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Best Beatles Quotes

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Best Beatles Quotes

Four of the world's best-known musicians were in the spotlight for decades, so it's no surprise there are so many quotable quotes by the members of the Beatles. Here are some of the most memorable words from John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. These aren't the lyrics to their catchy songs, but the things they said in TV interviews, in writing … in their real lives.

"America has everything, why should they want us?"

- Harrison, 1964, as the Beatles arrived to conquer America

"So this is America. They must be out of their minds."

- Starr, in 1964, arriving in America for the first time

"We didn't all get into music for a job! We got into music to avoid a job, in truth - and get lots of girls."

- McCartney

"We reckoned we could make it because there were four of us. None of us would've made it alone, because Paul wasn't quite strong enough, I didn't have enough girl-appeal, George was too quiet, and Ringo was the drummer. But we thought that everyone would be able to dig at least one of us, and that's how it turned out."

- Lennon

"I'd rather be a musician than a rockstar."

- Harrison

"What I'd have liked would have been the money and the hit records without the fame."

- Lennon

"Us, communists? Why, we can't be communists. We're the world's number one capitalists. Imagine us communists."

- McCartney

"Nothing really affected me until I heard Elvis. If there hadn't been an Elvis, there wouldn't have been the Beatles."

- Lennon

"One of my great memories of John is from when we were having some argument. I was disagreeing and we were calling each other names. We let it settle for a second and then he lowered his glasses and he said: 'It's only me.' And then he put his glasses back on again. To me, that was John. Those were the moments when I actually saw him without the facade, the armor, which I loved as well, like anyone else. It was a beautiful suit of armor. But it was wonderful when he let the visor down and you'd just see the John Lennon that he was frightened to reveal to the world."

- McCartney

"I'll say it again: I love being in a band, I love playing with other human beings. I've never practiced drums unless there was another human being in the room. If you could play, I'd play with you all night. But if I'm just playing by myself, it gets boring pretty quick."

- Starr

"If someone thinks that peace and love are just a cliché that must have been left behind in the '60s, that's a problem. Peace and love are eternal."

- Lennon

"It's being here now that's important. There's no past and there's no future. Time is a very misleading thing. All there is ever, is the now. We can gain experience from the past, but we can't relive it; and we can hope for the future, but we don't know if there is one."

- Harrison

"If being an egomaniac means I believe in what I do and in my art or music, then in that respect you can call me that... I believe in what I do, and I'll say it."

- Lennon

"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."

- McCartney

"While everybody else was going mad, we were actually the sanest people in the whole thing."

- Harrison

"If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there'd be peace."

- Lennon

"I am alive and well and unconcerned about the rumours of my death. But if I were dead, I would be the last to know."

- McCartney in 1969

"I can see the Beatles sticking together forever, really. We've been together a long time."

- Harrison in 1969

"The biggest break in my career was getting into the Beatles in 1962. The second biggest break since then is getting out of them."

- Harrison

"I couldn't put my finger on one reason why we broke up. It was time, and we were spreading out. They were spreading out more than I was. I would've stayed with the band."

- Starr

"We laughed a lot. That's one thing we forgot about for a few years - laughing. When we went through all the lawsuits, it looked as if everything was bleak, but when I think back to before that, I remember we used to laugh all the time."

- Harrison

"I go to restaurants and the groups always play 'Yesterday.' I even signed a guy's violin in Spain after he played us 'Yesterday.' He couldn't understand that I didn't write the song. But I guess he couldn't have gone from table to table playing 'I Am The Walrus.'"

- Lennon

"Sometimes Paul would make us do these really fruity songs. I mean, my god, 'Maxwell’s Silver Hammer' was so fruity."

- Harrison

"Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King are great examples of fantastic nonviolents who died violently. I can never work that out. We're pacifists, but I'm not sure what it means when you're such a pacifist that you get shot. I can never understand that."

- Lennon

"I'm not afraid of death because I don't believe in it. It's just getting out of one car, and into another."

- Lennon

"What I do is I look for the positive side. I'm the only guy who sat down with John and wrote all those songs. It's me. (I've) got to pinch myself, I can't believe it. I just feel blessed to have known him and to have experienced his presence so intimately."

- McCartney