"Good things happen when you meet strangers."
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."Yo-Yo Ma on Edmund Burke
"It is very important to generate a good attitude, a good heart, as much as possible. From this, happiness in both the short term and the long term for both yourself and others will come."Yo-Yo Ma on Dalai Lama
"If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed."Yo-Yo Ma on Albert Einstein
"Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart."Yo-Yo Ma on Anne Frank
"When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion."Yo-Yo Ma on Abraham Lincoln
"The thing that I've always been slightly frustrated with, was that the idea of a CD is kind of confined to a material possession that you can put on a shelf. And the idea of music, for me, is always about both the communication and the sharing of content. And so the interactive part is missing."
"Things can fall apart, or threaten to, for many reasons, and then there's got to be a leap of faith. Ultimately, when you're at the edge, you have to go forward or backward if you go forward, you have to jump together."
"I love grocery shopping when I'm home. That's what makes me feel totally normal. I love both the idea of home as in being with my family and friends, and also the idea of exploration. I think those two are probably my great interests."
"I learn something not because I have to, but because I really want to. That's the same view I have for performing. I'm performing because I really want to, not because I have to bring bread back home."
"The role of the musician is to go from concept to full execution. Put another way, it's to go from understanding the content of something to really learning how to communicate it and make sure it's well-received and lives in somebody else."