lawrence ferlinghetti Quotes

These are international criminals, and the spineless Democrats are doing nothing about it.
tags: criminal
— Lawrence Ferlinghetti
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.
tags: women thoughts seeing angel war
— Lawrence Ferlinghetti
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.
tags: power stories american
— Lawrence Ferlinghetti
I am waiting for them to prove that God is really American.
tags: god american
— Lawrence Ferlinghetti
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.
tags: happiness men women beautiful strong black
— 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.
tags: dark government
— 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.
tags: failure communication poetry poem painting
— 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.
tags: hate bad cat poetry
— Lawrence Ferlinghetti
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.
tags: future lies
— Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Poetry is the shadow cast by our streetlight imaginations.
tags: poetry imagination
— Lawrence Ferlinghetti
The state of the world calls out for poetry to save it.
tags: world poetry
— Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Invent a new language anyone can understand.
tags: language invent
— Lawrence Ferlinghetti
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.
tags: death poet rhyme
— Lawrence Ferlinghetti
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.
tags: present danger poet ideas
— Lawrence Ferlinghetti
I am waiting for the lost music to sound again in a new rebirth of wonder.
tags: wonder lost music
— Lawrence Ferlinghetti
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.
tags: living believe space tolerance write poet
— Lawrence Ferlinghetti
We have seen the best minds of our generation destroyed by boredom at poetry readings.
tags: mind reading poetry
— Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Freedom of speech is always under attack by Fascist mentality, which exists in all parts of the world, unfortunately.
tags: freedom world speech
— Lawrence Ferlinghetti
To say one is revolutionary is a little like saying one is a Zen Buddhist - if you say you are, you probably aren't.
tags: saying
— Lawrence Ferlinghetti
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.
tags: right government capitalism wings
— Lawrence Ferlinghetti
When you're young, everything seems like a romance. At 96, I can still feel romantic about publishing young unknown writers.
tags: young romance romantic
— Lawrence Ferlinghetti
We have to raise the consciousness; the only way poets can change the world is to raise the consciousness of the general populace.
tags: world poet
— Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Poetry must be capable of answering the challenge of apocalytpic times, even if this means sounding apocaltypic.
tags: time challenge poetry
— Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Poetry is a naked woman, a naked man, and the distance between them.
tags: men women poetry
— Lawrence Ferlinghetti
I am awaiting perpetually and forever a renaissance of wonder
tags: forever wonder
— Lawrence Ferlinghetti
If you're too open-minded; your brains will fall out.
tags: brain
— Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Poetry is eternal graffiti written in the heart of everyone.
tags: heart poetry graffiti
— Lawrence Ferlinghetti
I feel there is an angel in me' she'd say 'whom I am constantly shocking
tags: angel
— Lawrence Ferlinghetti
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.
tags: time people world beautiful dying bad mind
— Lawrence Ferlinghetti
It's much easier to consume the visual image than to read something.
tags: read
— Lawrence Ferlinghetti
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.
tags: tears
— Lawrence Ferlinghetti
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.
tags: people lazy poem read painting
— Lawrence Ferlinghetti
A lot of manuscripts that come in, you wonder by what outrageous fantasy the author believes that this should be pressed into print.
tags: fantasy believe wonder author
— 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.
tags: world poetry poet
— Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Southern California, where the American Dream came too true.
tags: true dreams american
— Lawrence Ferlinghetti