The more irrational of us are worried about the millennium ending - as if a date would really matter.

I don't need to manufacture trauma in my life to be creative. I have a big enough reservoir of sadness or emotional trauma to last me.

I think I'm a focus for international attention.

Love is stronger than justice.

Peter Townshend shows us it's all right to grow up. There is dignity after rock'n'roll.

The acceptance of death gives you more of a stake in life, in living life happily, as it should be lived. Living for the moment.

I've spent a bit of time with the Prince of Wales, who I respect greatly. I'd give two cheers for the Monarchy.

The logical process will often be the safe one. I tend, when I'm given that choice, to go the way that's not safe.

I've only paid lip service to a spiritual life.

I think love has something to do with allowing a person you claim to love to enter a larger arena than the one you create for them.

I see songs not as a commodity used up when the album goes off the charts, which is often the case with pop songs. I see them as a body of work. Life should be breathed into them.

I was recruited to teach 9-year-olds. I taught for two years.

It takes a man to suffer ignorance and smile.

I've never lost perspective on who I am. Well, maybe briefly, but generally I'm pretty balanced.

I really wanted to work with David Lynch. I was a big fan of The Elephant Man and Eraserhead.

If you make your living writing, and you can't write anything, it's over. It's very frightening.

Yoga introduced me to a style of meditation. The only meditation I would have done before would be in the writing of songs.

I do my best work when I am in pain and turmoil.

An uncle of mine emigrated to Canada and couldn't take his guitar with him. When I found it in the attic, I'd found a friend for life.

I was famous overnight. I went from nowhere to being really big.

I see music as one language. If one musical form eats its own tail, it dies. So it needs to be a mongrel, it needs to be hybridised.

There's no religion but sex and music.

I learned to change my accent; in England, your accent identifies you very strongly with a class, and I did not want to be held back.

I write the music, produce it and the band plays within the parameters that I set.

I realize that nothing's as it seems.

That sense of failure, I don't know where people put it who don't write songs and aren't able to emote physically. It must go somewhere.

I'm very much afraid of being mad - that's my one fear.

It has very little to do with my work, but if your image is not sexy enough, people won't listen. It's part of the game.

I have been through various fitness regimes. I used to run about five miles a day and I did aerobics for a while.

I'm not much of a family man. I'm just not that into it. I love kids, I adore them, but I don't want to live my life for them.

Melancholy is no bad thing.

I made two movies before The Police had a hit record: I did Quadrophenia and a film called Radio On.

I try to give the media as many confusing images as I can to retain my freedom. What's real is for my children and the people I live with.

Given the choice of friendship or success, I'd probably choose success.

I want to get old gracefully. I want to have good posture, I want to be healthy and be an example to my children.

I hate most of what constitutes rock music, which is basically middle-aged crap.

I was brought up as a Catholic and went to church every week and took the sacraments. It never really touched the core of my being.

I have a big problem with piped music. I like either silence or to listen to it properly.

I don't like singing before noon.

I can't really change my life to accommodate people who are jealous. I don't see why I should.

I'm not speaking as someone who has reached satori or anything else. I'm a student.

I think there's room for both private exploration and group work in Yoga.

I miss England. I miss the weather. I've spent moss of the last 25 years on tour. I'm ready to come home.

I come from a family of losers, and I've rejected my family as something I don't want to be like.

I exist in a state of almost perpetual hysteria.

The deeper you get into Yoga you realize it is a spiritual practice. It's a journey I'm making. I'm heading that way.

I always stayed fit because I'm a performer, and all of those things help me to perform.

Yoga is almost like music in a way; there's no end to it.

I can't fly a flag for monogamy or whatever the opposite is; it depends on the person and on the situation.