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Quotes by Yoko Ono

  • American artist
  • Born February 18, 1933

Yoko Ono (Japanese: 小野 洋子, translit. Ono Yōko, usually spelled in katakana オノ・ヨーコ; born February 18, 1933) is a Japanese multimedia artist, singer, songwriter, and peace activist who is also known for her work in performance art and filmmaking. She performs in both English and Japanese. She is known for having been the second wife of singer-songwriter John Lennon of the Beatles. Ono grew up in Tokyo and also spent several years in New York City. She studied at Gakushuin University, but withdrew from her course after two years and moved to New York in 1953 to live with her family.


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.




You change the world by being yourself.


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




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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




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




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.




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




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




Controversy is part of the nature of art and creativity.




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




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.




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


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.




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




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.




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


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




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.'




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.




Being alone is very difficult.




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.




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.




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




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



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