“I am a very simple man. I am a man first, an artist second. My first obligation is to the welfare of my fellow man. I will endeavour to meet this obligation through music, since it transcends language, politics and national boundaries.” Casals
U .N. Day, October 24, 1971. General Assembnly, New York.
“Don Pablo, you have devoted your life to truth, to beauty and to peace, both as a man and as a artist. You embody the ideals symbolised by this United Nations peace medal. I present it to you with my deep respect and admiration.” - U Thant Secretary-General