"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."
"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future."Lester Bangs on John F. Kennedy
"Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress but I repeat myself."Lester Bangs on Mark Twain
"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."Lester Bangs on Plato
"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand."Lester Bangs on Milton Friedman
"It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."Lester Bangs on Joseph Stalin
"The first mistake of art is to assume that it's serious."
"Every great work of art has two faces, one toward its own time and one toward the future, toward eternity."
"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."