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People think love is an emotion. Love is good sense.
– Ken Kesey
It’s time to move on to the next step in the psychedelic revolution. We’ve reached a certain point, but we’re not moving any more.
To hell with facts! We need stories!
Listen, wait, and be patient. Every shaman knows you have to deal with the fire that’s in your audience’s eye.
Nowhere else in history has there ever been a flag that stands for the right to burn itself. This is the fractal of our flag. It stands for the right to destroy itself.
Man, when you lose your laugh you lose your footing.
When Shakespeare was writing, he wasn’t writing for stuff to lie on the page; it was supposed to get up and move around.
Fascism wants Baptism coast to coast.
The truth doesn’t have to do with cruelty, the truth has to do with mercy.
I was raised a Christian and was a stone-faced acid head.
Allen Ginsberg is a tremendous warrior as time goes by. He’s a warrior first and a poet second.
You can’t really be strong until you see a funny side to things.
You’ve got to get out and pray to the sky to appreciate the sunshine; otherwise you’re just a lizard standing there with the sun shining on you.
The fundamentalists have taken the fun out of the mental.
People don’t want other people to get high, because if you get high, you might see the falsity of the fabric of the society we live in.
Leary can get a part of my mind that’s kind of rusted shut grinding again, just by being around him and talking.
When we first broke into that forbidden box in the other dimension, we knew we had discovered something as surprising and powerful as the New World when Columbus came stumbling onto it.
Ritual is necessary for us to know anything.
Take what you can use and let the rest go by.
I’d rather be a lightning rod than a seismograph.
You don’t lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case.
The frontiers we broke into in the ’60s are still largely unexplored.
Loved. You can’t use it in the past tense. Death does not stop that love at all.
If grass were legalized, it would help our drug problem enormously.
There’s something about taking a plow and breaking new ground. It gives you energy.
Me and Norman Mailer have talked about how hard it is in America to get better. Especially at writing.