Smile in the mirror. Do that every morning and you'll start to see a big difference in your life.
People make music to get a reaction. Music is communication.
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.
Losing my daughter was a very serious pain. There was always some empty space in my heart.
If you go back to all my albums, they're all confessional.
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.
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.
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.
You change the world by being yourself.
I am extremely rebellious. I have this strong, defiant spirit.
People accuse artists of being narcissists - of course we are! If we don't like ourselves, who's going to like us?
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.
I must say that I always thought I had a voice, even when I was 4 years old.
I have been known as the minimal and conceptual artist for over five decades.
I think I haven't changed much.
Artists are going to be the metronome of this society.
Bad stories are written about me because the press knows they can make me into a weeping dog and few people will object.
The thing that would most improve my life is 27 hours in a day. I could meet all my deadlines.
True artists are prophets. I don't want to be that prophetic in that sense because it's so lonely.
We know that our cells are speaking to each other.
When you're imagining peace, you can't kill anyone. That's good isn't it?
My life was pretty rough.
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.
My heart is mysteriously alive in the world of sounds - a totally different dimension from the daily life.
People are still thinking of solving problems by violence and war, and that has to stop.
The nice thing about the gallery shows is that without having to pay any money you can just go and see it.
Art is my life and my life is art.
The art world was not initially really accepting my kind of work. I was ahead of my time.
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.
Many people do remember their births, but they deny it.
But only art and music have the power to bring peace.
Being alone is very difficult.
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.
Reality can be elastic, and I want to see how elastic it can be, you know?
Mothers are not supposed to give guidance.
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.
If a woman writes about a domestic situation, everyone automatically assumes that it's about her.
I just go with the flow, so any style can be in my music - that makes it exciting.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Events are the best teacher for us. You try to learn from people, there is always some bend to it.
Experiencing sadness and anger can make you feel more creative, and by being creative, you can get beyond your pain or negativity.
Power is power. It's energy. And if you get big, big energy, you can use that in a good way.
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.
Countries have lost their culture because what they wanted was money.
Money became the running theme in every country and culture was sacrificed.
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.
I have only one life, so I want to make sure it's a good one.
Controversy is part of the nature of art and creativity.
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.