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All Quotes by author - John Lydon
" All the things that you would have thought would have made me a professional A1 criminal... wrong. I decided that was too lazy and easy, and because of the way British society is, quite frankly you were denied an education, so I got one of my own. "
" Americans being upright and forthright and honest and true to themselves is a very hard concept. "
" Analog, electronic, whatever it happens to be, I simply love and adore literally every aspect of making music. "
" Any new ideas go into PiL. My inspiration is everything that the human being gets up to. I don't listen to any music when I'm in PiL-zone, because influences can poison your well. Otherwise, I listen to anything. "
" A record company used to be a very good thing, but they ended up soul-destroyingly trapping people in the accounting department. And you couldn't get any further, and the heads of each department were changing all the time, so you couldn't have any permanent relationship within the corporation. "
" Art should be life. It's an imitation of life. It should have some humanity in it. "
" As a human being, I'm work in process. "
" As a young concert-going person, I was never enamoured with celebrities who would walk out to feature in certain songs and then walk off. "
" Being born into the Royal Family is like being born into a mental asylum. Marrying into it is not something to be taken lightly. "
" Books are like my one and only joy. "
" Britain's an island; it's always had a constant ebb and flow of immigration - it makes it a better place. "
" Do not stand in the middle, go to the right or to the left. "
" Don't accept the old order. Get rid of it. "
" Do what I want, be honest to myself and then it would do good for others, that's all, full on. "
" Dummy Dum Dum was my nickname for years at school. I was the strange one of the family, the one who couldn't remember his name. "
" Every single lyric I've ever written I meant. "
" For a gun-toting nation, Americans are surprisingly passive. "
" For me, the best rock is not what you play - it's what you're not playing. "
" Freedom isn't to do what you want at somebody else's expense. "
" Gossip is a very dangerous tool. We should be more wary of the gossiper, and not the gossip they're trying to relay to you. "
" Having a birthday cake squashed into your face by young kids? Delicious. I always don a Santa suit at Christmas. Remaining childish is a tremendous state of innocence. "
" Heaven is on this earth. There are no angels on the clouds with twanging harps... That's just another man's fantasy. "
" Here's how I understand music. If you can play the same bunch of noise twice, it's music. To go beyond that is supercilious and pontificating. "
" I always find the mirror in the dressing room is where the best artists are. "
" I always knew the Sixties wasn't a revolution. It really was just a bunch of university students with wealthy parents having fun. "
" I applaud the effort it takes to put a record together. "
" I cannot comprehend fundamentalism. It's fundamentally wrong. "
" I could never be a member of a single party. I want the best of all worlds, thank you. "
" I don't believe in anarchy, because it will ultimately amount to the power of the bully, with weapons. Gandhi is my life's inspiration: passive resistance. I don't want to live in the Thunderdome with Mad Max. "
" I don't believe in pets. I like animals to be wild and free. "
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