Johnny "quiet little church mouse" Rotten's top (printable) quotes

Fresh from John Lydon fronting Public Image Ltd on Sheffield O2 Academy's stage this week, we share 15 of his most memorable proclamations.

Tuesday, 7th June 2016, 10:29 am
Updated Monday, 13th June 2016, 11:30 am
John Rotten Lydon

1. There’s nothing glorious in dying. Anyone can do it.

2. I’m not here for your amusement. You’re here for mine.

3. It’s no good being nice and young and naive. There’s no good in that at all. You’ve got to do it all yourself, and you’ve gotta learn quick. And you can’t look for sympathy either.

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4. Sometimes the most positive thing you can be in a boring society is absolutely negative.

5. It’s a repressive society where you can’t be horrible, I’m not horrible, they made me horrible, I’m just honest.

6. People don’t like other poor people and, rather than blame the people that make you all poor, you blame each other.

7. I’m no one’s lap dog, you can’t put me on a leash.

8. Love is 2 minutes and 52 seconds of squelching noises.

9. Don’t accept the old order. Get rid of it.

10. I think national pride leads to nothing but wars and hates.

11. If you give me the chance, I’ll destroy America for you.

12. Do not stand in the middle, go to the right or to the left.

13. Do what I want, be honest to myself and then it would do good for others, that’s all, full on.

14. If you were to look back at me as a school kid you’d see a very quiet little church mouse kind of character.

15. You’ll find that empty vessels make the most sound.

And to celebrate the maverick's music, as well as musings, here's a reminder of PiL's most commerical success This Is Not A Love Song from (remarkably) 33 years ago