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" My own experience is that a certain kind of genius among students is best brought out in bed. "
" 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. "
" Poets are Damned... but See with the Eyes of Angels. "
" I want people to bow as they see me and say he is gifted with poetry, he has seen the presence of the creator. "
" 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 been wrathful all my life, angry against my father and all others. My wrath must end. All my images now are of heaven. "
" Ultimately Warhol's private moral reference was to the supreme kitsch of the Catholic church. "
" America I'm putting my queer shoulder to the wheel. "
" 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. "
" The only thing that can save the world is the reclaiming of the awareness of the world. That's what poetry does. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" Follow your inner moonlight; don't hide the madness. "
" 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. "
" I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked. "
" I would say that Times Square was the central hangout for Burroughs, Kerouac, and myself from about 1945 to 1948. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" Whoever controls the media, the images, controls the culture. "
" The weight of the world is love. Under the burden of solitude, under the burden of dissatisfaction. "
" Democracy! Bah! When I hear that I reach for my feather boa! "
" I am 23, the year of the iron birthday, the gate of darkness. I am ill. "
" 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. "
" America, I've given you all and now I'm nothing. "