"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."
"A man who won't die for something is not fit to live."Lawrence Ferlinghetti on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"To be idle is a short road to death and to be diligent is a way of life foolish people are idle, wise people are diligent."Lawrence Ferlinghetti on Buddha
"The fear of death is the most unjustified of all fears, for there's no risk of accident for someone who's dead."Lawrence Ferlinghetti on Albert Einstein
"The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time."Lawrence Ferlinghetti on Mark Twain
"Death is no more than passing from one room into another. But there's a difference for me, you know. Because in that other room I shall be able to see."Lawrence Ferlinghetti on Helen Keller
"We have to raise the consciousness the only way poets can change the world is to raise the consciousness of the general populace."
"Freedom of speech is always under attack by Fascist mentality, which exists in all parts of the world, unfortunately."
"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."
"I think if there's a great depression there might be some hope."