"I started studying music at the age of five and a half. My older sister was taking piano lessons. When her teacher left our apartment, I would get up on the piano bench and start picking out the notes that were part of my sister's lessons."
"I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind yet, strange, I am ungrateful to those teachers."Marvin Hamlisch on Khalil Gibran
"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge."Marvin Hamlisch on Albert Einstein
"If I am walking with two other men, each of them will serve as my teacher. I will pick out the good points of the one and imitate them, and the bad points of the other and correct them in myself."Marvin Hamlisch on Confucius
"You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul."Marvin Hamlisch on Swami Vivekananda
"I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit."Marvin Hamlisch on John Steinbeck
"Maybe I'm old-fashioned. But I remember the beauty and thrill of being moved by Broadway musicals - particularly the endings of shows."
"There have been studies that clearly state that children who are exposed to arts education at a young age will in fact do markedly better in their SAT tests."
"I still have great faith in what is good and right in all of us."
"You mustn't underestimate an audience's intelligence."