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Yehudi Menuhin

One cannot bargain with Bartok.

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There is no affectation and hypocrisy in Mozart.

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Enescu will always stand for the Absolute through which I'm judging the others.

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The violinist is that peculiarly human phenomenon distilled to a rare potency - half tiger, half poet.

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I can only think of music as something inherent in every human being - a birthright. Music coordinates mind, body and spirit.

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In playing Beethoven... there is little that can be reduced to ingratiating sounds... Everything is dictated by the significance... and direction of the notes & passages themselves.

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I would hate to think I am not an amature. An amateur is one who loves what he is doing. Very often, I'm afraid, the professional hates what he is doing. So, I'd rather be an amateur.

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The violinist must possess the poet's gift of piercing the protective hide which grows on propagandists, stockbrokers and slave traders, to penetrate the deeper truth which lies within.

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Music creates order out of chaos: for rhythm imposes unanimity upon the divergent, melody imposes continuity upon the disjointed, and harmony imposes compatibility upon the incongruous.

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