"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."
"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."Yo-Yo Ma on Maya Angelou
"Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school."Yo-Yo Ma on Albert Einstein
"We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools."Yo-Yo Ma on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."Yo-Yo Ma on Mahatma Gandhi
"Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don't wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it's at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored."Yo-Yo Ma on Earl Nightingale
"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."