As a man, Paolozzi was a mixture of childlike enthusiasm, unquenchable curiosity and powerful intelligence. He could grasp the essence of a book or the argument of a scholarly article from a few hastily read paragraphs. He was at ease with complex abstract ideas.
Always impressively well informed about the latest trends in music, the theatre and cinema, in his studio he listened constantly to BBC Radio 3 which, as he put it, had been his only education. He tried to keep in shape with the aid of judo (he was a black belt), gymnastics, swimming and a variety of diets,yet he never seemed able to concentrate on anything for long.
From Eduardo Paolozzi’s obituary, The Guardian (2005)