"One is that you have to take time, lots of time, to let an idea grow from within. The second is that when you sign on to something, there will be issues of trust, deep trust, the way the members of a string quartet have to trust one another."
"Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none."Yo-Yo Ma on William Shakespeare
"For every good reason there is to lie, there is a better reason to tell the truth."Yo-Yo Ma on Bo Bennett
"The trust of the innocent is the liar's most useful tool."Yo-Yo Ma on Stephen King
"Learning to trust is one of life's most difficult tasks."Yo-Yo Ma on Isaac Watts
"Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement."Yo-Yo Ma on Golda Meir
"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."
"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."