"Every great work of art has two faces, one toward its own time and one toward the future, toward eternity."
"The empires of the future are the empires of the mind."Lester Bangs on Winston Churchill
"Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future."Lester Bangs on Oscar Wilde
"Again, you can't connect the dots looking forward you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life."Lester Bangs on Steve Jobs
"I never think of the future - it comes soon enough."Lester Bangs on Albert Einstein
"It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves."Lester Bangs on William Shakespeare
"The first mistake of art is to assume that it's serious."
"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."