It's beyond music

Quotes

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.

Shinichi Suzuki

When love is deep, much can be accomplished.

Shinichi Suzuki

Music exists for the purpose of growing an admirable heart.

Shinichi Suzuki

It is necessary to be concerned about the importance of educating a really beautiful human spirit

Shinichi Suzuki

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.

Shinichi Suzuki

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.

Shinichi Suzuki

Every child grows; everything depends on the teacher.

Shinichi Suzuki

Children learn to smile from their parents.

Shinichi Suzuki

Art is not in some far-off place. A work of Art is the expression of a man's whole personality, sensibility and ability.

Shinichi Suzuki

Beautiful tone, beautiful heart.

Shinichi Suzuki

Art expresses man.

Shinichi Suzuki

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.

Shinichi Suzuki

Knowledge is not skill. Knowledge plus ten thousand times is skill.

Shinichi Suzuki

Any child can be developed; it depends on how you do it.

Shinichi Suzuki

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.

Shinichi Suzuki

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.

Shinichi Suzuki

Tone has the living soul.

Shinichi Suzuki

Man is a child of his environment.

Shinichi Suzuki

The fate of a child is in the hands of his parents.

Shinichi Suzuki

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.

Shinichi Suzuki

Practise only as many times as you have breakfast.

Shinichi Suzuki

If music be the food of love, play on

William Shakespeare

You are the music whilst the music lasts.

T.S. Elliot

Without music life would be a mistake.

Friedrich Nietzsche

Music is the divine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the heart

Pablo Casals

Where words fail music speaks.

Hans Christian Andersen

After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.

Aldous Huxley

Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination
and life to everything.

Plato

I think of making a sound that reaches up to the stars, when I play twinkle

Anon.