"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."
"Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country."Yo-Yo Ma on Margaret Thatcher
"A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body."Yo-Yo Ma on Benjamin Franklin
"Where we love is home - home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts."Yo-Yo Ma on Oliver Wendell Holmes
"Human beings are the only creatures on earth that allow their children to come back home."Yo-Yo Ma on Bill Cosby
"Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in."Yo-Yo Ma on Robert Frost
"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."
"Good things happen when you meet strangers."
"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."
"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."