Find words of wisdom in these quotations by Yanni.
Yanni has sold over 20 million albums worldwide. I consider Yanni one of the
inspirational people who have motivated me. His music inspired my thinking in a positive way. Music without words, yet music that truly spoke to me. As Yanni said, "Music is an incredibly direct language. It bypasses language and logic, and speaks directly to your soul".
Yanni was born on 14 November, 1954 and his passion for his music
is very apparent in his book Yanni in Words.
In the acknowledgements from his book, Yanni in Words, he says, "Words have never been my medium. I never thought I'd ever write a book. But life is full of surprises, and this story of my life-so far- has been one of the most satisfying." To read more about Yanni, read our review on his book, Yanni in Words.. You may also want to read a short story, Yanni at the Acropolis
Quotes compiled by Catherine Pulsifer.
by Yanni, from his book, "Yanni In Words"
"My father once said, 'If the whole world wants to go left
and you feel like going right, go right. You don't have to follow.
You don't have to make a big deal about which way you're going. Just go.
It's very easy'."
"Taking responsibility gives me a sense of control."
Responsibility and Luck |
"I believe we're responsible for everything that happens to us."
"I think we have much more to say about what happens
to us than most people believe."
"It seems that in every culture, however tough life is and however impossible the conditions, there are some resilient human beings who find their way through, who survive and make something of themselves."
Quotes about Life |
"It's a cliché - but true - that life is not a dress rehearsal.
You get to do it once, so do it well."
"All I had to do was do it."
"The less you want, the richer you are. The more you need in order
to be happy, the more miserable you'll be."
Being Happy |
"My father taught me that one of the most important abilities
in life is to be able to take the pain and persevere, and for years this
lesson had served me well."
"It's only by living that you grow old."
"The most important battle is one to conquer yourself."
Believe In Yourself |
"I don't want problems solved for me.
I want the fishing rod, not the fish."
"You need a mind open to possibility, conditioned to love
the creative spirit we all have inside ourselves."
"Whether a person is spiritual or not, we all seek to get away
from the stress, anger, and anxiety of everyday life. Some people drink,
do drugs, or do worse to escape, and they hurt themselves in the process.
Some people listen to music, mine included, and feel better."
"It took me years to accept this truth: Let it be."
"Endurance is mind over matter,…"
Words of Encouragement |
"Don't shortchange yourself. Look beyond now;
focus on your future."
"The engaged mind stays sharp and retains tremendous
Inspirational Thoughts |
"I don't dwell in the past; I don't wallow in old events
and emotions. I don't waste time on regret. No use going over and
over the details of what already happened."
"Nobody could believe in me the way I believed in myself."
"Focused will is incredible. If you have a dream
and you don't give up no matter what obstacles come up, then life's
problems will fall away and you will get what you want. It happens. It works."
"You do good work for a long-enough time,
I believed, and you'd get noticed."
"No matter what happens in life, never lose sight of
who you are."
Being Yourself |
"All you need is passion. If you have a passion for something, you'll create the talent."
"Passion is the fuel."
"Sometimes the knowledge you've been given in
school or by an elder - "this is just the way it is" - keeps you from
accomplishing because it traps you in a box in your mind and limits
your freedom to deliver."
"I believed that anything was possible, or at least because
I didn't put together everyone else's "facts" and believe that winning
"You have to give up some of the old so that you can
make room for the new."
"These changes are part of what keeps me interested
and excited. Life won't let me keep coming at it from the same angle."
"If my music can change someone's mood for the better
even a little bit, that's amazing.
"I was tough on myself because I feared being a
lazy procrastinator and the inevitable result: being mediocre or second best.
I always went the extra mile."
"I'd decided to take the risk, and either I'd succeed or else."
Taking A Risk |
"'Look in the mirror', he said. 'Don't blame the
government or the economy. Don't point at anyone else. It's up to you.' "
Yanni's Friend Tom
"I've always lived in the moment."
Live Each Day |
"Your reaction to rejection is what's important. If it overtakes
you and fills you with self-doubt, fear, and insecurity, then it can be very destructive."
"Being happy with less is what makes a great
human being, not a big house with marble floors, or everyone
knowing who you are."
"We're all capable if we have faith and passion."
"The greatest things in life - truth, creativity, imagination,
love, kindness, compassion -are already inside us, and they're all free."
"As soon as you put your art out there for people,
someone will say, 'Because if is blue, I love it', and, for the exact same
reason the next guy will say, 'Because if is blue, I hate it.' Once you
understand that, there's freedom in the creative process. Otherwise,
your creation is just a reaction to criticism."
Dreams Can Be Achieved |
"My new question was, What do you do when your dreams come true? My answer was: Find new ones."
"On the plane home I remember thinking that I am who
I am because I have faith in myself, and it has always been the
possibility of emotionally rewarding the experiences that has
encouraged me to gamble on myself; those experiences have made all that I do worthwhile."
"Of all the forces that are exerted on us over our lifetime,
at least for me, love has been the most powerful of all."
Short Love Poems |
"…once you've learned a lesson, life doesn't give you
the same lesson twice. You get another one that is bigger and more
difficult. I never take it for granted, but it seems as though life
has always provided what I needed. I've been pushed to the limit
and brought to the point where I thought I'd break."
Life Steps |
"Some nights I couldn't sleep. I had doubts.
I was broke, at times disillusioned. I searched for direction.
But I wouldn't live in fear. It's just not part of my personality."
"That adage about genius being 5 percent inspiration
and 95 perspiration - it's true."
"The more doubt you have, the less likely it is that
the creation will come to life."
No More Self Doubt |
"....I realize it's possible in ways both large and small
to make a difference in someone's life."
Making A Difference |
"It seems that in every culture, however tough life is
and however impossible the conditions, there are some resilient human
beings who find their way through, who survive and make something
"As our population increase, our planet becomes smaller
and smaller. It's therefore very important that we a learn how
to love and accept each other. Whenever that's not possible, let
us at least learn how to tolerate one another."
"Left alone with your own thoughts, you will exercise
focusing your mind. Like a muscle, the ability to focus will keep
"I wouldn't change my life. I have no regrets.
I'm not proud of all my choices, and I've made mistakes, but most of
what I've done has been for the good, and all of it makes me who I am today. I can't change even a small part and remain who I am."
I don't listen to much instrumental music at home because
the 'words' force me to pay attention; music is like an audiobook telling
me a story."
Short Stories |
"Today I understand that music follows a natural emotional flow from its creator."
"Try to communicate 'I love you' without words; if you've
never felt love then there's no chance in hell that you'll accidentally choose
the right notes to describe the emotion."
When people ask me for advice, I will always
say, 'I don't know if I have the right to tell you.'"
"Even in my pain there was pleasure.
For me. I mean that I can always find something positive in the experience."
"The lessons I've learned have allowed me the opportunity
to think deeply about life; where I cam from, where I've been,
where I'm going next - and the miracle of creativity that has made it all possible."
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