"I wanted to be successful, not famous."
"I'd rather be a musician than a rockstar."
"Having played with other musicians, I don't even think
The Beatles were that good."
"The first time I heard "Love Me Do" on the
radio, I went shivery all over - I couldn't believe it!"
"America has everything, why should they want us."
George, 1964, as the Beatles go to conquer America
"The Beatles saved the world from boredom."
"The nicest thing is to open the newspapers and not
to find yourself in them."
"The world used us as an excuse to go mad."
"They gave their money and they gave their screams,
but the Beatles kind of gave their nervous systems."
George Harrison in 1995 on Beatlemania.
"We laughed a lot. That's one thing we forgot about for
a few years - laughing. When we went through all the lawsuits,
it looked as if everything was bleak, but when I think back
to before that, I remember we used to laugh all the time."
Reporter, during an early press conference: "What do
you call that haircut?"
George Harrison: "Arthur"
"Rap music is just computerised crap. I listen to Top
of the Pops and after three songs I feel like killing someone."
"In the end, this world will go under because of the
stupidity of people."
“I believe I love my guitar more than the others love
theirs. For John and Paul, songwriting is pretty important
and guitar playing is a means to an end. While they’re
making up new tunes I can thoroughly enjoy myself just doodling
around with a guitar for a whole evening. I’m fascinated
by new sounds I can get from different instruments I try
not sure that makes me particularly musical. Just call me
a guitar fanatic instead, and I’ll be satisfied.”
"While everybody else was going mad, we were actually
the sanest people in the whole thing."
"I'll play what you want or I won't play at all."
George Harrison, to Paul McCartney during the recording of
the Let It Be album
"The world is a very serious and, at times, very sad
place - but at other times it is all such a joke."
Question: "What do you think of the criticism that
you're not very good?"
George Harrison: "We're not."
"I've been the same all along. I talk when I feel like
it and I shut up when I don't feel like talking."
Question: "Hi, you're not married?"
George Harrison: "No, I'm George."
"I'd like to think that all the old Beatle fans have
grown up and they've got married and they've all got
kids and they're all more responsible, but they still have a space
in their hearts for us."
"It is an outrage that people can take other people's
lives when they obviously haven't got their own lives in
"If everyone who had a gun just shot themselves, there
wouldn't be a problem."
"The biggest break in my career was getting into the
Beatles in 1962. The second biggest break since then is getting
out of them."
"The Beatles exist apart from my Self. I am not really
Beatle George. Beatle George is like a suit or shirt that
I once wore on occasion and until the end of my life people
may see that shirt and mistake it for me."
"I didn't like the look of Rory's drummer myself. He looked
the nasty one, with his little grey streak of hair. But the
nastier one turned out to be Ringo, the nicest of them all."
"We're trying to impress ourselves in a way. That's
why we keep trying to do things better... we never get satisfied."
"They used us as an excuse to go mad and then blamed it
on us. Gandhi says create and preserve the image of your
choice. The image of my choice is not Beatle George - those
who want that can go and see Wings. Why live in the past?
Be here now."
“Sometimes Paul would make us do these really fruity
songs. I mean, my god, Maxwell’s Silver Hammer was
"I think people who truly can live a life in music
are telling the world, 'You can have my love, you can have
my smiles. Forget the bad parts, you don't need them. Just
take the music, the goodness, because it's the very best,
and it's the part I give most willingly'"
"Hippies are so phoney and fake."
“I remember thinking I just want more. This isn't it. Fame is not the goal. Money is not the goal. To be able to know how to get peace of mind, how to be happy, is something you don't just stumble across. You've got to search for it.”
"I'll give up this sort of touring madness certainly, but
music-everything is based on music. No, I'll never stop my
"I was quite responsible for stirring things up. I conspired
to get Ringo in for good; I talked to Paul and John until
they came round to the idea."
George on replacing drummer Pete Best with Ringo
"We weren't very good at telling Pete (Best) he had to
"Anyway, there is one thing I have learned and that
is not to dress uncomfortably, in styles which hurt: winklepicker
shoes that cripple your feet and tight pants that squash
your balls. Indian clothes are better."
"I can see the Beatles sticking together forever, really.
We've been together a long time."
George Harrison in 1969
"We were the Spice Boys."
“All the world is birthday cake, so take a piece,
but not too much.”
From Harrison's Beatles song "It's All Too Much"
"My music, it doesn't matter if I did it 20 years ago or
if I did it tomorrow. It doesn't go with trends. My trousers
don't get wider and tighter every six months. My music just
stays what it is, and that's the way I like it."
"Sometimes, you release an album and the record company
just about ignores it, and so many people don't even know
it's out. And I'm not about to jump up and down shouting, "Hey
folks, look at me! I'm cool and groovy!" That's not what
George Harrison is all about."
"When I did Bangladesh, I spent a couple of months, every
day and night, on the telephone, trying to trick people into
doing it and making a commitment. Nowadays, you phone somebody
up, and it's an accepted part of life that every so often
you give something to charity."
"Friends are all souls that we've known in other lives.
We're drawn to each other. That's how I feel about friends.
Even if I've only known them for a day, it doesn't matter.
I'm not going to wait till I've known them two years, because
anyway we have met somewhere before, you know."
"We had every freak in the world coming in there."
Harrison about Apple Corps
"It's being here now that's important. There's no past
and there's no future. Time is a very misleading thing. All
there is ever, is the now. We can gain experience from the
past, but we can't relive it; and we can hope for the future,
but we don't know if there is one."
"As far as I'm concerned, there won't be a Beatles
reunion as long as John Lennon remains dead."
"The Beatles will exist without us."
"The Beatles will go on and on."