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Allen Ginsberg Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by 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

America I'm putting my queer shoulder to the wheel.
- Allen Ginsberg

Whoever controls the media, the images,
controls the culture.
- Allen Ginsberg

 

Democracy!
Bah!
When I hear that I reach for my feather boa!
- Allen Ginsberg

America, how can I write a holy litany in your silly mood?
- Allen Ginsberg

Follow your inner moonlight; don't hide the madness.
- Allen Ginsberg

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

My own experience is that a certain kind of genius
among students is best brought out in bed.
- 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

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

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

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

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

We have a great life here in Alaska,
and we're never going back to America again!
- The Simpsons Movie (2007)

Pushing production out of America to nations without
our environmental standards increases global environmental risks.
- Frank Murkowski

Every day I get up and look through the Forbes list
of the richest people in America.
If I'm not there, I go to work.
- Robert Orben

America is the best half-educated country in the world.
- Nicholas M. Butler

The largest party in America, by the way,
is neither the Democrats nor the Republicans.
It's the party of non-voters.
- Robert Reich

I have one yardstick by which I test every major problem -
and that yardstick is: Is it good for America?
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

In America and Europe, the nomadism is of trade and curiosity.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

America cannot continue to lead the family of nations
around the world if we suffer the collapse of the family here at home.
- Mitt Romney

America has tossed its cap over the wall of space.
- John F. Kennedy

There is nothing wrong with America
that cannot be cured with what is right in America.
- William J. Clinton

In America there are two classes of travel -
first class,
and with children.
- Robert Benchley

America's present need is not heroics but healing;
not nostrums but normalcy; not revolution but restoration.
- Warren G. Harding

America has a critical role to play as the most powerful
member of the world community.
- Adam Schiff

Peace and abstinence from European interferences are our objects,
and so will continue while the present
order of things in America remain uninterrupted.
- Thomas Jefferson

I haven't, in the 23 years that I have been in the
uniformed services of the United States of America,
ever violated an order - not one.
- Oliver North

I may be the only mother in America who knows exactly
what their child is up to all the time.
- Barbara Bush

As I've said many times, the single most oppressed
class in America right now is the teenager.
- Joe Bob Briggs

In America, I would say New York and New Orleans are
the two most interesting food towns.
In New Orleans, they don't have a bad deli.
There's no mediocrity accepted.
- Mario Batali

There are many men of principle in both parties in America,
but there is no party of principle.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

America believes in education: the average professor
earns more money in a year than a professional athlete earns in a whole week.
- Evan Esar

Boxing has become America's tragic theater.
- Joyce Carol Oates

Patriotism is easy to understand in America.
It means looking out for yourself by looking out for your country.
- Calvin Coolidge

America is becoming so educated that ignorance will be a novelty.
I will belong to the select few.
- Will Rogers

We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty.
When the loyal opposition dies,
I think the soul of America dies with it.
- Edward R. Murrow

Power in America today is control of the means of communication.
- Theodore White

The school is the last expenditure upon which America
should be willing to economize.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

I look forward to an America which
will not be afraid of grace and beauty.
- John F. Kennedy

I love America more than any other country in this world,
and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right
to criticize her perpetually.
- James A. Baldwin

Making duplicate copies and computer printouts of things
no one wanted even one of in the first place is giving
America a new sense of purpose.
- Andy Rooney

Only Americans can hurt America.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

America is another name for opportunity.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

America did not invent human rights.
In a very real sense, it is the other way around.
Human rights invented America.
- Jimmy Carter

September 11th was a moment when America had the sympathy of the world.
- Tom Ford

America will never be destroyed from the outside.
If we falter and lose our freedoms,
it will be because we destroyed ourselves.
- Abraham Lincoln

Whatever America hopes to bring to pass in the world
must first come to pass in the heart of America.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

I think the greatest taboos in America are faith and failure.
- Michael Malone

My dream is of a place and a time where America
will once again be seen as the last best hope of earth.
- Abraham Lincoln

I get all fired up about aging in America.
- Willard Scott

If you're going to America, bring your own food.
- Fran Lebowitz

Radical changes in world politics leave America with
a heightened responsibility to be,
for the world, an example of a genuinely free,
democratic, just and humane society.
- Pope John Paul II

No one has been barred on account of his race
from fighting or dying for America,
there are no white or colored signs
on the foxholes or graveyards of battle.
- John F. Kennedy

I am mortified to be told that, in the United States of America,
the sale of a book can become a subject of inquiry,
and of criminal inquiry too.
- Thomas Jefferson

If the United States of America or Britain is having elections,
they don't ask for observers from Africa or from Asia.
But when we have elections, they want observers.
- Nelson Mandela

There is nothing wrong with America
that faith, love of freedom, intelligence,
and energy of her citizens cannot cure.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

I have found out in later years that we were very poor,
but the glory of America is that we didn't know it then.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

America's Veterans have served their country with the
belief that democracy and freedom are ideals to be upheld around the world.
- John Doolittle

Emmy Lou Harris introduced me to the work of the Vietnam
Veterans of America foundation and the Campaign for a Land Mine Free World.
- Mary Chapin Carpenter

It's nice to see that people in Middle America are really affected.
- Randy Harrison

The thing that impresses me most about America is the
way parents obey their children.
- Edward VIII

One of the greatest necessities in America is to discover creative solitude.
- Carl Sandburg

Increasingly, Americans don't own America.
- Marcy Kaptur

America is the country where you can buy a lifetime
supply of aspirin For one dollar and use it up in two weeks.
- John Barrymore

Our veterans accepted the responsibility to defend
America and uphold our values when duty called.
- Bill Shuster


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