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Gregory Corso Quotes and Sayings

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My background did not start with the East Side;
it started with Greenwich Village,
which is West Side.
- Gregory Corso

I moved up over Lower East Side and I was adopted by eight foster parents;
I lived all over New York City with these parents,
man, till I was about ten years old.
- Gregory Corso

I remember the people I knew in prison;
I was very fortunate to know them -
they came from 1910,
1920, 1930.
- Gregory Corso

My father went into the armed service and I never saw my mother -
I don't know what happened to her.
- Gregory Corso

 

You see, I went to the sixth grade and that was the highest I ever went.
- Gregory Corso

The lucky thing was that I was Italian;
when the other Italians saw me fight back,
they came to my defence.
- Gregory Corso

Now, twenty years old, I come out and I go back to Greenwich Village.
Now, of course, I'm a wealthy man.
- Gregory Corso

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The judge said I was a menace to society because I
had put crime on a scientific basis.
- Gregory Corso

The other guy I dug a lot was Burroughs because he was a smart man already;
he learned it through the druggie pool -
the street scene of an old aristocratic kind of man.
- Gregory Corso

Now the Tombs, like the name says, are so horrible
that they had to close it down.
Today it doesn't exist and people go in the electric chair and all that.
- Gregory Corso

I just trust people and they sense everything's gonna be alright.
- Gregory Corso

I was what? - twelve years old - and I was thrown in
the cells with these people,
so I learned fast.
- Gregory Corso

My father took me back home, back to Greenwich Village,
and he thought by taking me out of the orphanage he'd
be out of the World War too.
But no way - they got him anyway.
He went in the Navy and then I lived on the streets.
- Gregory Corso

Anyway, I lived on the streets and did pretty good
until I got caught stealing,
what was it? I kicked in a restaurant window,
went in and took all the food that I wanted,
and while coming out I was grabbed.
- Gregory Corso

They, that unnamed "they," they've knocked me down but I got up.
I always get up-and I swear when I went down quite often I took the fall;
nothing moves a mountain but itself.
They, I've long ago named them me.
- Gregory Corso

My family background was deeply Christian.
- Abbe Pierre

One's mind has a way of making itself up in the background,
and it suddenly becomes clear what one means to do.
- A. C. Benson

I spent 10 years as a marketing manager.
I've found my experience in the financial world invaluable
background for writing about white-collar crimes.
- Sara Paretsky

My education and background thoroughly inform my writing.
- David Brin

My Mom is a ballet director, so I had this idea in
me that classical training is the best foundation for anything you do,
so I wanted to get a classical background and voice.
- Shuler Hensley

While most students were trying to draw one beautiful finished piece,
I would be in the background drawing dozens of studies
at different angles to use later.
- Frank Bruno

How much can you do with two voices? You can sing thirds
or you can sing fifths or you can do a background harmony.
- Paul Simon

I think that what most surprises anybody who goes into
politics from even a modestly cerebral background is
the vulgarity of much of the cut and thrust of politics.
- Chris Patten

My background playing soccer gave me a natural advantage
over many of the American-born players.
- Hakeem Olajuwon

The Mekons were kind of like the background music of my life.
- Jonathan Franzen

Well, I think everything I've ever read contributes
to the background from which I write.
- Jack Vance

My background has been very helpful for this experience.
But everyone was so accommodating because they knew
it's not the most comfortable position to be the new kid.
- Jeri Ryan

We come from a tough, working class background,
so we're very tight.
- Tony Scott

The business of the advertiser is to see that we go
about our business with some magic spell or tune or
slogan throbbing quietly in the background of our minds.
- Marshall McLuhan

One difference between poetry and lyrics is that lyrics
sort of fade into the background.
They fade on the page and live on the stage when set to music.
- Stephen Sondheim

Offhand, the only North American writers I can think
of who have come from a background of rural poverty
and gone on to write about it have been Negroes.
- Alden Nowlan

No novel is a clone of any preceding one,
though with a background cast of characters and things
that has grown to thousands,
there are many familiar aspects.
- Piers Anthony

No matter the nationality, no matter the religion,
no matter the ethnic background, America brings out the best in people.
- Arnold Schwarzenegger

When man becomes reconciled to nature,
when space becomes his true background,
these words and concepts will have lost their meaning,
and we will no longer have to use them.
- Michelangelo Antonioni

When you have a background in combat sports,
people think you're this martial arts expert,
but really I'm just a guy who is able to do certain
things without making a mess of himself.
- Rick Yune

And my career, the things that have happened have happened
because of my music education background.
- Jon Secada

A liberal education...
frees a man from the prison-house of his class,
race, time, place, background, family and even his nation.
- Robert M. Hutchins

Initially, it was about kids at the bottom rung of the social ladder,
due to their looks and their class background.
But they're also outsiders in terms of their peer group.
- Jim McKay

In the initial season of a show, you're figuring out
your character and their life and their background
and you're putting together all the chapters of the book.
- Sophia Bush

Stage work, that's all I have in my background.
Wasteland was my first TV experience.
Dawson's was my first long-term, I mean the entire season of 22 episodes.
- Sasha Alexander

I looked for a very long time, knowing that it had to happen,
but it took me a long time to find someone with the
same background and whatnot and I finally found him.
- Alton Brown

Every philosophy is tinged with the coloring of some
secret imaginative background,
which never emerges explicitly into its train of reasoning.
- Alfred North Whitehead

Journalism students need to understand it and need
a solid background in the liberal arts,
in sociology, economics, literature and language,
because they won't get it later on.
- Harrison Salisbury

I realized pretty soon that I have to do more than
just play bass in the background way.
So, I developed a kind of playing which only a handful of musicians accepted.
- Eberhard Weber

I didn't want to go out and change anything.
I just wanted to make the music that was part of my background,
which was rock and blues and hip-hop.
- Kid Rock

I wasn't a great background singer.
- Faith Hill

Songwriting is different from music,
although I don't deny now that it would be nice to
have a little more background in music theory.
- Neil Diamond

I'm just a husband waltzing in the background.
- Bruce Greenwood

Let a man get up and say, Behold, this is the truth,
and instantly I perceive a sandy cat filching a piece
of fish in the background.
Look, you have forgotten the cat, I say.
- Virginia Woolf

I can move my characters through it easily,
because I understand the background;
I've really studied it.
- Jean M. Auel

When I started making my own records,
I had this idea of drowning out the singer and putting
the rest in the foreground.
It was the background that interested me.
- Brian Eno

Hitch was interested in what I had to offer,
like one of my background ideas for Norman's upbringing.
- Joseph Stefano

The revolution is carried out by means of one's thought,
not through one's family background.
- Kim Jong Il

Sometimes I worked with just a background of a rock
or a tree or black velvet,
and just had to imagine the whole thing.
- Fay Wray

Man's unique reward, however, is that while animals
survive by adjusting themselves to their background,
man survives by adjusting his background to himself.
- Ayn Rand

Because of my background in theater and radio acting,
I knew that I could make a living as an actor.
- Casey Kasem

Bergman has a very special eye for people.
His background taught him to listen and to feel.
- Max von Sydow

I had a lot of trouble with engineers,
because their whole background is learning from a functional point of view,
and then learning how to perform that function.
- Brian Eno

People like Spencer Tracy held up because they had
the background originally,
but to this day they never have changed Mr. Gable's role, or most of them.
- Jackie Cooper

I read one or two other books which gave me a background
in mathematics other than logic.
- Stephen Cole Kleene

I come from a background of experimental music which
mingled real sounds together with musical sounds.
- Ennio Morricone

Head Start is designed to ensure that all children -
regardless of their family's income,
race, or ethnic background - are able to enter kindergarten ready to learn.
- Lucille Roybal-Allard

I didn't have a normal background - I was completely
demented from a very early age!
- Bill Paxton

All my songs were solo voices.
Just me singing.
In fact, that was the gimmick - no gimmick.
Just singing straight with not too much background.
- Bobby Vinton

More varied than any landscape was the landscape in the sky,
with islands of gold and silver, peninsulas of apricot
and rose against a background of many shades of turquoise and azure.
- Cecil Beaton

Bluegrass is really a big part of my background.
- Travis Tritt

My background with Cummings was rehearse,
rehearse, rehearse, but Tuesday liked to walk in and do the scene.
I must say that she was really wonderful.
Aggravating, but wonderful.
- Dwayne Hickman

Sigmund Freud was a novelist with a scientific background.
He just didn't know he was a novelist.
All those damn psychiatrists after him,
they didn't know he was a novelist either.
- John Irving

I felt better being in the background.
That's the way I like it.
- Stefan Edberg

We are increasingly likely to find ourselves in places with background music.
No composers have thought to write for these modern spaces,
which represent 30% of our musical experience.
- Brian Eno

I tell students that the opportunities I had were a
result of having a good educational background.
Education is what allows you to stand out.
- Ellen Ochoa


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