Here are some of our favourite quotes, mainly from Dr Suzuki, himself...
Teaching music is not my main purpose. I want to make good citizens. If children hear fine music from the day of their birth and learn to play it, they develop sensitivity, discipline and endurance. They get a beautiful heart.
When love is deep, much can be accomplished.
Music exists for the purpose of growing an admirable heart.
It is necessary to be concerned about the importance of educating a really beautiful human spirit
What is man's ultimate direction in life? It is to look for love, truth, virtue, and beauty. That goes for you, for me, for everyone.
Without accepting the fact that everything changes, we cannot find perfect composure. But unfortunately, although it is true, it is difficult for us to accept it. Because we cannot accept the truth of transience, we suffer.
Every child grows; everything depends on the teacher.
Children learn to smile from their parents.
Art is not in some far-off place. A work of Art is the expression of a man's whole personality, sensibility and ability.
Beautiful tone, beautiful heart.
Art expresses man.
The real essence of art turned out to be not something high up and far off - it was right inside my ordinary daily self - If a musician wants to become a finer artist, he must first become a finer person.
Knowledge is not skill. Knowledge plus ten thousand times is skill.
Any child can be developed; it depends on how you do it.
I am mentally preparing myself for the five-year-old mind. I want to come down to their physical limitations and up to their sense of wonder and awe.
Art Exist for the human species. I think that all of the people who love art, those who teach art, and all of you should burn with the obligation to save the world.
Tone has the living soul.
Man is a child of his environment.
The fate of a child is in the hands of his parents.
In today's society a good many people seem to have the idea that if one is born without talent, there is nothing he can do about it; they simply resign themselves to what they consider their "fate". Consequently they go through life without living it to the fullest or ever knowing life's true joy. That is man's greatest tragedy.
Practise only as many times as you have breakfast.
If music be the food of love, play on
You are the music whilst the music lasts.
Without music life would be a mistake.
Music is the divine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the heart
Where words fail music speaks.
After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.
Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination
and life to everything.
I think of making a sound that reaches up to the stars, when I play twinkle