Allen Ginsberg Quotes

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Irwin Allen Ginsberg was a poet and writer who studied at Columbia University in the 1940s. Allen Ginsberg was born on June 3, 1926 in Newark, New Jersey, United States and he died on April 5, 1997 in East Village, New York, United States. Ginsberg’s work as a writer continues to inspire millions of people today.

Some of his popular books and poems include Howl and Other Poems, Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg: The Letters, Kaddish, The Fall of America: Poems of These States, Kaddish and Other Poems as well as Reality Sandwiches.

Here are some of the famous Allen Ginsberg quotes on love, death and the media:

Famous Allen Ginsberg Quotes

famous Allen Ginsberg quotes

1. Poets are Damned… but See with the Eyes of Angels. -Allen Ginsberg

2. America I’ve given you all and now I’m nothing. -Allen Ginsberg

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

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

5. The only thing that can save the world is the reclaiming of the awareness of the world. That’s what poetry does. -Allen Ginsberg

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

7. I was putting on a stiff upper lip and trying to fulfill the obligations I thought were demanded of me, taking over my father’s role of taking care of my mother… and having to be the recipient of her confessions and emotions but of a delusional nature. -Allen Ginsberg

8. 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.

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

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

11. 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

12. 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

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

14. 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

15. 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

Allen Ginsberg Quotes On Love

Allen Ginsberg quotes on love

16. Who can deny? In dreams it touches the body, in thought constructs a miracle, in imagination anguishes till born in human— looks out of the heart burning with purity—for the burden of life is love. -Allen Ginsberg

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

18. The weight of the world is love. Under the burden of solitude, under the burden of dissatisfaction.

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19. Love is only a recognition of our own guilt and imperfection, and a supplication for forgiveness to the perfect beloved. This is why we love those who are more beautiful than ourselves, why we fear them, and why we must be unhappy lovers. -Allen Ginsberg

20. 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

Allen Ginsberg Quotes On Death

21. Another lover hits the universe. The circle is broken. But with death comes rebirth. And like all lovers and sad people, I am a poet.

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Allen Ginsberg Howl And Other Poems Quotes

Allen Ginsberg Howl And Other Poems quotes

22. Mind is shapely, Art is shapely. -Allen Ginsberg

23. We are great writers on the same dreadful typewriter. -Allen Ginsberg

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

25. 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

26. 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. -Allen Ginsberg

27. We’re not our skin of grime, we’re not our dread bleak dusty imageless locomotive, we’re all beautiful golden sunflowers inside, we’re blessed by our own seed & hairy naked accomplishment-bodies growing into mad black formal sunflowers in the sunset, spied on by our eyes under the shadow of the mad locomotive riverbank sunset Frisco hilly tincan evening sitdown vision. -Allen Ginsberg

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

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29. 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

30. Everything is holy! everybody’s holy! everywhere is holy! everyday is in eternity! Everyman’s an angel! -Allen Ginsberg

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

32. Say what you will, he proves to us, in spite of the most debasing experiences that life can offer a man, the spirit of love survives to ennoble our lives if we have the wit and the courage and the faith – and the art! to persist. -Allen Ginsberg

Allen Ginsberg Media Quote

Allen Ginsberg Whoever controls the media, the images, controls the culture quote

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

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