"I`d rather be a musician than a rock star."
"Everything else can wait but the search for God cannot wait, and love one another." (his last public statement, issued after his death)
"It`s a shame Paul can`t be here because he was the one who had the speech in his pocket." (At his induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame).
On his teenage years in Liverpool: "You couldn`t get a cup of sugar, let alone a Rock n` Roll record."
"People are simply screwing up when they go out and buy beefsteak, which is killing them with cancer and heart troubles. The stuff costs a fortune too. You could feed a thousand people with lentil soup for the cost of half a dozen filets." (Ironically, Harrison continued to smoke cigarettes until the 1990s.)
"It is better to be an outspoken atheist than a hypocrite."
"I got it purely from smoking. Luckily, they found that this nodule was more of a warning than anything else. I`m not going to die on you folks just yet. Life is like a raindrop on a lotus leaf. Everybody realizes that you are either a very lucky person or you`re not." (On his battle with throat cancer in 1997)
"It says, just for today, don`t worry about anything just try and deal with one thing at a time, basically, it`s really for everybody. It`s generally a reminder just for today to keep cool and don`t try and deal with everything all at once and that kind of thing." (On "Just for Today")
"I thought, I`m not going to make one of them you know sort of clattery records like everybody else seems to be doing this period I`m going to make a record like something like I did twenty years ago. Just like a rock n` roll band making a record. We had real saxes and real guitars, real pianos, real drums, real people playing real songs." (On creating "Cloud Nine")
"I`m at ease with myself, maybe. I`m happy to be making records, by getting away from the music business I was in a good mood to do it you know, it`s just the fun of doing it and just trying to sustain the energy and the interest." (On enjoying the process of making "Cloud Nine")
Life goes on within you and without you.
If you don`t know where you`re going, any road will take you there.
I`ve been friends with Eric for years. And I think I always will be. He`s a lovely fella and I love him very dearly. And he, and I just called him up again and you know I`m doing an album (Cloud Nine), Eric could you come and play. Sure, he came over and played great stuff. Devil`s Radio","Cloud Nine", he does a nice little solo on the end of "That`s What It Takes" and also the other one the second side "The Wreck of the Hesperus."` (On Eric Clapton)
I couldn`t really think of, I racked my brain for weeks and months to try and think of a title because I was trying not to have a song title. We had various titles, had hundreds of them you know, but the next day none of them seemed to work, you know it was called Fab for a bit, but a lot of people liked Fab because they get the joke, it was called so many things in the end I just had to have a title otherwise the album would never have come out. As there were clouds on the cover, we called it Cloud Nine. I mean when you look at the cover it could have been called Spot the Loony! But I thought you know, they may not go for that. (On the album title, "Cloud Nine")
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.
I did write the song specifically at the request of the producer of the Madonna movie and it was the love song for the naughty couple. So I re-cut that song Someplace Else" and the other song called "Breath Away from Heaven" which is slightly Chinese sounding, well it`s supposed to be just slightly Chinese sounding, I re-grooved that as well from the soundtrack album, from the soundtrack version. So those two were both from Shanghai Surprise." (On "Someplace Else")
Ah, it was an old song from about 1959, I think the writer`s name is Rudy Clark, I don`t know who he is but it was an excellent song, but the old version I heard of it was a bit antique and doesn`t really sound like my version of it, but the song itself had stuck in my head for twenty odd years and just came out on this album (Cloud Nine). But it rocks along, it`s quite a good choice. (On "Got My Mind Set On You")
Yeah, it`s like a built in thing. If I play a song to Ringo I don`t need to say to him, you know I want it to go like this, I just play it and he joins in. He`s got a great feel. Ringo`s like I sort of don`t practice much on the guitar I sort of pick up and play it when I need to and he`s the same, he never practices, he`s a very naughty boy. But he just gets his sticks and he just does it and it sounds just like Ringo and he can hold the rock steady all day long. (On Ringo Starr)
Experience is the main reason why we`re here I think in the world to gain experience and from our experience we gain knowledge, oh I think so anyway, knowledge and if we get any knowledge then we gain liberation, you know we free ourselves. (On Life and Experience)
I don`t wear small shoes, or tight pants that squash your balls.
I still practice Transcendental Meditation and I think it`s great. Marharishi only ever did good for us, and although I have not been with him physically, I never left him.