Dr. Suzuki Talks about Learning

An unlimited amount of ability can develop when parent and child are having fun together.

Ability develops from age zero.

Repetition is the key to success.

You’ll make mistakes; we all do, but trust yourself and think for yourself.

Good or evil, beauty or ugliness, daily behavior itself becomes one’s flesh and blood before one realizes it. It becomes habit through repetition.

Talent Education, for the happiness of all children.

Knowledge is not skill. Knowledge plus ten thousand times is skill.

Self-evaluation is the highest sense as a human being. The children should not only advance but repeat and evaluate their progress.

There is no point where we can say, “This is enough.” Always seek finer music, finer performance. Eventually this will change from a learning attitude to a joyful quest, which will last throughout our lives.

Don’t hurry don’t rest. Without stopping, without haste, carefully taking one step at a time will surely get you there.

Everyone can improve. With this belief I have advanced my ability one step forward.

Education means to teach and develop. Without development there is nothing.

I have no doubt that people are born with hereditary physiological differences, but I believe that a person's abilities grow and develop depending on the stimulation from outside.

 I firmly believe that any child can become superior, and my confidence has never been betrayed.

One student, one teacher – bad idea!

 Practice only on the days you eat

If he or she really goes about it in earnest, anyone can cultivate ability in ten years, I believe. Even in one year, shortcomings can be changed into good points if only we set our aims high enough. Continuing for ten years, we can become outstanding indeed...There is no limit to our shortcomings. Until we die, we should spare no time or effort in changing our weaknesses to merits. To do so can be pleasant and interesting. We can become like the horse that starts last and yet outruns the field, reaching the wire first; it is the same fun.

In today's society a good many people seem to have the idea that if one is born without talent, there is nothing he can do about it; they simply resign themselves to what they consider their "fate". Consequently they go through life without living it to the fullest or ever knowing life's true joy. That is man's greatest tragedy.

To make a resolution and act accordingly is to live with hope.  There may be difficulties and hardships, but not disappointment or despair if you follow the path steadily.  Do not hurry.  This is a fundamental rule. If you hurry and collapse or tumble down, nothing is achieved. DO not rest in your efforts; this is another fundamental rule. Without stopping, without haste, carefully taking a step at a time forward will surely get you there.