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    These are international criminals, and the spineless Democrats are doing nothing about it.
    — Lawrence Ferlinghetti
    tags: criminal 
     
    No, I didn't become disenchanted. I just couldn't paint like them.
    — Lawrence Ferlinghetti
    And the Blue Angels are coming back to scare the local population. I remember seeing old Vietnamese women ducking under the benches in Washington Square; they thought they were back in the war.
    — Lawrence Ferlinghetti
    tags: women  thoughts  seeing  angel  war 
     
    It's the story of an American who wants to become a dictator and goes to Europe with a sidekick to interview various Fascists to find out how the Nazis and Mussolini got into power.
    — Lawrence Ferlinghetti
    tags: power  stories  american 
     
    I am waiting for them to prove that God is really American.
    — Lawrence Ferlinghetti
    tags: god  american 
     
    Recipe For Happiness Khaborovsk Or Anyplace' One grand boulevard with trees with one grand cafe in sun with strong black coffee in very small cups. One not necessarily very beautiful man or woman who loves you. One fine day.
    — Lawrence Ferlinghetti
    Anyone who saw Nagasaki would suddenly realize that they'd been kept in the dark by the United States government as to what atomic bombs can do.
    — Lawrence Ferlinghetti
    tags: dark  government 
     
    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
    See it was like this when we waltz into this place. A couple of papish cats is doing an Aztec two-step And I says Dad let's cut but then this dame comes up behind me see and says you and me could really exist Wow I says Only the next day she has bad teeth and really hates poetry.
    — Lawrence Ferlinghetti
    tags: hate  bad  cat  poetry 
     
    The future of publishing lies with the small and medium-sized presses, because the big publishers in New York are all part of huge conglomerates.
    — Lawrence Ferlinghetti
    tags: future  lies 
     
    Poetry is the shadow cast by our streetlight imaginations.
    — Lawrence Ferlinghetti
    The state of the world calls out for poetry to save it.
    — Lawrence Ferlinghetti
    tags: world  poetry 
     
    Invent a new language anyone can understand.
    — Lawrence Ferlinghetti
    tags: language  invent 
     
    Constantly risking absurdity and death whenever he performs above the heads of his audience, the poet, like an acrobat, climbs on rhyme to a high wire of his own making.
    — Lawrence Ferlinghetti
    tags: death  poet  rhyme 
     
    In Plato's republic, poets were considered subversive, a danger to the republic. I kind of relish that role. So I see my present role as a gadfly, to use my soapbox to promote my various ideas and obsesions.
    — Lawrence Ferlinghetti
    tags: present  danger  poet  ideas 
     
    I am waiting for the lost music to sound again in a new rebirth of wonder.
    — Lawrence Ferlinghetti
    tags: wonder  lost  music 
     
    If you would be a poet, write living newspapers. Be a reporter from outer space, filing dispatches to some supreme managing editor who believes in full disclosure and has a low tolerance for bullshit.
    — Lawrence Ferlinghetti
    We have seen the best minds of our generation destroyed by boredom at poetry readings.
    — Lawrence Ferlinghetti
    tags: mind  reading  poetry 
     
    Freedom of speech is always under attack by Fascist mentality, which exists in all parts of the world, unfortunately.
    — Lawrence Ferlinghetti
    tags: freedom  world  speech 
     
    To say one is revolutionary is a little like saying one is a Zen Buddhist - if you say you are, you probably aren't.
    — Lawrence Ferlinghetti
    tags: saying 
     
    There is an ecstatic mechanism in birds that makes them fly upwards in spite of worms.
    — Lawrence Ferlinghetti
    Our government is a bird with two right wings... They're devoted to the perpetuation & spread of corporate capitalism.
    — Lawrence Ferlinghetti
    When you're young, everything seems like a romance. At 96, I can still feel romantic about publishing young unknown writers.
    — Lawrence Ferlinghetti
    tags: young  romance  romantic 
     
    We have to raise the consciousness; the only way poets can change the world is to raise the consciousness of the general populace.
    — Lawrence Ferlinghetti
    tags: world  poet 
     
    Poetry must be capable of answering the challenge of apocalytpic times, even if this means sounding apocaltypic.
    — Lawrence Ferlinghetti
    tags: time  challenge  poetry 
     
    Poetry is a naked woman, a naked man, and the distance between them.
    — Lawrence Ferlinghetti
    tags: men  women  poetry 
     
    I am awaiting perpetually and forever a renaissance of wonder
    — Lawrence Ferlinghetti
    tags: forever  wonder 
     
    If you're too open-minded; your brains will fall out.
    — Lawrence Ferlinghetti
    tags: brain 
     
    Poetry is eternal graffiti written in the heart of everyone.
    — Lawrence Ferlinghetti
    tags: heart  poetry  graffiti 
     
    I feel there is an angel in me' she'd say 'whom I am constantly shocking
    — Lawrence Ferlinghetti
    tags: angel 
     
    I didn't know that painters and writers retired. They're like soldiers " they just fade away.
    — Lawrence Ferlinghetti
    The world is a beautiful place to be born into if you don't mind some people dying all the time or maybe only starving some of the time which isn't half so bad if it isn't you.
    — Lawrence Ferlinghetti
    tags: time  people  world  beautiful  dying  bad  mind 
     
    It's much easier to consume the visual image than to read something.
    — Lawrence Ferlinghetti
    tags: read 
     
    I'd ban all automobiles from the central part of the city. You see, the automobile was just a passing fad. It's got to go. It's got to go a long way from here.
    — Lawrence Ferlinghetti
    Well, I didn't know how to draw very well back then, in the '40s and '50s.
    — Lawrence Ferlinghetti
    My country tears of thee.
    — Lawrence Ferlinghetti
    tags: tears 
     
    The paintings may communicate even better because people are lazy and they can look at a painting with less effort than they can read a poem.
    — Lawrence Ferlinghetti
    tags: people  lazy  poem  read  painting 
     
    A lot of manuscripts that come in, you wonder by what outrageous fantasy the author believes that this should be pressed into print.
    — Lawrence Ferlinghetti
    I certainly was surprised to be named Poet Laureate of this far-out city on the left side of the world, and I gratefully accept, for as I told the Mayor, "How could I refuse?" I'd rather be Poet Laureate of San Francisco than anywhere because this city has always been a poetic center, a frontier for free poetic life, with perhaps more poets and more poetry readers than any city in the world.
    — Lawrence Ferlinghetti
    tags: world  poetry  poet 
     
    Southern California, where the American Dream came too true.
    — Lawrence Ferlinghetti
    tags: true  dreams  american 
     
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    lawrence ferlinghetti
    Birth    : March 24, 1919
    Occupation  : Poet