"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."
"A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circlue of our felicities."Lawrence Ferlinghetti on Thomas Jefferson
"The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter."Lawrence Ferlinghetti on Winston Churchill
"I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country."Lawrence Ferlinghetti on Thomas Jefferson
"Government is not reason it is not eloquent it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master."Lawrence Ferlinghetti on George Washington
"Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil in its worst state, an intolerable one."Lawrence Ferlinghetti on Thomas Paine
"We have to raise the consciousness the only way poets can change the world is to raise the consciousness of the general populace."
"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."
"Freedom of speech is always under attack by Fascist mentality, which exists in all parts of the world, unfortunately."
"I think if there's a great depression there might be some hope."