Violin Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old violin quotes, violin sayings, and violin proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

When you play a violin piece, you are a storyteller, and you're telling a story. Joshua Bell
The soul is like a violin string: it makes music only when it is stretched. Neal A. Maxwell
Yet everything that touches us, me and you, takes us together like a violin's bow, which draws one voice out of two separate strings. Rainer Maria Rilke
Of course the most difficult thing on the violin is always intonation. The second one is rhythm. If you play in tune, in time with a good sound that's already high level. Those three are the main things. Ruggiero Ricci
Playing the violin and singing and whistling are just three different ways of making sound. Andrew Bird
The violin is basically made of a wood box and four main strings. Sirena Huang
Violins are the lively, forward, importunate wits, that distinguish themselves by the flourishes of imagination, sharpness of repartee, glances of satire, and bear away the upper part in every consort. Richard Steele
Life's like the piano and the violin, it's about how smart you could play the melodies to make a good harmony. Lucy 'Aisy
The longer you silence a violin, the harder it is for it to find its true voice again. Alexandra Bracken
No one should be allowed to play the violin until he has mastered it. Jim Fiebig
Violin playing is a physical art with great traditions behind it. Vanessa Mae
One cannot inherit a talent for the violin there are no violins in nature. Instead, one must be motivated, able to benefit from practice, and persevering. Marilyn vos Savant
Life is like playing a violin solo in public and learning the instrument as one goes on. Samuel Butler
The violin is very beautiful. Some people relate it as the shape of a lady, but, whether you like it or not, it's been so for more than 400 years, unlike modern stuff that easily looks dated. But I think it's very personal and unique that, although each violin looks pretty similar, that no two violins sound the same. Sirena Huang
If it is true that the violin is the most perfect of musical instruments, then Greek is the violin of human thought. Helen Keller
When you play a violin piece, you are a storyteller, and you're telling a story. Joshua Bell
If you take a violin, you can make it sound 50 different ways. Not just pizzicato and played by the bow, but ponticello, and harmonics, and tremolos. If you take an oboe and play it, there's about one way you can make it sound: like an oboe. John Corigliano
The true mission of the violin is to imitate the accents of the human voice, a noble mission that has earned for the violin the glory of being called the king of instruments Charles Auguste De Beriot
A violin should be played with love, or not at all. Joseph Wechsberg
The older the violin, the sweeter the music. Larry McMurtry
If a violin string could ache, I would be that string. Vladimir Nabokov
However beautifully you play the violin, you can always play the violin even more beautifully again. Arjuna Ardagh
The violin — that most human of all instruments… Louisa May Alcott
A poet is a man who puts up a ladder to a star and climbs it while playing a violin. Edmond de Goncourt
The moment you tell someone else is the moment you become a whiner and the world's smallest violin starts to play. The truth is, we all have problems. J.A. Redmerski
…The violin — that most human of all instruments… Louisa May Alcott
The two most pleasing, expressive, and powerful single instruments of music are the human voice and the violin. Joseph Pearce
Violin is the product of the ingenuity of man, has only within three centuries attained to perfection, but since that period what delight, what rapture has risen from so simple a construction, when acted upon by the hand of genius! Joseph Pearce
The violin in the hands of genius can draw tears or create laughter. Joseph Pearce
The violin, in fact, in its power of expressions far excels those singers, of whom there are too many, who while singing the notes, fail to make their hearers understand the sense of their songs. Joseph Pearce