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William S. Burroughs Quote: “Last night I woke up with someone squeezing my hand. It was my other hand.”
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: “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: “Perhaps all pleasure is only relief.”
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: “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: “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: “Never interfere in a girl and boy fight.”
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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “It’s the little touches that make a future solid enough to destroy.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “If I knew how much you loved me, I would’ve shot you sooner.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Revolution in America begins in books and music, then waits for political operatives to ‘implement changes after the fact.’”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “You know a real friend? Someone you know will look after your cat after you are gone.”
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: “Too perfect to be sexually attractive.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Is Control controlled by its need to control? Answer: yes.”
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: “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: “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: “A functioning police state needs no police.”
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: “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: “I am not a person and I am not an animal. There is something I am here for something I must do before I can go.”
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: “My relationships with my cats has saved me from a deadly, pervasive ignorance.”
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: “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: “Cat hate reflects an ugly, stupid, loutish, bigoted spirit. There can be no compromise with this Ugly Spirit.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Love is a haunting melody that I have never mastered, and I fear I never will.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “The cat does not offer services. The cat offers itself.”
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 exact objectives of Islam Inc. are obscure. Needless to say everyone involved has a different angle, and they all intend to cross each other up somewhere along the line.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “I think anybody incapable of changing his mind is crazy.”
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: “It is not the intensity but the duration of pain that breaks the will to resist.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Time: a landing field! Death needs time like a junkie needs junk.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “I think the ideal situation for a family is to be completely incestuous.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “No one owns life, but anyone who can pick up a frying pan owns death.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Paranoia is just having the right information.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Strip your psyche to the bare bones of spontaneous process, and you give yourself one chance in a thousand to make the Pass.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “When all lies, deceit, pretense is stripped away, what remains? The truth of a painting, or a book or a man.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Now what sort of man or woman or monster would stroke a centipede I have ever seen? And here is my good big centipede! If such a man exists, I say kill him without more ado. He is a traitor to the human race.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “I had not taken a bath in a year nor changed my clothes or removed them except to stick a needle every hour in the fibrous grey wooden flesh of heroin addiction. I did absolutely nothing.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “There’s a boy across the river with an ass like a peach; alas I was no swimmer and lost my Clementine.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “The face of evil is always the face of total need.”
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