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Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes

Well, I didnt know how to draw very well back then, in the 40s and 50s.
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Poetry is the shadow cast by our streetlight imaginations.

— Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Poetry is a naked woman, a naked man, and the distance between them.

— Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Pity the nation whose people are sheep,
and whose shepherds mislead them.
Pity the nation whose leaders are liars, whose sages are silenced,
and whose bigots haunt the airwaves.
Pity the nation that raises not its voice,
except to praise conquerors and acclaim the bully as hero
and aims to rule the world with force and by torture.
Pity the nation that knows no other language but its own
and no other culture but its own.
Pity the nation whose breath is money
and sleeps the sleep of the too well fed.
Pity the nation - oh, pity the people who allow their rights to erode
and their freedoms to be washed away.
My country, tears of thee, sweet land of liberty.

— Lawrence Ferlinghetti

We have seen the best minds of our generation destroyed by boredom at poetry readings.

— Lawrence Ferlinghetti

The art has to make it on its own, without explanations, and it's the same for poetry. If the poem or the painting has to be explained, then it's a failure in communication.

— Lawrence Ferlinghetti

I have seen giraffes in junglejims
their necks like love
wound around the iron circumstances
of the world.

— Lawrence Ferlinghetti

I have dreamt that all my teeth fell out but my tongue lived to tell the tale
pg. 65// A Coney Island of the Mind

— Lawrence Ferlinghetti

You and me could really exist
pg. 22// // A Coney Island of the Mind

— Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Telling over to myself/ how beauty never dies/ but lies apart/ among the aborigines/ of art/ and far above the battlefields/ of love
pg. 23// // A Coney Island of the Mind

— Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Is where I first/ fell in love/ with unreality
pg. 35// A Coney Island of the Mind

— Lawrence Ferlinghetti

I am going where turtles win
I am going
where conmen puke and die
Down the sad esplanades
of the official world.

— Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Our government is a bird with two right wings ... They're devoted to the perpetuation & spread of corporate capitalism.

— Lawrence Ferlinghetti

I am waiting for the lost music to sound again in a new rebirth of wonder.

— Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Make your mind learn its way around the heart.

— Lawrence Ferlinghetti

As I get older I perceive Life has its tail in its mouth.

— Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Paperbacks weren't considered real books in the book trade. Up till then it was just murder mysteries, potboilers, 25-cent pocket books sold in newsstands. When the New York publishers started publishing quality paperbacks, there was no place to buy them.

— Lawrence Ferlinghetti

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