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100 Top Quotes By Allen Ginsberg, The Author Of Howl And Other Poems

Famous As: Best Known for His Poem ‘Howl’, Which is One of the Most Significant Products of the 'Beat Movement'
Born On: June 3, 1926
Died On: April 5, 1997
Born In: Newark, New Jersey, United States
Died At Age: 70

Allen Ginsberg was without a doubt one of the most respected Beat writers and acclaimed American poets of his generation. Born in 1926 New Jersey to a teacher and Russian expatriate father, Ginsberg went on to exert a prominent influence in post-World War II American culture. Throughout his literary career, Ginsberg strongly opposed militarism, economic materialism and sexual repression. He became one of the pivotal figures of the Beat Movement which included famous writers such as Jack Kerouac and William S Burroughs and was known for his unconventional views, and frequently rambunctious behaviour. He championed gay rights and anti-war movements and openly protested the Vietnam War. Ginsberg embodied various aspects of this counterculture, such as his views on drugs, hostility to bureaucracy and openness to Eastern religions. Despite his counterculture background, he was recognized as America’s prolific writer and artistic icon. His most famous works include the poem, ‘Howl’ wherein he denounced the destructive forces of capitalism and conformity in US. His unconventional thoughts and counterculture belief is also visible on his quotes that perfectly describe his emotion and his thought. Check this section and find out some of the top quotes by Allen Ginsberg on life and living.

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

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

Allen Ginsberg
I don't think there is any truth. There are only points of view.

I don't think there is any truth. There are only points of view.

Allen Ginsberg
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.

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.

Allen Ginsberg
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.

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.

Allen Ginsberg
We're all golden sunflowers inside.

We're all golden sunflowers inside.

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.

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.

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

Allen Ginsberg
Our heads are round so thought can change direction

Our heads are round so thought can change direction

Allen Ginsberg
I know too much and not enough

I know too much and not enough

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.

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
I really believe, or want to believe, really I am nuts, otherwise I'll never be sane.

I really believe, or want to believe, really I am nuts, otherwise I'll never be sane.

Allen Ginsberg
Everything is holy! everybody's holy! everywhere is holy! everyday is in eternity! Everyman's an angel!

Everything is holy! everybody's holy! everywhere is holy! everyday is in eternity! Everyman's an angel!

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

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

Allen Ginsberg
If I had a soul I sold it
for pretty words
If I had a body I used
it up spurting my essence

Allen Ginsberg warns you
dont follow my path
to extinction

If I had a soul I sold it for pretty words If I had a body I used it up spurting my essence Allen Ginsberg warns you dont follow my path to extinction

Allen Ginsberg
America I've given you all and now I'm nothing.

America I've given you all and now I'm nothing.

Allen Ginsberg
Everybody's serious but me.

Everybody's serious but me.

Allen Ginsberg
We are great writers on the same dreadful typewriter

We are great writers on the same dreadful typewriter

Allen Ginsberg
It isn't enough for your heart to break because everybody's heart is broken now.

It isn't enough for your heart to break because everybody's heart is broken now.

Allen Ginsberg
I never dreamed the sea so deep,
The earth so dark; so long my sleep,
I have become another child.
I wake to see the world go wild.

I never dreamed the sea so deep, The earth so dark; so long my sleep, I have become another child. I wake to see the world go wild.

Allen Ginsberg
Just because I like to suck cock doesn't make me any less American than Jesse Helms.

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

Allen Ginsberg
What peaches and what penumbras! Whole families shopping at night! Aisles full of husbands! Wives in the avocados, babies in the tomatoes!--and you, Garcia Lorca, what were you doing down by the watermelons?

What peaches and what penumbras! Whole families shopping at night! Aisles full of husbands! Wives in the avocados, babies in the tomatoes!--and you, Garcia Lorca, what were you doing down by the watermelons?

Allen Ginsberg
Poets are damned… but see with the eyes of angels.

Poets are damned… but see with the eyes of angels.

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

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

Allen Ginsberg
I touch your book and dream of our odyssey in the supermarket and feel absurd.

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

Allen Ginsberg
With dreams, with drugs, with waking nightmares, alcohol and cock and endless balls

With dreams, with drugs, with waking nightmares, alcohol and cock and endless balls

Allen Ginsberg
What sphinx of cement and aluminium bashed open their skulls and ate up their brains and imagination

What sphinx of cement and aluminium bashed open their skulls and ate up their brains and imagination

Allen Ginsberg
To gain your own voice, forget about having it heard. Become a saint of your own province and your own consciousness.

To gain your own voice, forget about having it heard. Become a saint of your own province and your own consciousness.

Allen Ginsberg
Which way will the sunflower turn surrounded by millions of suns?

Which way will the sunflower turn surrounded by millions of suns?

Allen Ginsberg
To gain your own voice you have to forget about having it heard.

To gain your own voice you have to forget about having it heard.

Allen Ginsberg
America, why are your libraries full of tears?

America, why are your libraries full of tears?

Allen Ginsberg
I don't do anything with my life except romanticize and decay with indecision.

I don't do anything with my life except romanticize and decay with indecision.

Allen Ginsberg
Visions! omens! hallucinations! miracles! ecstasies! gone down the American river! Dreams! adorations! illumnations! religions! the whole boatload of sensitive bullshit!

Visions! omens! hallucinations! miracles! ecstasies! gone down the American river! Dreams! adorations! illumnations! religions! the whole boatload of sensitive bullshit!

Allen Ginsberg
America I used to be a communist when I was a kid and I'm not sorry.

America I used to be a communist when I was a kid and I'm not sorry.

Allen Ginsberg
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

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

Allen Ginsberg
This is the one and only
firmament; therefore
it is the absolute world.
There is no other world.
The circle is complete.
I am living in Eternity.
The ways of this world
are the ways of Heaven.

This is the one and only firmament; therefore it is the absolute world. There is no other world. The circle is complete. I am living in Eternity. The ways of this world are the ways of Heaven.

Allen Ginsberg
A naked lunch is natural to us
We eat reality sandwiches.
But allegories are so much lettuce.
Don't hide the madness.

A naked lunch is natural to us We eat reality sandwiches. But allegories are so much lettuce. Don't hide the madness.

Allen Ginsberg
The closet door is open for me, where I left it, since I left it open, it has graciously stayed open.

The closet door is open for me, where I left it, since I left it open, it has graciously stayed open.

Allen Ginsberg
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.

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.

Allen Ginsberg
What if someone gave a war and Nobody came?

What if someone gave a war and Nobody came?

Allen Ginsberg
Holy the supernatural extra brilliant intelligent kindness of the soul!

Holy the supernatural extra brilliant intelligent kindness of the soul!

Allen Ginsberg
No rest 
without love,
No sleep
without dreams
of love -
be mad or chill
obsessed with angels
or machines
the final wish
is love.

No rest without love, No sleep without dreams of love - be mad or chill obsessed with angels or machines the final wish is love.

Allen Ginsberg
America I've given you all and now I'm nothing...
I can't stand my own mind.
America when will we end the human war?
Go fuck yourself with your atom bomb.

America I've given you all and now I'm nothing... I can't stand my own mind. America when will we end the human war? Go fuck yourself with your atom bomb.

Allen Ginsberg
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.

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.

Allen Ginsberg
Who can live with this Consciousness and not wake frightened at sunrise?

Who can live with this Consciousness and not wake frightened at sunrise?

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.

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 learned a world from each / one whom I loved

I learned a world from each / one whom I loved

Allen Ginsberg
I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving...

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

Allen Ginsberg
Sanity - a trick of agreement

Sanity - a trick of agreement

Allen Ginsberg
All these books are published in Heaven.

All these books are published in Heaven.

Allen Ginsberg
I know I'm not God, are you? Don't be silly.
God? God? Everybody's God? Don't be silly.

I know I'm not God, are you? Don't be silly. God? God? Everybody's God? Don't be silly.

Allen Ginsberg
You too must seek the sun...

You too must seek the sun...

Allen Ginsberg
Unholy battered old thing you were, my sunflower O my soul, I loved you then!

Unholy battered old thing you were, my sunflower O my soul, I loved you then!

Allen Ginsberg
The hero surviving his own murder, his own suicide, his own addiction, surviving his own disappearance from the scene

The hero surviving his own murder, his own suicide, his own addiction, surviving his own disappearance from the scene

Allen Ginsberg
I saw the best minds of my generation who threw their watches off the roof to cast their ballot for Eternity outside of Time, & alarm clocks fell on their heads every day for the next decade.

I saw the best minds of my generation who threw their watches off the roof to cast their ballot for Eternity outside of Time, & alarm clocks fell on their heads every day for the next decade.

Allen Ginsberg
War is good business Invest your son

War is good business Invest your son

Allen Ginsberg
Follow your inner moonlight, don’t hide the madness.

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

Allen Ginsberg
I heard you asking questions of each: Who killed the pork chops? What price bananas? Are you my Angel?

I heard you asking questions of each: Who killed the pork chops? What price bananas? Are you my Angel?

Allen Ginsberg
The universe is mad, slightly mad.

The universe is mad, slightly mad.

Allen Ginsberg
Sometime I’ll lay down my wrath, 
 As I lay my body down 
 Between the ache of breath and breath, 
 Golden slumber in the bone.

Sometime I’ll lay down my wrath, As I lay my body down Between the ache of breath and breath, Golden slumber in the bone.

Allen Ginsberg
He threw up his hands
and wrote the Universe dont exist
and died to prove it

He threw up his hands and wrote the Universe dont exist and died to prove it

Allen Ginsberg
The typewriter is holy the poem is holy the voice is holy the hearers are holy the ecstacy is holy!

The typewriter is holy the poem is holy the voice is holy the hearers are holy the ecstacy is holy!

Allen Ginsberg
Who’ll come lie down in the dark with me 
 Belly to belly and knee to knee 
 Who’ll look into my hooded eye 
 Who’ll lie down under my darkened thigh?

Who’ll come lie down in the dark with me Belly to belly and knee to knee Who’ll look into my hooded eye Who’ll lie down under my darkened thigh?

Allen Ginsberg
Who burned cigarette holes in their arms protesting the narcotic tobacco haze of Capitalism

Who burned cigarette holes in their arms protesting the narcotic tobacco haze of Capitalism

Allen Ginsberg
Not even the human
imagination satisfies
the endless emptiness of the soul.

Not even the human imagination satisfies the endless emptiness of the soul.

Allen Ginsberg
What came is gone forever every time

What came is gone forever every time

Allen Ginsberg
…we’re all beautiful golden sunflowers inside, we’re all blessed by our own seed & golden hairy naked accomplishment
(Sunflower Sutra)

…we’re all beautiful golden sunflowers inside, we’re all blessed by our own seed & golden hairy naked accomplishment (Sunflower Sutra)

Allen Ginsberg
What is obscenity? And to whom?

What is obscenity? And to whom?

Allen Ginsberg
He saw that I was shy, and at the time I was still scared of feeling with another person, so he put his arm around me and pulled me and put my head on his breast and gave me love actually.

He saw that I was shy, and at the time I was still scared of feeling with another person, so he put his arm around me and pulled me and put my head on his breast and gave me love actually.

Allen Ginsberg
Naked in solitary prison cell he looks down at a hard-on.

Naked in solitary prison cell he looks down at a hard-on.

Allen Ginsberg
Happiness exists I feel it. 
I cried for my soul, I cried for the world's soul. 
The world has a beautiful soul.

Happiness exists I feel it. I cried for my soul, I cried for the world's soul. The world has a beautiful soul.

Allen Ginsberg
Thank God I am not God! Thank God I am not God!

Thank God I am not God! Thank God I am not God!

Allen Ginsberg
Tell your secrets. [In reply to the question

Tell your secrets. [In reply to the question "How does one become a prophet?"]

Allen Ginsberg
No more to say, and nothing to weep for

No more to say, and nothing to weep for

Allen Ginsberg
Absolutes are Coercion.
Change is absolute.

Absolutes are Coercion. Change is absolute.

Allen Ginsberg
Inside skull vast as outside skull

Inside skull vast as outside skull

Allen Ginsberg
Anger falling asleep at the heart

Anger falling asleep at the heart

Allen Ginsberg
Scientist alone is true poet.

Scientist alone is true poet.

Allen Ginsberg
YOUR NAME IS WRITTEN IN HEAVEN

YOUR NAME IS WRITTEN IN HEAVEN

Allen Ginsberg
Mind is shapely, Art is shapely.

Mind is shapely, Art is shapely.

Allen Ginsberg
I had a moment of clarity, saw the feeling in the heart of things, walked out to the garden crying.

I had a moment of clarity, saw the feeling in the heart of things, walked out to the garden crying.

Allen Ginsberg
Senseless, senseless coughs of emotion

Senseless, senseless coughs of emotion

Allen Ginsberg
Thus, as the Buddha said to a lady who offered him a curse,the gift is returned to the giver when it is not accepted

Thus, as the Buddha said to a lady who offered him a curse,the gift is returned to the giver when it is not accepted

Allen Ginsberg
Earth pollution identical with Mind pollution, consciousness Pollution identical with filthy sky

Earth pollution identical with Mind pollution, consciousness Pollution identical with filthy sky

Allen Ginsberg
Trees scream and drop bright leaves

Trees scream and drop bright leaves

Allen Ginsberg
...salute the new sunset

...salute the new sunset

Allen Ginsberg
Who sought heaven 
 under a mountain of stone, 
sat thinking
 till he realized
 the land of blessedness exists
in the imagination -

Who sought heaven under a mountain of stone, sat thinking till he realized the land of blessedness exists in the imagination -

Allen Ginsberg
Banks burn, boys die bullet-eyed, mothers scream realization the vast tonnage of napalm

Banks burn, boys die bullet-eyed, mothers scream realization the vast tonnage of napalm

Allen Ginsberg
Television concentrates its blue flicker of death in the frontal lobe

Television concentrates its blue flicker of death in the frontal lobe

Allen Ginsberg
America, the plum blossoms are falling.

America, the plum blossoms are falling.

Allen Ginsberg
Who scribbled all night rocking and rolling over lofty incantations which in the yellow morning were stanzas of gibberish.

Who scribbled all night rocking and rolling over lofty incantations which in the yellow morning were stanzas of gibberish.

Allen Ginsberg
More diamonds and pearls of electricity

More diamonds and pearls of electricity

Allen Ginsberg
You can own an elephant or a bank or power thereof but if there's no personal breast bliss all you own is a lot of dead atoms and ideas.

You can own an elephant or a bank or power thereof but if there's no personal breast bliss all you own is a lot of dead atoms and ideas.

Allen Ginsberg
Shit, Violence, bullets in the brain Unavailing.
We're in too deep to pull out.
Waiting for an orgasm, Mr. Baldwin?
Yes, waiting for an orgasm that's all.

Shit, Violence, bullets in the brain Unavailing. We're in too deep to pull out. Waiting for an orgasm, Mr. Baldwin? Yes, waiting for an orgasm that's all.

Allen Ginsberg
The electric network selling itself:

The electric network selling itself: "The medium is the message

Allen Ginsberg
Eat Meat and your a beast

Eat Meat and your a beast

Allen Ginsberg
That blue flame burnning? Industry!

That blue flame burnning? Industry!

Allen Ginsberg
We the People - shelling the Vietcong

We the People - shelling the Vietcong

Allen Ginsberg
I have no other possessions of value but my soul.

I have no other possessions of value but my soul.

Allen Ginsberg