Lawrence Ferlinghetti Famous Quotes & Sayings

Browse top 82 famous quotes and sayings by Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Read & share Lawrence Ferlinghetti quotes pictures with friends. Free using on Facebook, Twitter, blogs.

Top 82 Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes

#1. I'm reading a book about Romaine Brooks, a wonderful painter from early in the last century. - Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes #1300055
#2. Is where I first/ fell in love/ with unreality
pg. 35// A Coney Island of the Mind - Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes #1465519
#3. 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 - Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes #1435441
#4. I am going where turtles win
I am going
where conmen puke and die
Down the sad esplanades
of the official world. - Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes #1427304
#5. Blink at the sunned scratch
and stumble into silence
pg. 55// A Coney Island of the Mind - Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes #1421736
#6. 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 - Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes #1384406
#7. I feel there is an angel in me' she'd say
'whom I am
constantly shocking - Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes #1368977
#8. Her eyes downcast all the while/ and singing to herself
pg. 18// A Coney Island of the Mind - Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes #1345144
#9. I flew too near the sun
and my wax wings fell off
pg. 62// A Coney Island of the Mind - Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes #1331329
#10. When I was a boy I was my father. - Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes #1327824
#11. When you're young, everything seems like a romance. At 96, I can still feel romantic about publishing young unknown writers. - Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes #1322304
#12. Poetry is the shortest distance between two humans. - Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes #1475893
#13. As I get older I perceive Life has its tail in its mouth. - Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes #1290927
#14. 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. - Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes #1267986
#15. It's much easier to consume the visual image than to read something. - Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes #1267847
#16. We have to raise the consciousness; the only way poets can change the world is to raise the consciousness of the general populace. - Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes #1252492
#17. 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. - Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes #1240242
#18. I see a similarity
between dogs and me.
Dogs are the true observers
walking up and down the world
thru the Molloy country. - Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes #1237943
#19. Don't patronize the chain bookstores. Every time I see some author scheduled to read and sign his books at a chain bookstore, I feel like telling him he's stabbing the independent bookstores in the back. - Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes #1189764
#20. [in the true mad north] of introspection,
where 'falcons of the inner eye'
dive and die, glimpsing in their
dying fall, all life's memory of existence. - Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes #1165274
#21. I think if there's a great depression there might be some hope. - Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes #1155526
#22. You and me could really exist
pg. 22// // A Coney Island of the Mind - Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes #1717234
#23. I have seen giraffes in junglejims
their necks like love
wound around the iron circumstances
of the world. - Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes #1875245
#24. The state of the world calls out for poetry to save it. - Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes #1839645
#25. I am waiting for them to prove that God is really American. - Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes #1825436
#26. Freedom of speech is always under attack by Fascist mentality, which exists in all parts of the world, unfortunately. - Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes #1809438
#27. The real literary editors have mostly been fired. Those that remain are all 'bottom line' editors; everything depends on the money. - Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes #1802727
#28. 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. - Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes #1782288
#29. 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. - Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes #1761499
#30. T.S. Eliot's influence was enormous on my generation. Much more than Ezra Pound. I actually had to put T.S. Eliot books out of the house because my poetry was so influenced. Everything I wrote sounded like Eliot. - Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes #1735086
#31. If you're too open-minded; your brains will fall out. - Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes #1719120
#32. Everything the Beats stood for was the opposite of the dominant culture today. - Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes #1100927
#33. Well, I didn't know how to draw very well back then, in the '40s and '50s. - Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes #1708817
#34. We were just a one-room bookstore; we didn't have any money for lawyers. - Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes #1672034
#35. This is all very nice, because the ideas that Jack and the Beat generation stood for are needed today more than ever. But I'm not so interested in nostalgia. I'm interested in the future. - Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes #1659804
#36. Poetry is eternal graffiti written in the heart of everyone. - Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes #1645642
#37. 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. - Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes #1605785
#38. I wish to descend in the social scale.
High society is low society.
I am a social climber
climbing downward
And the descent is difficult.
(- Junkman's Obbligato) - Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes #1599019
#39. Poetry is a naked woman, a naked man, and the distance between them. - Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes #1562524
#40. 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. - Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes #1492013
#41. For even bad poetry has relevance for what it does not say for what it leaves out. - Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes #1489333
#42. My country tears of thee. - Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes #384670
#43. Invent a new language anyone can understand. - Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes #578153
#44. Don't bow down to critics who have not themselves written great masterpieces. - Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes #565020
#45. Almost every truly creative being alienated & expatriated in his own country - Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes #556681
#46. Poets, come out of your closets, Open your windows, open your doors, You have been holed up too long in your closed worlds ... Poetry should transport the public/to higher places/than other wheels can carry it ... - Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes #494267
#47. 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. - Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes #489216
#48. 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. - Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes #477901
#49. Our government is a bird with two right wings ... They're devoted to the perpetuation & spread of corporate capitalism. - Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes #433451
#50. They were looking for a stable, but we didn't have one. In fact, we weren't very stable ourselves. - Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes #427953
#51. And balancing on eye beams/ above a sea of faces/ paces his way/ to the other side of day
pg. 30// // A Coney Island of the Mind - Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes #407361
#52. A lot of manuscripts that come in, you wonder by what outrageous fantasy the author believes that this should be pressed into print. - Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes #389669
#53. 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. - Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes #597913
#54. I have a feeling I'm falling on rare occasions but most of the time I have my feet on the ground I can't help it if the ground itself is falling. - Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes #347150
#55. The locust continues
to devour the world
Hunger persists
Love lurches on
listing to starboard
like a ship in a bottle
Human longing goes on
Loneliness a curse
Innocence persists
Ignorance persists - Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes #343923
#56. No, I didn't become disenchanted. I just couldn't paint like them. - Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes #341714
#57. Fuck Art, let's Dance! - Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes #336315
#58. Watching the world walk by
in its curious shoes
pg. 61// A Coney Island of the Mind - Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes #312048
#59. Souls dance undressed/ together/ and like loiterers/ on the fringes of a fair/ we ogle the unobtainable/ imagined mystery/ Yet away around on the far side/ like a stage door of a circus tent/ is a wide vent in the battlements/ where even elephants/ waltz thru
pg. 31// A Coney Island of the Mind - Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes #283980
#60. We have seen the best minds of our generation destroyed by boredom at poetry readings. - Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes #184084
#61. I am waiting for the war to be fought
which will make the world safe for anarchy - Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes #154356
#62. Cast up
the heart flops over
gasping 'Love'
a foolish fish which tries to draw
its breath from flesh of air
And no one there to hear its death
among the sad bushes
where the world rushes by
in a blather of asphalt and delay - Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes #140779
#63. The poet like an acrobat climbs on rime to a high wire of his own making. - Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes #673922
#64. And I am waiting/ for Alice in Wonderland/ to retransmit to me/ her total dream of innocence
pg. 52// A Coney Island of the Mind - Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes #1079451
#65. I am waiting
for the meek to be blessed
and inherit the earth ...
without taxes - Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes #1074674
#66. I too have drunk and seen
the spider - Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes #1063331
#67. To say one is revolutionary is a little like saying one is a Zen Buddhist - if you say you are, you probably aren't. - Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes #912623
#68. Southern California, where the American Dream came too true. - Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes #899651
#69. These are international criminals, and the spineless Democrats are doing nothing about it. - Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes #887469
#70. I am waiting for the lost music to sound again in a new rebirth of wonder. - Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes #846246
#71. There is an ecstatic mechanism in birds that makes them fly upwards in spite of worms. - Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes #780901
#72. Think long thoughts in short sentences. - Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes #763824
#73. And heard the green birds singing/ from the other side of silence
pg. 36// A Coney Island of the Mind - Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes #83294
#74. 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. - Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes #659967
#75. 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. - Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes #652371
#76. Poetry must be capable of answering the challenge of apocalytpic times, even if this means sounding apocaltypic. - Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes #649371
#77. Make your mind learn its way around the heart. - Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes #640281
#78. In Goya's greatest scenes we seem to see
the people of the world
exactly at the moment when
they first attained the title of
'suffering humanity - Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes #620437
#79. Beauty stands and waits
with gravity
to start her death-defying leap - Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes #615972
#80. I am awaiting perpetually and forever a renaissance of wonder - Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes #611816
#81. Poetry is the shadow cast by our streetlight imaginations. - Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes #607076
#82. 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. - Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes #606799

Famous Authors

Popular Topics