Paul McCartney Famous Quotes & Sayings

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100 Paul McCartney Famous Sayings, Quotes and Quotation.

Paul McCartney Sayings: Sometimes you write a song in a certain era and it's got a certain kind Sometimes you write a song in a certain era and it's got a certain kind of significance.
Paul McCartney Sayings: I'm actually doing what I want with my life. I do sometime think I could I'm actually doing what I want with my life. I do sometime think I could just shut up and rest on my laurels and say: you know what guys, I'll operate out of the pocket you put me in ... but no way! No way I'm gonna do that! I'd just get bored stiff the first minute.
Paul McCartney Sayings: If I ever get out of here, thought of giving it all away to a If I ever get out of here, thought of giving it all away to a registered charity.
Paul McCartney Sayings: The ring at the end of my nose makes me look rather pretty. The ring at the end of my nose makes me look rather pretty.
Paul McCartney Sayings: We were a savage little lot, Liverpool kids, not pacifist or vegetarian or anything. But We were a savage little lot, Liverpool kids, not pacifist or vegetarian or anything. But I feel I've gone beyond that, and that it was immature to be so prejudiced and believe in all the stereotypes.
Paul McCartney Sayings: I'm trying to do it honestly and genuinely; if some of it's not working to I'm trying to do it honestly and genuinely; if some of it's not working to your taste, what can I say?
Paul McCartney Sayings: As far as art's concerned, I probably like modern art more than traditional art. As far as art's concerned, I probably like modern art more than traditional art.
Paul McCartney Sayings: When you get the money, you still need to keep going; you don't stop. There When you get the money, you still need to keep going; you don't stop. There has to be something else. I think it's the freedom to do what you want and to live your dreams.
Paul McCartney Sayings: I meet so many people that just sort of say, "I want to thank you I meet so many people that just sort of say, "I want to thank you for your music. It really helped me" or "It changed my life."
Paul McCartney Sayings: I used to go round to Aunt Mimi's house and John would be at the I used to go round to Aunt Mimi's house and John would be at the typewriter, which was fairly unusual in Liverpool. None of my mates even knew what a typewriter was. Well they knew what it was but they didn't hae one. Nobody had one.
Paul McCartney Sayings: If there were no Carl Perkins, there would be no Beatles. If there were no Carl Perkins, there would be no Beatles.
Paul McCartney Sayings: When you first get money, you buy all these things so no one thinks you're When you first get money, you buy all these things so no one thinks you're mean, and you spread it around. You get a chauffeur and you find yourself thrown around the back of this car and you think, I was happier when I had my own little car! I could drive myself!
Paul McCartney Sayings: I support decriminalisation. People are smoking pot anyway and to make them into criminals is I support decriminalisation. People are smoking pot anyway and to make them into criminals is wrong. It's when you're in jail you really become a criminal.
Paul McCartney Sayings: What I have to say is all in the music. If I want to say What I have to say is all in the music. If I want to say anything, I write a song.
Paul McCartney Sayings: Give Ireland back to the Irish, don't make them have to take it away. Give Ireland back to the Irish, don't make them have to take it away.
Paul McCartney Sayings: One of my great memories of John is from when we were having some argument. 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.
Paul McCartney Sayings: There are seven levels! There are seven levels!
Paul McCartney Sayings: I do have a spongelike ear or mentality or whatever you call it, but it's I do have a spongelike ear or mentality or whatever you call it, but it's probably a bit subconscious.
Paul McCartney Sayings: Why would I retire? Sit at home and watch TV? No thanks. I'd rather be Why would I retire? Sit at home and watch TV? No thanks. I'd rather be out playing.
Paul McCartney Sayings: There must be a better way to make the things we want, a way that There must be a better way to make the things we want, a way that doesn't spoil the sky, or the rain or the land
Paul McCartney Sayings: I used to think anyone doing anything weird was weird. Now I know that it 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.
Paul McCartney Sayings: The strange thing is, we never owned our own publishing; it was always getting bought The strange thing is, we never owned our own publishing; it was always getting bought and sold.
Paul McCartney Sayings: One of things about beards is that, when men reach a certain age, they'd like One of things about beards is that, when men reach a certain age, they'd like to see if they can grow one. It's a phenomenon I understand very well. After you get over the itchy face, you go, "Oh, I don't have to shave, that's cool." And then you move into the philosophical thing- people say, "You look weird, you have a beard." And you say, "No, actually, it's weird to shave." Having a beard is natural. When you think about it, shaving it off is quite weird.
Paul McCartney Sayings: When we were starting off as kids, just the idea of maybe going to do 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.
Paul McCartney Sayings: Alas, it looks like those unsubstantiated rumours about me are about to come true after Alas, it looks like those unsubstantiated rumours about me are about to come true after all this time ...
Paul McCartney Sayings: I think the 'Just say no' mentality is so crazed. I saw a thing in I think the 'Just say no' mentality is so crazed. I saw a thing in a women's magazine the other day. 'He smokes cannabis, what am I to do? He laughs it off when I try to tell him, he says it's not really harmful ... ' Of course you're half hoping the advice will be, 'Well, you know it's not that harmful; if you love him, if you talk to him about it, tell him maybe he should keep it in the garden shed or something,' you know, a reasonable point of view. But of course it was, 'No, no, all drugs are bad. Librium's good, Valium's good. But cannabis, ooooh!' I hate that unreasoned attitude.
Paul McCartney Sayings: It's a lifelong gift, something you can call on at any time. It's a lifelong gift, something you can call on at any time.
Paul McCartney Sayings: The good Lord made this world and everything that's in it. The way I see The good Lord made this world and everything that's in it. The way I see it, baby, you got to love it to the limit.
Paul McCartney Sayings: I would quite like to have been a 1920s writer. I would quite like to have been a 1920s writer.
Paul McCartney Sayings: I'm still looking to write a great song ... You always are. You know, you I'm still looking to write a great song ... You always are. You know, you never think, 'Well, that's enough ... that's good enough.'
Paul McCartney Sayings: I used to think that all my Wings stuff was second-rate stuff, but I began 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.
Paul McCartney Sayings: I look a lot busier than I am, as I'm actually a rather sporadic, random I look a lot busier than I am, as I'm actually a rather sporadic, random person and I'll play a few gigs and then disappear for a while.
Paul McCartney Sayings: I hate the idea of success robbing you of your private life. I hate the idea of success robbing you of your private life.
Paul McCartney Sayings: Most people don't know that I invented the selfie. Most people don't know that I invented the selfie.
Paul McCartney Sayings: By the time we made "Abbey Road", John and I were openly critical of each 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.
Paul McCartney Sayings: I was impossible. I don't know how anyone could have lived with me. For the I was impossible. I don't know how anyone could have lived with me. For the first time in my life, I was on the scrap heap, an unemployed worker.
Paul McCartney Sayings: When a war is over I think it's a cowardly thing to leave the war When a war is over I think it's a cowardly thing to leave the war behind you in minefields that hit women and children and the most vulnerable. Imagine the war is finished and you go to work and there are snipers shooting at you. Imagine taking your kids to the beach and you find that the beach is blowing up beneath you. Like there's nowhere safe.
Paul McCartney Sayings: I do like Eddie Van Halen as a player. He gets it right quite often. I do like Eddie Van Halen as a player. He gets it right quite often.
Paul McCartney Sayings: My so-called career is a haphazard thing. My so-called career is a haphazard thing.
Paul McCartney Sayings: There was one moment where they were riding their little ponies in Scotland, and Stella There was one moment where they were riding their little ponies in Scotland, and Stella said to me: 'Dad! You're Paul McCartney, aren't you?' 'Yes darling, but I'm Daddy really'.
Paul McCartney Sayings: I lost my voice. I'd never had to cancel a show before and I had I lost my voice. I'd never had to cancel a show before and I had to walk around with a pad and a pen, writing things down.
Paul McCartney Sayings: I realize now that taking drugs was like taking an aspirin without having a headache. I realize now that taking drugs was like taking an aspirin without having a headache.
Paul McCartney Sayings: I used to think that anyone doing anything weird was weird. I suddenly realized that 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.
Paul McCartney Sayings: If they won't come to worship God in a church, something must be done. We If they won't come to worship God in a church, something must be done. We have to instigate a nationwide search for a way to make it fun.
Paul McCartney Sayings: I didn't earn that much in record royalties. You've only got to look at my I didn't earn that much in record royalties. You've only got to look at my sales in 1980 to figure that one out.
Paul McCartney Sayings: I just start singing some words with a tune. I don't ever write a song I just start singing some words with a tune. I don't ever write a song thinking, Now I'll write a song about ...
Paul McCartney Sayings: My brother's researched our early family history. He found a letter from a fella who My brother's researched our early family history. He found a letter from a fella who said he used to be in love with my mum.
Paul McCartney Sayings: I've got a few guitars that I like. The trouble with fame and riches is I've got a few guitars that I like. The trouble with fame and riches is that you have more than one guitar.
Paul McCartney Sayings: The planet is under pressure and our choices have never been more important. The Food The planet is under pressure and our choices have never been more important. The Food Revolution Summit is an informative and empowering platform which highlights ways to set a new pattern for the future of the planet.
Paul McCartney Sayings: George Harrison and John Lennon were the ones most against touring ... I'd been trying George Harrison and John Lennon were the ones most against touring ... I'd been trying to say ..Ah, tourings good and it keeps us sharp .. but finally I agreed with them
Paul McCartney Sayings: When you got a job to do, you got to do it well. You gotta When you got a job to do, you got to do it well. You gotta give the other fellow hell.
Paul McCartney Sayings: When I see bacon, I see a pig, I see a little friend, and that's When I see bacon, I see a pig, I see a little friend, and that's why I can't eat it. Simple as that.
Paul McCartney Sayings: Somebody said to me, 'But the Beatles were anti-materialistic.' That's a huge myth. John and 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.
Paul McCartney Sayings: The music publishing I own is fabulous recording. The music publishing I own is fabulous recording.
Paul McCartney Sayings: I definitely did look up to John. We all looked up to John. He was 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.
Paul McCartney Sayings: I think [Transcendental Meditation] is what people need. They don't need high minded talk, they I think [Transcendental Meditation] is what people need. They don't need high minded talk, they need results.
Paul McCartney Sayings: It's also not unusual for writers to look backward. Because that's your pool of resources. It's also not unusual for writers to look backward. Because that's your pool of resources.
Paul McCartney Sayings: All we ever got in those [early] days was Where are you from? Liverpool? You'll All we ever got in those [early] days was Where are you from? Liverpool? You'll have to be in London before you can do it. Nobody's ever done it from Liverpool.
Paul McCartney Sayings: When I write, there are times not always when I hear John (Lennon) in my 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.
Paul McCartney Sayings: And I loved Fats Waller. I love his instrumental abilities, his vocal abilities and his And I loved Fats Waller. I love his instrumental abilities, his vocal abilities and his sense of humor.
Paul McCartney Sayings: Be cool and you'll be alright. That's rock & roll religion. Be cool and you'll be alright. That's rock & roll religion.
Paul McCartney Sayings: Close your eyes and I'll kiss you, Tomorrow I'll miss you. Close your eyes and I'll kiss you, Tomorrow I'll miss you.
Paul McCartney Sayings: To keep the record straight, it wasn't always John and Yoko. We've all accused one To keep the record straight, it wasn't always John and Yoko. We've all accused one another of various business things; we tend to be pretty paranoid by now, as you can imagine. There's a lot of money involved.
Paul McCartney Sayings: A lot of the Beatles albums were very various, and we did it on purpose: A lot of the Beatles albums were very various, and we did it on purpose: We didn't want the next track to sound like the last one.
Paul McCartney Sayings: The beatles were always a great band. nothing more nothing less The beatles were always a great band. nothing more nothing less
Paul McCartney Sayings: Jet, I can almost remember their funny faces Jet, I can almost remember their funny faces
Paul McCartney Sayings: I don't know anything about the Appalachian mountains or cowboys and Indians or anything. I I don't know anything about the Appalachian mountains or cowboys and Indians or anything. I just made it up.
Paul McCartney Sayings: When we were kids we always used to say, 'Okay, whoever dies first, get a When we were kids we always used to say, 'Okay, whoever dies first, get a message through.'
When John died, I thought, 'Well, maybe we'll get a message,' because I know he knew the deal. I haven't had a message from John.
Paul McCartney Sayings: Domesticity is the enemy of art. I don't know if that's true. You can write Domesticity is the enemy of art. I don't know if that's true. You can write good happy songs. So, I don't think it's necessarily happiness. But I think self-satisfaction is maybe the enemy. It's kind of better to think, "Tomorrow night I'm gonna sing it better." There is this forward effort. It feels to me right, it feels human.
Paul McCartney Sayings: If this ever changing world in which we live in makes you give in and If this ever changing world in which we live in makes you give in and cry, say live and let die.
Paul McCartney Sayings: All at once we see things in our skies, and we both realize it together. All at once we see things in our skies, and we both realize it together. Well you know they were wrong, get on the right thing.
Paul McCartney Sayings: I am alive and well and unconcerned about the rumors of my death. But if 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.
Paul McCartney Sayings: Sadness isn't sadness. It's happiness in a black jacket. Tears are not tears. They're balls Sadness isn't sadness. It's happiness in a black jacket. Tears are not tears. They're balls of laughter dipped in salt. Death is not death. It's life that's jumped off a tall cliff.
Paul McCartney Sayings: I like the idea that people hear my stuff, and if it's commercially successful, that's I like the idea that people hear my stuff, and if it's commercially successful, that's a good sign that it's being heard.
Paul McCartney Sayings: Every love song I write is for Linda. Every love song I write is for Linda.
Paul McCartney Sayings: At the end of the Beatles, I really was done in for the first time 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.
Paul McCartney Sayings: Microphones are just like people, if you shout at them, they get scared. Microphones are just like people, if you shout at them, they get scared.
Paul McCartney Sayings: I'm singing 'English Tea' from my new album 'Chaos and Creation in the Backyard.' I I'm singing 'English Tea' from my new album 'Chaos and Creation in the Backyard.' I have a cup of tea in the morning, so it's something good to wake up to.
Paul McCartney Sayings: You can judge a man's true character by the way he treats his fellow animals. You can judge a man's true character by the way he treats his fellow animals.
Paul McCartney Sayings: We would normally play it to Cynthia or whoever was around We would normally play it to Cynthia or whoever was around
Paul McCartney Sayings: I love to hear a choir. I love the humanity ... to see the faces 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.
Paul McCartney Sayings: I doubt very much if The Beatles would have happened if it was not for I doubt very much if The Beatles would have happened if it was not for Elvis.
Paul McCartney Sayings: In Liverpool we'd only done one-hour sessions. In Hamburg we had to play for eight In Liverpool we'd only done one-hour sessions. In Hamburg we had to play for eight hours. We played very loud, bang, bang, all the time. The Germans loved it.
Paul McCartney Sayings: My dad was a particularly polite kind of guy, very courteous. My dad was a particularly polite kind of guy, very courteous.
Paul McCartney Sayings: Life is an energy field, a bunch of molecules. And these particular molecules formed to Life is an energy field, a bunch of molecules. And these particular molecules formed to make these four guys, who then formed into this band called the Beatles and did all that work. I have to think that was something metaphysical. Something alchemic. Something that must be thought of as magic.
Paul McCartney Sayings: It's nice to have a little bit of art to fall back on. It's nice to have a little bit of art to fall back on.
Paul McCartney Sayings: There are a lot of artists who haven't lost anything to domesticity. In my case, There are a lot of artists who haven't lost anything to domesticity. In my case, it probably did happen.
Paul McCartney Sayings: Late at night when the wind is still I'll come flying through your door, And Late at night when the wind is still I'll come flying through your door, And you'll know what love is for. I am a bluebird, I'm a bluebird ...
Paul McCartney Sayings: My old school in Liverpool is now a performing-arts school, and I kind of teach My old school in Liverpool is now a performing-arts school, and I kind of teach there - I use the word lightly - but I go there and talk to students.
Paul McCartney Sayings: I think it's something to do with the structural quality of the songs. We weren't I think it's something to do with the structural quality of the songs. We weren't actually trying to make stuff that was cool, or of the moment, although a lot of it was. We were trying to make stuff that was good enough to stick around and lo and behold, it has.
Paul McCartney Sayings: George wrote Taxman, and I played guitar on it. He wrote it in anger at 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.
Paul McCartney Sayings: When you were young, and your heart, was an open book. You used to say, When you were young, and your heart, was an open book. You used to say, live and let live.
Paul McCartney Sayings: There is good and bad in everyone. There is good and bad in everyone.
Paul McCartney Sayings: No one is out to break your heart, it only seems that way. No one is out to break your heart, it only seems that way.
Paul McCartney Sayings: It's been my ambition for about 30 years to do a full- length animation film. It's been my ambition for about 30 years to do a full- length animation film.
Paul McCartney Sayings: There will be an answer. Let it be. There will be an answer. Let it be.
Paul McCartney Sayings: A lot of artists use memories. A lot of prose writers, a lot of poets, A lot of artists use memories. A lot of prose writers, a lot of poets, a lot of songwriters, refer back to something. Generally it's all you've got, unless you're brilliant and can write totally in the now.
Paul McCartney Sayings: I believe that in the future meditation could be as commonplace in schools and society I believe that in the future meditation could be as commonplace in schools and society as eco-awareness is now. It interests me that an ancient cure may be the solution to a modern problem.
Paul McCartney Sayings: Home in her apartment she'd dwell 'til the man from her dreams comes to break Home in her apartment she'd dwell 'til the man from her dreams comes to break the spell.
Paul McCartney Sayings: It was a period when they used to read into our lyrics a lot, used It was a period when they used to read into our lyrics a lot, used to think there was more in them than there was.