Leonard Bernstein Quotes

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My God, who do they think I am - everybody?
— Leonard Bernstein


To search for truth, one has to be drunk with imagination.

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Music . . . can name the unnamable and communicate the unknowable.
— Leonard Bernstein
I'm no longer quite sure what the question is, but I do know that the answer is Yes.
— Leonard Bernstein


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


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

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Poetry and music—but especially music, because of its specific and far-reaching metaphorical powers—can name the unnamable and communicate the unknowable.