Leonard Bernstein was an American composer, author, music lecturer, pianist and conductor, regarded as one of the most celebrated music composers. Bernstein is considered as the greatest music composer in American history, and throughout his tenure as the New York Philharmonic director; he produced some of great musical experiences ever witnessed. Additionally, Bernstein broke the mould in more ways than one when he became a television personality by delivering lectures on the different aspects of classical music and it continued from 1954 till his death 1990. Some of his most famous works include the music for ‘West Side Story’, ‘Mass’, ‘On the Town’, ‘Peter Pan’, ‘On the Waterfront’ and ‘Candide’ among many other compositions that made him the one of the most popular music composers of the 20th century. Other than being a highly skilled conductor, he was a gifted pianist and overall, an extremely versatile music maestro. Bernstein also wrote regularly on music and provided an insight into the finer aspects of music to a wide range of people. As was evident from his long tenure on television, Bernstein was a gifted orator and here is a collection of some of his famous quotes and thoughts. Let us browse through deceptively simple, sensible and inspirational quotes and thoughts by Leonard Bernstein that hold a world of wisdom.
I think it is time we learned the lesson of our century: that the progress of the human spirit must keep pace with technological and scientific progress, or that spirit will die. It is incumbent on our educators to remember this; and music is at the top of the spiritual must list. When the study of the arts leads to the adoration of the formula (heaven forbid), we shall be lost. But as long as we insist on maintaining artistic vitality, we are able to hope in man
Stillness is our most intense mode of action. It is in our moments of deep quiet that is born every idea, emotion, and drive which we eventually honor with the name of action. We reach highest in meditation, and farthest in prayer. In stillness every human being is great.
The second fiddle. I can get plenty of first violinists, but to find someone who can play the second fiddle with enthusiasm
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.
The most difficult instrument to play in the orchestra is second fiddle.
Our most emotionally active life is lived in our dreams, and our cells renew themselves most industriously in sleep. We reach highest in meditation, and farthest in prayer. In stillness every human being is great; he is free from the experience of hostility; he is a poet, and most like an angel.
You can sit there, tense and worried, freezing the creative energies, or you can start writing something. It doesn't matter what. In five or ten minutes, the imagination will heat, the tightness will fade, and a certain spirit and rhythm will take over.
I believe in people. I feel, love, need and respect people above all else, including natural scenery, organized piety and nationalistic superstructures. One human figure on the slope of a mountain can make the mountain disappear for me, one person fighting for truth can disqualify for me the entire system which had dispensed it.