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Trust your ability!
– Itzhak Perlman
I actually wanted to play the violin before I had polio, and then afterwards, there was no reason not to.
I’m an acoustical person.
I’m a mushroom freak. I make a mushroom soup where I use maybe six or seven varieties, not just portobello and shiitake, but dried porcini and morels.
Sometimes you get from the mouth of kids wonderful things.
The arts are part of the fiber of American society and should get Federal support.
Brahms is one of my all-time favorite composers.
I am an eternal optimist. I always say ‘Yihyeh Tov’ or ‘It’ll get better.’
The difference is that with Ebola, it is such a devastating disease, and there is still no cure. They’re still working on vaccines. The fact of the matter with polio, there is a cure; there is a vaccine.
I have a very simple philosophy. One has to separate the abilities from the disabilities. The fact I cannot walk, that I need crutches or a scooter or whatever it is, has nothing to do with my playing the violin.
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.
I can tell you that many soloists probably wish they could sit.
Every person with a disability is an individual.
I always find Bach to be an expression of a love of life. There’s an enthusiasm that’s absolutely contagious.
I’m a great sports fan, you know. I love to watch tennis and basketball and baseball and so on.
I love to work with young kids.
Life is always full of challenges. I believe you’re never happy unless you’re consistently making challenges for yourself.