What the world is saying to us human beings is, 'Don't stick to the old ways, learn to think anew.' And that's what musicians do every day.
It's funny, because in 1970 I met the Beatles quite by a chance at a party. It was the Beethoven bicentenary, and I was then also playing the Beethoven Sonatas. And that's all they wanted to hear about - I wanted to talk about them, and all they wanted to talk about was Beethoven.
The tempo is the suitcase. If the suitcase is too small, everything is completely wrinkled. If the tempo is too fast, everything becomes so scrambled you can't understand it.
For many people, music is here to let them forget the daily chores of life.
Anti-Semitism has no historical, political and certainly no philosophical origins. Anti-Semitism is a disease.
An hour of violin lessons in Berlin is an hour where you get the child interested in music. An hour in a violin lesson in Palestine is an hour away from violence, is an hour away from fundamentalism.
Tradition demands that we not speak poorly of the dead.
Every great work of art has two faces, one toward its own time and one toward the future, toward eternity.
Music means different things to different people and sometimes even different things to the same person at different moments of his life.
To have real knowledge, one must understand the essence of things and not only their manifestations.
Beethoven's music tends to move from chaos to order, as if order were an imperative of human existence.
I liked very much when we lived in Hampstead. We would go for walks on the Heath. I liked it better than living in the centre of town.
When playing music, it is possible to achieve a unique sense of peace.
There are many types of silence. There is a silence before the note, there is a silence at the end and there is a silence in the middle.
Now the first step has to be taken, the step towards democracy. This step is full of risks, and requires trust on all sides. We don't know where it will lead. But if we just stand still, we will have no chance of escaping the violence.
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