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Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Datum narození: 24. březen 1919

Lawrence Ferlinghetti /loːrɘns ferliŋgɛtːi/, vlastním jménem Ferling, je americký básník a překladatel.


„Sexualita bez lásky časem unaví veselé podvodníky.“

„Láska je božská, nenávist lidská, jen lhostejnost zvířecká.“


„Oči jsou k tomu, aby bylo co zavřít při líbání.“

„V dobré polovině všech případů vůbec nezáleží na tom s kým, ale v té druhé na tom záleží víc než na čem jiném.“

„Z hlediska politiky a ekologie se ukazuje, že člověk je takový hlupák a chamtivec, že mu není pomoci. “

„A čekám, pořád a vždycky, až se znovu stane zázrak...“

„If you're too open-minded; your brains will fall out.“

„I am awaiting
perpetually and forever
a renaissance of wonder“


„Poetry is eternal graffiti written in the heart of everyone.“ Americus, Book I

„Poetry is the shadow cast by our streetlight imaginations.“

„Poetry is a naked woman, a naked man, and the distance between them.“ Poetry as Insurgent Art

„Pity the nation whose people are sheep,
and whose shepherds mislead them.
Pity the nation whose leaders are liars, whose sages are silenced,
and whose bigots haunt the airwaves.
Pity the nation that raises not its voice,
except to praise conquerors and acclaim the bully as hero
and aims to rule the world with force and by torture.
Pity the nation that knows no other language but its own
and no other culture but its own.
Pity the nation whose breath is money
and sleeps the sleep of the too well fed.
Pity the nation — oh, pity the people who allow their rights to erode
and their freedoms to be washed away.
My country, tears of thee, sweet land of liberty.“


„Recipe For Happiness Khaborovsk Or Anyplace'

One grand boulevard with trees
with one grand cafe in sun
with strong black coffee in very small cups.

One not necessarily very beautiful
man or woman who loves you.

One fine day.“

„I feel there is an angel in me' she'd say
'whom I am
constantly shocking“

„Don't bow down to critics who have not themselves written great masterpieces.“ City Lights Pocket Poets Anthology

„I didn’t know that painters and writers retired. They’re like soldiers – they just fade away.“

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