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Leonard Bernstein Quotes and Sayings
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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

Related topics: Politics

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

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

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

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

Technique is communication: the two words are synonymous in conductors.
- Leonard Bernstein


 

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

We who are liberal and progressive know that the poor
are our equals in every sense except that of being equal to us.
- Lionel Trilling

I read Shakespeare and the Bible, and I can shoot dice.
That's what I call a liberal education.
- Tallulah Bankhead

A liberal education is at the heart of a civil society,
and at the heart of a liberal education is the act of teaching.
- A. Bartlett Giamatti

A liberal is a man who is willing to spend somebody else's money.
- Carter Glass

God reigns when we take a liberal view.
- Henry David Thoreau

Conservative, n: A statesman who is enamored of existing evils,
as distinguished from the Liberal who wishes to replace them with others.
- Ambrose Bierce

The finest workers in stone are not copper or steel tools,
but the gentle touches of air and water
working at their leisure with a liberal allowance of time.
- Henry David Thoreau

If you have always believed that everyone should play
by the same rules and be judged by the same standards,
that would have gotten you labeled a radical 60 years ago,
a liberal 30 years ago and a racist today.
- Thomas Sowell

The liberal ideal is that everyone should have fair
access and fair opportunity.
This is not equality of result.
It's equality of opportunity.
There's a fundamental difference.
- Robert Reich

Conservative humor is frankly harder than liberal humor.
You get points for just being liberal.
You can get more points if you make fun of your own side sometimes.
- Ted Rall

I was a liberal arts junkie and I figured,
well, I'll go work for somebody somewhere.
All I knew was that I was going to have to come home and figure it out.
- Mary Chapin Carpenter

In the world of language, or in other words in the
world of art and liberal education,
religion necessarily appears as mythology or as Bible.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Liberal whites are the greatest enemy of African Americans.
- James Meredith

The problem with liberal Protestantism in America is
not that it has not been orthodox enough,
but that it has lost a lot of religious substance.
- Peter L. Berger

What Mr. Obama wants in a nominee isn't really "empathy" and "understanding."
He wants a liberal, activist Supreme Court justice.
- Karl Rove

There's not a liberal America and a conservative America -
there's the United States of America.
- Barack Obama

A man who has both feet planted firmly in the air can
be safely called a liberal as opposed to the conservative,
who has both feet firmly planted in his mouth.
- Jacques Barzun

Bill Rehnquist makes Barry Goldwater look like a liberal.
- John Dean

I do think that a general liberal arts education is very important,
particularly in an uncertain changing world.
- Steve Case

A liberal is a conservative who has been arrested.
- Tom Wolfe

When I'm asked who my audience is, I say someone with an open mind,
which is not a vacant one and sometimes a liberal mind
is not the same thing as an open one.
- Todd Solondz

Women ought to feel a peculiar sympathy in the colored man's wrong,
for, like him, she has been accused of mental inferiority,
and denied the privileges of a liberal education.
- Angelina Grimke

What my future will not be is active politics in the Liberal Democrat party.
- Paddy Ashdown

I am for peace, retrenchment and reform,
the watchword of the great Liberal Party thirty years ago.
- John Bright

I can't believe the pro-choicers attitude toward unborn
children-to me it's the ultimate liberal cause,
to defend those without a voice.
- Michael Aston

It seems to me that in our lifetime we have passed
from the wreck of liberal humanism to the beginning
of a new recognition of dogma:
isn't it rather tremendous?
- Ruth Pitter

I think Russians today have a distorted picture of capitalism,
liberal democracy and market economy.
- Garry Kasparov

A liberal is a man who will give away everything he doesn't own.
- Frank Dane

The thirst to know and understand, a large and liberal discontent.
- William Watson

This liberal progressive agenda...
is the antithesis of who we are as a constitutional republic.
- Allen West

Sometimes I wonder whether Washington's liberal politicians
truly understand the greatness that is America.
- Mitt Romney

You can't get much more liberal than John Kerry is.
I mean, he's my candidate, but, I mean,
come on.
- Don Imus

The liberal groups spent months raising money so they
could take down anyone President Bush nominated.
But they have not been able to touch judge Roberts.
- Michael Oxley

Note too that a faithful study of the liberal arts
humanizes character and permits it not to be cruel.
- Ovid

There's the great line: the definition of a liberal
is someone who's afraid to take their own side in a fight.
And that's my problem with my fellow liberals.
- Paul Begala

I have a liberal definition of news because I think
news can be what excites people.
I'm not very sanctimonious about what news is and isn't.
- Diane Sawyer

Liberal capitalism is not at all the Good of humanity.
Quite the contrary; it is the vehicle of savage,
destructive nihilism.
- Alain Badiou

There's nothing worse, I guess, than being black in
an all-white church or being southern and being a liberal.
- Lee Hazlewood

I'm a liberal arts junkie.
- Mary Chapin Carpenter

I'm a liberal inside a liberal's body.
- Ana Gasteyer

Liberal democracy must finally become the vital element of our society.
- Gustav Heinemann

But I think it's undeniable that the Times is a liberal paper.
- Daniel Okrent

To have a liberal temperament is a kind of psychological boon,
To be able to understand that someone you disagree
with is not just a terrible creature but somebody with whom you disagree.
- Peter Gay

If God had been a liberal, we wouldn't have had the Ten Commandments -
we'd have the Ten Suggestions.
- Malcolm Bradbury

New Orleans may well have been the most liberal Deep
South city in 1954 because of its large Creole population,
the influence of the French, and its cosmopolitan atmosphere.
- Constance Baker Motley

So the idea that you could put Kurds,
Shiite Arabs, and Sunni Arabs in a nice,
liberal, federal system in Iraq in a short amount of time,
six months or a year, boggles the mind.
- William Odom

The due process of law as we use it,
I believe,
rests squarely on the liberal idea of conflict and resolution.
- June L. Trapp

My father felt that his world of ideas was too liberal
for traditional rabbinical teachings,
and he looked for a chance to find a way in life.
- Immanuel Velikovsky

Just put down 9/11...
I think, on most things I'm liberal,
except on defending ourselves and keeping half the money.
Those things I'm kind of conservative on.
- Dennis Miller

My parents were liberal intellectuals but even they
expected me to stay at home and look after my younger
siblings and do the housework.
- Sara Paretsky

Unlimited economic growth has the marvelous quality
of stilling discontent while maintaining privilege,
a fact that has not gone unnoticed among liberal economists.
- Noam Chomsky

Novels are the Socratic dialogues of our time.
Practical wisdom fled from school wisdom into this liberal form.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Amherst is a liberal arts college, committed to providing
students with a broad education.
- Joseph E. Stiglitz

The liberal intelligentsia has allowed its party to
become a captive of corporate interests.
- Ralph Nader

My personal advice is to go to school first and get
a liberal arts education,
and then if you want to pursue acting,
go to graduate school.
- Jillian Bach

If you're a liberal, anything you say is protected.
If you're a conservative, anything you say is hateful.
- Laura Schlessinger

A liberal education...
frees a man from the prison-house of his class,
race, time, place, background, family and even his nation.
- Robert M. Hutchins

The liberal left can be as rigid and destructive as
any force in American life.
- Daniel Patrick Moynihan

If a conservative is a liberal who's been mugged,
a liberal is a conservative who's been arrested.
- Thomas Wolfe

The youth of France do not want a new neo-liberal contract.
- Peter Hall

The idea that you earn things - that you earn respect,
that you earn income, responsibility.
the vote, punishment...
these ideas are anathema to the liberal mind.
- Dennis Prager

By the end, everybody had a label - pig,
liberal, radical, revolutionary...
If you had everything but a gun, you were a radical but not a revolutionary.
- Jerry Rubin

Bill Clinton was a liberal who could appeal to conservative-leaning Bubba voters.
- Rich Lowry


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