Pablo Casals quotes

  • The love of one's country is a splendid thing. But why should love stop at the border? There is a brotherhood among all men. This must be recognized if life is to remain. We must learn the love of man.
    -- Pablo Casals

    #Country #Men #Brotherhood

  • The love of one's country is a splendid thing. But why should love stop at the border?
    -- Pablo Casals

    #Inspirational #Spiritual #Country

  • The child must know that he is a miracle, that since the beginning of the...
    -- Pablo Casals

    #Children #Miracle

  • It takes courage for people to listen to their own goodness and act on it.
    -- Pablo Casals

    #Courage #People #Goodness

  • The first thing to do in life is to do with purpose what one purposes to do.
    -- Pablo Casals

    #Life #Firsts #Purpose

  • I feel the capacity to care is the thing which gives life its deepest significance.
    -- Pablo Casals

    #Kindness #Caring #Compassion

  • The child must know that he is a miracle, that since the beginning of the world there hasn't been, and until the end of the world there will not be, another child like him.
    -- Pablo Casals

    #Children #Miracle #World

  • The greatest respect an artist can pay to music is to give it life.
    -- Pablo Casals

    #Artist #Giving #Pay

  • Each person has inside a basic decency and goodness. If he listens to it and acts on it, he is giving a great deal of what it is the world needs most. It is not complicated but it takes courage. It takes courage for a person to listen to his own goodness and act on it.
    -- Pablo Casals

    #Courage #Peace #Kindness

  • We ought to think that we are one of the leaves of a tree, and the tree is all humanity. We cannot live without the others, without the tree.
    -- Pablo Casals

    #Thinking #Diversity #Tree

  • The heart of the melody can never be put down on paper.
    -- Pablo Casals

    #Heart #Paper #Melody

  • I am an old man, but in many senses a very young man. And this is what I want you to be, young, young all your life.
    -- Pablo Casals

    #Men #Age #Want

  • To retire is to begin to die.
    -- Pablo Casals

    #Retirement #Retiring

  • Music will save the world.
    -- Pablo Casals

    #Creativity #World #Save The World

  • The miracle of Bach has not appeared in any other art. To strip human nature until its divine attributes are made clear, to inform ordinary activities with spiritual fervour, to give wings of eternity to that which is most ephemeral; to make divine things human and human things divine; such is Bach, the greatest and purest moment in music of all time.
    -- Pablo Casals

    #Spiritual #Art #Wings

  • The truly important things in life - love, beauty, and one's own uniqueness - are constantly being overlooked.
    -- Pablo Casals

    #Love Life #Love Is #Addiction

  • The most perfect technique is that which is not noticed at all.
    -- Pablo Casals

    #Art #Perfect #Political

  • Say things to the world that are true.
    -- Pablo Casals

    #Truth #World

  • Every wrong seems possible today, and is accepted. I don't accept it.
    -- Pablo Casals

    #Today #Ethics #Accepted

  • You must work, we must all work, to make the world worthy of its children.
    -- Pablo Casals

    #Motivational #Children #World

  • I used to think that eighty was a very old age. Now I am ninety. I do not think this any more. As long as you are able to admire and to love, you are young.
    -- Pablo Casals

    #Love You #Thinking #Long

  • The cello is like a beautiful woman who has not grown older, but younger with time, more slender, more supple, more graceful.
    -- Pablo Casals

    #Beauty #Beautiful #Women

  • What do we teach our children? . . . We should say to each of them: Do you know what you are? You are a marvel. You are unique . . . You may become a Shakespeare, a Michelangelo, a Beethoven. You have the capacity for anything.
    -- Pablo Casals

    #Children #Unique #Parent

  • To the whole world you might be just one person, but to one person you might just be the whole world.
    -- Pablo Casals

    #World #Might #Persons

  • Man has made many machines, complex and cunning, but which of them indeed rivals the workings of his heart?
    -- Pablo Casals

    #Inspirational #Heart #Men

  • Music is the divine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the heart.
    -- Pablo Casals

    #Music #Beautiful #Heart

  • Don't play the notes. Play the meaning of the notes.
    -- Pablo Casals

    #Play #Musical #Notes

  • Don’t be vain because you happen to have talent. You are not responsible for that; it was not of your doing. What you do with your talent is what matters.
    -- Pablo Casals

    #What Matters #Talent #Responsible

  • Each second we live is a new and unique moment of the universe; a moment that never was before and never will be again.
    -- Pablo Casals

    #Unique #Moments #Universe

  • Of course, I continue to play and to practice. I think I would do so if I lived for another hundred years.
    -- Pablo Casals

    #Thinking #Practice #Play

  • The person who works and is never bored is never old. Work and interest in worthwhile things are the best remedy for age.
    -- Pablo Casals

    #Practice #Bored #Age

  • If you play Bach every day, you are not so alone.
    -- Pablo Casals

    #Play

  • I don't have hobbies. I have passions.
    -- Pablo Casals

    #Passion #Hobbies

  • For the past eighty years I have started each day in the same manner... I go to the piano, and I play preludes and fugues of Bach... It is a sort of benediction on the house.
    -- Pablo Casals

    #Past #Years #Play

  • What do we teach our children? We teach them that two and two make four, and that Paris is the capital of France. When will we also teach them what they are?
    -- Pablo Casals

    #Children #Two #Paris

  • Parents shouldn't lie to their children-not even when they think it's for their own good. Even a little lie is dangerous ...
    -- Pablo Casals

    #Children #Lying #Thinking

  • We are not free to walk on our neighbor's toes.
    -- Pablo Casals

    #Freedom #Toes #Neighbor

  • For the past eighty years I have started each day in the same manner. It is not a mechanical routine, but something essential to my daily life. I go to the piano, and play two preludes and fugues of Bach. I cannot think of doing otherwise. It is a sort of benediction on the house. But that is not its only meaning for me. It is a rediscovery of the world of which I have the joy of being a part. It fills me with awareness of the wonder of life, with a feeling of the incredible marvel of being a human being.
    -- Pablo Casals

    #Past #Thinking #Years

  • Yes, it is true. I am a miracle. I am a miracle like a tree is a miracle, like a flower is a miracle. Now, if I am a miracle, can I do a bad thing? I can't, because I am a miracle, I am a miracle. . . .
    -- Pablo Casals

    #Flower #Miracle #Tree

  • Beauty is all about us, but how many are blind! They look at the wonder of this earth and seem to see nothing. People move hectically but give little thought to where they are going. They seek excitement...as if they were lost and desperate.
    -- Pablo Casals

    #Beauty #Moving #Giving

  • Do we dare to be ourselves?' This is the question that counts - and not, 'Must a man be helpless?' ...A man can do something for peace without having to jump into politics.
    -- Pablo Casals

    #Men #Dare #Helpless

  • Throughout my career, nervousness and stage-fright have never left me before playing. And each of the thousands of concerts I have played at, I feel as bad as I did the very first time.
    -- Pablo Casals

    #Music #Careers #Firsts

  • The most important thing in music is what is not in the notes.
    -- Pablo Casals

    #Music #Important #Notes

  • I am a very simple man. I am a man first, an artist second. My first obligation is to the welfare of my fellow man. I will endeavour to meet this obligation through music, since it transcends language, politics and national boundaries.
    -- Pablo Casals

    #Simple #Men #Artist

  • I was at Mount Tamalpais near San Francisco hiking when a boulder came hurling down the mountainside and smashed my left hand. When I looked at my mangled bloody fingers, I had a strange reaction. 'Thank God I will never have to play again,' I said. The fact is that dedication to one's art does involve a sort of enslavement.
    -- Pablo Casals

    #Art #Work #Dedication

  • Music must serve a purpose; it must be a part of something larger than itself, a part of humanity...
    -- Pablo Casals

    #Music #Humanity #Purpose

  • The earth becomes heaven when you release your fear. The main thing in life is not to be afraid of being human.
    -- Pablo Casals

    #Fear #Heaven #Earth

  • As long as one can admire and love, then one is young forever.
    -- Pablo Casals

    #Love #Long #Forever

  • The art of not playing in tempo--one has to learn it. And the art of not playing what is written on the printed paper.
    -- Pablo Casals

    #Art #Paper #Tempo

  • In music, in the sea, in a flower, in a leaf, in an act of kindness... I see what people call God in all these things.
    -- Pablo Casals

    #Music #Kindness #Philosophy

  • Rock n' roll is poison put to sound.
    -- Pablo Casals

    #Rocks #Poison #Rock N Roll

  • Real understanding does not come from what we learn in books; it comes from what we learn from love of nature, of music, of man. For only what is learned in that way is truly understood.
    -- Pablo Casals

    #Real #Book #Men

  • To live is not enough; we must take part.
    -- Pablo Casals

    #Enough

  • Let us not forget that the greatest composers were also the greatest thieves. They stole from everyone and everywhere.
    -- Pablo Casals

    #Thieves #Originality #Forget

  • The art of interpretation is not to play what is written.
    -- Pablo Casals

    #Art #Play #Interpretation

  • To retire is the beginning of death.
    -- Pablo Casals

    #Aging #Retiring

  • Bach is the supreme genius of music... This man, who knows everything and feels everything, cannot write one note, however unimportant it may appear, which is anything but transcendent. He has reached the heart of every noble thought, and has done it
    -- Pablo Casals

    #Writing #Heart #Men

  • When we play an unaccompanied Bach suite we may compare ourselves to an actor in Shakespeare's day, creating scenery which did not exist at all, through the power of declamation and suggestion. So in Bach. There is but one voice -- and many voices have to be suggested.
    -- Pablo Casals

    #Play #Voice #Creating

  • The answer to helplessness is not so very complicated,
    -- Pablo Casals

    #Answers #Complicated #Helplessness

  • The only weapons I ever had were my cello and my baton.
    -- Pablo Casals

    #Weapons

  • I have always regarded manual labour as creative and looked with respect-and, yes, wonder-at people who work with their hands. It seems to me that their creativity is no less than that of a violinist or painter.
    -- Pablo Casals

    #Creativity #Hands #People

  • Do we dare be ourselves? That is the question that counts.
    -- Pablo Casals

    #Dare

  • You do not lose your value or preciousness when you grow to be a adult. You are still that miraculous creation. You must work, we must all work, to make the world worthy of its children.
    -- Pablo Casals

    #Children #World #Adults

  • How could anybody think of Bach as 'cold' when these [cello] suites seem to shine with the most glittering kind of poetry," Casals said. "As I got on with the study I discovered a new world of space and beauty... the feelings I experienced were among the purest and most intense in my artistic life!
    -- Pablo Casals

    #Thinking #Space #Shining