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William S. Burroughs Quote: “Most of the trouble in this world has been caused by folks who can’t mind their own business, because they have no business of their own to mind, any more than a smallpox virus has.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Life is a vacation from two eternities.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “I think anybody incapable of changing his mind is crazy.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Never interfere in a girl and boy fight.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “The way to kill a man or a nation is to cut off his dreams, the way the whites are taking care of the Indians: killing their dreams, their magic, their familiar spirits.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “A psychotic is a guy who’s just found out what’s going on.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Death needs time for what it kills to grow in.”
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: “Is Control controlled by its need to control? Answer: yes.”
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: “Junk is not, like alcohol or weed, a means to increased enjoyment of life. Junk is not a kick. It is a way of life.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Paranoia is just having the right information.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Life is a vacation from two eternities, who wants to waste those precious years worrying about what happens when you get back to forever?”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “How long does it take man to realize that he cannot want what he wants? You have to live in hell to see heaven.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Last night I woke up with someone squeezing my hand. It was my other hand.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “It’s the little touches that make a future solid enough to destroy.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “A cat’s rage is beautiful, burning with pure cat flame, all its hair standing up and crackling blue sparks, eyes blazing and sputtering.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “After one look at this planet any visitor from outer space would say ‘I want to see the manager.’”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Perhaps all pleasure is only relief.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “I’m creating an imaginary – it’s always imaginary – world in which I would like to live.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Yes, for all of us in the Shakespeare Squadron, writing is just that: not an escape from reality, but an attempt to change reality.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Home is where your ass is and if you want to move you move your ass the first step is learning to change homes with someone else and have someone else’s ass.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “The first and most important thing an individual can do is to become an individual again, decontrol himself, train himself as to what is going on and win back as much independent ground for himself as possible.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “There isn’t a feeling you can get on drugs that you can’t get without drugs.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “My relationships with my cats has saved me from a deadly, pervasive ignorance.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Cats didn’t start as mousers. Weasels and snakes and dogs are more efficient as rodent-control agents. I postulate that cats started as psychic companions, as Familiars, and have never deviated from this function.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “It is not the intensity but the duration of pain that breaks the will to resist.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “The self is like a pimping blackmailing chauffeur who gets you from here to there on word lines.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “The junk merchant doesn’t sell his product to the consumer, he sells the consumer to his product. He does not improve and simplify his merchandise. He degrades and simplifies the client.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “In my writing I am acting as a map maker, an explorer of psychic areas, a cosmonaut of inner space, and I see no point in exploring areas that have already been thoroughly surveyed.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Time: a landing field! Death needs time like a junkie needs junk.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Now, boys, you won’t see this operation performed very often and there’s a reason for that... You see it has absolutely no medical value. No one knows what the purpose of it originally was or if it had a purpose at all. Personally I think it was a pure artistic creation from the beginning.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “If, after spending time with a person, you feel as though you’ve lost a quart of plasma, avoid that person in the future.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Artists to my mind are the real architects of change, and not the political legislators who implement change after the fact.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Whether you sniff it smoke it eat it or shove it up your ass the result is the same: addiction.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “I miss you so much your absence causes me, at times, accute pain. I don’t mean sexually. I mean in connection with my writing.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “A junky runs on junk time. When the junk is cut off, the clock runs down and stops. All he can do is hang on and wait for non-junky time to start. A sick junky has no escape from external time, no place to go. He can only wait.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Rock and Roll adolescent hoodlums storm the streets of all nations. They rush into the Louvre and throw acid in the Mona Lisa’s face.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Love is a haunting melody that I have never mastered, and I fear I never will.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “A functioning police state needs no police.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “You do an awful lot of bad writing in order to do any good writing. Incredibly bad. I think it would be very interesting to make a collection of some of the worst writing by good writers.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Cuando uno deja de crecer empieza a morir.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Well as, one judge said to the other, ‘Be just and if you can’t be just be arbitrary.’ Regret cannot observe customary obscenities.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Virtue is simply happiness, and happiness is a by-product of function. You are happy when you are functioning.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Too perfect to be sexually attractive.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Cat hate reflects an ugly, stupid, loutish, bigoted spirit. There can be no compromise with this Ugly Spirit.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “America is not so much a nightmare as a non-dream. The American non-dream is precisely a move to wipe the dream out of existence. The dream is a spontaneous happening and therefore dangerous to a control system set up by the non-dreamers.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “How I hate those who are dedicated to producing conformity.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “I don’t care if people hate my guts; I assume most of them do. The important question is whether they are in a position to do anything about it.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “The cat does not offer services. The cat offers itself.”
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