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Many of the Central Asians know Russian,
by Yo-Yo Ma

Many of the Central Asians know Russian,
and Ted Levin speaks it fluently.
I speak Chinese, but Mongolian is completely different,
so we had to have translators.
- Yo-Yo Ma

We may be coming to a new golden age of instrument making.
- Yo-Yo Ma

The tango is really a combination of many cultures,
though it eventually became the national music of Argentina.
- Yo-Yo Ma

Good things happen when you meet strangers.
- Yo-Yo Ma

 

I love grocery shopping when I'm home.
That's what makes me feel totally normal.
I love both the idea of home as in being with my family and friends,
and also the idea of exploration.
I think those two are probably my great interests.
- Yo-Yo Ma

After reaching 50, I began to wonder what the root of life is.
- Yo-Yo Ma

When you learn something from people,
or from a culture, you accept it as a gift,
and it is your lifelong commitment to preserve it and build on it.
- Yo-Yo Ma

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Music has always been transnational;
people pick up whatever interests them,
and certainly a lot of classical music has absorbed
influences from all over the world.
- Yo-Yo Ma

Things can fall apart, or threaten to,
for many reasons, and then there's got to be a leap of faith.
Ultimately, when you're at the edge,
you have to go forward or backward; if you go forward,
you have to jump together.
- Yo-Yo Ma

One of the most interesting aspects of the film project
was collaborating with so many people -
directors,
filmmakers, and writers - over a five-year period.
I learned that there are two components to this.
- Yo-Yo Ma

I'm not likely to forget where I've been and what I've done and learned.
I think it's just as important to play new instruments as to play new pieces.
The old ones are getting scarcer and the new ones more and more wonderful.
- Yo-Yo Ma

It took me way beyond what I knew, into places of which I was totally scared,
but as I became less frightened, I welcomed new ways
of thinking and approaching something.
It made me an infinitely richer person,
and I think a better musician.
- Yo-Yo Ma

I've been traveling all over the world for 25 years,
performing, talking to people, studying their cultures and musical instruments,
and I always come away with more questions in my head than can be answered.
- Yo-Yo Ma

But an innovation, to grow organically from within,
has to be based on an intact tradition,
so our idea is to bring together musicians who represent all these traditions,
in workshops, festivals, and concerts,
to see how we can connect with each other in music.
- Yo-Yo Ma

The role of the musician is to go from concept to full execution.
Put another way, it's to go from understanding the
content of something to really learning how to communicate
it and make sure it's well-received and lives in somebody else.
- Yo-Yo Ma

One is that you have to take time, lots of time,
to let an idea grow from within.
The second is that when you sign on to something,
there will be issues of trust, deep trust,
the way the members of a string quartet have to trust one another.
- Yo-Yo Ma

I learn something not because I have to,
but because I really want to.
That's the same view I have for performing.
I'm performing because I really want to,
not because I have to bring bread back home.
- Yo-Yo Ma

CALM IN CHAOS
In the midst of the flurry - clarity.
In the midst of the storm - calm.
In the midst of divided interests - certainty.
In the many roads - a certain choice.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Truth is not defined by
how many people believe something.
Ask. Question. Think.
Decide - for yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is defined more by its contrasts than its samenesses;
Life is defined more by its risks than the many securities.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

In the midst of the flurry - clarity.
In the midst of the storm - calm.
In the midst of divided interests - certainty.
In the many roads - a certain choice.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Many hands make light work.
- Proverb

After climbing a great hill,
one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.
- Nelson Mandela

Many people love in themselves what they hate in others.
- E. F. Schumacher

The chief danger in life is that you may take too many precautions.
- Alfred Adler

Many people excuse their own faults
but judge other persons harshly.
We should reverse this attitude
by excusing others' shortcomings
and by harshly examining our own.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

Many receive advice, only the wise profit from it.
- Publilius Syrus

There are as many pillows of illusion
as flakes in a snow-storm.
We wake from one dream into another dream.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

A man can fail many times,
but he isn't a failure until
he begins to blame somebody else.
- John Burroughs

All the great things are simple,
and many can be expressed in a single word:
freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.
- Winston Churchill

Many men go fishing all of their lives
without knowing that it is not fish they are after.
- Henry David Thoreau

Most of the luxuries, and many of the so-called comforts of life
are not only not indispensable,
but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind.
- Henry David Thoreau

Many a man fails as an original thinker
simply because his memory is too good.
- Nietzsche

As every divided kingdom falls,
so every mind divided between
many studies confounds and saps itself.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Cowards die many times before their deaths;
The valiant never taste of death but once.
- William Shakespeare

Don't give up. There are too many nay-sayers out there
who will try to discourage you.
Don't listen to them.
The only one who can make you give up is yourself.
- Sidney Sheldon

Many of life's failures are people who did not realize
how close they were to success when they gave up.
- Thomas Edison

Many a man curses the rain that falls upon his head,
and knows not that it brings abundance
to drive away the hunger.
- Saint Basil

As many raindrops join to form a great river of water,
many souls join their highest intent to form
the river of evolved consciousness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The fox has many tricks.
The hedgehog has but one.
But that is the best of all.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Too many people overvalue what they are not,
and undervalue what they are.
- Malcolm S. Forbes

Many persons have a wrong idea of
what constitutes true happiness.
It is not attained through self-gratification
but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.
- Helen Keller

Celebration has many different outfits
but she always wears the same beautiful dancing shoes.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Many people allow their need
for other people's approval to control their lives.
They spend their lives worrying about what others think of them.
- Rick Warren

The only good luck many great men ever had was
being born with the ability and determination to overcome bad luck.
- Channing Pollock

Facts are many, but the truth is one.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Many societies have educated their male children
on the simple device of teaching them not to be women.
- Margaret Mead

Ask today as you consider the many choices in your view -
what is the highest and best use
of your talents, skills and abilities?
When you answer that, seize the opportunity
to sharpen those qualities even more sharply
by applying your focused effort.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Many important things shouldn't be done half-way.
Think of getting married, having children,
starting a business, changing your career.
There are times to gather your courage
and make the leap, the whole leap.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There are not many things in life
so beautiful as true friendship,
and not many things more uncommon.
- Anonymous

There are many answers you have received
but have not yet heard.
- A Course In Miracles

I hear many people talk about their longing for a balanced life.
What I think they are really expressing
is a desire for a life with less pressure.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

We know but a few men, a great many coats and breeches.
- Henry David Thoreau

Life is like dancing.
If we have a big floor, many people will dance.
Some will get angry when the rhythm changes.
But life is changing all the time.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Each man's life touches so many other lives.
- It's a Wonderful Life (1946 movie)

The beauty of facing life unprepared is tremendous.
Then life has a newness, a youth;
then life has a flow and freshness.
Then life has so many surprises.
And when life has so many surprises,
boredom never settles in you.
- Osho

Many people know so little about what
is beyond their short range of experience.
They look within themselves - and find nothing!
Therefore they conclude that there
is nothing outside themselves either.
- Helen Keller

And as he spoke of understanding,
I looked up and saw the rainbow leap
with flames of many colors over me.
- Black Elk

The moment you become miserly you are closed
to the basic phenomenon of life: expansion, sharing.
The moment you start clinging to things,
you have missed the target.
Because things are not the target,
you, your innermost being, is the target -
not a beautiful house, but a beautiful you;
not much money, but a rich you;
not many things, but an open being,
available to millions of things.
- Osho

Faith is the highest passion in a human being.
Many in every generation may not come that far, but none comes further.
- Soren Kierkegaard

However many holy words you read, however many you speak,
what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?
- The Buddha

Too many people spend money they haven't earned,
to buy things they don't want,
to impress people they don't like.
- Will Rogers

There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere,
and many of us will have to pass
through the valley of the shadow of death
again and again before we reach
the mountaintop of our desires.
- Nelson Mandela

How many legs does a dog have
if you call the tail a leg? Four.
Calling a tail a leg doesn't make it a leg.
- Abraham Lincoln

"The time has come," the walrus said, "to talk of many things:
of shoes and ships - and sealing wax - of cabbages and kings."
- Lewis Carroll

I have the right to love many people at once
and to change my prince often.
- Anais Nin

I have spent many years of my life in opposition,
and I rather like the role.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Each of us holds a different image of God.
There are as many perspectives on
the nature of God as there are people.
However much any of us may choose to argue,
or to fight and kill, for our point of view,
the nature of God is an unanswerable question.
Perhaps there is a specific answer,
that we will never learn - in this lifetime.
Perhaps the nature of God is so complex and multifaceted
that each view of God describes an aspect of the complex whole.
Or perhaps the nature of God is actually defined by our beliefs.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Common looking people are the best in the world:
that is the reason the Lord makes so many of them.
- Abraham Lincoln

In many ways, it is easier to be a good giver than a good receiver.
The giver chooses the gift and the timing.
More important, societal and religious traditions
tend to elevate the status of giver and lower the status of receiver.
When the Bible (Acts 20:32-35) speaks of it being
more blessed to give than to receive,
I believe that a better translation might be
"take" rather than "receive," as the context
of that passage is "coveting."
Certainly there is nothing blessed about coveting,
stealing, begging, or demanding,
however the skill of graciously receiving a freely offered gift
is another matter entirely.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Why, sometimes I've believed as many as
six impossible things before breakfast.
- Lewis Carroll


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