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A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy?
I love power. But it is as an artist that I love it. I love it as a musician loves his violin, to draw out its sounds and chords and harmonies.
When you play a violin piece, you are a storyteller, and you're telling a story.
You can imagine me as a kid growing up in redneck Texas with ballet shoes, tucking the violin under my arm. I had to fight my way up.
When I get bored, or get stuck on an equation, I like to go ice skating, but it makes you forget your problem. Then you can tackle the problem with a fresh new insight. Einstein liked to play the violin to relax. Every physicist likes to have a past time. Mine is ice skating.
The moral of the story is not to listen to those who tell you not to play the violin but stick to the tambourine.
We have a lot of pressures on children very young. We have ambition. We over-schedule our children. We want them to have soccer lessons and violin lessons... I think children need to have at least an hour of fun a day.
Violin playing is a physical art with great traditions behind it.
Singing has always seemed to me the most perfect means of expression. It is so spontaneous. And after singing, I think the violin. Since I cannot sing, I paint.
I started playing violin in the 5th grade. They had a program in school where you could get out of class to go play instruments. So I raised my hand, left out of class, me and a bunch of my homeboys, just to get out of class for that day. They asked what instrument you wanted to play and I picked the violin.
Happiness is a thing to be practiced, like the violin.
It takes generosity to discover the whole through others. If you realize you are only a violin, you can open yourself up to the world by playing your role in the concert.
Jacques Yves Cousteau
Love is not love, without a violin playing goat.
The difference between a violin and a viola is that a viola burns longer.
The majority of husbands remind me of an orangutan trying to play the violin.
Honore de Balzac
Life is like playing a violin solo in public and learning the instrument as one goes on.
I am playing the violin, that's all I know, nothing else, no education, no nothing. You just practice every day.
Love is not the dying moan of a distant violin - it's the triumphant twang of a bedspring.
S. J. Perelman
An actor is supposed to be a sensitive instrument. Isaac Stern takes good care of his violin. What if everybody jumped on his violin?
If we were all determined to play the first violin we should never have an ensemble. therefore, respect every musician in his proper place.
I know a girl who cries when she practices violin because each note sounds so pure it just cuts into her, and then the melody comes pouring out her eyes. Now, to me, everything else just sounds like a lie.
I was playing violin for a long time, about 6 years. It takes a while. You need very patient people in your house when you have a violin.
There was one thing Beethoven didn't do. When one of his string quartets was played, you can believe the second violin wasn't improvising.
It is my aim, my destination in life to make the cello as beloved an instrument as the violin and piano.
Some parents let their kids sleep at other people's houses, where they drink alcohol, watch TV for hours and God knows what else. But if you say you have to get all A's and practice the violin for two hours, then they consider that abusive. That upsets me.
John F. Kennedy
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