"Freedom of speech is always under attack by Fascist mentality, which exists in all parts of the world, unfortunately."
"Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged."Lawrence Ferlinghetti on Ronald Reagan
"For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others."Lawrence Ferlinghetti on Nelson Mandela
"If you want total security, go to prison. There you're fed, clothed, given medical care and so on. The only thing lacking... is freedom."Lawrence Ferlinghetti on Dwight D. Eisenhower
"I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do. I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do."Lawrence Ferlinghetti on Robert A. Heinlein
"Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err."Lawrence Ferlinghetti on Mahatma Gandhi
"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."
"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."