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This is a poor collection of quotes. Most are from the same song. I would also suggest splitting into 'Lyrics' and 'Quotes'. --HappyDog 02:40, 18 June 2006 (UTC)


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  • By the time we made "Abbey Road", John and I were openly critical of each other's music, and I felt John wasn't much interested in performing anything he hadn't written himself
  • I am alive and well and unconcerned about the rumors of my death. But if I were dead, I would be the last to know.
  • I love to hear a choir. I love the humanity — to see the faces of real people devoting themselves to a piece of music. I like the teamwork. It makes me feel optimistic about the human race when I see them cooperating like that.
  • I now realize that taking drugs was like taking an aspirin without having a headache.
  • 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.
  • I have no problem with bootlegs, although every time I say that, my lawyer says, "Oh yes you do."
  • It [LSD] opened my eyes. We only use one-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 was Elvis who really got me hooked on beat music. When I heard "Heartbreak Hotel" I thought, this is it.
  • She's absolutely gorgeous. Heather and I are having a wonderful time. I could go on for hours and drag the photographs out, but I'd never get back to the studio.
    • about his daughter, Beatrice McCartney
  • 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".
  • "The first thing I remember was flying back from America with our road manager Mal Evans. Over our meal we were talking about salt and pepper which was misheard as Sgt. Pepper. I then had the idea for the song "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" and thought it would be interesting for us to pretend, during the making of the album, that we were members of his band rather than The Beatles, in order to give us a fresh slant.With this in mind, I suggested to the guys that we each create an alter ego for ourselves and have uniforms made by a costumier. To help this process, we would all make a list of the people that our newly created characters might have admired. Everyone seemed to like the idea and with this in mind, we made the album. Our attitude now was that of a completely different set of individuals and not the attitude that we would normally have had as The Beatles. The making of the record became a wild, colourful fairground ride where all things were possible. I remember clearly a music critic surmising that because no one had heard from us for a while, The Beatles had dried up! We worked on happily in the knowledge that this one gentleman was about to be proved well and truly wrong! I could go on and on about that period and the fun we had but I think it's better for now to say no more and simply let the album speak for itself."
  • We did it this way because both John and I had a number of songs which were great as they were but which we'd never finished.
  • 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.
  • Dear Mailbag,
    In order to put out of its misery the limping dog of a news story which has been dragging itself across your pages for the past year, my answer to the question "will the Beatles get together again... is no.
    - Paul McCartney.
    • Letter to New Musical Express magazine
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