Leonard Bernstein Quotes

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Leonard Bernstein Quotes

Two things are necessary for great achievement: a plan and not quite enough time.
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Music ... can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable.

— Leonard Bernstein

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

— Leonard Bernstein

Any great art work ... revives and readapts time and space, and the measure of its success is the extent to which it makes you an inhabitant of that world - the extent to which it invites you in and lets you breathe its strange, special air.

— Leonard Bernstein

I'm no longer quite sure what the question is, but I do know that the answer is Yes.

— Leonard Bernstein

Life without music is unthinkable. Life without music is academic. That is why my contact with music is a total embrace.

— Leonard Bernstein

We're neither pure, nor wise, nor good
We'll do the best we know.
We'll build our house and chop our wood
And make our garden grow.
And make our garden grow!

— Leonard Bernstein

Two things are necessary for great achievement: a plan and not quite enough time.

— Leonard Bernstein

Mozart's music is constantly escaping from its frame, because it cannot be contained in it.

— Leonard Bernstein

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

— Leonard Bernstein

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

— Leonard Bernstein

Children must receive music instruction as naturally as food, with as much pleasure as they derive from a ball game, and this must happen from the beginning of their lives.

— Leonard Bernstein

Any asshole can write a tone-row. It takes a composer to write a tune.

— Leonard Bernstein

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

— Leonard Bernstein

I believe that from the earth emerges a musical poetry that is by the nature of its sources tonal. I believe that these sources cause to exist a phonology of music, which evolves from the universal, and is known as the harmonic series.

— Leonard Bernstein

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