26+ Best Allen Ginsberg Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Irwin Allen Ginsberg was an American poet and writer. As a student at Columbia University in the 1940s, he began friendships with William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac, forming the core of the Beat Generation. Profoundly inspirational Allen Ginsberg quotes will brighten up your day and make you feel ready to take on anything.

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Famous Allen Ginsberg Quotes

The motif of Beat Generation is basically misunderstood, a misinterpreted area. There’s this superimposition of the idea of a social rebellion, which was the communist interpretation through Lawrence Lipton. — Allen Ginsberg

I recommend for any basic course on the Beat Generation to familiarize yourself with ‘The Idiot,’ Prince Myshkin. He was Dostoyevsky’s idea of the most beautiful human being he could imagine, the creation of a saint in literature. — Allen Ginsberg

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

America, how can I write a holy litany in your silly mood? — Allen Ginsberg

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

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

America, I’ve given you all and now I’m nothing. — Allen Ginsberg

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. — Allen Ginsberg

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

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

I would say that Times Square was the central hangout for Burroughs, Kerouac, and myself from about 1945 to 1948. — Allen Ginsberg

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

Black musicians were imitating speech cadences, and Kerouac was imitating the black musicians’ breath cadences on their horns and brought it back to speech. It always was speech rhythms or cadences as far as the ear that Kerouac was developing. All passed through black music. — 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

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

You see those guys wearing baggy pants, descendants of the parachute pants, wearing an odd, weird Frankenstein haircut. It all comes out of Peter Lorre. — Allen Ginsberg

I have been wrathful all my life, angry against my father and all others. My wrath must end. All my images now are of heaven. — Allen Ginsberg

I am 23, the year of the iron birthday, the gate of darkness. I am ill. — Allen Ginsberg

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

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

I think it was when I ran into Kerouac and Burroughs – when I was 17 – that I realized I was talking through an empty skull… I wasn’t thinking my own thoughts or saying my own thoughts. — 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. — Allen Ginsberg

Ultimately Warhol’s private moral reference was to the supreme kitsch of the Catholic church. — Allen Ginsberg

Whoever controls the media, the images, controls the culture. — Allen Ginsberg

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