Wisdom Lives in Words

Memorable Quotes by Allen Ginsberg

I want people to bow as they see me and say he is gifted with poetry, he has seen the presence of the creator.
Allen Ginsberg
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I was putting on a stiff upper lip and trying to fulfill the obligations I thought were demanded of me, taking over my father's role of taking care of my mother... and having to be the recipient of her confessions and emotions but of a delusional nature.
Allen Ginsberg
Whoever controls the media, the images, controls the culture.
Allen Ginsberg
The motif of Beat Generation is basically misunderstood, a misinterpreted area. There's this superimposition of the idea of a social rebellion, which was the communist interpretation through Lawrence Lipton.
Allen Ginsberg
The fact to which we have got to cling, as to a lifebelt, is that it is possible to be a normal decent person and yet be fully alive.
Allen Ginsberg
I think it was when I ran into Kerouac and Burroughs - when I was 17 - that I realized I was talking through an empty skull... I wasn't thinking my own thoughts or saying my own thoughts.
Allen Ginsberg
Ultimately Warhol's private moral reference was to the supreme kitsch of the Catholic church.
Allen Ginsberg
I am 23, the year of the iron birthday, the gate of darkness. I am ill.
Allen Ginsberg
Poetry is not an expression of the party line. It's that time of night, lying in bed, thinking what you really think, making the private world public, that's what the poet does.
Allen Ginsberg
I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked.
Allen Ginsberg
I would say that Times Square was the central hangout for Burroughs, Kerouac, and myself from about 1945 to 1948.
Allen Ginsberg
America, how can I write a holy litany in your silly mood?
Allen Ginsberg
America, I've given you all and now I'm nothing.
Allen Ginsberg
Poets are Damned... but See with the Eyes of Angels.
Allen Ginsberg
The only thing that can save the world is the reclaiming of the awareness of the world. That's what poetry does.
Allen Ginsberg
Follow your inner moonlight; don't hide the madness.
Allen Ginsberg
Democracy! Bah! When I hear that I reach for my feather boa!
Allen Ginsberg
Black musicians were imitating speech cadences, and Kerouac was imitating the black musicians' breath cadences on their horns and brought it back to speech. It always was speech rhythms or cadences as far as the ear that Kerouac was developing. All passed through black music.
Allen Ginsberg
Poetry is the one place where people can speak their original human mind. It is the outlet for people to say in public what is known in private.
Allen Ginsberg
The weight of the world is love. Under the burden of solitude, under the burden of dissatisfaction.
Allen Ginsberg
You see those guys wearing baggy pants, descendants of the parachute pants, wearing an odd, weird Frankenstein haircut. It all comes out of Peter Lorre.
Allen Ginsberg
Fortunately art is a community effort - a small but select community living in a spiritualized world endeavoring to interpret the wars and the solitudes of the flesh.
Allen Ginsberg
My own experience is that a certain kind of genius among students is best brought out in bed.
Allen Ginsberg
I recommend for any basic course on the Beat Generation to familiarize yourself with 'The Idiot,' Prince Myshkin. He was Dostoyevsky's idea of the most beautiful human being he could imagine, the creation of a saint in literature.
Allen Ginsberg
America I'm putting my queer shoulder to the wheel.
Allen Ginsberg
I have been wrathful all my life, angry against my father and all others. My wrath must end. All my images now are of heaven.
Allen Ginsberg