Quotations by Heifetz, Jascha


There is no top. There are always further heights to reach.

Jascha Heifetz (1901-1987) Lithuanian-American violinist
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No matter what side of an argument you’re on, you always find some people on your side that you wish were on the other.

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Can you appreciate music without playing it? Of course you can, in the same way that people who are not athletes get enjoyment from attending a game to enjoy the crowd, the excitement, and the experience.

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You always hear of the “delicate, sensitive artist.” I assure you that it takes the nerves of a bullfighter, the digestion of a peasant, the vitality of a nightclub hostess, the tact of a diplomat, and the concentration of a Tibetan monk to lead the strenuous life of a virtuoso.

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You can “just listen” to the Brahms violin concerto and enjoy it keenly. But if you read about Brahms’ life, you appreciate it more. And, if you’ve listened to recordings of it, you will appreciate it ten times as much.

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There’s not a living human being who doesn’t need luck. You need luck every time you give a concert. You worry about weather and transportation. Trains and planes are sometimes late; taxis have been known to break down. Then, at the hall, you worry that a string might snap or the lights fail, or that a page-turner might flip over two pages at once.

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You must preserve your enthusiasm for playing. Loss of that enthusi­asm is deadly to musicianship.

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I occasionally play works by contemporary composers and for two reasons. First to discourage the composer from writing any more and secondly to remind myself how much I appreciate Beethoven.

Jascha Heifetz (1901-1987) Lithuanian-American violinist
Life (28 Jul 1961)
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If I don’t practice one day, I know it; two days, the critics know it; three days, the public knows it.

Jascha Heifetz (1901-1987) Lithuanian-American violinist
San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle (18 Apr 1971)
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