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Allen Ginsberg

1926 – 1997 CE

Eloquent instigator, figurehead and voice for the Beat Generation of the ’50s, the counterculture of the 60’s and the flowering of Buddhism in America during the 70’s and 80’s; Ginsberg symbolized a powerful influence against materialism, the military-industrial complex, and conformity. His poem "Howl” written during a time when homosexuality was a crime in every U.S. state was confiscated by police, seized by US Customs, and started a famous obscenity trial that led to more legal and cultural acceptance for the LGBT community. For decades, a powerful advocate for free speech, gay rights, and non-conformity; a tireless opponent and protestor against the Viet Nam War, the War on Drugs, imperialism, the failure to protect refugees, and persecution of minorities; at the request of his Tibetan teacher Chögyam Trungpa and along with Anne Waldman started The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics.

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Esquire Magazine article

Howl

Sulfur 31

Quotes by Allen Ginsberg (12 quotes)

“Our heads are round so thought can change direction.”

Chapters: 12. This Over That

Themes: Change Reason

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“Whoever controls the media, the images, controls the culture.”

Chapters: 13. Honor and Disgrace

Themes: Control Culture

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“Follow your inner moonlight; don't hide the madness.”

Chapters: 18. The Sick Society

Themes: Moon Confidence

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“I don'think there is any truth. There are only points of view.”

Chapters: 20. Unconventional Mind

Themes: Truth Judaism

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“Everything is holy! everybody's holy! everywhere is holy! everyday is in eternity! Everyman's an angel!”

Chapters: 25. The Mother of All Things

Themes: Sacred World

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“What if someone gave a war and Nobody came?”

Chapters: 31. Victory Funeral

Themes: War Conflict

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“We eat reality sandwiches. But allegories are so much lettuce. Don't hide the madness.”

Chapters: 33. Know Yourself

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“To gain your own voice you have to forget about having it heard.”

Chapters: 44. Fame and Fortune

Themes: Forget Memory

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“Every American wants MORE MORE of the world… But the mistake made in America is persons accumulate more more dead matter… at the expense of what really counts… You own twice as much rug if you're twice as aware of the rug.”

Chapters: 46. Enough

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“Whitman’s breakthru from official conventional nationalist identity to personal self, to subject, subjectivity, to candor of person, sacredness of the unique eccentric curious solitary personal consciousness changed written imaginative conception of the individual around the whole world, and inspired a democratic revolution of mental nature from Leningrad and Paris to Shanghai and Tokyo.”

from Sulfur 31

Themes: Revolution

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“What sphinx of cement and aluminum bashed open their skulls and ate up their brains and imagination?”

from Howl

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“A Renaissance man of the highest peaks of East, meditation emperor, space awareness Dance-master, witty rude calligrapher whose poetry and flower arrangement unite the Mind with Body; Admiral of Tibetan navies, Prime Minister of Imagination in the Buddhafields, General of empty Doorkeeper Armies... Chairman of Board of Directors of Ordinary Mind.”

from Esquire Magazine article

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