Quotes by American Composer Leonard Bernstein

To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan, and not quite enough time. Leonard Bernstein
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Music, because of its specific and far-reaching metaphorical powers, can name the unnamable and communicate the unknowable. Leonard Bernstein

Inspiration is wonderful when it happens, but the writer must develop an approach for the rest of the time Leonard Bernstein

The second fiddle. I can get plenty of first violinists, but to find someone who can play the second fiddle with enthusiasm Leonard Bernstein

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

When the thunder rumbles,Now the age of gold is dead.When the dreams we've clung toTrying to stay young,Have left us parched and old instead.When my courage crumbles,When I feel confused and frail,When my spirit falters on decaying altarsAnd my illusions fail --I go on right then.I go on again.I go on to say I will celebrate another day.I go on.If tomorrow tumblesAnd everything I love is gone,I will face regret all my days, and yetI will still go on. Leonard Bernstein

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. Leonard Bernstein

I think it is time we learned the lesson of our century: that the progress of the human spirit must keep pace with technological and scientific progress, or that spirit will die. It is incumbent on our educators to remember this; and music is at the top of the spiritual must list. When the study of the arts leads to the adoration of the formula (heaven forbid), we shall be lost. But as long as we insist on maintaining artistic vitality, we are able to hope in man Leonard Bernstein
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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. Leonard Bernstein
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Technique is communication: the two words are synonymous in conductors. Leonard Bernstein

Music can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable. Leonard Bernstein

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

Music . . . can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable. Leonard Bernstein
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