100 Beatles Quotes and Song Lyrics About Love and Life

The Beatles’ quotes are funny, deep, and inspiring.

The Beatle’s success comes mostly from talent, hard work, and persistence.

Few people, however, would even know about the Beatles if it wasn’t for the help of an adoring fan. Skip below to the Beatles’ quotes or read the little-known story of the Beatles’ success.



John Lennon Quotes

We’ve got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant. You can’t just accept it and leave it in the cupboard or just think it’s going to get on by itself. You’ve got to keep on watering it. You’ve got to really look after it and nurture it..

∼ John Lennon


“Love is the greatest refreshment in life.” John Lennon


“Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.”

∼John Lennon


“Everything is clearer when you’re in love.”∼John Lennon


“Turn off your mind, relax, and float downstream.”∼John Lennon


“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.

∼John Lennon


“I’m not going to change the way I look or the way I feel to conform to anything. I’ve always been a freak. So I’ve been a freak all my life and I have to live with that, you know. I’m one of those people.”

∼John Lennon


“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”

∼John Lennon


“As usual, there is a great woman behind every idiot.” ∼John Lennon


“There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.

∼John Lennon


“Declare it. Just the same way we declare war. That is how we will have peace… we just need to declare it.”

∼John Lennon


“I believe in everything until it’s disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it’s in your mind. Who’s to say that dreams and nightmares aren’t as real as the here and now?”

∼John Lennon


“Living is easy with eyes closed.” ∼John Lennon


“God is a concept by which we measure our pain.” ∼John Lennon


“If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create.”

∼John Lennon


“To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.”

∼John Lennon

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“There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life.”

∼John Lennon


“Before Elvis there was nothing.” ∼John Lennon


“It matters not who you love, where you love, why you love, when you love or how you love, it matters only that you love.”

∼John Lennon


“There’s an alternative to violence. It’s to stay in bed and grow your hair.” ∼John Lennon


”Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.

∼John Lennon


“It’s better to fade away like an old soldier than to burn out.” ∼John Lennon


“We live in a world where we have to hide to make love, while violence is practiced in broad daylight.”

∼John Lennon


“If everyone could just be happy with themselves and the choices people around them make, the world would instantly be a better place! “

∼John Lennon


“Trying to please everybody is impossible – if you did that, you’d end up in the middle with nobody liking you. You’ve just got to make the decision about what you think is your best, and do it.”

∼John Lennon


“I’m not afraid of death because I don’t believe in it. It’s just getting out of one car, and into another.”

∼John Lennon


“I’m not really a career person; I’m a gardener, basically.”

∼John Lennon


“All we are saying is give peace a chance.” ∼John Lennon


“If someone thinks that peace and love are just a cliche that must have been left behind in the 60s, that’s a problem. Peace and love are eternal.”

∼John Lennon


“A mistake is only an error, it becomes a mistake when you fail to correct it.” ∼John Lennon


“Only by trying on other people’s clothes do we find what size we are.” ∼John Lennon


“Produce your own dream. If you want to save Peru, go save Peru. It’s quite possible to do anything, but not if you put it on the leaders and the parking meters. Don’t expect Carter or Reagan or John Lennon or Yoko Ono or Bob Dylan or Jesus Christ to come and do it for you. You have to do it yourself.”

∼John Lennon


“Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.” ∼John Lennon


“Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will be as one.”

∼John Lennon


“Life is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans.” ∼ John Lennon


“Love is like a flower, give it time and it will grow.”∼John Lennon


“We all have Hitler in us, but we also have love and peace. So why not give peace a chance for once?”

∼John Lennon


“It doesn’t matter how long my hair is or what colour my skin is or whether I’m a woman or a man.” 

∼ John Lennon


“When I was about twelve, I used to think I must be a genius, but nobody’s noticed. If there is such a thing as a genius…I am one, and if there isn’t, I don’t care.”

∼ John Lennon


“If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there’d be peace.”

∼ John Lennon


“Possession isn’t nine-tenths of the law its nine-tenths of the problem.” ∼  John Lennon


“We’ve got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant. You can’t just accept it and leave it in the cupboard or just think it’s going to get on by itself. You’ve got to keep on watering it. You’ve got to really look after it and nurture it.”

∼ John Lennon


“Love is a promise, love is a souvenir, once given, never forgotten, never let it disappear.”

∼ John Lennon


“If being an egomaniac means I believe in what I do and in my art or my music, then in that respect you can call me that…I believe in what I do, and I’ll say it.”

∼ John Lennon


“You can go to church and sing a hymn, Judge me by the colour of my skin, You can live a lie until you die, One thing you can’t hide is when you’re crippled inside.”

∼ John Lennon


“You’re all geniuses, and you’re all beautiful. You don’t need anyone to tell you who you are. You are what you are. Get out there and get peace, think peace, and live peace and breathe peace, and you’ll get it as soon as you like.”

∼ John Lennon


“Lots of people who complained about us receiving the MBE received theirs for heroism in the war-for killing people. We received ours for entertaining other people. I’d say we deserve ours more.”

∼ John Lennon


“Nobody controls me. I’m uncontrollable. The only one who can control me is me, and that’s just barely possible.”

∼ John Lennon


“I didn’t leave the Beatles. The Beatles have left the Beatles–but no one wants to be the one to say the party’s over.”

∼ John Lennon


“Those of you in the cheaper seats, clap your hands. And the rest of you just rattle your jewelry.”

∼ John Lennon


“You don’t need anybody to tell you who you are or what you are. You are what you are!”

∼ John Lennon


“I don’t believe in killing whatever the reason!” ∼ John Lennon


“Love is the answer and you know that for sure.” ∼ John Lennon


“I am going into an unknown future, but I’m still all here, and still while there’s life, there’s hope.”

∼ John Lennon (December 1980)


“I consider that my work won’t be finished until I’m dead and buried, and I hope that’s a long long time.”

∼ John Lennon, Dec. 1980




George Harrison Quotes

“I’m a tidy sort of bloke. I don’t like chaos. I kept records in the record rack, tea in the tea caddy, and pot in the pot box.”

∼ George Harrison


“As far as I’m concerned, there won’t be a Beatles reunion as long as John Lennon remains dead.”

∼ George Harrison


“The nicest thing is to open the newspapers and not to find yourself in them.” ∼ George Harrison


“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’”

∼ George Harrison


“With every mistake, we must surely be learning.”  ∼George Harrison


“It’s all in the mind.” ∼George Harrison

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“If you don’t know where you’re going, any road’ll take you there.” ∼George Harrison


“The Beatles saved the world from boredom.” ∼George Harrison


“Life goes on within you and without you.”∼George Harrison


“If everyone who had a gun just shot themselves, there wouldn’t be a problem.” ∼George Harrison


“As long as you hate, there will be people to hate.”  ∼George Harrison


“When you’ve seen beyond yourself, then you may find, peace of mind is waiting there.”

∼George Harrison


“Show me that I m everywhere and get me home for tea.” ∼George Harrison


“It’s all too much.” ∼George Harrison


“With our love, we could save the world.”∼George Harrison


“All things must pass.” ∼George Harrison


“Give me love Give me love Give me peace on earth Give me light Give me life Keep me free from birth Give me hope Help me cope, with this heavy load Trying to, touch and reach you with, heart and soul.”

∼ George Harrison


“All the world is birthday cake, so take a piece but not too much.” ∼George Harrison


“Try to realize it’s all within yourself no one else can make you change.” ∼George Harrison


“If you drive a car, I’ll tax the street; if you try to sit, I’ll tax your seat; if you get too cold, I’ll tax the heat; if you take a walk, I’ll tax your feet.”

∼George Harrison


“Your own space, man, it’s so important. That’s why we were doomed because we didn’t have any. It is like monkeys in a zoo. They die. You know, everything needs to be left alone.”

∼George Harrison


“Sometimes I feel like I’m actually on the wrong planet. It’s great when I’m in my garden, but the minute I go out the gate I think, ‘What the hell am I doing here?”

∼George Harrison


“The saddest thing was actually getting fed up with one another. It’s like growing up in a family. When you get to a certain age, you want to go off and get your own girl and your own car, split up a bit.”

∼George Harrison


“Hare Krishna, Peace and Love.” ∼George Harrison


“Without looking out of my window I could know the ways of heaven.” ∼George Harrison


“I fell in love, not with anything or anybody in particular but with everything.”

∼George Harrison


“The only thing we really have to work at in this life is how to manifest love.” ∼George Harrison


“What is life?” ∼George Harrison


“Love one another.”  ∼George Harrison


“I have suffered for this book; now it’s your turn.” ∼George Harrison


“Music should be used for the perception of God, not jitterbugging.” ∼George Harrison


“Beware of sadness It can hit you It can hurt you Make you sore and what is more That is not what you are here for.”

∼George Harrison


“All I’ve got to be is be happy.”  ∼George Harrison


Paul McCartney Quotes

“The things is, we’re all really the same person. We’re just four parts of the one. ”

∼Paul McCartney


“There’s a lot of random in our songs…writing, thinking, letting others think of bits-then bam, you’ve the jigsaw puzzle.”

∼Paul McCartney


“And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.”

∼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


“At the beginning I was annoyed with [John], jealous because of Yoko, and afraid about the breakup of a great musical partnership. It took me a year to realize they were in love.”

∼ 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


“I’m really glad that most of our songs were about love, peace and understanding.”

∼ 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, Dec. 1980



Ringo Starr Quotes

“I’ve never really done anything to create what has happened. It creates itself. I’m here because it happened. But I didn’t do anything to make it happen apart from saying ‘Yes’”

∼ Ringo Starr


“I’d like to end up sort of…unforgettable.” ∼Ringo Starr


“I hope the fans will take up meditation instead of drugs.” ∼Ringo Starr


“That’s all drugs and alcohol do, they cut off your emotions in the end.” ∼Ringo Starr


“I feel the older I get, the more I’m learning to handle life. Being on this quest for a long time, it’s all about finding yourself.”

∼Ringo Starr


“The Beatles were just four guys that loved each other. That’s all they’ll ever be.”

∼Ringo Starr


“In the band I was in, we knew when we’d done the take, because it just feels good. It’s like golf. When you hit that ball right, you know. You feel it – you feel the connection. And connecting is good.”

∼Ringo Starr


“Of course I’m ambitious. What’s wrong with that? Otherwise you sleep all day.” ∼Ringo Starr


“I was the new boy. It was like joining a new class at school where everybody knows everybody else but me.”

∼ Ringo Starr


“I like Beethoven, especially the poems.” ∼ Ringo Starr


“You got to pay your dues if you want to sing the blues…And you know it don’t come easy.” ∼ Ringo Starr


“I don’t mind talking or smiling, it’s just I don’t do it very much. I haven’t got a smiling face or a talking mouth.”

∼ Ringo Starr


“I think the most exciting thing is that you expect people our age to know the music, but actually a lot of kids know the music, and if anything is left, we have left really good music. And that`s the important part, not the mop-tops or whatever.”

∼ Ringo Starr


“Do you remember when everyone began analyzing Beatles songs, I don’t think I ever understood what some of them were supposed to be about.”

∼ Ringo Starr


“I couldn’t put my finger on one reason why we broke up. It was time, and we were spreading out. They were spreading out more than I was. I would’ve stayed with the band.”

∼ Ringo Starr


“Everything government touches turns to crap.” ∼ Ringo Starr


“So this is America. They must be out of their minds.” ∼ Ringo Starr


“Last night I had a peace dream.” ∼ Ringo Starr


“I had no schooling before I joined The Beatles and no schooling after The Beatles. Life is a great education.”

∼ Ringo Starr


“I do get emotional when I think back about those times. My make-up is emotional. I’m an emotional human being. I’m very sensitive and it took me till I was forty-eight to realize that was the problem!”

∼ Ringo Starr


“We were honest with each other and we were honest about the music. The music was positive. It was positive in love. They did write – we all wrote – about other things, but the basic Beatles message was Love.”

∼ Ringo Starr


“You either kiss the future or the past goodbye.” ∼ Ringo Starr

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“My soul is that of a drummer…. I didn’t do it to become rich and famous. I did it because it was the love of my life.”

∼Ringo Starr


“Fondest memory of being a Beatle: Having three brothers.” ∼Ringo Starr


“Let’s make my birthday, July the 7th at noon, Peace and Love Day. Everybody go, ‘Peace and love.’ In the office, on the bus, wherever. It’s still peace and love for me, I’m a product of the 60s and it was a very influential period in my life, and you know, my head was turned around a bit, my eyes were opened as it were. In fact, I even have it on my arm, ‘Peace and love’. I see nothing wrong with peace and love.”

∼Ringo Starr


“Take a dose of rock and roll, and wash it down with cool clear soul.” ∼Ringo Starr


“I’m left handed and I’m playing a right handed kit… That’s why everyone thought, ‘Wow, he’s a genius,’ but all I was doing was trying to play backwards… It’s one of those mad accidents, you can’t learn it.”

∼Ringo Starr


“Well, I’m getting happier all the time, which is very nice.” ∼Ringo Starr


“The drummer’s always going to be there. They’re the floor of the whole deal and everyone can stand up on you.”

∼Ringo Starr


“I’m on my feet and I’m doing what I love to do, and I’m in a profession, as a musician, where we can go on for as long as we can go on.”

∼Ringo Starr


“At the end of the day, I can end up just totally wacky, because I’ve made mountains out of molehills. With meditation, I can keep them as molehills.”

∼Ringo Starr


“I am, I definitely am. I’m really excited about that.” ∼Ringo Starr


“With God’s help, I’ve not had a drink in nine and a half years. That’s my whole story right there. And because of that, I’m doing this. I’m making records, I’m touring. I was so involved in just getting brain damaged, I wasn’t doing anything. I had great ideas, many notebooks filled with notes, some of them I can read and some of them I just can’t read, but I really didn’t do anything constructive, it was all just good ideas. Now I’m trying to lead a constructive life a day at a time.”

∼Ringo Starr


“We will miss George for his sense of love, his sense of music and his sense of laughter.”

∼Ringo Starr


“I know when I feel good when I play. There’s a closeness with musicians you only get from playing live, even in the studio it’s still playing live. For me, it’s what expands my soul.”

∼Ringo Starr


“If you could play, I’d play with you all night. But if I’m just playing by myself, it gets boring pretty quick.”

∼ Ringo Starr


Beatles Song Lyrics

“All you need is love. Love is all you need.”


“There’s nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be.”


“And in the end the love you take is equal to the love you make.”


“Life is very short and there’s no time for fussing and fighting my friend.”


 “Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.”


“We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections.”


“Don’t carry the world upon your shoulders.”


“It matters not who you love, where you love, why you love, when you love or how you love, t matters only that you love.”


“The long and winding road that leads to home will never disappear.”


“With every mistake, we must surely be learning.”


“When you’ve seen beyond yourself, then you may find, peace of mind is waiting there.”


“And what’s the point of changing when I’m happy as I am?”


“I don’t care too much for money, money can’t buy me love.”


“I don’t work at being ordinary.”


“Everyone should have themselves regularly overwhelmed by nature.”


“If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there.”


“Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.”


What is the best love quote from the Beatles?

“It matters not who you love, where you love, why you love, when you love or how you love, it matters only that you love”


What is John Lennon’s most famous quote?

“A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.”


For just about all the Beatles song lyrics, check out azlyrics.com Beatles


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Little-known Secret of The Beatles’ Success

Beatlemania was born when the Beatles’s “I Want To Hold Your Hand” was released in the US in December 1963. But this hit song was not the first single they released in the US.

Their first three singles released in 1963 could not break through in American music. “I Want To Hold Your Hand” wasn’t released until January 13th, 1964. Luckily, the release date was moved up because of public demand, which originated partly from one loving fan.

On November 16, 1963, CBS Evening News featured the Beatles in a special report. Marsha Albert, a 15-year-old girl, saw the feature and became an instant fan.

Her devotion led her to write a letter to her local radio station, WWDC, asking why they were not playing anything from the Beatles. The radio station could have played the song “She Loves You,” which was featured on the news report.

Instead of settling, WWDC disc jockey Carroll James requested that the Beatle’s latest British single be brought over to the radio station.

A copy of the single was brought over from Britain, with the help of a stewardess, and played on the air on December 17th, 1963.

Marsha introduced “I Want To Hold Your Hand” on the radio for the first time in the US. Thereby, she helped launch the Beatle’s success.

Through a young fan’s efforts against a major corporation’s restraint, the Beatles could move up the release date by three weeks.

This was a huge victory for them. It gave the Beatles massive exposure over the North American airwaves for a few extra weeks. Ensuring “I Want To Hold Your Hand” had time to achieve the #1 position on the American pop charts before the February 1964 Ed Sullivan Show appearance.

Since they were becoming popular before their appearance, the Ed Sullivan Show ignited a growing flame that would last for decades. If it wasn’t for the persistence of an adoring fan and a disc jockey, the Beatles might have been just another forgotten band.

Would the Beatles have found success regardless? One of their biggest fans wasn’t going to leave it to chance. Don’t leave your success to chance. Take consistent action toward your goals.

Even the Beatles, with all their talent and hard work, needed the help of an adoring fan. Whatever you love, don’t let it wither.

Every seed needs time to germinate and grow, but someone needs to plant and water it. And this principle is the same for health and success.

Don’t expect or wait for someone to do the necessary work. Only you can see your dreams. Most people are programmed for inaction. The person who works toward their dreams and never gives up has little competition.

If even the Beatles needed the help of one fan, how about you and me? I am thankful for fans like you.

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