24 Incredible Allen Ginsberg Quotes

24 Incredible Allen Ginsberg Quotes

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Allen Ginsberg was a poet from Newark, New Jersey. He gained prominence during the 1950 Beat Generation and steadily climbed to fame all through out the following counterculture movement. Some of his most famous works include Howl, and September of Jessore Road. He earned the National Book Award in 1974 and passed away on April 5, 1997 at the age of 70.

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

“America I’ve given you all and now I’m nothing.”

“Candor disarms paranoia.”

“Democracy! Bah! When I hear that I reach for my feather boa!”

“Everybody’s serious but me.”

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

“I don’t think there is any truth. There are only points of view.”

“I know too much and not enough.”

“I really believe, or want to believe, really I am nuts, otherwise I’ll never be sane.”

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

“I smoke marijuana every chance I get.”

“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

“I touch your book and dream of our odyssey in the supermarket and feel absurd.”

“Just because I like to suck cock doesn’t make me any less American than Jesse Helms.”

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

“Nobody knows whether we were catalysts or invented something, or just the froth riding on a wave of its own. We were all three, I suppose.”

“Nobody saves America by sniffing cocaine. Jiggling your knees blankeyed in the rain, when it snows in your nose you catch cold in your brain.”

“Our heads are round so thought can change direction.”

“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.”

“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.”

“The CIA and the Mafia are in cahoots”

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

“We’re all golden sunflowers inside.”

“You assume we are all sexually stable; while on the other hand, as I have become acquainted with people, I find that they are all perverted sinners, one way or another, that the whole
society is corrupt and rotten and repressed and unconscious that it exhibits its repression in various forms of social sadism.”