quote by Uta Hagen

The actor must know that since he, himself, is the instrument, he must play on it to serve the character with the same effortless dexterity with which the violinist makes music on his. Just because he doesn't look like a violin is no reason to assume his techniques should be thought of as less difficult.

— Uta Hagen

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A violinist had a violin, a painter his palette.

All I had was myself. I was the instrument that I must care for.

The second fiddle. I can get plenty of first violinists, but to find someone who can play the second fiddle with enthusiasm

Music is the thousandth of a millisecond between one note and another;

how you get from one to the other-that's where the music is.


How do I get to Carnegie Hall?

Music with dinner is an insult both to the cook and the violinist.

Drugs and sex go hand in hand when you're a rock and roll musician.

Whereas if I were a violinist, it might be a little different.

I am irritated by my own writing. I am like a violinist whose ear is true, but whose fingers refuse to reproduce precisely the sound he hears within.

I'm incapable of functioning without music.

I've always had it in my life. I played the violin when I was a kid, and my mother was a violinist at that point, so it's always been important to me in one way or another. When I work, there's always music cranking.


But loneliness is as delusive a belief in the pertinence of the world as is love: in choosing to feel lonely, as in choosing to love, one carves a space next to oneself to be filled by others - a friend, a lover, a toy poodle, a violinist on the radio.

Remember always that the composer's pen is still mightier than the bow of the violinist; in you lie all the possibilities of the creation of beauty.

A famous violinist once said. Music transcends words. By exchanging notes, you get to know one another, to understand one another. As if your souls were connected and your hearts were overlapping. It's a conversation through instruments. A miracle that creates harmony. In that moment, music transcends words.

The zenith of virtuosity, a violinist like Jascha Heifetz, the supernatural in a pianist like Vladimir Horowitz, these are performers who were so idiosyncratic and personal that to imitate them would be like filling somebody else's bottle with your wine.

For twelve years I studied and worked at them every day, and I was nearly 25 before I had the courage to play one of them in public. Before I did, no violinist or cellist had ever played a Suite in its entirety.


A guitar is a piece of wood, and if this piece is resonating in a period of 40 or 60 years, it kind of gets to know what it is after awhile... the reason violinists play violins that are hundreds of years old. The wood learns to sing.

Chess is no whit inferior to the violin, and we have a large number of professional violinists

A lot of my joy this year has been to give away awards to young people, no matter of race, creed or color, because they were a terrific violinist or a terrific dancer.

My Sims family is called the Cholly family.

I don't know why I picked that name; it's kind of random.

You hear the same work by different orchestras, different conductors, violinists, pianists, singers, and slowly, the work reveals itself and begins to live deeper in you.


At the end of '69 I did a gig with Jean Luc Ponty here in L.A. He was an electric violinist.

Whether you want to be the top violinist or a CEO, strangely enough, hard work and perseverance can overcome a lot of things.

That process by which you become a writer is a pretty lonely one.

We don't have a group apprenticeship like a violinist might training for an orchestra.

I thought - being a musician doesn't help your medical credibility really.

Although I started to rethink that when I learned that Albert Einstein was quite a violinist and in fact would perform a lot with symphonies. So if it's good enough for Albert, it's good enough for me.

Men think God is destroying them because he is tuning them.

The violinist screws up the key till the tense cord sounds the concert pitch; but it is not to break it, but to use it tunefully, that he stretches the string upon the musical rack.


When you can hear a violinist, that is better than you, then you learn from him, because if you play with somebody who is worse than you, then you go down.

Years ago, I heard an interview with violinist Yehudi Menuhin.

The interviewer said, "Do you still practice?" And he said, "I practice every day." He said, "If I skip a day, I can hear it. If I skip two days, the conductor can hear it. And if I skip three days, the audience can hear it." Oh, yes, you have to keep that muscle firm.

I can think and play stuff in classical music that possibly violinists who didn't have access to other types of music could never do. It means I'm more flexible within classical music, to be a servant to the composer.

The great mystery isn't that people do things badly but that they occasionally do a few things well. The only thing that is universal is incompetence. Strength is always specific! Nobody ever commented, for example, that the great violinist Jascha Heifetz probably couldn't play the trumpet very well.

If one had to worry about one's actions in respect of other people's ideas, one might as well be buried alive in an antheap or married to an ambitious violinist. Whether that man is the prime minister, modifying his opinions to catch votes, or a bourgeois in terror lest some harmless act should be misunderstood and outrage some petty convention, that man is an inferior man and I do not want to have anything to do with him any more than I want to eat canned salmon.


The violinist is that peculiarly human phenomenon distilled to a rare potency - half tiger, half poet.

The violinist must possess the poet's gift of piercing the protective hide which grows on propagandists, stockbrokers and slave traders, to penetrate the deeper truth which lies within.

I'm one of the boys, no better than the last second violinist.

I'm just the lucky one to be standing in the center, telling them how to play.

Sometimes I think of blogging as finger exercises for a violinist;

sometimes I think of it as mulching a garden. It is incredibly useful and helpful to my "real" writing.

Looking for inspiration in expression, I have actually always looked to singers and violinists. I have never really looked only at the recorder as a remedy for my expressions.