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Yo-Yo Ma Quotes and Sayings

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Imagination is everything.
It is the preview of life's coming attractions.
- Albert Einstein

Everyone is a mirror image of yourself -
your own thinking coming back at you.
- Byron Katie

Uncertainty that comes from knowledge
(knowing what you don't know)
is different from uncertainty coming from ignorance.
- Isaac Asimov

Coming together is a beginning;
keeping together is progress;
working together is success.
- Henry Ford

We humans feel an instinctive need to know
what is coming next - what we can count upon.
We fear change - even the most positive change.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Of all that is good, sublimity is supreme.
Succeeding is the coming together of all that is beautiful.
Furtherance is the agreement of all that is just.
Perseverance is the foundation of all actions.
- Lao Tzu

There is no coming to consciousness without pain.
- Carl Jung

The True Path is the path on which
there is no coming and no going.
- Traditional Zen Koan

If the mind wants to comprehend reality,
it will have to come out of the past and the future.
But coming out of the past and the future,
it is no longer the mind at all.
Hence the insistence of all the great masters of the world
that the door to reality is no-mind.
- Osho

True friendship's laws are by this rule express'd,
Welcome the coming, speed the parting guest.
- Alexander Pope

We should live our lives as though
Christ were coming this afternoon.
- Jimmy Carter

The trouble with having an open mind, of course,
is that people will insist on coming along
and trying to put things in it.
- Terry Pratchett

I believe cats to be spirits come to earth.
A cat, I am sure, could walk on a cloud without coming through.
- Jules Verne

Do you know the only thing that gives me pleasure?
It's to see my dividends coming in.
- John D. Rockefeller

The Sweetest Strawberry:
A man traveling across a field encountered a tiger.
He fled, the tiger after him.
Coming to a precipice,
he caught hold of the root of a wild vine
and swung himself over the edge.
The tiger sniffed at him from above.
Trembling, the man looked down to where,
far below, another tiger was waiting to eat him.
Only the vine sustained him.
Two mice, one white and one black,
little by little started to gnaw away the vine.
The man then saw a luscious strawberry near him.
Grasping the vine with one hand,
he plucked the strawberry with the other.
How sweet it tasted.
- Zen Koan

Trees go wandering forth in all directions with every wind,
going and coming like ourselves,
traveling with us around the sun two million miles a day,
and through space heaven knows how fast and far!
- John Muir

And you know, the baby boomers are getting older,
and those off the rack clothes are just not fitting right any longer,
and so, tailor-made suits are coming back into fashion.
- Amy Irving

The amount of good luck coming your way depends on your willingness to act.
- Barbara Sher

As a little girl I used to daydream about my real father
coming on a white horse to rescue me.
- Christine Keeler

There is no definition of beauty, but when you can
see someone's spirit coming through,
something unexplainable, that's beautiful to me.
- Liv Tyler

Mommy smoked but she didn't want us to.
She saw smoke coming out of the barn one time,
so we got whipped.
- Loretta Lynn

Coming generations will learn equality from poverty,
and love from woes.
- Khalil Gibran

I feel coming on a strange disease - humility.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

I wasn't very good about juggling family and my career.
I was interested in who was coming to the children's birthday party,
what my son was writing.
I was thinking about Legos.
- Jill Clayburgh

I can't let important policy decisions hinge on the
fact that an election is coming up every 90 days.
- Gerhard Schroeder

The fellow that owns his own home is always just coming out of a hardware store.
- Kin Hubbard

If I weren't earning $3 million a year to dunk a basketball,
most people on the street would run in the other direction if they saw me coming.
- Charles Barkley

If I knew for a certainty that a man was coming to my house
with the conscious design of doing me good,
I should run for my life.
- Henry David Thoreau

Believe that none of the effort you put
into coming closer to God is ever wasted -
even if in the end you don't achieve
what you are striving for.
- Rebbe Nachman of Breslov

I think DOOM had just the right mix of elements that
keep people coming back to it:
great monsters,
excellent weapons with great balance,
a spooky environment and extreme speed.
- John Romero

I was a window dresser for Burton's once.
What really put me off was the area manager coming round and saying,
Charles, I think you're a natch at this.
- Charles Dance

Lesbian humor isn't trying to sell anything,
it doesn't have to sell out.
Coming out as a lesbian onstage is still a very political act;
if it weren't,
more women would do it.
- Kate Clinton

I don't feel anything when I watch Shaquille O'Neal play.
I don't feel anything coming off him.
- Dennis Rodman

I believe that the quantum of our knowledge will increase
considerably in the coming years and that scientists
will continue to be amongst the brave voices speaking out.
- Peter Garrett

I love the long grass coming up to meet the willows.
- Jilly Cooper

It's like a blind turn on a highway:
You can't see what's coming,
so you don't really know how to prepare.
- Piper Perabo

It's ridiculous that time and time again we need a
radioactive cloud coming out of a nuclear power-station
to remind us that atomic energy is extraordinarily dangerous.
- Pierre Schaeffer

During Katherine Hepburn's time when she was just coming into her own at 40.
- Andie MacDowell

The war is coming to the streets of America and if
you are not keeping and bearing and practicing with
your arms then you will be helpless and you will be the victim of evil.
- Ted Nugent

But the newest research is showing that many properties
of the brain are genetically organized,
and don't depend on information coming in from the senses.
- Steven Pinker

I turned down a lot of things that were so-called commercial.
You're coming out of one film, and then they want you to be in the same one.
- Robin Wright Penn

I like someone who is a little crazy but coming from a good place.
I think scars are sexy because it means you made a
mistake that led to a mess.
- Angelina Jolie

Oh, my God, this amazing cool breeze is coming through
my window and the sun is shining.
I'm happy.
- Liv Tyler

I do dumb stuff, like playing my favorite dumb Barry
White song and lip-synching into the mirror so it looks
like his voice is coming out of my mouth.
- Lynda Barry

Despite the negativity coming from the President's opponents,
the United States remains fully committed to assisting
the Iraqis in restoring security and rebuilding their nation.
- Craig L. Thomas

Today, the Iraqi citizen sees that America is coming
and wants to occupy his country and kill him,
and he is willing to experience for himself what happened in Palestine.
- Bashar al-Assad

Money coming in says I've made the right marketing decisions.
- Adam Osborne

We hope that the plain people - the labourers and small farmers -
will take this opportunity of coming together and working
out the National programme.
- Eamon de Valera

Many years ago, I really didn't know where the next work was coming from.
- Daniel Day-Lewis

I am a businessman.
This is what I do each and every day.
I love it.
I love coming to work.
I never have a bad day.
- Magic Johnson

It is the most delightful thing that ever happens to me,
when I hear something coming out of my guitar and out
of my mouth that wasn't there before.
- James Taylor

When I'm saying hysteria, I'm referring to Freud,
because all the women were coming to him with symptoms and seeking help,
and he just called it hysteria.
- Cybill Shepherd

I think the fact is that World Coming Down was just
a really hard album for people to deal with.
- Josh Silver

Generally my feeling is that I think women are just
in a universal way coming out,
coming to their own more.
And they have more opportunity, and basically we're equal.
- Chantal Kreviazuk


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