The right to an arbitrary vision of the world is the most sacred, the most inalienable right of man. Art only proclaims out loud this too often forgotten right.
– Claude-Edmonde Magny
The attitude of great poets is to cheer up slaves and horrify despots.
– Walt Whitman
I come to free the words
The words are free to come
I come freely to the words
The free come to the words
– Brion Gysin
I spoke at a forum up in Provincetown, and when somebody in the audience asked me if I didn’t think an artist should affirm values, I shrieked back that everybody affirmed values: parents, teachers, ministers, editorial writers, government officials – and the artist was the only one who should and could destroy values.
– Norman Mailer
If you want to say something, there is only one solution: say it.
– Jean-Luc Godard
Doubts that cloud the faith of an era will excite its geniuses.
– Frederick Morton
An advance in art is considered to take place to the degree that art divests itself of the characteristics of art.
– Harold Rosenberg
Contemporary artists of any period are always concerned with breaking down pre-conceptions imposed by the academicians of what art should be based on what it has been in the past, in order to remain true to their own times.
– Toby Mussman
These people who talk about individuality the most are usually the ones who object to deviation, and in a few years it may be the other way around. Some day everybody will think just what they want to think and everybody will probably be thinking alike.
– Andy Warhol
Jesus looks like young Robert Mitchum or Enrique high on tea looking at you thru the smoke and saying “Hombre, man, this is the end.”
– Jack Kerouac