Allen Ginsberg quotes

Born
June 3, 1926 Newark, New Jersey, U.S.

Died
April 5, 1997.

Occupation
Poet, philosopher, writer.

Allen Ginsberg was an American poet, philosopher and writer.

America I’m putting my queer shoulder to the wheel.
– Allen Ginsberg
Follow your inner moonlight; don’t hide the madness.
– Allen Ginsberg
America, how can I write a holy litany in your silly mood?
– 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
I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked.
– Allen Ginsberg
I am 23, the year of the iron birthday, the gate of darkness. I am ill.
– Allen Ginsberg
The weight of the world is love. Under the burden of solitude, under the burden of dissatisfaction.
– 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
America, I’ve given you all and now I’m nothing.
– Allen Ginsberg
Whoever controls the media, the images, controls the culture.
– Allen Ginsberg
My own experience is that a certain kind of genius among students is best brought out in bed.
– Allen Ginsberg
Poets are Damned… but See with the Eyes of Angels.
– 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
I would say that Times Square was the central hangout for Burroughs, Kerouac, and myself from about 1945 to 1948.
– 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 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
Democracy! Bah! When I hear that I reach for my feather boa!
– 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