Inspirational Quotes

If I don't practice for a day, I notice it; if I don't practice for two days, the critics notice it; if I don't practice for three days, the public notices it.

-Eugène Ysaÿe

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act but a habit.


Don't just play the notes—make music!

-Pablo Casals

When I sit in Paris in a cafe, surrounded by people, I don't sit casually—I go over a certain sonata in my head and discover new things all the time.

-Arthur Rubinstein

I suppose that when I play in public it looks easy, but before I ever came on the concert stage I worked very hard. And I do yet—but always putting the two things together, mental work and physical work.

-Jascha Heifetz

To give a hundred percent, you must be two hundred per cent prepared.

-Jascha Heifetz

Practice only on the days that you eat.

-Dr. Shinichi Suzuki

Don't play at home and practice in public.

-Jascha Heifetz

There are no shortcuts to becoming an artist. The only way to succeed is perseverance, discipline and hard work.

-Leontyne Price

The spirit will come if the Lord is willing—first you must have a body that works.

-Nadia Boulanger

Think ten times and play once.

-Franz List

The speed of a runaway horse doesn't count.

-Nadia Boulanger

Dreams don't work if you don't!

-Unknown origin