Quotes by Allen Ginsberg

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Irwin Allen Ginsberg (June 3, 1926 April 5, 1997) was an American Beat poet born in Newark, New Jersey. Ginsberg is best known for Howl (1956), a long poem about consumer society's negative human values.

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

No monster vibration, no snake universe hallucinations. Many tiny jeweled violet flowers along the path of a living brook that looked like Blake's illustration for a canal in grassy Eden: huge Pacific watery shore, Orlovsky dancing naked like Shiva long-haired before giant green waves, titanic cliffs that Wordsworth mentioned in his own Sublime, great yellow sun veiled with mist hanging over the planet's oceanic horizon. No harm.
It isn't enough for your heart to break because everybody's heart is broken now.
Nobody saves America by sniffing cocaine, jiggling your knees blankly in the rain, when it snows in your nose you catch cold in your brain.
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.
I have a new method of poetry. All you got to do is look over your notebooks... or lay down on a couch, and think of anything that comes into your head, especially the miseries. Then arrange in lines of two, three or four words each, don't bother about sentences, in sections of two, three or four lines each.
My own experience is that a certain kind of genius among students is best brought out in bed.
America I'm putting my queer shoulder to the wheel.
Democracy! Bah! When I hear that word I reach for my feather Boa!
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.
This is the end, the redemption from Wilderness, way for the Wanderer, House sought for All, black handkerchief washed clean by weeping.