Allen Ginsberg Quotes

 

Follow your inner moonlight; don’t hide the madness.

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

The only thing that can save the world is the reclaiming of the awareness of the world. That’s what poetry does.

— 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

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

Poets are Damned… but See with the Eyes of Angels.

— Allen Ginsberg

America I’m putting my queer shoulder to the wheel.

— Allen Ginsberg

I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked.

— 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

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

Whoever controls the media, the images, controls the culture.

— Allen Ginsberg

The weight of the world is love. Under the burden of solitude, under the burden of dissatisfaction.

— 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

Ultimately Warhol’s private moral reference was to the supreme kitsch of the Catholic church.

— 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

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

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