Looking after your ears is unfortunately something you don't think about until there's a problem.

Well, once we finish something, I can't really listen to it because all I hear are problems.

Record sales don't really mean anything. For us, the pressure is imagining some 15-year-old kid in Cincinnati who buys our album and doesn't feel like he wasted his pocket money.

Sometimes we have criticism that is very constructive.

Before our albums are released I feel like we still own it, that we have control over our music. But once it's out there in the world it's no longer ours.

We want to make something that moves us when we hear it. Because after all the hype and awards and whatever, that's all music is.

I just want to make the best music of all time with my best friends.

I'm not a great dancer. I'm a great advertisement for freedom of expression. I don't care what you think. I'm having a great time.

I have a very wonderful separation-divorce. It's a divorce - but it's a weird one.

Everyone asks me about being so worried or thinking about existence as if I'm the only person who can't understand why a tree grows the way it does or why a person is in power when they're not that great. These are questions everyone has.

I'm petrified of reincarnation because, you know, I like being me.

I genuinely love Oasis, and I also genuinely love Beyonce. My body gets the same pleasure. If you like different types of music, it's OK to say it.

I don't drink, I don't take drugs, I don't smoke.

You've got to express yourself in life, and it's better out than in. What you reveal, you heal.

A band's only unique thing is its chemistry, especially if none of you are prodigious players or particularly handsome. The one thing you have is your uniqueness, so we hold on to that.

You can try to be catchy without being slick, poppy without being pop, and you can be uplifting without being pompous. Because we're sometimes playing quieter stuff, it's hard to sound like we're trying to change things, but we wanted to be a reaction against soulless rubbish.

If a few companies were less greedy, the people at the bottom woud have a lot more.

I personally really like getting a proper album with artwork and everything.

You have two years to make a record and do what you like to it; then, you have 10 minutes to do an interview that could mess it all up. It's the Crispian Mills Syndrome.

Being voted the world's sexiest vegetarian is about as cool as it gets. It's not quite as cool as Brad Pitt, but it'll do.

I always dream about other musicians. And they're never interested in hanging out with us. It's like being at school and the bigger boys don't want to play with you!

There's a part of me that wishes no one knew anything about me, but it's just not realistic.

Somebody rang me up the other day and said 'Yellow' was on a karaoke machine. That made me genuinely excited. It's got a nice beat.

I've had tinnitus for about ten years, and since I started protecting my ears it hasn't got any worse - touch wood.

I don't mind not being cool.

Just because a romantic relationship ends doesn't mean that the other facets of your relationship have to end... or, indeed, doesn't mean they can't get better.

The goal is to try and make the perfect song. Which of course will never happen.

If you don't let love in, then you can't really give it back.

I know being on a major label is meant to be antiquated, but we're fine with it.

Economically, unfair trade will benefit nobody in the long run, as poorer countries will be bled totally dry and will become unable to produce anything.

This person loves tangerines, This person loves raspberries - and my son won't even look at berries. Isn't that amazing? And so I have to apply that to music; otherwise, I would always hide in a hole because of all the people that don't like Coldplay.

You can never say you're big - I don't think you can ever take anything like that for granted.

I think that the fact that a relationship becomes public is a bit of a bummer. Because it can distract from the real reason why you're together, which is that you just like each other.

What was I like as a kid? The same as I am now, just smaller with a higher voice.

We aren't cool and never will be.

For people who write songs, it's a gift you're given. You become good at the craft, but you're given the gift.

I don't actually own a car.

More idiots should just shut their mouths.

I'm saying One Direction are brilliant! And I'm not kidding. Because their songs are really good.

I'm competitive with anyone who writes a good song - I don't care if it's a band or solo artist or whoever.

I think everyone in their life goes through challenges, whether it's love or money, kids or illness... You have to really not run away from that stuff.

Some people misconstrue our band just to be a commercial venture.

Celebrity culture has gone crazy, and I think the reason is that real news is just not bearable, and it also seems impossible to change anything.

To be totally honest with you, I'm so happy to be alive every day.

It's difficult when you're successful, to admit that you need help.

You gotta wear the right trousers if you're gonna be a rock star.

Even though the album is an endangered species, can we try and make a coherent and good one, even if it's like making a horse and cart at a Nascar conference?

The thing I really believe deep down is that everybody has a gift for something. Our job as adults is to make sure all children have the opportunity to find their gift.

So I have probably 1,200 little bits of paper with notes, which when the Ambien really starts to kick in, don't really make much sense. Say what you like about prescription drugs, but they do help when you're sequencing a record.