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Things We Said Today

A collection of Beatles quotes.

Quotes at Random
 
How do you feel about other Beatle-type groups?

John: The Rolling Stones are personal friends of ours. They are most creative and beginning to write good songs.

Do you like being Beatles?

John: Yes, or we'd be the Rolling Stones.


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Do you plan to record any anti-war songs?

John: All our songs are anti-war.

When you do a new song, how do you decide who sings the lead?

John: We just get together and whoever knows most of the words sings the lead.

Paul, what do you think of columnist Walter Winchell?

Paul: He said I'm married and I'm not.
George: Maybe he wants to marry you?

Ringo, why do you wear two rings on each hand?

Ringo: Because I can't fit them through my nose
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Do you think it's wrong to set such a bad example to teenagers, smoking the way you do?

Ringo: It's better than being alcoholics.

What do you think of the criticism that you are not very good?

George: We're not.

What do you believe is the reason you are the most popular singing group today?

John: We've no idea. If we did, we'd get four longhaired boys, put them together and become their managers.

 

Paul: Nothing annoys us really. Some things make us laugh. Like those stamp out the Beatles gags. And the other day a photographer asked if he could take two pictures of us. One with our wigs on and one with our wigs off.

Why do teenagers stand up and scream piercingly and painfully when you appear?

Paul: None of us know. But we've heard that teenagers go to our shows just to scream. A lot of them don't even want to listen because they have our records. We kind of like the screaming teenagers. If they want to pay their money and sit out there and shout, that's their business. We aren't going to be like little dictators and say, "You've got to shut up". The commotion doesn't bother us anymore. It's come to be like working in a bell factory. You don't hear the bells after a while.


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Why do you think you get more fan mail than anyone else in the group?

Ringo: I dunno. I suppose it's because more people write me.

Do you date much?

Ringo: What are you doing tonight?

Do you fight amongst yourselves?

John: Only in the mornings.

What do you miss most now that your fame prohibits your freedom?

Ringo: Going to the movies.
George: Having nothing to do.
John: School, because you don't have much to do there.
Paul: Going on buses.

What impresses you most about America?

John: Bread.
Paul: Going on buses.

Do you like topless bathing suits?

Ringo: We've been wearing them for years.


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Girls rushed toward my car because it had press identification and they thought I met you. How do you explain this phenomenon?

John: You're lovely to look at.

How do you stand in the draft?

John: About five feet, eleven inches.

What about your future?

John: It looks nice.

Won't this make you feel like caged animals?

John: No, we feed ourselves.

Were you worried about the oversized roughnecks who tried to infiltrate the airport crowd on your arrival?

Ringo: That was us.

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How do you add up success?

John, Paul, George, and Ringo: Money.

What will you do when Beatlemania subsides?

John: Count the money.

Would you ever accept a girl in your group if she could sing, play an instrument and wear the Beatle haircut?

Ringo: How tall is she?

There's a 'Stamp Out The Beatles' movement underway in Detroit. What are you going to do about it?

Paul: We're going to start a campaign to stamp out Detroit.

Who thought up the name Beatles?

Paul: I thought of it.

Why?

Paul: Why not?

Aren't you tired of all the hocus-pocus? Wouldn't you rather sit on your fat wallets?

Paul: When we get tired we take fat vacations on our fat wallets.

Do you get much fan mail?

Ringo: We get 2,000 letters a day.
John: We're going to answer every one of them.

Do any of you have ulcers?

George: None that we've noticed.

Do you worry about smoking in public? Do you think it might set a bad example for your younger fans?

George: We don't set examples. We smoke because we've always smoked. Kids don't smoke because we do. They smoke because they want to. If we changed we'd be putting on an act.
Ringo: [whispering] We even drink.

What careers would you individually have chosen had you not become entertainers?

Ringo: A hairdresser.
George: I had a short go at being an electrician's apprentice, but I kept blowing things up so I got dumped.
Paul: I dunno. Maybe something with art in it?
John: No comment.

Paul, you look like my son.

Paul: You don't look a bit like my mother.

Films

Can we look forward to any more Beatle movies?

John Lennon: Well, there'll be many more but I don't know whether you can look forward to them or not.

When are you starting your next movie?

Paul: In February.
George: We have no title for it yet.
Ringo: We have no story for it yet.
John: We have no actors for it yet.

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Are you going to have a leading lady in the film you are about to make?

Paul: We're trying to get the Queen. She sells in England, you know.

Hair

How do you feel about a night club, Arthur, named after your hairstyle?

George: I was proud - until I saw the night club.

What excuse do you have for your collar-length hair?

John: Well, it just grows out yer head.

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Which one of you is really bald?

George: We're all bald. And I'm deaf and dumb.

Do you ever think of getting a haircut?

George: No, luv, do you?

Where did you think up the hairdos?

Paul: We got them from a German photographer who wore his hair this way.

George: It was while we were in Germany. I went in swimming and when I came out I didn't have a comb. So my hair just dried. The others liked it the way it looked and there we were.

John: We've told so many lies about it we've forgotten.

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Do you wear wigs?

John: If we do they must be the only ones with real dandruff.

How do you feel about teenagers imitating you with Beatle wigs?

John: They're not imitating us because we don't wear Beatle wigs.

Where did you get your hairstyle?

Paul: From Napoleon. And Julius Caesar too. We cut it anytime we feel like it.

Ringo: We may do it now.

Are you wearing wigs or real hair?

Ringo: Hey, where's the police?
Paul: Take her out!
George: Our hair's real. What about yours, lady?

What would happen if you all switched to crew cuts?

John: It would probably be the end of the act.

Are you going to get haircuts over in America?

Ringo: What d'you mean? We got them yesterday.

Does your hair require any special attention?

John: Inattention is the main thing.

What do you look like with your hair back on your foreheads?

John: You just don't do that, mate. You feel naked if you do that, like you don't have any trousers on.

Don't you feel icky and dirty with your hair so long, flopping in your eyes and down your neck?

John: Of course not. We've got combs you know.

What is the biggest threat to your careers, the atom bomb or dandruff?

Ringo: That atom bomb. We've already got dandruff.

On June 11, 1965 the Beatles are made members of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire

What was your reaction when you heard the news?

Ringo: There's a proper medal as well as the letters, isn't there? I will keep it to wear when I'm old. It's the sort of thing you want to keep.

John: I thought you had to drive tanks and win wars to win the M.B.E.

George: I didn't think you got this sort of thing for playing rock 'n' roll music.

Paul: I think it's marvelous. What does this make my dad?

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To the wine waiter at the 21 in New York

Do you have any vintage Coca Cola?

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