Pablo Casals and Thoughts on Music

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Let us not forget that the greatest composers where also the greatest thieves. They stole from everyone and everywhere.

Pablo Casals

The art of interpretation is not to play what is written.

Pablo Casals

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

Pablo Casals

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

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 in the most perfect way.

Pablo Casals

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

Pablo Casals

If music be the food of love, play on.

William Shakespeare

The man that hath no music in himself, Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, is fit for treasons, stratagems and spoils.

William Shakespeare

Love is a friendship set to music.

Joseph Campbell

Music expresses that which can not be said and on which it is impossible to be silent

Victor Hugo

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

To strip human nature until its divine attributes are made clear, to inform ordinary activities with spiritual fervor, 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

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

I feel the capacity to care is the thing which gives life its deepest significance.

Pablo Casals

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

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

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

Pablo Casals

Beauty is all about us, but how may 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

The most perfect technique is that which is not noticed at all.

Pablo Casals

The heart of the melody can never be put down on paper.

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