It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.
Remember me with smiles and laughter, for that is how I will remember you all.
If you can only remember me with tears, then don’t remember me at all.
The most important things are the hardest things to say. They are the things you get ashamed of because words diminish your feelings – words shrink things that seem timeless when they are in your head to no more than living size when they are brought out.
Each life makes its own immitation of immortality.
Fiction is the truth inside the lie.
French is the language that turns dirt into romance.
Get busy living, or get busy dying.
God is cruel. Sometimes he makes you live.
Love is all you need.
Lyricists play with words.
Nothing pleases me more than to go into a room and come out with a piece of music.
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.’
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 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 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 persuaded me to join the band. I would never have had the courage otherwise.
It was fun at the beginning. We were playing just for fun, with Paul’s group.
We are really on top of one another at the moment and I think it is amazing how we stay so close. Maybe that’s the test. Why not totally put yourself together, rather than always wonder whether you actually like each other?
We both came from families in which parents got married, had children and the whole thing.
So we were not the kind of people to live together permanently.
We have lasted this long close together, so we must have something going for each other.
My role in society, or any artist’s or poet’s role, is to try and express what we all feel.
Not to tell people how to feel.
Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all.
Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. I think we’re being run by maniacs for maniacal ends and I think I’m liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That’s what’s insane about it.
Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.