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A ritual has to be a little dangerous. It doesn't come cheap or free.
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All you have to do is let it live. There's no effort that needs to be made to let it live; there's effort that needs to be made to keep it from dying.
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Allen Ginsberg is a tremendous warrior as time goes by. He's a warrior first and a poet second.
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Come out of that box, there, and address the audience.
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Confronting reality, we've been turned away from it. We don't want to think of the bad stuff that's going to happen to us.
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Do you hear much encouragement in the streets? We need to encourage each other.
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Every so often you've got to write a novel to make people pay attention to the other stuff you're doin'.
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Everything's still basically the same as it used to be. Fire hurts you when it burns you. If you fall in water, you drown.
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Everywhere I go, I feel the hunger for people wanting to be part of a ritual.
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Fascism wants Baptism coast to coast.
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Goodness is something that is about to happen. It is by virtue of its nature it will happen.
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Hunter Thompson doesn't perform or sing much, but he got out here and sung, and he couldn't remember the words.
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I came back from a book tour in which I could perform my children's stuff. When you're up there with robes and masks and monsters and dance and drums, the story gets up off the page.
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I have a friend that teaches psychotherapy and they go through the death experience.
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I just finished a new book. It takes place in the future.
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I think there are demons. I think we're battling them and they have minions that work for them. You can recognize them and get to know them.
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I used to think we were going to win in the '60s. Nixon went out and I thought we won.
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I was raised a Christian and was a stone-faced acid head.
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I went through the whole Buddhist thing. We've got to be tolerant of each other.
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I wrote the Kennedys after the one kid OD'd. I got a great letter back from Teddy Kennedy. That changes how you feel about somebody like that.
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I'd rather be a lightning rod than a seismograph.
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I'll never come up with a better book.
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I'm interested in helping warriors know more about their task.
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I'm just hoping to do what we were doing with the Dead 25 years ago. I call it ritual reality.
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I'm talking sedition. In England I could be hung for this 200 years ago.
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I've been to too many Dead concerts. There've been smokin' holes where my memory used to be.
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I've never done any physical harm to anybody as far as I know.
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If grass were legalized, it would help our drug problem enormously.
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If you don't have that dab of poetry and beauty and stuff, it's just too hard. You can't stand it.
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If you're a Conservative, why aren't you behind conserving the land?
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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.
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Just everybody I know got arrested and had to serve time.
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Leary can get a part of my mind that's kind of rusted shut grinding again, just by being around him and talking.
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Listen, wait, and be patient. Every shaman knows you have to deal with the fire that's in your audience's eye.
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Loved. You can't use it in the past tense. Death does not stop that love at all.
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Magic is seeing something that extends beyond the visible.
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Man, when you lose your laugh you lose your footing.
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Me and Norman Mailer have talked about how hard it is in America to get better. Especially at writing.
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Never let it be said I was slow with the fire.
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None of us started the wave; I don't think there's any way you could start the wave. The wave is still going.
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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.
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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.
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People think love is an emotion. Love is good sense.
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Ritual is necessary for us to know anything.
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Take what you can use and let the rest go by.
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The '60s aren't over; they won't be over until the Fat Lady gets high.
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The frontiers we broke into in the '60s are still largely unexplored.
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The fundamentalists have taken the fun out of the mental.
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The Grateful Dead are our religion. This is a religion that doesn't pay homage to the God that all the other religions pay homage to.
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The Haight is just a place; the '60s was a spirit.
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The MTV audience, that is the new audience. And the people who are being purists and ignoring that are those who are going to be left behind.
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The new novel, the real new novel, hasn't been written yet. It will be written with a new type of pen.
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The Republican consciousness has no integrity and it falls apart once you check it out. If you're a Christian, why would you want to fry this dude?
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The storyteller was there to begin with. He used the fire, he used his voice; he used shadows and monsters, and he used poetry and music. And all those things worked on the audience.
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The trouble with super heroes is what to do between phone booths.
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The truth doesn't have to do with cruelty, the truth has to do with mercy.
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There's a lot of people who don't understand the circle crops in England. Pure enigma.
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There's a new seriousness, especially amongst college kids; they know that all of these simple old homilies really are not important.
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There's something about taking a plow and breaking new ground. It gives you energy.
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They gave us an array of drugs and tests. They tested our motor skills, our memories, our ability to create, to imagine, they tested our urine and our blood. We need to follow up to see if our brains have deteriorated-if there's been any damage.
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This is the new edition, this ability to have your face pop out of the screen. 'Cause a good storyteller uses his face a lot, uses his eyes.
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To hell with facts! We need stories!
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Tricker the Squirrel is the best piece I ever wrote. It's intricate.
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Viking wanted me to do a recording for an audio book. When you're raising your face and looking into the camera, as opposed to just having a microphone, you have a lot more presence.
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We don't see enough of each other; we're spread too thin.
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We need a little bit of shadow; we need to be angry.
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We thought that by this time that there would be LSD given in classes in college and you would study it and prepare for it.
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We were naive. We thought that we had come to a new place, a new, exciting, free place, and that it was going to be available to all America. And they shut it down.
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We were playing ball on the top of the bus, making all of this noise. That, to me, is art at its peak. There's a feeling for it in this country, of magic. You can feel it.
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We've been on a war economy since the '50s. If that thing begins to collapse, the system starts to panic.
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When I was working on Sometimes a Great Notion, there's an energy that comes out, that's probably not unlike the energy that comes out of nuclear fission.
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When Shakespeare was writing, he wasn't writing for stuff to lie on the page; it was supposed to get up and move around.
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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.
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When you just get into print, you reduce the input quite a bit. But it makes for a nice thing to package and distribute.
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When you're around the whole Dead scene, they're there as a tribal thing; they're there as part of a rendezvous and a pow-wow.
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With Sometimes A Great Notion I was able to work 20 or 30 hours at a whack and I had all this stuff in my mind.
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Without those stars, just thrown into chaos, a lot of people are lost.
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Writers are going to have to face this; they were performers originally. And the better they were at telling it, the more famous it became.
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Yin is as important as going against yang.
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You can put the same message in a kid's story and deliver it to quite a large audience, because it's the big folks who buy the books.
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You can roll around on the ground and agonize as much as you want, but it's not like it really is when you really have somebody you care for die.
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You can't cure AIDS by putting people in jail but by being merciful and curing people who got it. Anyone whose ever raised a dog knows that.
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You can't really be strong until you see a funny side to things.
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You don't lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case.
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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.
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