Talk:Leonard Bernstein

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"To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan, and not quite enough time." -- Anyone have a source for Bernstein saying this oft quoted "quote"? It's a great one; I really hope he did say it.—The preceding unsigned comment was added by 69.245.1.34 (talkcontribs) 00:38, 20 March 2013 (UTC)

This source is attrubted to Bernstein in quite a lot of recent publications, but I cannot find sources older then 2008. Now I did find a similar quotes in older sources:
  • A wise man once said that to do a great and important work, two things are necessary: a definite plan, and not quite enough time.
    • R.C. Schafer (1977) The magic of self-actualization: the development of human potential from where you are to where you want to be. p.124
And also funny:
  • To improve libraries in Texas, only two things are needed: a plan for library development and public pressure.
    • Texas Library Association (1965) "Report of the Library Development Committee — March 20, 1965" In: Texas library journal, Vol. 41-44; p.58
Now a similar quote:
  • To do a great and important work, two things are necessary — a definite plan, and not quite enough time. — Nuggets 1942
    • Millard Dale Baughman (1958) Teacher's treasury of stories for every occasion. p.323
For now, this doesn't help you. -- Mdd (talk) 01:00, 20 March 2013 (UTC)
What do you mean "doesn't help you"? --Spannerjam (talk) 20:38, 7 January 2014 (UTC)
It means that since the above quotes are not by Bernstein, they build a case against Bernstein coining the saying and do not offer any evidence he ever said such a thing. --BBUCommander (talk) 21:55, 26 April 2017 (UTC)

Is your 2008 source "Composers on composing for band, Volume 4"? Dwmalone (talk)