"The first mistake of art is to assume that it's serious."
"True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist."Lester Bangs on Albert Einstein
"If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced."Lester Bangs on Vincent Van Gogh
"The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artist is always a devout person."Lester Bangs on Abraham Lincoln
"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance."Lester Bangs on Aristotle
"A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament."Lester Bangs on Oscar Wilde
"Every great work of art has two faces, one toward its own time and one toward the future, toward eternity."
"It's much easier to wear a Chairman Mao button and shake your fists in the air and all that, then to actually read the Communist manifesto and things like that and actually become involved in politics."
"Most of them are pretty down records, pretty unhappy, pretty confused. Which only reflects how people in general were feeling, I mean really the sense that you get is society running down."
"As far as a truly radical conscience, you have to take it as part of a larger thing, that it was sort of historical inevitability that with the coming of a leaguer society people would start to use drugs a lot more then they had before."
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