Leonard Bernstein Quotes

"I have two answers to everything and one answer to nothing."

Leonard Bernstein

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

Leonard Bernstein

"It is hard to think of another composer who so perfectly marries form and passion."

Leonard Bernstein

"This must be the mission of every man of goodwill: to insist, unflaggingly, at risk of becoming a repetitive bore, but to insist on the achievement of a world in which the mind will have triumphed over violence."

Leonard Bernstein

"Life without music is unthinkable."

Leonard Bernstein

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

Leonard Bernstein

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

Leonard Bernstein

"The most difficult instrument to play in the orchestra is second fiddle."

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

"When I am with composers, I say I am a conductor. When I am with conductors, I say I am a composer."

Leonard Bernstein

"Success is all very well as long as you don't inhale."

Leonard Bernstein

"It would be nice to hear someone accidentally whistle something of mine, somewhere, just once."

Leonard Bernstein

"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."

Leonard Bernstein

"Life without music is meaningless, music without life is academic."

Leonard Bernstein

"I've been all over the world and I've never seen a statue of a critic."

Leonard Bernstein

"Music can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable."

Leonard Bernstein

"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."

Leonard Bernstein

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

Leonard Bernstein

"The joy of music should never be interrupted by a commercial."

Leonard Bernstein

"It is the artists of the world, the feelers and the thinkers who will ultimately save us; who can articulate, educate, defy, insist, sing and shout the big dreams."

Leonard Bernstein

"A work of art does not answer questions, it provokes them; and its essential meaning is in the tension between the contradictory answers."

Leonard Bernstein

"I can't live one day without hearing music, playing it , studying it , or thinking about it ."

Leonard Bernstein

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