The way that the background fields generates mass is rather like the way in which when light passes through a transparent medium like glass or water, it gets slowed down. It no longer travels with the fundamental velocity of light c. And that's the way to think of the generation of mass.
in video Meet Peter Higgs by CERN (July 2004).
This summer I have discovered something totally useless.Peter Higgs
When you look at a vacuum in a quantum theory of fields, it isn't exactly nothing.Peter Higgs
There is a sort of mythology that grows up about what happened, which is different from what really did happen.Peter Higgs
It’s about understanding! Understanding the world!Peter Higgs
The point came when people were doing things I didn't feel competent to do myself. I'm not being modest, I honestly get lost. I was lucky in spotting what I did when I did, but there comes a point where you realise what you're doing is not going to be much good.Peter Higgs
Higgs mechanism should be renamed the “ABEGHHK'tH mechanism”Peter Higgs