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A liberal is a man or a woman or a child who ...
by Leonard Bernstein

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

When political figures are shown on television or in movies,
it's always the liberal Democrats that are shown to be humane,
caring people.
- Pat Boone

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

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

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

The place to find the explanation for the liberal-activist
mindset of the courts is in the political arena.
- Stockwell Day

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

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

The president's dream of a worldwide liberal utopia
is going to undermine the security of the United States.
- Peter King

A large nose is in fact the sign of an affable man,
good, courteous, witty, liberal, courageous,
such as I am.
- Edmond Rostand

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

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

Politics aside, it will be hard for any new liberal
radio network to outdo the professionalism of NPR.
- Paul Weyrich

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

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

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

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

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

A conservative is a liberal who got mugged the night before.
- Frank Rizzo

The silent majority really is a liberal majority,
even though the word liberal has taken a real beating
over the last 20 years by radical conservatives.
- Robert Reich

Whenever a liberal begins a statement with 'I don't
know which is more frightening,'
you know the answer is going to be pretty clear.
- Ann Coulter

Conservative New Testament studies could also provide
an intellectually satisfying alternative to German
biblical criticism and to the liberal theology that accompanied it.
- John Gresham Machen

Every fundamentalist movement I've studied in Judaism,
Christianity and Islam is convinced at some gut,
visceral level that secular liberal society wants to wipe out religion.
- Karen Armstrong

I suspect that even today, with all the progress we
have made in liberal thought,
the quality of true tolerance is as rare as the quality of mercy.
- Frank Knox

The labour Party has lost the last four elections.
If they lose another, they get to keep the liberal party.
- Clive Anderson

If a liberal News channel were launched it would fall flat on its face.
- Paul Weyrich

I think that this liberal progressive agenda is not
the thing that the American people want and it's antithesis
to who we are as a constitutional republic.
- Allen West

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

I think anyone that thought that we were coming in
as a bunch of liberal Democrats to deliver more large-scale
social programs was nuts.
I sure didn't expect it.
- Donna Shalala

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

I've always been a liberal and I've always had strong socialist leanings.
- David Lloyd

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

A liberal knows that the only certainty in this life
is change but believes that the change can be directed
toward a constructive end.
- Henry A. Wallace

It is the Democratic Congress, the liberal-biased media
and the homosexuals who want to destroy all Christians.
- Pat Robertson

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

It only takes 20 years for a liberal to become a conservative
without changing a single idea.
- Robert Anton Wilson

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

The band has a liberal philosophy - that's sort of a given.
- Thurston Moore

My mom is this liberal, feminist, Mormon powerhouse.
I just love her to death.
- Eliza Dushku

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

I wanted to go to a liberal arts college,
I wanted to have that experience.
- Mandy Patinkin

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

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

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

A liberal is a man too broadminded to take his own side in a quarrel.
- Robert Frost

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

The mind of the scholar, if he would leave it large and liberal,
should come in contact with other minds.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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

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

I don't know about liberal bias, but people of a liberal
mentality are probably attracted in greater numbers
to the arts than people of a conservative mentality.
- Sydney Pollack

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

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

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

The Liberal State is a mask behind which there is no face;
it is a scaffolding behind which there is no building.
- Benito Mussolini

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

Do you think I want to be the one lone voice against
the Hollywood liberal establishment? It's not going to do me any good.
- James Woods


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