Allen Ginsberg Quotes You Don’t Know
I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked, dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix angelheaded hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly connection to the starry dynamo in the machinery of the night.
Concentrate on what you want to say to yourself and your friends. Follow your inner moonlight; don’t hide the madness. You say what you want to say when you don’t care who’s listening.
It isn’t enough for your heart to break because everybody’s heart is broken now.
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The weight of the world is love.
Under the burden of solitude,
under the burden of dissatisfaction
the weight,the weight we carry is love.
We’re all golden sunflowers inside.
Everybody’s serious but me.
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I don’t think there is any truth. There are only points of view.
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.
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.
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America I’ve given you all and now I’m nothing.
We are great writers on the same dreadful typewriter.
Candor disarms paranoia.
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What if someone gave a war and Nobody came?
America, why are your libraries full of tears?
To gain your own voice you have to forget about having it heard.
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Which way will the sunflower turn surrounded by millions of suns?
America I used to be a communist when I was a kid and I’m not sorry.
Holy the supernatural extra brilliant intelligent kindness of the soul!
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The closet door is open for me, where I left it, since I left it open, it has graciously stayed open.
To gain your own voice, forget about having it heard. Become a saint of your own province and your own consciousness.
Well, while I’m here I’ll do the work — and what’s the work? To ease the pain of living. Everything else, drunken dumbshow.
in my dreams you walk dripping from a sea journey on the highway across America in tears to the door of my cottage in the Western night
Visions! omens! hallucinations! miracles! ecstasies! gone down the American river! Dreams! adorations! illumnations! religions! the whole boatload of sensitive bullshit!
Since art is merely and ultimately self-expressive, we conclude that the fullest art, the most individual, uninfluenced, unrepressed, uninhibited expression of art is true expression and the true art.
My books piled up before me for my use waiting in space where I placed them, they haven’t disappeared, time’s left its remnants and qualities for me to use — my words piled up, my texts, my manuscripts, my loves.
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