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14 Best Leonard Bernstein Quotes On Music & Life

Check out some of Leonard Bernstein best and most inspiring quotes about music. Leonard Bernstein was an American composer, author, music lecturer, pianist and conductor, considered as one of the influential music composers. We definitely find his contributions to the music industry to be remarkable.

Bernstein stood out in the world of classical music because of his special combination of passion, charisma, and in-depth musical understanding. Some of his most renowned compositions include West Side Story for its blend of classical and contemporary styles.

Overall, he had a great impact. Let’s explore his well-known quotes.

Best Leonard Bernstein Quotes

“Music can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable.”


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


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


“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.”

“I’ve been all over the world and I’ve never seen a statue of a critic.”


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

“I’m no longer quite sure what the question is, but I do know that the answer is ‘yes.'”

“Music, because of its specific and far-reaching metaphorical powers, can name the unnamable and communicate the unknowable.”

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


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

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

“If you’re a good composer, you steal good steals.”


“I believe that man’s noblest endowment is his capacity to change.”

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


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