"The first time I heard "Love Me Do" on the
radio, I went shivery all over - I couldn't believe it!"
"As usual, there is a great woman behind every idiot”
"America: It's like Britain, only with buttons."
"I can't deal with the press; I hate all those Beatles
"The world used us as an excuse to go mad."
“Part of me suspects that I'm a loser, and the other
part of me thinks I'm God Almighty”
White Album is important to me for different reasons. One -
I had left the band on the White Album."
"...And I came back and it was great, 'cuz George had set
up all these flowers all over the studio saying welcome home.
So then we got it together again. I always felt it was better
on the White one for me. We were more like a band, you know."
"Nothing pleases me more than to go into a room and come
out with a piece of music."
"The Beatles saved the world from boredom."
"Will the people in the cheaper seats clap your hands?
And the rest of you, if you'll just rattle your jewelry."
John Lennon during the Royal Variety Performance
(November 4, 1963)
Reporter, during a 1964 press conference: "What do you
call that haircut?"
"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."
"I must confess, when the Beatles finished around about
1970, I thought, 'OK. We've done jolly well, I didn't honestly
think I'd still be talking about them 30 or 40 years later.
I thought interest would gradually peter out. But it does seem
-- and I've gotten quite used to this -- each generation, as
it comes along, finds Beatles music out for themselves. And
I'm grateful for that. If anything, it was the epitome of British
music in the last century."
Question: "What do you think
of the criticism that you`re not very good?"
George Harrison: "We`re not."
"None of us wanted to be the bass player. In our minds
he was the fat guy who always played at the back."
"What the Beatles did was something incredible, it was
more than what a band could do. We have to give them respect."
"I don't bother so much about the others' songs. For
instance, I don't give a damn about how 'Something' is doing
in the charts -- I watch 'Come Together' (the flip side) because
that's my song."
John Lennon (near the end of The
Beatles as a band)
"I now realize that taking drugs was like taking an aspirin
without having a headache."
Paul McCartney, 1967
“That was a great time. I was in my 20s, had lots of
energy. I have great memories of it.”
"As far as I'm concerned, there won't be a Beatles reunion
as long as John Lennon remains dead."
"I don't intend to be a performing flea any more. I was
the dreamweaver, but although I'll be around I don't intend
to be running at 20,000 miles an hour trying to prove myself.
I don't want to die at 40."
"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.”
"I'd rather be a musician than a rockstar."
“A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you
dream together is reality.”
"I never really got on that well with Yoko anyway. Strangely
enough, I only started to get to know her after John's death."
"I've always thought there was this underlying thing
in Paul's 'Get Back.' When we were in the studio recording
it, every time he sang the line 'Get back to where you once
belonged," he'd look at Yoko."
“No, I've got my band, and he's got his. It's never
going to happen. We're both doing other things now.”
Ringo Starr, 2005, when asked if he and Paul would ever tour
“The door’s always open for
a meeting, although to be realistic it would have to be on
volition. But we’re not starry-eyed youngsters anymore,
it would be nice to meet just for posterity. There were some
great moments in Liverpool when we were kids.”
Pete Best, about the possibility of a meeting with the other
surviving former Beatles
"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."
"I didn't leave the Beatles. The Beatles have left the
Beatles, but no one wants to be the one to say the party's
"I didn't like the look of Rory's drummer myself. He
looked the nasty one, with his little grey streak of hair.
But the nasty one turned out to be Ringo, the nicest of them
"So we went in and we did the album in twelve hours...
because we did everything we'd been doing on the road for
the last year or so, you know."
Ringo Starr on recording the Beatles' first
"Life is what happens while you are busy making other
John Lennon, from his song 'Beautiful
“I am devastated and very, very sad, ... We knew he'd
been ill for a long time. He was a lovely guy and a very
brave man and had a wonderful sense of humor. He is really
just my baby brother.”
Paul McCartney, after the death of George
"When I'm ninety-five and it's 'This is Your Life' time,
they'll still be referring to me as 'ex-Beatle'...it does have
it's advantages. It's still the best way to get a good table
at a resturant."
"The Beatles is over, but John, Paul, George, and Ringo...God
knows what relationship they'll have in the future. I don't
know. I still love those guys! Because they'll always be those
people who were that part of my life."
"The Beatles will go on and on."