Cello Sayings and Quotes

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


The greatest musical instrument given to a human being is the voice.

Dayananda Saraswati

Even in classical music, the cello doesn't get a lot of respect because the piano and the violin get it all.     

Luka Sulic

It's easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself.

Johann Sebastian Bach

A cello was there 400 years ago and will still be here in 400 years.

Thomas Bangalter

The cello is the most perfect instrument aside from the human voice.

Zuill Bailey

Playing the cello did feel nicely neolithic, or at least a civilized way to process the primitive.     

Eric Siblin

The Cello is like a beautiful woman who has not grown older, but younger with time, more slender , more supple , more graceful.

Pablo Casals

It is the closest instrument to the human voice, and the things you can do on the cello there are endless possibilities.     

Stjepan Hauser

Oh, a man with a guitar is nothing compared to a man with a cello! Girls really like the way that we handle our instruments.     

Eicca Toppinen

A cello can sound like so many instruments, but it's only one, you know, like a guitar; it has percussive qualities. It can sing like the violin, you know, like a voice.     

Luka Sulic

Instruments sound sweetest when they are touched softest.

John Lyly

We are so excited to be touring and showing audiences the versatility of the cello.     

Stjepan Hauser

You need to tune your instrument, which is your body and your mind, and your soul.     

Abby Brammell

A cello on a winter night in the midst of a frozen city—that was what his voice sounded like.

Tiffany Reisz

People don't think of cello as a rock instrument, really, and we want people to know all the possibilities that the cello can offer.     

Luka Sulic

No, but a cello is the perfect string bass for an accordion. Works with it beautifully.     

Elizabeth Moon

The cello is a hero because of its register - its tenor voice. It is a masculine instrument, whereas the violin is feminine because of its soprano pitch. When the cello enters in the Dvorak Concerto, it is like a great orator.

Mstislav Rostropovich

The cello is such a melancholy instrument, such an isolated, miserable instrument.     

Ritchie Blackmore

People tend to eat through the cello. They tend to take out the things that make it beautifully cello-y sometimes.     

Julia Kent