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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: “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: “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: “As an old junk pusher told me, ‘Watch whose money you pick up.’”
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: “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: “Panic is the sudden realization that everything around you is alive.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “If I had my way we’d sleep every night all wrapped around each other like hibernating rattlesnakes.”
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: “The face of evil is always the face of total need.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Like Spain, I am bound to the past.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “There is no line between the ‘real world’ and ‘world of myth and symbol.’ Objects, sensations, hit with the impact of hallucination.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Like pregnant women lose their teeth feeding the stranger, junkies lose their yellow fangs feeding the monkey.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Kerouac opened a million coffee bars and sold a million pairs of Levis to both sexes. Woodstock rises from his pages.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “A consumer society is about simplfying and degrading the consumer as well as the product.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Modern man has lost the option of silence.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “By the flaws in the picture the truth will emerge.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Thanks, for a country where nobody is allowed to mind his own business. Thanks, for a nation of finks.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “When people start talking about their bowel movements, they are inexorable as the processes of which they speak.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “People have nothing to say, but they are afraid of saying nothing, so what they do say comes out flat and vapid and meaningless. The shadow of death is on every face.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Truth is used to vitalize a statement rather than devitalize it. Truth implies more than a simple statement of fact. “I don’t have any whiskey,” may be a fact but it is not a truth.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “O death where is thy sting? The man is never on time...”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “In deep sadness there is no place for sentimentality.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “If all pleasure is relief from tension, junk affords relief from the whole life process, in disconnecting the hypothalamus, which is the center of psychic energy and libido.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “You need a good bedside manner with doctors or you will get nowhere.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Black magic operates most effectively in preconscious, marginal areas. Casual curses are the most effective.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “After a shooting spree, they always want to take the guns away from the people who didn’t do it.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “You can’t fake quality any more than you can fake a good meal.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “He who has learned to do nothing with his whole mind and body will have everything done for him.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “We intend to destroy all dogmatic verbal systems.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “The Planet drifts to random insect doom.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “When he smiled the fear flew away in little pieces of light...”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Humility is indeed beatness, a compulsory virtue that no one exhibits unless he has to.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “I see no reason why the artistic world can’t absolutely merge with Madison Avenue. Pop art is a move in that direction. Why can’t we have advertisements with beautiful words and beautiful images?”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “First there was a young guy sitting in front of television in a T-shirt drinking beer with his mother, then there was an older fatter person sitting in front of television in a T-shirt drinking beer with his mother.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “In Mexico your wishes have a dream power. When you want to see someone, he turns up.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Melancholy Baby dies from an overdose of time.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “That old feeling is still in my leaking heart.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “How I hate those who are dedicated to producing conformity.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Bizarre and engrossingly disturbing, Naked Lunch, finds truth in madness.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “I awoke from The Sickness at the age of forty-five, calm and sane, and in reasonably good health except for a weakened liver and the look of borrowed flesh common to all who survive The Sickness...”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “You were given the power to love in order to use it, no matter what pain it may cause you.”
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: “The English have gone soft in the outhouse. England is like some stricken beast too stupid to know it is dead.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “I think that Richard Nixon will go down in history as a true folk hero, who struck a vital blow to the whole diseased concept of the revered image and gave the American virtue of irreverence and skepticism back to the people.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Pushing weed looks good on paper, like fur farming or raising frogs.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “If you weren’t surprised by your life you wouldn’t be alive. Life is surprise.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Our national drug is alcohol. We tend to regard the use any other drug with special horror.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “I bear my burden proudly for all to see, to conquer prejudice and ignorance and hate with knowledge and sincerity and love. Whenever you are threatened by a hostile presence, you emit a thick cloud of love like an octopus squirts out ink...”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Victimless crimes are the lifeline of the RIGHT virus. And there is a growing recognition, even in official quarters, that victimless crimes should be removed from the books or subject to minimal penalties.”
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