Violins Quotations to Inspire Us
Pearls of wisdom regarding love, childhood, nature, wine,
etc. are always evolving and attracting us. It seems as
though each special area of life has some interesting
quotes that have developed around it. Interest in the
violin has inspired many notable sayings that have
impressed many generations, so it is no different.
June Masters Bacher: "Love is like a violin. The music
may stop now and then, but the strings remain forever."
Berlin Music Critic (1920s): (Not knowing what had made
Einstein famous,he said this about him): "Einstein's violin
playing is excellent, but he does not deserve his world
fame; there are many others just as good.
Samuel Butler: "Life is like playing a violin solo in
public and learning the instrument as one goes on."
Paul Desmond: "I would like to thank my father, who
discouraged me from playing the violin at an early age."
Albert Einstein: "A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a
violin; what else does a man need to be happy?"
John Lubbock: "Happiness is a thing to be practiced,
like the violin."
Robert Schumann: "If we were all determined to play the
first violin, we should never have an ensemble. Therefore,
respect every musician in his proper place."
Tommy Cooper: "I inherited a painting and a violin which
turned out to be a Rembrandt and a Stradivarius.
Unfortunately, Rembrandt made lousy violins, and
Stradivarius was a terrible painter."
Honore de Balzac: "The majority of husbands remind me of
an orangutan trying to play the violin."
Napoleon Bonaparte: "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."
Georgia O'Keeffe: "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."
Ethel Barrymore: "Fundamentally I feel that there is as
much difference between the stage and the films as between
a piano and a violin. Normally, you can't become a
virtuoso in both."
Dean Martin (referring to Jack Benny, he exclaimed):
"When Moshe Dayan heard him play, he took the patch off his
eye and put it over his ear."
Fred Allen: "When Jack Benny plays the violin, it sounds
as if the strings are back in the cat."
George Burns (again on Jack Benny): "Jack was tremendously
talented, and I can honestly say I've never heard anyone
play the violin the way he did...and I'll always be
grateful for that, too."
New York Post Critic (on Jack Benny): "Last night, Jack
played Mendelssohn. Mendelssohn lost."
Even people who are otherwise unaffected by music often
succumb to the haunting power of the violin The violin has
a way of playing to the very souls of those who hear its
melody. Luckily for us, they are frequently moved to their
feelings and insights about the violin.
Jules Wansworth runs the website
ASA Violin, inc.
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