Leonard Bernstein

Leonard Bernstein

“The gift of the imagination is by no means an exclusive property of an artist; it is a gift we all share; to some degree or other all of us, all of you, are endowed with the powers of fantasy. The dullest of dullards among us has the gift of dreams at night—visions and yearnings and hopes. Everyone can also think; it is the quality of thought that makes the difference—not just the quality of logical thinking, but of imaginative thinking.” —Leonard Bernstein, Commencement Speech at Johns Hopkins University, May 30, 1980

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