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