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William S. Burroughs Quotes

William S. Burroughs Quote: “Nothing is true, everything is permitted.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “When you stop growing you start dying.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Cheat your landlord if you can and must, but do not try to shortchange the Muse. It cannot be done. You can't fake quality any more than you can fake a good meal.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “NOTHING happens by coincidence.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Language is a virus from outer space.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Man is an artifact designed for space travel. He is not designed to remain in his present biologic state any more than a tadpole is designed to remain a tadpole.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Open your mind and let the pictures out.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Desperation is the raw material of drastic change. Only those who can leave behind everything they have ever believed in can hope to escape.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “You must learn to exist with no religion, no country, no allies. You must learn to live alone in silence.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “A paranoid is someone who knows a little of what’s going on.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “This is a war universe. War all the time. There may be other universes, but ours seems to be based on war and games.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “The word is now a virus.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Happiness is a byproduct of function, purpose, and conflict; those who seek happiness for itself seek victory without war.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “There is no intensity of love or feeling that does not involve the risk of crippling hurt. It is a duty to take this risk, to love and feel without defense or reserve.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Nothing exists until or unless it is observed. An artist is making something exist by observing it. And his hope for other people is that they will also make it exist by observing it. I call it ‘creative observation.’ Creative viewing.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Love? What is it? Most natural painkiller what there is.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “If you build a good name, eventually, that name will be its own currency.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “When you cut into the present the future leaks out.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Silence is only frightening to people who are compulsively verbalizing.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Smash the control images. Smash the control machine.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “In deep sadness there is no place for sentimentality. It is as final as the mountains: a fact. There it is. When you realize it you cannot complain.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “I think all writers write for an audience. There is no such thing as writing for yourself.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Cut word lines – Cut music lines – Smash the control images – Smash the control machine – Burn the books – Kill the priests – Kill! Kill! Kill!”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “We should exterminate all rational thought.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Hustlers of the world, there is one mark you cannot beat: the mark inside.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “If the soft machine works, don’t fix it. If it works, don’t fix it.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “America is not a young land: it is old and dirty and evil before the settlers, before the Indians. The evil is there waiting.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Jesus Christ said ‘by their fruits ye shall know them,’ not by their disclaimers.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “All writing is in fact cut-ups. A collage of words read heard overheard. What else?”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Every man has inside himself a parasitic being who is acting not at all to his advantage.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “For God’s sake, keep your eyes open. Notice what’s going on around you.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “The purpose of technology is not to confuse the brain but to serve the body.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “We must all face the fact that our leaders are certifiably insane or worse.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “The only way I like to see cops given flowers is in a flower pot from a high window.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “I do spend a great deal of time alone. I’m not very gregarious. I don’t like parties and miscellaneous gatherings with no particular purpose. I think parties are largely a mistake. The bigger they are the more mistaken they are.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “There is in fact something obscene and sinister about photography, a desire to imprison, to incorporate, a sexual intensity of pursuit.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “My greatest strength is to have a great capacity to confront myself no matter how unpleasant. My greatest weakness is that I don’t. I know that’s enigmatic, but that’s sort of a general formula for anyone, actually.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “If after having been exposed to someone’s presence you feel as if you’ve lost a quart of plasma, avoid that presence. You need it like you need pernicious anemia.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “The idea that anyone can use drugs and escape a horrible fate is anathema to these idiots. I predict in the near future right-wingers will use drug hysteria as a pretext to set up an international police apparatus.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Do not proffer sympathy to the mentally ill; it is a bottomless pit. Tell them firmly, “I am not paid to listen to this drivel – you are a terminal fool!” Otherwise, they make you as crazy as they are.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “I am getting so far out one day I won’t come back at all.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Artists to my mind are the real architects of change.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Tangier is one of the few places left in the world where, so long as you don’t proceed to robbery, violence, or some form of crude, antisocial behavior, you can do exactly what you want.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Who was I? The stranger was footsteps in the snow a long time ago.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Most people don’t see what’s going on around them. That’s my principal message to writers: ‘For God’s sake, keep your eyes open. Notice what’s going on around you.’”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “There is nothing more provocative than minding your own business.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Thanks for the American dream, to vulgarize and falsify until the bare lies shine through. Thanks for a country where nobody’s allowed to mind their own business.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “It is to be remembered that the origin of all the arts-music, painting and writing-is magical and evocative; and that magic is always used to obtain some definite result.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Death needs time for what it kills to grow in.”
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