Age gives you a great sense of proportion. You can be very hard on yourself when you're younger but now I just think 'well everybody's absolutely mad and I'm doing quite well'.
I once bought a Manchester United hat, which I think was 12 shillings, and somebody ran up behind me and pulled it off and just ran ahead. I thought, 'It's a very cruel world, I'm not prepared for this'. And I decided to get my revenge on society.
It's the nicest birthday I've ever had. You've made a happy man very old.
But sometimes I'd feel more fulfilled making Christmas cards with the mentally ill. I want to live and I want to love. I want to catch something that I might be ashamed of.
I suppose you have work tomorrow? That's quite sad, really.
M: I don't have relationships at all. It's out of the question. NK: Why? M: Partly because I was always attracted to men or women who were never attracted to me. And I was never attracted to women or men who were attracted to me. So that's the problem. I've never met the right person.
I've never intended to be controversial but it's very easy to be controversial in pop music because nobody ever is.
The Smiths was an incredibly personal thing to me. It was like launching your own diary to music.
Music that is in the charts today is quite dreadful. I find it a great honour that I have never been considered for awards, such as NME etc. It is a personal victory. All awards shows should be banned!
Does the body rule the mind or does the mind rule the body? I dunno..
TF: At which point did you stop being celibate, why and who with? M: I don't see how anyone would benefit from seeing that kind of information in print. Least of all me.
PM: What annoys you most about yourself? M: Practically everything. I miss not being able to stand up straight. I tend to slide into rooms and sit on the chair behind the door.
Jools Holland: Knock Knock! Morrissey: I'm not in! Jools: Oh, come on. Morrissey: I refuse to open the door.
You have to, at least from a distance, look as if you know what you're doing, and I can manage that.
Well, the problem I've had with all the interviews I've had in America - I had meetings with about nine labels - and they all say to me Will your new songs fit in with what is popular and what is in the chart? And I say Good God, I hope not!