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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: “The face of evil is always the face of total need.”
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: “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: “As an old junk pusher told me, ‘Watch whose money you pick up.’”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Panic is the sudden realization that everything around you is alive.”
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: “Like Spain, I am bound to the past.”
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: “By the flaws in the picture the truth will emerge.”
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: “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: “I’m creating an imaginary – it’s always imaginary – world in which I would like to live.”
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: “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: “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: “O death where is thy sting? The man is never on time...”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “You need a good bedside manner with doctors or you will get nowhere.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “In deep sadness there is no place for sentimentality.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Humility is indeed beatness, a compulsory virtue that no one exhibits unless he has to.”
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: “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: “How I hate those who are dedicated to producing conformity.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Black magic operates most effectively in preconscious, marginal areas. Casual curses are the most effective.”
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: “Thanks, for a country where nobody is allowed to mind his own business. Thanks, for a nation of finks.”
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: “You can’t fake quality any more than you can fake a good meal.”
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: “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: “The Planet drifts to random insect doom.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “We intend to destroy all dogmatic verbal systems.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “That old feeling is still in my leaking heart.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “When he smiled the fear flew away in little pieces of light...”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Society is cancerous and bureaucracy is its cancer.”
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: “If the mortality rate seems high we must realize that Nature is a ruthless teacher. There are no second chances in Mother Nature’s Survival Course.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Bizarre and engrossingly disturbing, Naked Lunch, finds truth in madness.”
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: “Anything that can be done chemically can be done by other means.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Writers, like elephants, have long, vicious memories. There are things I wish I could forget.”
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: “Pushing weed looks good on paper, like fur farming or raising frogs.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Melancholy Baby dies from an overdose of time.”
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: “Some of us are sixty feet long with a brain the size of a walnut.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “A psychotic is a guy who’s just found out what’s going on.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Why are we here? We’re here to go!”
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