Men should always change diapers. It’s a very rewarding experience. It’s mentally cleansing. It’s like washing dishes, but imagine if the dishes were your kids, so you really love the dishes.
I have my moments – usually twice every album – when I basically lose it.
I do an hour’s yoga and go running every day. Then I see a picture of myself and I still look like a skinny, potbellied idiot – and I thought I had turned into this superhunk!
There’s a reason why people who’ve had bad relationships with their parents listen to angry stuff.
When I’m 40, too old to be a rock star, I plan to go back to college to study classical music.
You can never say you’re big – I don’t think you can ever take anything like that for granted.
All the children of America, up to age seven or eight or nine or ten – they’re really great artists. So here we’ve got this amazing work that very few people pay any attention to, and it’s not valued by the culture.
Abstract painting is dead. That’s why it has become so interesting again.
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.
The physical thing of having a man following you around all day trying to take your photograph – it’s eerie. There is a pure physical response. If you go up and kick a dog, it will bite you. But with photographers, you can’t do that.
Anyone who criticises me for talking about fair trade is a few pebbles short of a beach. Because everyone should care about it, just like everyone should care about the environment, because we all live here.
I think shareholders are the great evil of this modern world.
What makes us a bit nervous is, in this instant age, to release something that might take more than one listen. Where everything is instantly judged on YouTube or something! It’s a bit like releasing a horse and cart on a racetrack.
So what Ghost Stories means to me is like you’ve got to open yourself up to love and if you really do, of course it will be painful at times, but it will be great at some point.
You can sometimes get your own feelings across more strongly if you pretend that you’re singing it from someone else’s angle. But it’s always from me. It’s just a new way of framing it.
The word spirit comes from the Latin word for "breath" – spiritu – and the origin of the word spirituality has to do with breath and life force, the mysteries of the ancients and all this. The word is very suspect in much of the art world – the Western art world. Certainly, spirituality has become divorced from religious.
I’ve never been cool and I don’t really care about being cool. It’s just an awful lot of time and hair gel wasted.
Anything that we think is incredible and beautiful and wonderful, we ascribe to something that we don’t know what it is.
If someone thinks I’m a dickhead, fine, listen to someone else’s record, then. We’re not a totalitarian regime; no one’s forced to listen to Coldplay. It’s actually quite a compliment if you’re something that people can stand against.
Coldplay frontman Chris Martin has found his niche in making the sound of solitude a triumphant experience, like Good Will Hunting: The Musical.
I think One Direction are the biggest band in the world, their songs are great.
I’d rather be a comma than a full stop.
I don’t actually own a car.
The most extravagant thing I’ve ever bought is 95 tops all the same.
I’m not an old-fashioned, booze-and-drugs rock ‘n’ roller. For me, rock ‘n’ roll is all about doing whatever you want. It’s about defying convention and being who you are. I’d rather go swimming or running or kite flying.
I would still give my left ball to write anything as good as OK Computer.
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.
Those have been the two biggest challenges of my life: trying to follow Radiohead, and trying to follow Brad Pitt.
I don’t speak particularly well. That’s one of the consequences of being extremely ugly.
The lyrics just come out, and I don’t know where from. I’m an incredible failure in relationships. I think there’s a romantic ideal that I’m aspiring for. I don’t know. The lyrics are always about unsuccessful relationships. They’re not all about the love between a man and a woman. It’s about friendship and family. Deep down there’s a lot of talk about general existence.
There is something glamorous to me in taking a bit of a beating and keeping on going.
Coldplay fans are the best in the world. If you like Coldplay then you’re obviously very intelligent and good looking and all-around brilliant.
From the very beginning of my life, people have always enjoyed it when I was around for a couple of days at a time. So, I think, most people in touring bands are best in small doses. That’s why we turn up in a town, play and then we leave before anyone can get sick of us.
I don’t think you can be a mysterious rock star the same way you could in 1965 because there’s too much information. Everything you do is available all the time. So the only thing you can rely on is not being false.
Some people are into bondage… and some people are into crossdressing.. . and some people are into Coldplay. It’s okay, I don’t mind being a fetish.