Top 100+ Inspirational Paul McCartney Quotes [2024] Famous Singer & Musician

Updated: January 20th, 2022

Paul McCartney is an English Singer, Songwriter, Musician, and also music & film Producer.

McCartney is famous for his melodic approach to bass-playing, his versatile and wide tenor vocal range, and his musical eclecticism. He is one of the most successful composers and performers of all time.

He won glory as of the "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame", 18 Grammy Awards, an appointment as a "Member of the Order of the British Empire" in the year 1965, and a "Knighthood" in 1997 for services to music.

We've put together an incredible collection of Paul McCartney quotes to read.

Here they are:

Top 100+ Inspirational Paul McCartney Quotes [2024] Famous Singer & Musician

List of Inspiring Paul McCartney Quotes

"The best thing I ever saw was a man who loved his wife." - Paul McCartney

"I thought the only lonely place was on the moon." - Paul McCartney

"I hate the idea of success robbing you of your private life." - Paul McCartney

"Criticism didn’t really stop us and it shouldn’t ever stop anyone, because critics are only the people who can’t get a record deal themselves." - Paul McCartney

"There’s nothing you can do that can’t be done." - Paul McCartney

"We can work it out. Life is very short, and there’s no time for fussing and fighting, my friend." - Paul McCartney

"Meditation is a lifelong gift. It’s something you can call on at any time." - Paul McCartney

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

"All the lonely people. Where do they all belong?" - Paul McCartney

"I think that, particularly in the old days, the spirit of The Beatles seemed to suggest something very hopeful and youthful." - Paul McCartney

"The thing is, we're all really the same person. We're just four parts of the one." - Paul McCartney

"She loves you and you know that can’t be bad." - Paul McCartney

"There are only four people who knew what The Beatles were about anyway." - Paul McCartney

"Be cool and you'll be alright. That's rock & roll religion." - Paul McCartney

"I love the past. There are parts of the past I hate, of course." - Paul McCartney

"I don't work at being ordinary." - 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

"The trouble with fame and riches is that you have more than one guitar." - Paul McCartney

"I don’t care too much for money, money can’t buy me love." - Paul McCartney

"It gets dangerous when you start believing your own legacy. That's why I've not gone back." - Paul McCartney

"Fight for the right to live in freedom!" - 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." - Paul McCartney

"There will be an answer. Let it be." - Paul McCartney

"It’s hard to follow my own act. But the only answer to that would be to give up after The Beatles. I only had two alternatives. Give up or carry on." - Paul McCartney

"Sadness isn’t sadness. It’s happiness in a black jacket." - Paul McCartney

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

"Music is like a psychiatrist. You can tell your guitar things that you can't tell people. And it will answer you with things people can't tell you." - Paul McCartney

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

"Songs have some kind of structure that connects with people's hearts." - Paul McCartney

"It's a powerful thing when you are hearing your friend on a very beautiful song." - 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." - Paul McCartney

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

"We live in hope of deliverance from the darkness that surrounds us." - Paul McCartney

"It's also not unusual for writers to look backward as that's your pool of resources." - Paul McCartney

"One of my biggest thrills 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 really glad that most of our songs were about love, peace, and understanding." - Paul McCartney

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

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

"Take a sad song and make it better." - Paul McCartney

"Lyricists play with words." - Paul McCartney

"There’s nothing as glamorous as a record store to me." - Paul McCartney

"I'm always trying to do better music. I don't know if I've written my best song yet. That's the big question. It doesn't stop you from trying." - Paul McCartney

"A hundred years from now, people will listen to the music of The Beatles the same way we listen to Mozart." - Paul McCartney

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

"I'm the worst on facts about me or facts about the Beatles." - Paul McCartney

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

"I’d like to be able to go on holiday and not to have to hold my belly in for two whole weeks." - Paul McCartney

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

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

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

"Hamburg totally wrecked us. I remember getting home to England and my dad thought I was half-dead. I looked like a skeleton, I hadn't noticed the change, I'd been having such a ball!" - 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." - Paul McCartney

"I have no problem with bootlegs, although every time I say that, my lawyer says, 'Oh yes you do.'" - Paul McCartney

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

"At the end of The Beatles, I really was done in for the first time in my life." - Paul McCartney

"We knew it was coming, but we tried to pretend we didn't know it was coming." - Paul McCartney

"I don’t have any desire to learn. I feel it’s like voodoo, that it would spoil things if I actually learned how things are done." - Paul McCartney

"Having a beard is natural. When you think about it, shaving it off is quite weird." - Paul McCartney

"She’s lovely, great. She was very friendly. She was just like a mum to us." - Paul McCartney

"You can judge a man's true character by the way he treats his fellow animals." - Paul McCartney

"Microphones are just like people. They get scared if you shout at them." - Paul McCartney

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

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

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

"There’s nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be." - Paul McCartney

"If you love your life, everybody will love you too." - Paul McCartney

"I found out that love was more than just holding hands." - Paul McCartney

"I wasn't really dead." - Paul McCartney

"I realized marveling at nature was a deep pleasure of mine." - Paul McCartney

"Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I’m sixty-four?" - Paul McCartney

"Lady Madonna lying on the bed listen to the music playing in your head." - Paul McCartney

"To this day, if I ever meet grownups who play ukulele, I love 'em." - Paul McCartney

"Love is all you need." - Paul McCartney

"You'd think that people would have had enough of silly love songs, I look around me and I see it isn't so." - Paul McCartney

"Close your eyes and I'll kiss you, tomorrow I'll miss you." - Paul McCartney

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

"Nothing’s gonna change my world" - Paul McCartney

"She loves you and you know that can’t be bad." - Paul McCartney

"And when the night is cloudy, there is still a light that shines on me. Shine on 'til tomorrow, let it be." - Paul McCartney

"The long and winding road that leads to your door will never disappear." - Paul McCartney

"There are seven levels!" - Paul McCartney

"Dear Prudence, open up your eyes. Dear Prudence, see the sunny skies." - Paul McCartney

"I get by with a little help from my friends." - Paul McCartney

"Life goes on within you or without you." - Paul McCartney

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

"If you can play your stuff in a pub, then you're a good band." - Paul McCartney

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

"We probably seem to be anti-religious, none of us believe in God." - Paul McCartney

"Think globally, act locally." - Paul McCartney

"Imagine all the people living life in peace." - Paul McCartney

"My dad was a particularly polite kind of guy, very courteous." - Paul McCartney

"Rock it, man. I know you will." - Paul McCartney

"If you're using your imagination, you tend to look into the past for ideas." - Paul McCartney

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

"There's an urge in us to stop the terrible fleetingness of time. Music. Paintings." - Paul McCartney

"We don't eat anything that has to be killed for us." - Paul McCartney

"There's a lot of random in our songs. Writing, thinking, letting others think of bits-then bam, you have the jigsaw puzzle." - 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

"If anyone was the Fifth Beatle, it was Brian." - Paul McCartney

"No one is out to break your heart, it only seems that way." - Paul McCartney

"I can't tell you how much it hurts to lose him. His death is a bitter cruel blow. I really loved the guy." - Paul McCartney

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

"Transcendental Meditation gives me an island of calm in the midst of so much turbulence." - Paul McCartney

"I feel like I'm running in a figure of eight, don't know if I'm coming or going, early or late." - Paul McCartney

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

"Listen to the color of your dreams." - Paul McCartney

"If children are studying the 20th century, I’m in their textbooks." - Paul McCartney

"Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away, now it looks as though they’re here to stay. Oh, I believe in yesterday." - Paul McCartney

"And when at last I find you, your song will fill the air." - Paul McCartney

"Please please me, whoa yeah, as I please you." - Paul McCartney

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