quotes about george

Photographs of George Harrison and Janis Joplin in San Francisco during the summer of 1967, captured by Grant Jacobs.

“[Janis Joplin’s] favorite Beatle was George Harrison; she even named her mutt for him.” - New York Post, 23 September 2013

The Estate of Janis Joplin also supports the George Harrison Fund for UNICEF.


-George Saunders

Washington: So, I hear you were terrorizing the pub…again.

Mulligan: Expressing my opinion is not a terrorist action.

Washington: The way you expressed your opinion to Samuel Seabury? By the way, his testicle retrieval operation went quite well, in case you’re interested.

Mulligan: I still maintain that he kicked himself in the balls.

“We stood there for a minute or two, with John swaying gently against my arm. ‘I’m feeling better,’ he announced. Then he looked up at the stars. 'Wow…’ he intoned. 'Look at that! Isn’t that amazing?“
I followed his gaze. The stars did look good but they didn’t look that good. It was very unlike John to be over the top in that way. I stared at him. He was wired-pin-sharp and quivering, resonating away like a human tuning fork.
No sooner had John uttered his immortal words about the stars than George and Paul came bursting out on the roof. They had come tearing up from the studio as soon as they found out where we were.
They knew why John was feeling unwell. Maybe everyone else did, too - everyone except for father-figure George Martin here!
It was very simple. John was tripping on LSD. He had taken it by mistake, they said - he had meant to take an amphetamine tablet. That hardly made any difference, frankly; the fact was that John was only too likely to imagine he could fly and launch himself off the low parapet that ran around the roof. They had been absolutely terrified that he might do so.
I spoke to Paul about this night many years later, and he confirmed that he and George had been shaken rigid when they found out we were up on the roof. They knew John was having a what you might call a bad trip. John didn’t go back to Weybridge that night; Paul took him home to his place, in nearby Cavendish Road. They were intensely close, remember, and Paul would do almost anything for John. So, once they were safe inside, Paul took a tablet of LSD for the first time, 'So I could get with John’ as he put it- be with him in his misery and fear.

What about that for friendship?”

― George Martin, With a Little Help from My Friends: The Making of Sgt. Pepper

Why do I love George?  Because there are in him two personalities.  
The glamorous Beatle, all proud, driving his Aston-Martin, but also the young, carefree young man arriving with his toothbrush and a large paper bag with holes everywhere; a prince and a beatnik in one single person: I though that didn’t exist.
—  Pattie Boyd, Mademoiselle Age Tendre (May 1966)

Ringo Starr and George Harrison, Friar Park, 1978/1979. Photo: Nancy Lee Andrews.

“Ringo and I went to visit [George] and Olivia at Friar Park in 1979. They were so happy. Olivia cooked a delicious dinner, he played the guitar and we wandered around that huge mansion while he told us its history. He opened a door, I think it was in the kitchen and handed us candles and told us to follow him. I thought, Oh, we’re going to the spooky cellar but the stairs kept going down and down and finally we landed on a flat surface. I looked, and couldn’t believe what I saw… it was a cave complete with stylolites. Walkways through a cavern. There was even a stream running through it! I had my camera with me and we had a hilarious time shooting with and without the flash. I have so many incredible pictures of us in that cave.
After that we settled in his study/music room and he handed me a bowl of rubies… big ones, small ones that were all cabachons. It was days before my birthday and he said to pick what ever I want and have something made. While he and Ringo talked and played the guitar I settled in front of the fireplace and designed a necklace with lots of hanging rubies. One of those nights I’ll never forget.” - Nancy Lee Andrews, beatlesite.blogspot.com, 2008


I didn’t realize until years later that my father was only asking questions about lightning and thunder to cheer me up. In fact, he would often pretend to be dumb just to make me feel better.

Pattie aesthetic for anon

“Pattie’s a great personality, looks marvellous, but I get a bit embarrassed when we’re dancing. She leaps around while I’m trying to tango - though I can shake after a fashion!” - George Harrison

12 October 1962 The Beatles with their idol (especially Paul’s!) Little Richard at the Tower Ballroom, Brighton, Wallasey Image Source: Beatles Source

“Brian Epstein booked me to play with them and Paul would just sit down and look at me. He’d say, ‘Oh Richard, you’re my idol. Just let me touch you’ He wanted to learn my little holler, so we sat at the piano, going ‘Oooooooh!’ until he got it.” - Little Richard