As death approaches, I believe that an artist must cast off anything that’s restraining him. And an artist must be resolute in creating, whatever time he has left, in absolute freedom.
Life is not that serious. Honest, it isn’t. What age are we living in? One can be as free as one likes without guilt or confession.
It’s so f***ing draining to love and accept someone who doesn’t love and accept themselves.[to Leonard]
If summer doesn’t sing in you, then nothing sings in you. And if nothing sings in you, then you can’t make music.
I thought maybe you were worth making an exception for.[Leonard Bernstein: Hold on a sec. You made an exception for me?]
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I have one or two saving factors. One is it that I love people, and I love music. I love music so much it keeps me glued to life even when I’m most depressed. And I can get very deeply depressed. But I have a work ethic and that keeps me afloat. And the other is that I love people so much that it’s hard for me to be alone.
Anything that has to do with music is my province, wouldn’t you say? Whether it’s composing it or conducting it, or teaching it, or studying it, or playing it. As long as it’s music, I like it and I do it.