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Top Quotes by Allen Ginsberg on love, solitude, democracy, media and other things.

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

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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.

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.

- 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.

- 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.

- Allen Ginsberg

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.

- Allen Ginsberg

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

- Allen Ginsberg

Our heads are round so thought can change direction

- Allen Ginsberg

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.

- Allen Ginsberg

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!

- Howl and Other Poems, Allen Ginsberg

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

- Allen Ginsberg

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

- Allen Ginsberg

Everybody's serious but me.

- Allen Ginsberg

We are great writers on the same dreadful typewriter

- Howl and Other Poems, Allen Ginsberg

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.

- Allen Ginsberg

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?

- Howl and Other Poems, Allen Ginsberg

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

- Allen Ginsberg

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

- Howl and Other Poems, Allen Ginsberg

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

- Allen Ginsberg

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

- Howl and Other Poems, Allen Ginsberg

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

- Allen Ginsberg

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?

- Howl, Allen Ginsberg

Candor disarms paranoia.

- Allen Ginsberg

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

- Allen Ginsberg

America, why are your libraries full of tears?

- Allen Ginsberg

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

- The Book of Martyrdom and Artifice: First Journals and Poems: 1937-1952, Allen Ginsberg

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

- Howl and Other Poems, Allen Ginsberg

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

- Howl: Original Draft Facsimile, 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.

- Allen Ginsberg

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

- 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.

- Allen Ginsberg

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

- Howl and Other Poems, Allen Ginsberg

Holy the supernatural extra brilliant intelligent kindness of the soul!

- Howl and Other Poems, 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.

- Howl and Other Poems, Allen Ginsberg

What if someone gave a war and Nobody came?

- The Fall of America: Poems of These States 1965-1971, 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.

- 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.

- Allen Ginsberg

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

- The Fall of America: Poems of These States 1965-1971, 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.

- Howl and Other Poems, Allen Ginsberg

I learned a world from each / one whom I loved

- Allen Ginsberg

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

- Allen Ginsberg

Sanity - a trick of agreement

- Allen Ginsberg

All these books are published in Heaven.

- Howl and Other Poems, Allen Ginsberg

You too must seek the sun...

- Howl and Other Poems, Allen Ginsberg

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

- Howl and Other Poems, Allen Ginsberg

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

- Death and Fame: Last Poems, Allen Ginsberg

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

- The Fall of America: Poems of These States 1965-1971, 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.

- Howl and Other Poems, Allen Ginsberg

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

- Howl and Other Poems, Allen Ginsberg

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

- Allen Ginsberg

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

- The Fall of America: Poems of These States 1965-1971, Allen Ginsberg

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

- 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.

- Collected Poems 1947-1997, 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?

- Collected Poems 1947-1997, Allen Ginsberg

The universe is mad, slightly mad.

- Reality Sandwiches, Allen Ginsberg

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

- Collected Poems, Allen Ginsberg

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

- Reality Sandwiches, Allen Ginsberg

What is obscenity? And to whom?

- Howl and Other Poems, Allen Ginsberg

What came is gone forever every time

- Kaddish and Other Poems, Allen Ginsberg

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

- Allen Ginsberg

War is good business Invest your son

- The Fall of America: Poems of These States 1965-1971, 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.

- Reality Sandwiches, 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.

- Howl and Other Poems, Allen Ginsberg

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

- Kaddish and Other Poems, Allen Ginsberg

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

- Death and Fame: Last Poems, Allen Ginsberg

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

- Kaddish and Other Poems, Allen Ginsberg

Absolutes are Coercion. Change is absolute.

- Cosmopolitan Greetings, Allen Ginsberg

Inside skull vast as outside skull

- Cosmopolitan Greetings, Allen Ginsberg

Anger falling asleep at the heart

- The Fall of America: Poems of These States 1965-1971, Allen Ginsberg

Scientist alone is true poet.

- Allen Ginsberg

Mind is shapely, Art is shapely.

- Howl and Other Poems, Allen Ginsberg

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

- Howl and Other Poems, Allen Ginsberg

YOUR NAME IS WRITTEN IN HEAVEN

- The Fall of America: Poems of These States 1965-1971, Allen Ginsberg

Senseless, senseless coughs of emotion

- The Fall of America: Poems of These States 1965-1971, Allen Ginsberg

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

- The Fall of America: Poems of These States 1965-1971, Allen Ginsberg

Trees scream and drop bright leaves

- The Fall of America: Poems of These States 1965-1971, Allen Ginsberg

...salute the new sunset

- The Fall of America: Poems of These States 1965-1971, 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

- Deliberate Prose: Selected Essays, Allen Ginsberg

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

- The Fall of America: Poems of These States 1965-1971, Allen Ginsberg

Television concentrates its blue flicker of death in the frontal lobe

- The Fall of America: Poems of These States 1965-1971, Allen Ginsberg

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

- Reality Sandwiches, Allen Ginsberg

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.

- Allen Ginsberg

More diamonds and pearls of electricity

- The Fall of America: Poems of These States 1965-1971, 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.

- Allen Ginsberg

Brainwash cried Romney, the Governor of Pollution

- The Fall of America: Poems of These States 1965-1971, 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.

- The Fall of America: Poems of These States 1965-1971, Allen Ginsberg

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

- The Fall of America: Poems of These States 1965-1971, Allen Ginsberg

Eat Meat and your a beast

- The Fall of America: Poems of These States 1965-1971, Allen Ginsberg

That blue flame burnning? Industry!

- The Fall of America: Poems of These States 1965-1971, Allen Ginsberg

We the People - shelling the Vietcong

- The Fall of America: Poems of These States 1965-1971, Allen Ginsberg

I have no other possessions of value but my soul.

- Allen Ginsberg