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Itzhak Perlman Quotes

A sponge has that much absorbent capability and after a while you can pour water over it and nothing stays.

Another thing that I don't like to do is show too much how it goes. I do it once in a blue moon. Sometimes there are lessons when I don't pick up a violin at all.

Any gifted child can potentially get in real trouble because of the way they are handled.

Child prodigy is a curse because you've got all those terrible possibilities.

Competition can be the most nerve-racking experience. Some people just thrive on it.

For every child prodigy that you know about, at least 50 potential ones have burned out before you even heard about them.

For people who are really talented, what you don't say becomes extremely important. You have to judge what to say and what to leave alone so you can let the talent develop.

I am playing the violin, that's all I know, nothing else, no education, no nothing. You just practice every day.

I don't feel that the conductor has real power. The orchestra has the power, and every member of it knows instantaneously if you're just beating time.

I feel that you always pay when you are a child.

I listen to kids play a lot.

I look at raising funds for The Perlman Music Program as a challenge and as a way to provide opportunities for people who care about the future of classical music.

I love to work with young kids.

I'm now doing three things: concerts, conducting, and teaching, and they each support each other. I learn to see things from different perspectives and listen with different ears. The most important thing that you need to do is really listen.

In Paris they have special wheelchairs that go through every doorway. They don't change the doorways, they change the wheelchairs. To hell with the people! If someone weighs a couple more pounds, that's it!

One of the most important elements in teaching, conducting, and performing, all three, is listening.

Preparing for a future in music is an expensive proposition.

So many things can drive you mad as a child, not only music.

Sometimes you get from the mouth of kids wonderful things.

That makes classical music work, the ability to improvise.