"We have to raise the consciousness the only way poets can change the world is to raise the consciousness of the general populace."
"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude."Lawrence Ferlinghetti on Maya Angelou
"Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can't ride you unless your back is bent."Lawrence Ferlinghetti on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference."Lawrence Ferlinghetti on Reinhold Niebuhr
"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek."Lawrence Ferlinghetti on Barack Obama
"You must be the change you wish to see in the world."Lawrence Ferlinghetti on Mahatma Gandhi
"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."
"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."