Paul McCartney Quotes (84 Quotes)

    George Martin, he's very good at a very sort of lush, sweet arrangement.

    When we were starting off as kids, just the idea of maybe going to do this as a living instead of getting what we thought was going to be a boring job, was exciting.

    We did it (the side two medley-Abbey Road) this way because both John and I had a number of songs which were great as they were but which we'd never finished

    NEW YORK -- Paul McCartney sometimes gets a little help from a friend. When I write, there are times -- not always -- when I hear John (Lennon) in my head, ... I'll think, OK, what would we have done here, and I can hear him gripe or approve.

    All these places have their moments With lovers and friends I still can recall. Some are dead and some are living, In my life I've loved them all.

    It took a little nerve to hold on, knowing that people were going to take a cheap shot.

    As for Lexus, he says, ''I'm getting involved with their new hybrid car . . . and I was told that all of Lexus's cars are going to be hybrids in the next 10 years.

    I've got to admit it's getting better. It's a little better all the time.

    And she was just on his chest, you know, and I was just doing -- it was a Beatles song, ... and I just was singing it, and I caught them in the audience, and you do. And it's just like a picture, it's like a Rockwell or something. Very emotional.

    George wrote Taxman, and I played guitar on it. He wrote it in anger at finding out what the taxman did. He had never known before then what could happen to your money.

    On a mournful tune called Riding to Vanity Fair, ... There was a timeWhen every day was young The sun would always shineWe sang alongWhen all the songs were sung Believing every line.

    It was Elvis who really got me hooked on beat music. When I heard "Heartbreak Hotel" I thought, this is it.

    Friends to Go ... You never need to worry about me I'll be fine on my own ... I've spent a lot of time on my own.

    Someone like John would want to end the Beatle period and start the Yoko period. He wouldn't like either to interfere with the other.

    I'm really pleased to be working with Fidelity Investments. We have a lot in common--a commitment to helping people, a dedication to the arts, and a belief that you should never stop doing what you love.

    We don't eat anything that has to be killed for us. We've been through a lot and we've reached a stage where we really value life.

    If they want to consider themselves a civilized nationthey're going to have to stop this.

    People don't like land mines, especially the survivors and the people who are living in the countries with them, ... They think they are cowardly, like we do, so I think it's down to the governments to actually just listen to the people and sign the treaty and get rid of all these things and there would be an end to it.

    At the end of the Beatles, I really was done in for the first time in my life. Until then, I really was a kind of cocky sod.

    Somebody said to me, 'But the Beatles were anti-materialistic.' That's a huge myth. John and I literally used to sit down and say, 'Now, let's write a swimming pool.'

    I used to think that all my Wings stuff was second-rate stuff, but I began to meet younger kids, not kids from my Beatle generation, who would say, We really love this song.

    The two of us were on fire every time we sat down to write.

    I definitely did look up to John. We all looked up to John. He was older and he was very much the leader; he was the quickest wit and the smartest.

    I generally tend towards the optimistic, ... But sometimes when you're looking around for something to write about, you say, I've just done a few optimistic songs. Now, is there anything else going on in my life, or has there ever been anything else other than optimism' And you cast around and you think, yeah of course there has, there's been rejected friendships, there's been times when you're not getting on with people, things like that. I've had plenty of those in my life.

    I used to think that anyone doing anything weird was weird. I suddenly realized that anyone doing anything weird wasn't weird at all and it was the people saying they were weird that were weird.

    You know because I mean, I remember just in Europe -- in Finland -- I saw this very stately, older man -- grey-haired man and his wife, a grey-haired lady. And he's just sort of standing there and he just had his arms around her. Very emotional,

    None of us wanted to be the bass player. In our minds he was the fat guy who always played at the back.

    I will continue to work with Heather Mills on the recording project, and even though this story (of romance) is not true, I hope it will bring attention to her worthwhile efforts for the disabled worldwide.

    You know, I'm not one of these people that just because I've done all that I now become Superman. You can't touch me. You know, you can touch me. I'm very, unfortunately, very reachable,

    I used to think anyone doing anything weird was weird. Now I know that it is the people that call others weird that are weird.

    A lot of times it's a real casual thing. Do a few tracks a day, have a bit of fun. Normally I kind of say, 'I'd like to make a good album.' This time there was motivation, determination. 'I'm going to make a good album. I'm going to, and that's that.'

    I feel that if I said anything about John, I would have to sit here for five days and say it all. Or I don't want to say anything.

    In the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.

    The touring part of this, what's that given you I mean, I, to be honest, I'm wondering, 'Wait a minute. The guy, he doesn't need money, he doesn't need adulation, he doesn't need validation.' What's it about

    It (LSD) opened my eyes. We only use on-tenth of our brain. Just think of what we could accomplish if we could only tap that hidden part It would mean a whole new world if the politicians would take LSD. There wouldn't be any more war or poverty or famine.

    It's been my ambition for about 30 years to do a full-length animation film.

    The thing is that Heather is for real. If someone is distressing her, she really takes it to heart.

    John's time and effort were, in the main, spent on pretty honorable stuff. As for the other side, well, nobody's perfect, nobody's Jesus. And look what they did to him.

    my dream come true. I heard many stories of Russia and imagined Russian people being mysterious and cold, but now I know more.

    I saw that Meryl Streep said, I just want to do my job well. And really, that's all I'm ever trying to do.

    I always remember the old song, 'Wedding bells are breaking up that old gang of mine,' ... You're going to grow up. You're going to get married. You're going to get girlfriends and have babies and things, and you don't do that in a band.

    I love him. We always hoped that there would be some miracle to happen, but he's such a brave guy and a beautiful guy, and we are all going to miss him.

    I said to myself, 'I'm gonna make a good album.' I gave myself a task,

    We were pretty good mates until the Beatles started to split up and Yoko came into it. It was more like old army buddies splitting up on account of wedding bells.

    I think people who create and write, it actually does flow-just flows from into their head, into their hand, and they write it down. It's simple.

    I care. I care, yeah, I just don't dare read 'em in case there's some terrible little line in them.

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