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Leonard Bernstein Quotes


An American conductor, composer, author, music lecturer and pianist.
(1918 - 1990)

A liberal is a man or a woman or a child who looks forward to a better day, a more tranquil night, and a bright, infinite future.
[Politics]
 

I'm not interested in having an orchestra sound like itself. I want it to sound like the composer.
 

In the olden days, everybody sang. You were expected to sing as well as talk. It was a mark of the cultured man to sing.
 

Inspiration is wonderful when it happens, but the writer must develop an approach for the rest of the time... The wait is simply too long.
[Inspiration]
 

Music can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable.
[Music]
 

Technique is communication: the two words are synonymous in conductors.
 

The key to the mystery of a great artist is that for reasons unknown, he will give away his energies and his life just to make sure that one note follows another... and leaves us with the feeling that something is right in the world.
 

This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.
 

To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time.