Yanni Quotes

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 .


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'."
Yanni
Father   |  


"Taking responsibility gives me a sense of control."
Yanni
Responsibility and Luck   |  


"I believe we're responsible for everything that happens to us."
Yanni

"I think we have much more to say about what happens to us than most people believe."
Yanni
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."
Yanni
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."
Yanni


"All I had to do was do it."
Yanni
Action   |  


"The less you want, the richer you are. The more you need in order to be happy, the more miserable you'll be."
Yanni
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."
Yanni
Perseverance   |  


"It's only by living that you grow old."
Yanni's Mum
Age   |  


"The most important battle is one to conquer yourself."
Yanni
Believe In Yourself   |  


"I don't want problems solved for me. I want the fishing rod, not the fish."
Yanni
Problem   |  


"You need a mind open to possibility, conditioned to love the creative spirit we all have inside ourselves."
Yanni
Love   |  


"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."
Yanni
Stress   |  


"It took me years to accept this truth: Let it be."
Yanni

"Endurance is mind over matter,…"
Yanni
Words of Encouragement   |  


"Don't shortchange yourself. Look beyond now; focus on your future."
Yanni
Future   |  


"The engaged mind stays sharp and retains tremendous capacity."
Yanni
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."
Yanni
Regret   |  


"Nobody could believe in me the way I believed in myself."
Yanni
Believe   |  


"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."
Yanni
Focus   |  


"You do good work for a long-enough time, I believed, and you'd get noticed."
Yanni
Work   |  


"No matter what happens in life, never lose sight of who you are."
Yanni
Being Yourself   |  


"All you need is passion. If you have a passion for something, you'll create the talent."
Yanni

"Passion is the fuel."
Yanni
Passion   |  


"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."
Yanni
Knowledge   |  


"I believed that anything was possible, or at least because I didn't put together everyone else's "facts" and believe that winning was impossible."
Yanni
Possibilities   |  


"You have to give up some of the old so that you can make room for the new."
Yanni
Giving   |  


"These changes are part of what keeps me interested and excited. Life won't let me keep coming at it from the same angle."
Yanni
Change   |  


"If my music can change someone's mood for the better even a little bit, that's amazing.
Yanni
Music   |  


"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."
Yanni
Procrastination   |  


"I'd decided to take the risk, and either I'd succeed or else."
Yanni
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
Blame   |  


"I've always lived in the moment."
Yanni
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."
Yanni
Fear   |  


"Being happy with less is what makes a great human being, not a big house with marble floors, or everyone knowing who you are."
Yanni
Greatness   |  


"We're all capable if we have faith and passion."
Yanni
Faith   |  


"The greatest things in life - truth, creativity, imagination, love, kindness, compassion -are already inside us, and they're all free."
Yanni
Kindness   |  


"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."
Yanni
Dreams Can Be Achieved   |  


"My new question was, What do you do when your dreams come true? My answer was: Find new ones."
Yanni
Questioning   |  


"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."
Yanni
Experience   |  


"Of all the forces that are exerted on us over our lifetime, at least for me, love has been the most powerful of all."
Yanni
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."
Yanni
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."
Yanni
Doubt   |  


"That adage about genius being 5 percent inspiration and 95 perspiration - it's true."
Yanni
Genius   |  


"The more doubt you have, the less likely it is that the creation will come to life."
Yanni
No More Self Doubt   |  


"....I realize it's possible in ways both large and small to make a difference in someone's life."
Yanni
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 of themselves."
Yanni
Determination   |  


"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."
Yanni
Tolerance   |  


"Left alone with your own thoughts, you will exercise focusing your mind. Like a muscle, the ability to focus will keep getting stronger."
Yanni
Focus   |  


"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."
Yanni
Mistakes   |  


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."
Yanni
Short Stories   |  


"Today I understand that music follows a natural emotional flow from its creator."
Yanni
Home   |  


"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."
Yanni
Communication   |  


When people ask me for advice, I will always say, 'I don't know if I have the right to tell you.'"
Yanni
Encouraging   |  


"Even in my pain there was pleasure. For me. I mean that I can always find something positive in the experience."
Yanni
Positive   |  


"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."
Yanni
Miracle   |  



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