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“The gift of imagination… the gift of dreams”

In 1980, Leonard Bernstein gave a powerful message to the graduates of Johns Hopkins University on the power of imagination, fantasy, hope, and dreams. One of many great quotes from his address:

The gift of imagination is by no means an exclusive property of the 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.

Source: Commencement address at Johns Hopkins University, May 1980.

Explore more in Bernstein’s book, Findings.

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