100+ Best Paul Mccartney Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Sir James Paul McCartney CH MBE is an English singer, songwriter, musician, composer, and record and film producer who gained worldwide fame as co-lead vocalist and bassist for the Beatles. Profoundly inspirational Paul Mccartney quotes will encourage growth in life, make you wiser and broaden your perspective.

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Famous Paul Mccartney Quotes

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

My arrest was on every bloody TV set. The other prisoners all knew who I was and asked me to sing. – 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. – 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. – 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. – Paul Mccartney

I’m only 49 years old. I’m still in the middle of this whole thing. I don’t feel like it’s finished at all. I’m still planning to write better songs. – Paul Mccartney

My thing is about following the accidental, more than trying to paint an accurate bowl of apples. I enjoy most following the paint. It leads me somewhere else. I think I enjoy just letting the magic unfold and letting the spirit of the paint tell me where we’re going. – Paul Mccartney

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

I did study Shakespeare, that was sort of my thing; I got a Literature A-level, which is my only claim to academic fame. – Paul Mccartney

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

No one is out to break your heart, it only seems that way. – 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. – Paul Mccartney

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. – Paul Mccartney

And what’s the point of changing when I’m happy as I am? – Paul Mccartney

If I ever get out of here, thought of giving it all away to a registered charity. – Paul Mccartney

There will be no wardrobe malfunction with me. I can promise you that…. I have nothing I will be exposing or taking off. – Paul Mccartney

Personally, I think you can put any interpretation you want on anything, but when someone suggests that Can’t Buy Me Love is about a prostitute, I draw the line. That’s going too far. – Paul Mccartney

If children are studying the 20th century, I’m in their text books. – Paul Mccartney

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

All the lonely people, where do they all come from? – Paul Mccartney

I’m not really comfortable singing without accompanying myself on stage – I’m not used to it. – 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. – Paul Mccartney

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

Bend like the willow, winds gonna blow you hard and cold tonight. Life as it happens, nobody warns you, willow hold on tight. – Paul Mccartney

The best thing I ever saw was a man who loved his wife. – Paul Mccartney

It’s not unusual for writers to look backward. Because that’s your pool of resources. If you were to write something now, I bet there’s a pretty good chance you’d call on your teenage years, your experiences then, stuff you learned then. – Paul Mccartney

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

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

Going to do it to you sweet banana, like it’s never been done, and we’ll get high, high, high, in the mid-day sun. – Paul Mccartney

Linda’s at her best when she’s doing you a meal at home. That’s when you see Linda. She cooks, she looks after the kids. – Paul Mccartney

With life and all I’ve been through, I do have a belief in goodness, a good spirit. I think what people have done with religion is personified good and evil, so good’s become God with ‘o’ out, and evil’s become Devil with a ‘d’ added. That’s my theory of religion. – Paul Mccartney

To this day, if I ever meet grownups who play ukulele, I love ’em. – Paul Mccartney

People who paint, including myself, get to a point where a bit of angst comes in. If you’re doing it for a living, it’s worth it to suffer those slings and arrows. – 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. – Paul Mccartney

The interesting thing about the Beatles was: The music was one thing, but we kind of symbolized a certain kind of freedom at a time when people of our generation were just growing up and just becoming adults. – Paul Mccartney

I don’t work at being ordinary. – Paul Mccartney

I don’t think of myself as a legend. I just love what I do. I love playing with my band, I love going to beautiful places and give people good music. I love what I do, Im very lucky man. I would have liked the Beatles never to have broken up. I wanted to get us back on the road doing small places, then move up to our previous form and then go and play. Just make music, and whatever else there was would be secondary. 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. The thing you must remember is that I’m the Number One John Lennon fan. I love him to this day and I always did love him. 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. In the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make. There’s nothing like the eureka moment of knocking off a song that didn’t exist before – I won’t compare it to sex, but it lasts longer. We live in hope of deliverance from the darkness that surrounds us. This is the first time I’ve ever played the Grammys. I finally passed the audition. 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. I think [Transcendental Meditation] is what people need. They don’t need high minded talk, they need results. If this ever changing world in which we live in makes you give in and cry, say live and let die. Some people want to fill the world with silly love songs Lyricists play with words. 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. 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… I’ve got a few guitars that I like. The trouble with fame and riches is that you have more than one guitar. Painting is a magical process that I like, where you conjure something out of nothing; you get a little idea that leads you through … You can go into a trance while you’re doing it, so it’s a nice contrast to real life. We don’t eat anything that has to be killed for us. I’ve got to admit it’s getting better. It’s a little better all the time. Animation is not just for children – it’s also for adults who take drugs. 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. 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 When we were kids growing up in Liverpool, all we ever wanted to be was Elvis Presley. Home in her apartment she’d dwell ’til the man from her dreams comes to break the spell. Some people don’t believe in climate warning – like those who don’t believe there was a Holocaust. Be cool and you’ll be alright. That’s rock & roll religion. 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. 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’. The last time I twerked I was with @katyperry. She was rather good at it! Why would I retire? Sit at home and watch TV? No thanks. I’d rather be out playing. 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. It’s been my ambition for about 30 years to do a full- length animation film. People would say to me, Hey man, you look just like Paul McCartney, and I’d say: I wish I had his money! I am a vegetarian because I realized that even little chickens suffer pain and fear, experience a range of feelings and emotions, and are as intelligent as mammals, including dogs, cats, and even some primates. A hundred years from now, people will listen to the music of the Beatles the same way we listen to Mozart. At the office where the paper grows, she takes a break, drinks another coffee, and she finds it hard to stay awake. It’s just another day. I still believe that love is all you need. I don’t know a better message than that. 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. 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. Trumpets are a bit more adventurous; they’re drunk! Trumpeters are generally drunk. It wets their whistle. I have such an admiration for John [Lennon], like most people. But to be the guy who wrote with him, well that’s enough. Right there you could retire and go, ‘Jesus I had a fantastic life. Take me, Lord.’ 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. I think the idea of getting out of a traffic jam and getting out of work each week and going and doing all this stuff would be really exhausting. Live a little be a gypsy, get around. Get your feet up off the ground, live a little, get around. Give Ireland back to the Irish, don’t make them have to take it away. But with writers, there’s nothing wrong with melancholy. It’s an important color in writing. The long and winding road that leads to your door / Will never disappear, / I’ve seen that road before it always leads me here, / Leads me to your door. 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. Songs have some kind of structure that connects with peoples hearts. – Paul Mccartney

It’s a powerful thing hearing your friend on a very beautiful song. – Paul Mccartney

When you got a job to do, you got to do it well. You gotta give the other fellow hell. – Paul Mccartney

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

Love is a robber and he lives within your eyes. – Paul Mccartney

The ring at the end of my nose makes me look rather pretty. – 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? – Paul Mccartney

the beatles were always a great band. nothing more nothing less. – Paul Mccartney

My record producer [David Kahne] said the major record labels these days are like dinosaurs sitting around discussing the asteroid. They know it’s going to hit. They don’t know when, they don’t know where it’s coming from. But it’s sort of hit already. With iTunes, and all of that. – Paul Mccartney

When two great saints meet, it’s a humbling experience. – Paul Mccartney

Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I’m sixty-four? – 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. – Paul Mccartney

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

Fight for the right to live in freedom! – Paul Mccartney

Take these broken wings and learn to fly. – Paul Mccartney

I think a domestic situation can change you and your attitudes. I suppose if you did get a bit content, then you might not write savage lyrics. – 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. – 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. – 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. – Paul Mccartney

The medical argument for animal testing doesn’t stand up. Even if it did, I don’t think we should kill other species. We think we’re so much better; I’m not sure we are. I tell people, We’ve beaten into submission every animal on the face of the Earth, so we are the clear winners of whatever battle is going on between the species. Couldn’t we be generous? I really do think it’s time to get nice. No need to keep beating up on them. I think we’ve got to show that we’re kind. – Paul Mccartney

I just always enjoy it; if you really enjoy what you do, you don’t want to stop. – Paul Mccartney

I don’t have any desire to learn. I feel it’s like a voodoo, that it would spoil things if I actually learnt how things are done. – Paul Mccartney

I don’t know anything about the Appalachian mountains or cowboys and Indians or anything. I just made it up. – Paul Mccartney

I’m mad, you know? I don’t think of retiring at all. – Paul Mccartney

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

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

My mum died when I was 14. That is a kind of strange age to lose a mother. John lost his mum when he was 17. – Paul Mccartney

I think when you’re making an album, as the songs are piling up, one of the good things about it is that you will often write the song that you need. – 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. – Paul Mccartney

And when the night is cloudy There is still a light that shines on me Shine on until tomorrow, let it Be… – Paul Mccartney

I don’t ever try to make a serious social comment. – Paul Mccartney

You’ve got to believe in yourself. ..it really is true, because that’s one thing about the Beatles…Man, we believed in ourselves. We knew we were good. – Paul Mccartney

If you love your life, everybody will love you too. – Paul Mccartney

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

My dad was a particularly polite kind of guy, very courteous. So when we got on a bus, he would always encourage me and my younger brother to get up and offer our seat to an old lady. I grew up kind of liking that, thinking, y’know, that’s a nice thing, that’s a courtesy. – Paul Mccartney

Bach was so mathematical and I liked this idea that you could have one instrument going, ‘One, two, three, four’, and then you have another instrument going, [double time] ‘One, two, three four’, and another instrument going, [doubled again] ‘One, two, three, four, one, two, three, four’, so you could add twos and fours and eighths, and that happens a lot in Bach. – Paul Mccartney

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

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

I can’t manage without homeopathy. In fact, I never go anywhere without homeopathic remedies. – Paul Mccartney

What’s wrong with sentimental? Sentimental means you like stuff. – Paul Mccartney

I think that selling rights is a bad move commercially, not just morally. It cheapens the songs. When people come to my concerts, they often hold up candles when we do Let It Be. I don’t think they’d do that anymore if the song suddenly became part of an Oldsmobile ad. – Paul Mccartney

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

Love doesn’t come in a minute, sometimes it doesn’t come at all. – Paul Mccartney

Many years ago I was fishing, and as I was reeling in the poor fish, I realised, ‘I am killing him – all for the passing pleasure it brings me’. Something inside me clicked. I realised as I watched him fight for breath that his life was as important to him as mine is to me. – Paul Mccartney

It’s as serious as anyone ever gets, you know. It’s just words. It’s just good poetry. – Paul Mccartney

I realize now that taking drugs was like taking an aspirin without having a headache. – Paul Mccartney

I think the French girls are fabulous. – Paul Mccartney

There will be an answer. Let it be. – Paul Mccartney

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There’s nothing bigger than being asked to perform at the Super Bowl. – 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

Help them to learn songs of joy, instead of burn, baby, burn. – 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. – Paul Mccartney

I would quite like to have been a 1920s writer. – Paul Mccartney

Putting two songs together, I’ve always loved that trick when it works. – Paul Mccartney

It’s like a lot of kids; when you tell them someone’s died, they laugh. – Paul Mccartney

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

Every time I felt low, I just put on an Elvis record and I’d feel great, beautiful. – Paul Mccartney

Think globally, act locally. – Paul Mccartney

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

And Jet, I thought the Major was a lady suffragette. – Paul Mccartney

Personal differences, musical differences, business differences, but most of all because I have a better time with my family. – Paul Mccartney

Ebony and ivory live together in perfect harmony, side by side on my keyboard piano, oh Lord, why don’t we? – Paul Mccartney