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101 Wonderful Paul McCartney Quotes To Inspire You To Great Heights

Famous As: Co-Lead Vocalist of the Rock Band 'The Beatles' and One of the Most Successful Composers of All Time
Born On: June 18, 1942
Born In: Liverpool, England, United Kingdom
Founder / Co Founder: Apple Records, Apple Corps, MPL Communications, Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, Northern Songs
Age: 80 Years

Sir James Paul McCartney along with John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr combined to form the monumental band ‘The Beatles’. He was the songwriter, lead vocalist and bass guitarist of the all time greatest band ever rated by the Rolling Stones. McCartney was also inducted twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as a solo artist and a member of Beatles). Along with accolades such as Brit Awards and Academy Awards, he is also a 21-time recipient of the prestigious Grammy Awards. His track “Yesterday” is the only song by a British artist to have been played most number of times on American television and radio. McCartney has also played his part as an activist supporting campaigns such as World Animal Protection, Make Poverty History, Save The Arctic and many more, apart from performing in numerous fundraising and charitable shows. Being a very popular music icon, Paul McCartney has shared his views on various subjects and issues. We have collected his most famous quotes from his interviews, lyrics, and general observations. Here is an exclusive collection of famous quotes from this Hall of Famer from the music industry.

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And, in the end
The love you take
is equal to the love you make.

And, in the end The love you take is equal to the love you make.

Paul McCartney
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 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
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
If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian.

If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian.

Paul McCartney
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
If slaughterhouses had glass walls, we would all be vegetarian.

If slaughterhouses had glass walls, we would all be vegetarian.

Paul McCartney
When you were young, and your heart, was an open book. You used to say, live and let live.

When you were young, and your heart, was an open book. You used to say, live and let live.

Paul McCartney
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.

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
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.

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
I don't work at being ordinary.

I don't work at being ordinary.

Paul McCartney
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 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
Think globally, act locally.

Think globally, act locally.

Paul McCartney
Take these broken wings and learn to fly.

Take these broken wings and learn to fly.

Paul McCartney
The beatles were always a great band. nothing more nothing less

The beatles were always a great band. nothing more nothing less

Paul McCartney
Lady Madonna lying on the bed 
Listen to the music playing in your head.

Lady Madonna lying on the bed Listen to the music playing in your head.

Paul McCartney
What I have to say is all in the music. If I want to say anything, I write a song.

What I have to say is all in the music. If I want to say anything, I write a song.

Paul McCartney
Paul's last words to Linda:

Paul's last words to Linda: "You're up on your beautiful Appaloosa stallion. It's a fine spring day. We're riding through the woods. The bluebells are all out, and the sky is clear-blue".

Paul McCartney
It's like if you're an astronaut and you've been to the moon, what do you want to do with the rest of your life?

It's like if you're an astronaut and you've been to the moon, what do you want to do with the rest of your life?

Paul McCartney
For you know that it's a fool who plays it cool, by making his world a little colder.

For you know that it's a fool who plays it cool, by making his world a little colder.

Paul McCartney
And what's the point of changing when I'm happy as I am?

And what's the point of changing when I'm happy as I am?

Paul McCartney
Animation is not just for children - it's also for adults who take drugs.

Animation is not just for children - it's also for adults who take drugs.

Paul McCartney
I think people who create and write, it actually does flow – just flows from into their head, into their hand, and they right it down. It’s simple.

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

Paul McCartney
If You can play Your stuff in a pub, then Youre a good band.

If You can play Your stuff in a pub, then Youre a good band.

Paul McCartney
Me? I'm a mocker!

Me? I'm a mocker!

Paul McCartney
I can't deal with the press; I hate all those Beatles questions.

I can't deal with the press; I hate all those Beatles questions.

Paul McCartney
Buy, buy, says the sign in the shop window; Why, why, says the junk in the yard.

Buy, buy, says the sign in the shop window; Why, why, says the junk in the yard.

Paul McCartney
Being in the audience actually looks like quite a lot of fun.

Being in the audience actually looks like quite a lot of fun.

Paul McCartney
You were only waiting for this moment to be free.

You were only waiting for this moment to be free.

Paul McCartney
I can’t manage without homeopathy. In fact, I never go anywhere without homeopathic remedies. I often make use of them.

I can’t manage without homeopathy. In fact, I never go anywhere without homeopathic remedies. I often make use of them.

Paul McCartney
There are seven levels!

There are seven levels!

Paul McCartney

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
I'm the worst on facts about me or facts about the Beatles.

I'm the worst on facts about me or facts about the Beatles.

Paul McCartney
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
But you know, as a kid I would have thought of a vegetarian as a wimp.

But you know, as a kid I would have thought of a vegetarian as a wimp.

Paul McCartney
Why would I retire? Sit at home and watch TV? No thanks. I'd rather be out playing.

Why would I retire? Sit at home and watch TV? No thanks. I'd rather be out playing.

Paul McCartney
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.

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
Lyricists play with words.

Lyricists play with words.

Paul McCartney
I have not practiced how to be a singer without an instrument.

I have not practiced how to be a singer without an instrument.

Paul McCartney
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 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
You see, my mother was a district nurse until she died when I was 14, and we used to move from time to time because of her work.

You see, my mother was a district nurse until she died when I was 14, and we used to move from time to time because of her work.

Paul McCartney
Putting two songs together, I've always loved that trick when it works.

Putting two songs together, I've always loved that trick when it works.

Paul McCartney
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.

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.

Paul McCartney
If children are studying the 20th century, I'm in their text books.

If children are studying the 20th century, I'm in their text books.

Paul McCartney
I never look forward, because I have no idea about how any of it happened to getting here. I've no idea how the next five years are going to be.

I never look forward, because I have no idea about how any of it happened to getting here. I've no idea how the next five years are going to be.

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

Paul McCartney
Where I come from, you don't really talk about how much you're earning. Those things are private. My dad never told my mum how much he was earning. I'm certainly not going to tell the world. I'm doing well.

Where I come from, you don't really talk about how much you're earning. Those things are private. My dad never told my mum how much he was earning. I'm certainly not going to tell the world. I'm doing well.

Paul McCartney
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
Somewhere down the line everyone must pay for their misdeeds.

Somewhere down the line everyone must pay for their misdeeds.

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

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

Paul McCartney
Look, people are allowed their own opinions and they don't always coincide with yours. As an artist you just have to keep plugging on.

Look, people are allowed their own opinions and they don't always coincide with yours. As an artist you just have to keep plugging on.

Paul McCartney
I don't take me seriously. If we get some giggles, I don't mind.

I don't take me seriously. If we get some giggles, I don't mind.

Paul McCartney
I don't ever try to make a serious social comment.

I don't ever try to make a serious social comment.

Paul McCartney
The rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated.

The rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated.

Paul McCartney
I'm not religious, but I'm very spiritual.

I'm not religious, but I'm very spiritual.

Paul McCartney
Love is all you need.

Love is all you need.

Paul McCartney
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.

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.

Paul McCartney
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.

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
It's time to end the cruel slaughter of whales and leave these magnificent creatures alone.

It's time to end the cruel slaughter of whales and leave these magnificent creatures alone.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Paul McCartney
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
My dad was a particularly polite kind of guy, very courteous.

My dad was a particularly polite kind of guy, very courteous.

Paul McCartney
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 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.

Paul McCartney
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.

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
I can take pot or leave it. I got busted in Japan for it. I was nine days without it and there wasn't a hint of withdrawal, nothing.

I can take pot or leave it. I got busted in Japan for it. I was nine days without it and there wasn't a hint of withdrawal, nothing.

Paul McCartney
I'm always writing songs, and I've got a bunch that I want to record.

I'm always writing songs, and I've got a bunch that I want to record.

Paul McCartney
I think the pop industry is still a young man's game.

I think the pop industry is still a young man's game.

Paul McCartney
When I sit down to write a song, it's a kind of improvisation, but I formalize it a bit to get it into the studio, and when I step up to a microphone, I have a vague idea of what I'm about to do.

When I sit down to write a song, it's a kind of improvisation, but I formalize it a bit to get it into the studio, and when I step up to a microphone, I have a vague idea of what I'm about to do.

Paul McCartney
With the Beatles, we'd been very spoiled because we had George Martin who worked for the record label we were going to be signed to. That was very fortunate, because we grew together.

With the Beatles, we'd been very spoiled because we had George Martin who worked for the record label we were going to be signed to. That was very fortunate, because we grew together.

Paul McCartney
I had this song called Helter Skelter, which is just a ridiculous song. So we did it like that, 'cuz I like noise.

I had this song called Helter Skelter, which is just a ridiculous song. So we did it like that, 'cuz I like noise.

Paul McCartney
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 never really got on that well with Yoko anyway. Strangely enough, I only started to get to know her after John's death.

Paul McCartney
The Stones also still have a huge following. Mick Jagger leaps around like a crazy dude. And Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts are playing great too.

The Stones also still have a huge following. Mick Jagger leaps around like a crazy dude. And Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts are playing great too.

Paul McCartney
My dad, bless him, was a musician. And his dad had thought that his music was rubbish.

My dad, bless him, was a musician. And his dad had thought that his music was rubbish.

Paul McCartney
I'm often reading a magazine and hearing about someone's new record, and I think, 'Oh, boy, that's gonna be better than me.' It's a very common thing.

I'm often reading a magazine and hearing about someone's new record, and I think, 'Oh, boy, that's gonna be better than me.' It's a very common thing.

Paul McCartney
I knew the words to 25 rock songs, so I got in the group. Long Tall Sally and Tutti-Frutti, that got me in. That was my audition.

I knew the words to 25 rock songs, so I got in the group. Long Tall Sally and Tutti-Frutti, that got me in. That was my audition.

Paul McCartney
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.

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.

Paul McCartney
Looking back, I think I was always musical. My dad was very musical, and I think my mom was musical.

Looking back, I think I was always musical. My dad was very musical, and I think my mom was musical.

Paul McCartney
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.

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.

Paul McCartney
I was still 15 when I met John Lennon at a village fete in Woolton, in Liverpool.

I was still 15 when I met John Lennon at a village fete in Woolton, in Liverpool.

Paul McCartney
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
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.

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
I love the past. There are parts of the past I hate, of course.

I love the past. There are parts of the past I hate, of course.

Paul McCartney
I got my first guitar when I was 15, and I just used to fool about with it, more or less, as time went by, though, I got more interested.

I got my first guitar when I was 15, and I just used to fool about with it, more or less, as time went by, though, I got more interested.

Paul McCartney
But with writers, there's nothing wrong with melancholy. It's an important color in writing.

But with writers, there's nothing wrong with melancholy. It's an important color in writing.

Paul McCartney
She is the rock 'n' roll queen. Weirdly enough, that is one of the things her reign will be remembered for. Queen Elizabeth I, we remember Raleigh; Queen Elizabeth II it's gonna be the Beatles.

She is the rock 'n' roll queen. Weirdly enough, that is one of the things her reign will be remembered for. Queen Elizabeth I, we remember Raleigh; Queen Elizabeth II it's gonna be the Beatles.

Paul McCartney
My so-called career is a haphazard thing.

My so-called career is a haphazard thing.

Paul McCartney
I think I always had a musicality, and I think I could tell a good song from a bad song. And I would appreciate hearing something that was new to me.

I think I always had a musicality, and I think I could tell a good song from a bad song. And I would appreciate hearing something that was new to me.

Paul McCartney
I'm a pretty hands-on dad and make the most of my custody. I take care of my little one whenever I can, and she determines what I can do and where I can do it.

I'm a pretty hands-on dad and make the most of my custody. I take care of my little one whenever I can, and she determines what I can do and where I can do it.

Paul McCartney
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.

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
And I loved Fats Waller. I love his instrumental abilities, his vocal abilities and his sense of humor.

And I loved Fats Waller. I love his instrumental abilities, his vocal abilities and his sense of humor.

Paul McCartney
There are only four people who knew what the Beatles were about anyway.

There are only four people who knew what the Beatles were about anyway.

Paul McCartney
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.

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
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.'

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
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.

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
So, if I'm cooking, I'll be steaming vegetables, making some nice salad, that kind of stuff.

So, if I'm cooking, I'll be steaming vegetables, making some nice salad, that kind of stuff.

Paul McCartney
Nothing pleases me more than to go into a room and come out with a piece of music.

Nothing pleases me more than to go into a room and come out with a piece of music.

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

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

Paul McCartney
One of my biggest thrills for me still is sitting down with a guitar or a piano and just out of nowhere trying to make a song happen.

One of my biggest thrills for me still is sitting down with a guitar or a piano and just out of nowhere trying to make a song happen.

Paul McCartney