"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."
"You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty."Lester Bangs on Mahatma Gandhi
"An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life."Lester Bangs on Robert A. Heinlein
"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."Lester Bangs on Jiddu Krishnamurti
"A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both."Lester Bangs on Dwight D. Eisenhower
"There is more to life than increasing its speed."Lester Bangs on Mahatma Gandhi
"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."
"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."
"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."