going to be known one day as high art. more...

I believe in people so much that if the whole of civilization is burned so we don't have any memory of it, even then people will start to build their own art. It is a necessity - a function. We don't need history. more...

Maybe we were naive, but still we were very honest about everything we did. more...

We"ve been filled with great treasure for one purpose: to be spilled. more...

I feel sad that he's just a voice now. more...

I think that all women are witches, in the sense that a witch is a magical being. And a wizard, which is a male version of a witch, is kind of revered, and people respect wizards. But a witch, my god, we have to burn them. It's the male chauvinistic society that we"re living in for the longest time, 3,000 years or whatever. And so I just wanted to point out the fact that men and women are magical beings. We are very blessed that way, so I'm just bringing that out. Do' be scared of witches, because we are good witches, and you should appreciate our magical power. more...

You may think I'm small, but I have a universe inside my mind. more...

Most people think that I am too optimistic, but my optimism is based on the thought that negative thinking is a luxury that we can't afford. more...

Rather than deal with problems in relationships, I've always moved on. That's why I'm one of the very few survivors as a woman, you know. more...

We are never alone. We are all aspects of one great being. No matter how far apart we are, the air links us. more...

You may think I'm small, but I have a universe inside my mind. more...

Use your blood to paint. Keep painting until you faint. Keep painting until you die. more...

You can be very wild and still be very wise more...

Imagine painting all the statues in the world in the color of the sky more...

Hide until everybody goes home. Hide until everybody forgets about you. Hide until everybody dies. more...

Mirror becomes a razor when it's broken. A stick becomes a flute when it's loved. more...

Faces can lie. Backsides can't. more...

Some people are old at 18 and some are young at 90. Time is a concept that humans created. more...

Tell the Earth how much you care, how beautiful she is, and how much you love her. Ask for her forgiveness for having been so careless. more...

IMAGINE PEACE: Think PEACE, Act PEACE, Spread ? PEACE . more...

I don't think you make a choice to be an artist. There was no decision for me. I've been expressing myself this way since I can remember. more...

The first idea, the first art piece I ever did, was when I was four. I cut the seed of a pear in half and the seed of an apple in half in put those two halves together and planted the seed, hoping a very strange tree might grow. And I never stopped. more...

I never thought, "I'm going to be an artist". When I actually began to become successful in the art world I made it a point to say, 'I am a dilettante, I am not a professional artist", which is true. more...

I never wanted to be a professional artist; I think that's limiting. more...

I never went to art school and I never thought of going to an art school. It was just a way of manifesting these ideas I had. Ideas came to me that I needed to express. more...

Creativity is innate and it manifests itself in so many forms. It needs to come out somehow or it destroys you in some way. more...

Everyone is an artist and a genius, I think. If we don't choose to limit ourselves then we are totally accomplished. more...

I think people place limitations on each other and on ourselves. There is a great fear of expressing ourselves, of making creativity happen. more...

The amazing thing is that we could live in the world together peacefully, feed the world, shelter the world. We have that capability both spiritually and technologically. more...

Confusion has become a state of mind, more of less; we're trained to be confused. Quite simply, the people in power are keeping us down, keeping us docile and keeping us consuming with this confusion. It's a cultural confusion and it is deliberate. more...

Power is not something we should be afraid of. Power is great, power is energy. And in terms of energy, the most important energy is human spiritual energy and when I say spiritual, I feel like have to be very careful, I don't mean religious, I mean the energy of the mind, the energy that exists within us. more...

The male society is letting the men think of the women as something pretty and soft and that kind of thing. So I just wanted to show what we were. Women are the ones who actually created the human race. I mean without us bringing up the new generation, there wouldn't be a human race. more...

I'm a politician. Politics is just a convenience for our life and we just have to create a beautiful world together that would be very convenient for us and just enjoyable. more...

I think I'm an observer in a way. And my life was not so - well, my life was bad too - but it's just that I had the sense to cope with it. But it's probably not that easy to cope if you're in a society where you get killed when your husband dies. more...

Music is something that even when you close your eyes it gets into your body. more...

World peace is one project that we have to do together. more...

I love to work. Doing things we love is how we relax, I think. more...

Cosmetics is a boon to every woman, but a girl's best beauty aid is still a near-sighted man. more...

Artists are magicians and I definitely think John Lennon was a Wizard. more...

We get shy about saying things like I love you. Life is so short. It's crazy, that we hesitate to express our true thoughts to each other. more...

Tape the sound of the moon fading at dawn. Give it to your mother to listen to when she's in sorrow. more...

Walking on thin ice, I'm paying the price. I'm throwing the dice in the air. Why must we learn it the hard way And play the game of life with your heart? more...

I gave you my life, you gave me my life. Like a gush of wind in my hair. Why do we forget what's been said And play the game of life with our hearts? more...

Never say goodbye, You say tomorrow's another day, All I know is we're here today. I've got nightmares I could never share with you, The kind that keeps me up all night. So hold me tight till the room is light And tell me that it's all right. more...

I dedicate this light tower to John Lennon my love for you is forever yoko ono October 9th 2007 more...

John and I felt that we were like people in an H. G. Wells story. Two people who are walking so fast that nobody else can see them. more...

Remember, our hearts are one. Even when we are at war with each other, our hearts are always beating in unison. more...

The boats outside the window were always still I wondered if one of them would take me to the ocean. more...

Bless you for your jealousy; it is a sign of empathy. more...

Perhaps one feels more pain when parents are there. It's like when you're hungry, you know, it's worse to get a symbol of a cheeseburger than no cheeseburger at all. It doesn't do you any good, you know. more...

I often wish my mother had died so that at least I could get some people's sympathy. But there she was, a perfectly beautiful mother. more...

I want to incite people to loosen their oppression by giving them something to work with, to build on. They shouldn't be frightened of creating themselves - that's why I make things very open, with things for people to do. more...

Basically there are two types of people in the world: people who are confident because they know they have the ability to create, and then people who have been demoralised, who have no confidence in themselves because they have been told they have no creative ability, but must just take orders. The Establishment likes people who take no responsibility and cannot respect themselves. more...

The Establishment likes people who take no responsibility and cannot respect themselves. more...

The people have got to trust in themselves. more...

We are very lucky really, because we can create our own reality, John [Lennon] and me, but we know the important thing is to communicate with other people. more...

We mustn't be traditional in the way we communicate with people - especially with the Establishment. We should surprise people by saying new things in an entirely new way. Communication of that sort can have a fantastic power so long as you don't do only what they expect you to do. more...

I get very sad when I think about Vietnam where there seems to be no choice but violence. This violence goes on for centuries perpetuating itself. more...

In the present age when communication is so rapid, we should create a different tradition, traditions are created everyday. Five years now is like 100 years before. We are living in a society that has no history. There's no precedent for this kind of society so we can break the old patterns. more...

Violence isn't just a conceptual thing. it could happen to your kids. more...

In a way the new music showed things could be transformed by new channels of communication. more...

All I'm saying is that perhaps we can make a revolution without violence. more...

The thing is, even after the revolution, if people don't have any trust in themselves, they'll get new problems. more...

You can't love someone unless you are in an equal position with them. A lot of women have to cling to men out of fear or insecurity, and that's not love - basically that's why women hate men. more...

If you have a slave around the house how can you expect to make a revolution outside it? The problem for women is that if we try to be free, then we naturally become lonely, because so many women are willing to become slaves, and men usually prefer that. more...

Beatles was 20th-century folksong in the framework of capitalism; they couldn't do anything different if they wanted to communicate within that framework. more...

I have a woman inside my soul. more...

Be kind once a day - even if it's just in your mind. more...

I realized that an artist seeking to tell the truth in her art takes great courage. I recognize the courage required to bring children together from Israeli and Palestinian communities to find commonality in music as a very powerful and effective beginning towards Peace. more...

When you go through a negative situation, do' think about it. Make it positive. more...

If people want to make war they should make a color war, and paint each others" cities up in the night in pinks and greens. more...

Someday I'll be remembered for The phone calls I never made Letters I never mailed And the stories I never finished telling anyone. more...

The only way you can better John is by copying him exactly. more...

Getting into creating in a new genre is like arriving to a new country. more...

Love is what I give to the one I love. more...

My work was not embraced for many decades. I would have killed myself if getting embraced affected me so much. more...

You are beautiful. Don't ever think you are not. It may be such a compliment that does not come from a man too often. They are shy, proud, and rude. Give yourself some love. And walk as what you are - a beautiful woman. All your life. more...

The universe is a space bigger than all of us we are part of. more...

Some people don't listen to my music because they say that I am an artist. And some don't want to go to my gallery shows, because they say I am a musician. more...

What all of us artists are doing is using our pain as material to create our work. more...

These days, DJ's are the ones who are bringing fresh sounds to the music world. In fact, they are creating a new spatial music. They are the space transformers of the universe. more...

Anger is an emotion that is very energetic. It is an ideal emotion to turn it around to make it work as a positive force. more...

Long, long time ago, I declared that all my works are a form of a prayer/a wish. more...

We don't have a particular organization, but we all want to make a world in which justice is given to each one of us. more...

You're filled with so much life. Is there any reason why all of us are not full of life? more...

Real success is doing things right every day by not forgetting to express love to your friends. more...

Dance music makes us dance. Let us get off our couch and spin around! more...

IMAGINE PEACE: Think PEACE, Act PEACE, Spread PEACE . more...

I wonder why men get serious at all. They have this delicate, long thing hanging outside their bodies which goes up and down by its own will. If I were a man I would always be laughing at myself. more...

Woman is the nigger of the world. more...

Give death announcements each time you move instead of giving announcements of the change of address. Send the same when you die. more...

Imagine a dolphin dancing in the sky. Let it dance with joy. Think of yourself at the bottom of the ocean watching. more...

Be kind once a day - even if it's just in your mind. more...

The odds of not meeting in this life are so great that every meeting is like a miracle. It's a wonder that we don't make love to every single person we meet. more...

We need to really do something about the world. Otherwise, we're all going to blow up together. more...


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