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Quotes by Pablo Casals - (38 quotes)

Pablo Casals - From the Aging category:

To retire is the beginning of death. (Pablo Casals)

Pablo Casals - From the Aging category:

- at age 95...
I am perhaps the oldest musician in the world. 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, and to say things to the world that are true. (Pablo Casals)

Pablo Casals - From the Aging category:

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

Pablo Casals - From the Artists category:

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)

Pablo Casals - From the Beauty category:

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

Pablo Casals - From the Business category:

In modern business it is not the crook who is to be feared most, it is the honest man who doesn't know what he is doing. (Pablo Casals)

Pablo Casals - From the Children category:

We must all work to make this world worthy of its children. (Pablo Casals)

Pablo Casals - From the Children category:

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)

Pablo Casals - From the Children category:

We should say to each of them [our children]: Do you know what you are? You are a marvel. You are unique. In all the years that have passed, there has never been another child like you. Your legs, your arms, your clever fingers, the way you move. You may become a Shakespeare, a Michelangelo, a Beethoven. You have the capacity for anything. Yes, you are a marvel. And when you grow up, can you then harm another who is, like you, a marvel? (Pablo Casals)

Pablo Casals - From the Creativity category:

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)

Pablo Casals - From the Fear category:

The main thing in life is not to be afraid of being human. (Pablo Casals)

Pablo Casals - From the Freedom category:

We are not free to walk on our neighbor's toes. (Pablo Casals)

Pablo Casals - From the Goodness category:

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. (Pablo Casals)

Pablo Casals - From the Humanity category:

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)

Pablo Casals - From the Importance category:

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

Pablo Casals - From the Interpretation category:

The art of interpretation is not to play what is written. (Pablo Casals)

Pablo Casals - From the Life category:

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

Pablo Casals - From the Life category:

To live is not enough; we must take part. (Pablo Casals)

Pablo Casals - From the Listening category:

It takes courage for a person to listen to his own goodness and act on it. (Pablo Casals)

Pablo Casals - From the Masters category:

How could anybody think of Bach as 'cold' when these [cello] suites seem to shine with the most glittering kind of poetry? 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)

Pablo Casals - From the Music category:

Music is the divine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the heart. (Pablo Casals)

Pablo Casals - From the Music category:

The heart of the melody can never be put down on paper. (Pablo Casals)

Pablo Casals - From the Patriotism category:

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

Pablo Casals - From the Plagiarism category:

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

Pablo Casals - From the Purpose category:

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

Pablo Casals - From the Questions category:

'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)

Pablo Casals - From the Routine category:

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)

Pablo Casals - From the Satisfaction category:

-when Casals (age 93) was asked why he continued to practice the cello three hours a day...
I'm beginning to notice some improvement. (Pablo Casals)

Pablo Casals - From the Talent category:

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)

Pablo Casals - From the Technique category:

The most perfect technique is that which is not noticed at all. (Pablo Casals)

Pablo Casals - From the Technology category:

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

Pablo Casals - From the Time category:

Each second we live is a new and unique moment of the universe, a moment that will never be again... (Pablo Casals)

Pablo Casals - From the Understanding category:

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)

Pablo Casals - From the Winning category:

The halls in the small Western towns in which I played were often loud and boisterous. One day I walked into a saloon, and was soon involved in a poker game with some gun-toting cowboys, and I was winning. I was afraid for a moment that my concert tour might come to an unforeseen conclusion. Finally I was fortunate enough to loose. (Pablo Casals)

Pablo Casals - From the Wonder category:

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)

Pablo Casals - From the Work category:

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

Pablo Casals - From the Work category:

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)

Pablo Casals - From the Worth category:

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