100+ Best Beatles Quotes: Exclusive Selection

The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. The group, whose best-known line-up comprised John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, are regarded as the most influential band of all time. Profoundly inspirational Beatles quotes will encourage growth in life, make you wiser and broaden your perspective.

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Famous Beatles Quotes

What you will hear in his words is that Brian was not only the musician who was most influential in driving The Beatles in a more artistic and advanced direction musically, but that the ‘Sgt. Pepper’ album in particular was a direct outgrowth of Brian’s productions of ‘Pet Sounds’ and ‘Good Vibrations. — David Leaf

Food culture is like listening to the Beatles – it’s international, it’s very positive, it’s inventive and creative. — Alice Waters

I grew up listening to the Beatles and being an ardent Beatles fan when I was in third grade all the way to adulthood, and listening to all kinds of music that came to us either at the flea market or in our living rooms or on the ‘Ed Sullivan’ show – all these places we were influenced by. — Sandra Cisneros

says he was infatuated with the Beatles from his toddler years, asking his mother if Daddy was the ”Nowhere Man. — Rhett Miller

It’s funny, because in 1970 I met the Beatles quite by a chance at a party. It was the Beethoven bicentenary, and I was then also playing the Beethoven Sonatas. And that’s all they wanted to hear about – I wanted to talk about them, and all they wanted to talk about was Beethoven. — Daniel Barenboim

Probably the biggest omission though is the Beatles tour 1964! Undoubtedly there are many more…. — Germaine Greer

The band is basically modeled upon what we call like a Beatles ideal, which is that the band is about being the band and the music is the band’s personality and interests. — Billy Corgan

A lot of the old blues artists have influenced me. Then again, I’m sure the Beatles have… the Beach Boys, a lot of the older bands. I listen to Steely Dan an awful lot. Whether they influence me, I don’t know, because they seem a lot more sophisticated than I. — Christine McVie

It was like the Beatles had arrived, you know. These four elderly ladies, and they were screaming for us-screaming for us. It was wonderful. — Beatrice Arthur

The music of the Beatles is always fabulous, … This groups plays it well but you wouldn’t mistake them for the original. — Linda Murphy

When I first started making music, it was learning other people’s songs and putting them onto four-track. Like Beatles songs and stuff. When I started writing, I used the singing side of the production as a vehicle for melody and lyrical ideas. — M. Ward

We would just be learning to play Beatles songs and Rolling Stones songs of that time – of the ’60s. That’s kinda what inspired me to play. — Tom Araya

He likes Elton John songs, he’s a Beatles maniac, he likes to play guitar. He’s not your typical FBI agent, at least not the way it’s been played in the past, — Nicolas Cage

My dad is a huge folk music fan, so growing up, there were always records playing in my house. Carole King, James Taylor, Simon and Garfunkel, the Beatles – I grew up with this music, and I was aware of how special this music was to a lot of people. — Jake Epstein

Like, we’re the Beatles after all, aren’t we? We have all the money you could ever dream of. We have all the fame you could ever wish for. But, it isn’t love. It isn’t health. It isn’t peace inside. Is it? — George Harrison

You’re not a baby boomer if you don’t have a visceral recollection of a Kennedy and a King assassination, a Beatles breakup, a U.S. defeat in Vietnam, and a Watergate. — P. J. O’Rourke

We always had a guitar at home, but it wasn’t until I was 14 when I picked it up myself when my father handed me these sheets of music of the Beatles and some other classics. That’s where I learned all the chords and learned how to play and sing at the same time. — Jose Gonzalez

My dad was in a Beatles cover band. My mom wore Candies and belly buttons. The people in our family were very glamorous. They wore pearls like Jackie O. — Azita Ghanizada

I’ve bought clothes based on record covers. Particularly from the formative music that turned me onto it in the first place when I was a kid, with the Beatles and the Small Faces. A lot of those Sixties soul artists were in really sharp sharkskin or mohair suits, and Motown artists looked amazing. — Paul Weller

The Beatles were in a different stratosphere, a different planet to the rest of us. All I know is when I heard ‘Love Me Do’ on the radio, I remember walking down the street and knowing my life was going to be completely different now the Beatles were in it. — Justin Hayward

Rock ‘n’ roll is a young form. People over twenty-five ruin it. This whole censorship thing has come about because old people are playing with a form that is essentially young and rebellious. Do you know how brilliant it was for The Beatles to break up when they did? — John Hughs

In the early ’70s, coming out of the ’60s, it was very hippy or it was very uniform, like The Beatles all wearing the same suit. Into the ’70s, it became much more about a personal style. You had the glam period, which was a lot of fun, and then you went into punk. — John Varvatos

The Beatles sang ‘Until There Was You,’ and they sang ‘All You Need is Love,’ and they sang ‘I’ll Follow The Sun,’ and they sang ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand,’ and ‘She Loves You.’ And those songs hung in there and they were very meaningful and they have great melodies and beautiful lyrics, — Joe Johnson

My easy prediction is that The Beatles will sell a lot of songs online, even though seemingly everybody who has access to them has their songs already. — Eric Garland

those that have prescribed the solution through the good feeling of the music itself, like the Beatles and Bob Marley and Bob Dylan. — Serj Tankian

When the Beatles first came out, you had to go to a certain amount of trouble to have long hair. You just couldn’t have it immediately. Anything you can just go out and get – like platform shoes – is not going to inspire people as much as something they have to go through a little bit of hell to have. — Todd Rundgren

In general, it’s a bad idea. The world definitely doesn’t need any more Beatles covers. — Adam Schlesinger

I hope fans will go back and listen to the Beatles and the Beach Boys or Led Zeppelin, or put on ‘Tommy’ and let them experience like I did that moment when ‘Pinball Wizard’ comes on. — Drake Bell

Buck influenced a lot of people, from The Beatles to me. Buck and I were in a lot of battles over the years, always on the same side. Over the last few years, we’d become closer. He even flew up to Portland to see me when I opened for Dylan last year. We were outlaws together. — Merle Haggard

I always kind of think if The Beatles were still around now, people would’ve lost interest quite a long time ago. Seven years of recording – it’s there forever. I think not outstaying your welcome is a vital ingredient. — Martin Freeman

I just wrote ‘Merry Christmas John’ on my balloon. I love the Beatles and especially John Lennon. My mom and dad let me take the day off school to come here. — James Andrews

It’s pretty much like seeing The Beatles or Pink Floyd. They’re the last of the greats. They’re great at what they do. They wouldn’t still be around if they weren’t. — Andrew Wilkinson

A producer I had worked with (David Kahne) got the gig with Paul and brought me in and then, that was that. I was a big Beatles fan when I was young and they were the reason I started playing music. — Rusty Anderson

There was so much excitement for music at the time, and much of it had to do with the Beatles. The Beatles inspired probably more bands than we will ever know, and they certainly inspired me. — Curtis Remington

It absolutely breaks my heart, coming from Liverpool as I do, that I can’t play a single Beatles song, absolutely drives me nuts. — Ken Warwick

People hated him for leaving the Beatles or for falling in love with Yoko … they wanted him to be a Beatle and he fought that all his life. — Don Scardino

As a kid, I had a Beatles poster and a Bela Lugosi as Dracula poster, so both worlds always appealed to me. Horror allows you to do things as a composer than you’re able to do in no other style of movie. The music has to be aggressive. You can’t tiptoe around. It has to be incredibly focused dramatically – no time for second thoughts. — Christopher Young

First off our father was our biggest influence. He showed us all the songs that we needed, that we learned from. He played us every Beatles tune, every Elvis Presley tune Richie Valens,Ronny Millsap, Willie Nelson Anything that you can name …Everything old, nothing new. Everything was old, about the only thing new I can think of is like, you know, probably like Stevie Ray and Santana and stuff. You know, they’re old but they came later. — Henry Garza

Funny songs aren’t usually that good. Like Weird Al and maybe a couple of Beatles songs, but it’s kind of hard to bring humor into rock music in an interesting way. — Win Butler

The Beatles are one of the most iconic music groups of the 20th century. Their tunes touched so many people’s lives. Liverpool’s most famous sons touched all corners of the globe. They inspired a generation, — Drummond Bone

I couldn’t hear much, but didn’t care. Until I saw the Beatles play live, I had no idea that musicians could generate that kind of adoration. I was transformed by the whole experience. — David Rivkin

The Beatles had gotten so popular so fast that they demanded a switch and Roy went along, opening for them up instead. — Howard Kramer

Taken together, the archives of broadcasters are as much a part of our postwar popular culture as the Beatles or Harry Potter, — Tessa Jowell

The togetherness, the camaraderie, the chemistry, the charisma: You never saw one of the Beatles by himself, — Pete Best

Jeans & Classics have a great reputation as one of the more highly rated national touring symphony pops program groups. The Jeans ‘n’ Classics band — there are several of them — do covers of great bands of the past. There’s a Led Zeppelin band. They have a Beatles Band. And people really swear by them. They are very well rehearsed and they are very polished. — Ted Hale

Everybody trusted Cronkite because he reminded them of their favorite uncle or trusted family physician. Being square in the age of the Beatles made Cronkite retro cool. — Douglas Brinkley

He was one of the architects of the Beatles sound. — Anthony DeCurtis

The Beach Boys have always been a part of the ’60s spectrum, with The Beatles and that kind of thing. They were a part of the music business like everyone else. And they did quite well as a singing group, and I finished a lot of good records, and I’m very proud of them. — Brian Wilson

They’re great songwriters in the tradition of the Beatles and Pink Floyd. Their songs are beautiful and filled with all sorts of wonderful textures. It’s all very emotional and moving. It’s the first outside project I’ve ever produced. — Serj Tankian

And, we watched the Beatles one week after they showed up on the Ed Sullivan Show because of the U.S. Southern Command TV network. — Ruben Blades

My house was full of music. My main memories are of the record player at home: it was all Beatles and Rolling Stones, and we danced around the living room; that started me off on instruments, and I’ve done nothing else ever since. — Steven Price

Paul’s had a great career, and he’s having a great career. And you have to admire him for his courage. He was courageous enough after the Beatles broke up to say, ‘I’m going back on the road,’ and he formed Wings. — Pete Best

I got this Christmas gift with the entire Beatles catalog. I had fun trying to duplicate what I was hearing on these records, only using the instruments I had at hand – an acoustic guitar, and that’s all. It was endlessly amusing to me to try to imitate John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s harmonies using the guitar. — M. Ward

The Fab Four have always been among the very most popular bands online even though they’re technically — or legitimately — unavailable online. My easy prediction is that the Beatles sell a lot of songs online, even though seemingly everybody who has access to them has their songs already. — Eric Garland

Theres still so much interest in the Beatles and John and still so much mythology, — Bob Spitz

It’s a complete collaboration. We just set up our instruments in a room and plug in, much as The Beatles would have done 30 years ago. — Roger Andrew Taylor

I was a huge Beatles fan. We could talk about who I listened to growing up and what my sources were, but certainly the Beatles were a late, important resource for me, and I just took my guitar and a handful of songs, and I decided, well, I’ll just go over and travel around Europe and see what comes of it. — James Taylor

We all grew up on music and we all lean in a certain direction — we’re all fans of ’90s alternative rock, we’re all fans of The Beatles and we’re all fans of Zeppelin — but we could go anywhere from there. If somebody comes up with something good, we don’t say it has to sound like this or that. We don’t like having a ‘formula.’ We want our own identity, so we don’t hold ourselves back on anything. — Khhriss Hamlet

And though people think about Lennon and McCartney as sort of the A-list of Beatles and George as filling in a spot, he was remarkable guitar player, tremendous songwriter, and he really shaped a lot of the direction of where the band went, — Alan Light

The Beatles seem to me to be very much of their time (although I realize they do enjoy a remarkable enduring popularity). But I, and most of my friends with whom I’ve discussed this, associate them strongly with the sixties, and with the intense societal changes of that time. — Steve Swallow

The Beatles changed music forever. They took rock n’ roll from a medium that was about cars and girls and gave it context, interesting chord changes and true musicianship. — Bob Spitz

They want a Beatles song, people want us to sing, they want me to sing? — Cherie Blair

I think that one of the nice things about the Yellow Submarine movie is that it seems to be perennial. People enjoy watching from each generation. And it was like the Beatles themselves. You know the Beatles seem to find new audience each time another generation comes along. — George Martin

It was my love for the guitar that first got me into music and singing. Growing up, I was inspired by The Beatles and Bob Dylan. Damian Rice was a huge influence for me musically. — Ed Sheeran

It was strange back then, because the Beatles were all alive and there was always the chance they would get back together. There was not as much interest then as there is now. — Neil Harrison

Like all teenagers in the early ’60s, I put down my hockey stick when the Beatles got big and picked up a guitar. We all thought we’d be rock stars. Then I got into comedy, but I’d always find a way to use my guitar, such as writing songs and doing musical parodies. — Rick Moranis

Over the years, the Beatles themselves have incorporated so much fantasy into their own stories that its hard to know what really happened. Theres still so much to know. — Bob Spitz

Sending greeting cards to aliens is hardly a new idea. In 2005, Craigslist solicited messages for broadcast to space by a transmitter in Florida, and in 2008, NASA beamed a Beatles song to the North Star (Polaris), on the assumption that any putative Polarians would appreciate the Fab Four’s 1960s-genre compositions. — Seth Shostak

The first year with the success that we had and let me point out that the time frame changes depending on which decade you look at it. In the seventies acts were kind of expected to do an album a year. If you look at the Beatles they were doing three a year. — Gerry Beckley

The Beatles were very sensitive about the other groups, … In the plane, they’d make a point of talking with them. There was a lot of camaraderie there. — Larry Kane

Best of the Beatles – The Pete Best Band. — Pete Best

They were not taken seriously the way the Beatles were, or the Beach Boys, or the Stones ? bands who were written about. — Rick Elice

The thing about Beatles music is that everybody knows it. If you play Beatles music, the audience is already there, and they’re waiting to be entertained by you. All of a sudden, they’re transformed to another place. — Curtis Remington

He made it quite clear that if I didn’t play the role, I would be dead within a week. As you can imagine, the guy who turned down Hagrid would be like the guy who called the Beatles a guitar band. So I couldn’t possibly refuse, really. — Robbie Coltraine

Aside from what they did musically, the Beatles were great ambassadors. They made everything English very cool at the time. By the time we got (to America), everyone was ready for us. Just the fact that we were English opened every door for us. — Peter Noone

I love the Beatles, and when I was very young, I had young parents, so Led Zeppelin and Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix and the Beatles constantly were big influences on my life. — Phil Anselmo

In the golden era of the 60s, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones dominated the American charts. — Ricky Wilson

When I was maybe nine years old, I listened to the entire Beatles catalogue, non-stop, for about a year, — Chris Cornell

If you go back and check all the reviews for all the icons of today — Elvis, the Beatles and so on — they were dismissed as flashes in the pans, — Gene Simmons

I’ve been a fan my whole life, … When I started out, the bad boys liked the Stones and the good people liked the Beatles. I appreciate the Beatles now, but back then I didn’t. I thought they were too poppy. — John Flynn

Fads don’t last, but it should be clear by now that the Beatles are no ordinary fad. — The Beatles

The Beatles were a pop group, but when you actually listen to the tracks, they were very rude about the way they went about things. — Marc Ribot

Scarborough never really began to live until the summer of 1964 when the Beatles played the Futurist Theatre, and no one in the audience, least of all me, heard anything but the screaming. — David Hewson

In the ’60s everybody wanted to be the Beatles or the Stones, in the ’70s there were bands everybody tried to emulate, like Led Zeppelin. And I think in the ’80s you had lots of bands that had quite individual sounds, … ’80s Rewind. — Boy George

There is a clear bifurcation between older listeners who buy music online versus younger listeners who get it free, … The Beatles won’t bring in a new generation of users but it will boost revenue because it will appeal to the segment of older listeners who are already buying music online. — Michael Goodman

In the spring of 1968, The Beatles and I were invited by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi to travel to Riskikesh, India. Riskikesh has been an important spiritual place to many millions of people over the years. It is situated where the Ganges River flows out of the Himalayas, and to be in that atmosphere was something incredibly special. — Mike Love

I see them both as one record, you know? Not to compare us to, like, THE BEATLES , but the only thing I can compare it to is, like, you listen to the ‘White Album’ and it’s a double album, but, like, they’re just a bunch of great songs. — Daron Malakian

The Beatles were no trouble… lots of girls. The Stones were black-jacketed guys, a rough crowd. A whole different scene between the Stones’ black leather jackets and the Beatles’ pretty-dressed girls with the ribbons in their hair, teenagers standing on the seats screaming, nothing broken. — Sid Bernstein

When I was a kid, I found out about Eddie Cochran and Gene Vincent through the Beatles and the Stones doing covers of rockabilly songs, — Brian Setzer

The Beatles had already been out for a few years, hair was growing longer and marijuana started to show up at parties and so on. — Tommy Rettig

We have tried to reach a settlement through good faith negotiations and regret that our efforts have been in vain. Despite very clear provision in our contracts, EMI persist in ignoring their obligations and duty to account fairly and with transparency. Apple and the Beatles are, once again, left with no choice but to sue EMI. — Neil Aspinall

I’m not a culture snob. So while, of course, I think the Mozart ‘Requiem’ or, say, Beethoven’s ‘Ninth’ are some of the greatest works of art in the history of humankind, that’s not to say the Beatles or Queen or Simon and Garfunkel aren’t brilliant, beautiful, important works of art that should be sung without a sense of irony. — Eric Whitacre

They play all Beatles music and nothing else. We had them in the fall and they did a nice job. It was very entertaining. — Don Deal

As much as the R&B people, and the gospel people, and spiritual music, and the country-western people influenced them, I think the Beatles were the bar. And they set the bar, and nobody’s quite been able to jump beyond it. — Larry Kane

It would have been the first time the Beatles and Stones collaborated on stage I suppose. We have played together on record in the past. — Bill Wyman

There’s only one band that could ever even pretend to assume the mantle of what the Beatles did, who have been so pre-eminent and world-dominating that they could effect a paradigm shift in the culture, who have been willing to leverage their success into musical change, and that is U2 – regardless of what the result of that is. — Todd Rundgren

It reveals the inspiration behind the 1967 Beatles classic I am the Walrus. — Ted Owen

It’s nearly redundant to enumerate the reasons The Beatles are important. There are probably different reasons why The Beatles are important to a musician like myself and to the millions of Beatles fans who just enjoy listening to the music. — Todd Rundgren

Love the Kinks, Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd, and then I run out of names. Those are the three heavies. The Beatles are pretty good. You heard those guys? They’re not bad. — Matt Hartman

Growing up, I put a lot of pressure on myself. I felt with The Beatles legacy that there was pressure on me to do music, and while I always loved music and it was always around me at home, I thought about doing other things. — James McCartney