- "There are things known and things unknown and in between are the doors."
- "I like any reaction I can get with my music. Just anything to get people to think. I mean if you can get a whole room full of drunk, stoned people to actually wake up and think, you're doing something."
- “People are afraid of themselves, of their own reality; their feelings most of all. People talk about how great love is, but that’s bullshit. Love hurts. Feelings are disturbing. People are taught that pain is evil and dangerous. How can they deal with love if they’re afraid to feel? Pain is meant to wake us up. People try to hide their pain. But they’re wrong. Pain is something to carry, like a radio. You feel your strength in the experience of pain. It’s all in how you carry it. That’s what matters. Pain is a feeling. Your feelings are a part of you. Your own reality. If you feel ashamed of them, and hide them, you’re letting society destroy your reality. You should stand up for your right to feel your pain.”
- “It may have been in pieces, but I gave you the best of me.”
- “I think the highest and lowest points are the important ones. Anything else is just...in between.”
- "If my poetry aims to achieve anything, it's to deliver people from the limited ways in which they see and feel."
- “I see myself as a huge fiery comet, a shooting star. Everyone stops, points up and gasps "Oh look at that!" Then- whoosh, and I'm gone...and they'll never see anything like it ever again... and they won't be able to forget me- ever.”
- "I drink so I can talk to assholes!"
- "I am interested in anything about revolt, disorder, chaos-especially activity that seems to have no meaning. It seems to me to be the road toward freedom... Rather than starting inside, I start outside and reach the mental through the physical."
- "Violence isn't always evil. What's evil is the infatuation with violence."
- "Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free."
- “You feel your strength in the experience of pain.”
- "I see myself as an intelligent, sensitive human, with the soul of a clown which forces me to blow it at the most important moments."
- "The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask."
- “That's what real love amounts to - letting a person be what he really is. Most people love you for who you pretend to be. To keep their love, you keep pretending - performing. You get to love your pretense. It's true, we're locked in an image, an act - and the sad thing is, people get so used to their image, they grow attached to their masks. They love their chains. They forget all about who they really are. And if you try to remind them, they hate you for it, they feel like you're trying to steal their most precious possession.”
- "Friends can help each other. A true friend is someone who lets you have total freedom to be yourself - and especially to feel. Or, not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at the moment is fine with them. That's what real love amounts to - letting a person be what he really is."
- "I like people who shake other people up and make them feel uncomfortable."
- "Listen, real poetry doesn't say anything; it just ticks off the possibilities. Opens all doors. You can walk through anyone that suits you."
- "I believe in a long, prolonged, derangement of the senses in order to obtain the unknown."
- "We fear violence less than our own feelings. Personal, private, solitary pain is more terrifying than what anyone else can inflict."
- "The most loving parents and relatives commit murder with smiles on their faces. They force us to destroy the person we really are: a subtle kind of murder."
- "People fear death even more than pain. It's strange that they fear death. Life hurts a lot more than death. At the point of death, the pain is over. Yeah, I guess it is a friend."
- “The future is uncertain but the end is always near.”
- "Where's your will to be weird?"
- "Each generation wants new symbols, new people, new names. They want to divorce themselves from their predecessors"
- “I've noticed that when people are joking they're usually dead serious, and when they're serious, they're usually pretty funny.”
- "Love cannot save you from your own fate."
- “Is everybody in? Is everybody in? Is everybody in? The ceremony is about to begin. The entertainment for this evening is not new, you've seen this entertainment through and through you have seen your birth, your life, your death....you may recall all the rest. Did you have a good world when you died? -enough to base a movie on??”
- “What have they done to the earth. What have they done to our fair sister. Ravaged and plundered. Ripped her and bit her. Stuck her with knives in the side of the dawn. Tied her with fences and dragged her down.”
- “Time to live, time to lie, time to laugh, and time to die. Take it easy baby. Take it as it comes.”
- “There are no laws, there are no rules, just grab your friend and love him.”
- “Man, I'm sick of doubt.”
- "Actually I don't remember being born, it must have happened during one of my black outs."
- "Some of the worst mistakes of my life have been haircuts."
- “There's nothing wrong with being a large mammal.”
- "Music inflames temperament."
- “Another flashing chance at bliss
Another kiss, another kiss”
- “Cancel my subscription to the resurrection.”
- “Before I sink into the big sleep I want to hear the scream of the butterfly."
- "If I had it, to do it all over again, I think I would have gone more for the quiet, undemonstrative, little artist plotting away in his own gardening."
- “I am troubled, immeasurably
by your eyes.
I am struck by the feather
of your soft reply.
The sound of glass
speaks quick, disdain
what your eyes fight
to explain.” (Wilderness: The Lost Writings, Vol. 1)