In tribute of the Beatles' friendship...
"...really tight, as friends. We could argue a lot among ourselves, but we were very,
very close to each other, and in the company of other people or other situations we'd always stick together." - George Harrison
"All my friends were The Beatles, anyway. There was The Beatles and about three other
fellas I was really close with." - John Lennon
"They became the closest friends I'd ever had. I was an only child and suddenly I felt
as though I'd got three brothers. We really looked out for each other and we had many laughs together..." - Ringo Starr
"We're such good friends. Even when we broke up, we were - no, still are - the closest
of friends." - George Harrison
When Paul was to be included in the 'Top of the Pops' Hall of Fame on 1 December, 2001,
he, in light of George's passing, sent a message:
"I would like to dedicate the award with love to my brother George without whom it would
all have been impossible."
"The thing is, we're really the same person. We're just four parts of the one." - Paul
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Quotes about each other:
"I think that was one of the things I developed, just by being in The Beatles.. being
bold. And I think John had a lot to do with that... 'cos John Lennon, you know, if he felt something strongly he just did
it... I picked up a lot of that by being a friend of John's."
"...John was the kindest person I ever knew. He was the only one of the four of us who
would give his soul... And I loved the man dearly."
"It's still weird to even say, 'before he died.' I still can't come to terms with it.
I still don't believe it. It's like, you know, these dreams you have, where he's still alive; then you wake up and... 'Oh.'"
"Something like George passing, it makes you think, 'God,
things are so impermanent: suddenly there's this little friend of mine, he used to get on the bus, and now he's passed away.'
There's that whole lifetime of a friendship that physically has ended, not emotionally."
"No matter how much we split, we're still very linked. We're the only four people who've
seen the whole Beatlemania bit from the inside out, so we're tied forever, whatever happens."
"You could say that [Paul] provided a lightness, an optimism, while I would always go
for the sadness, the discords, a certain bluesy edge."
"[John] was one great guy, but part of his greatness was that he wasn't a saint."
"Looking back on it with John, you know, he was a really great guy. I always idolised
him. We always did, the group. I don't know if the others will tell you that, but he was our idol."
"George's relationship [with me] was one of younger follower and older guy. He's three
or four years younger than me. It's a love-hate relationship and I think George still bears resentment toward me for being
a daddy who left home... I don't want to be egomaniacal, but he was like a disciple of mine when we started."
- John, September 1980
"Yes, I was in The Beatles. Yes, we made some great records. Yes, I love those boys.
But that's the end of the story."