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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.”
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: “Kick is seeing things from a special angle. Kick is momentary freedom from the claims of the aging, cautious, nagging, fightened flesh.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Why are we here? We’re here to go!”
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: “If you weren’t surprised by your life you wouldn’t be alive. Life is surprise.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Writers, like elephants, have long, vicious memories. There are things I wish I could forget.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “I can feel the heat closing in, feel them out there making their moves.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Hemingway was a prisoner of his style. No one can talk like the characters in Hemingway except the characters in Hemingway. His style in the wildest sense finally killed him.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “The dark Gods of pain are surfacing from the immemorial filth of time...”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Whether you like it or not, you are committed to the human endeavor. I cannot ally myself with such a purely negative goal as avoidance of suffering. Suffering is a chance you take by the fact of being alive.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Some of us are sixty feet long with a brain the size of a walnut.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “My characters are quite as real to me as so-called real people; which is one reason why I’m not subject to what is known as loneliness. I have plenty of company.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “No atomic physicist has to worry, people will always want to kill other people on a mass scale. Sure, he’s got the fridge full of sausages and spring water.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Which came first the intestine or the tapeworm?”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Dennis Cooper, God help him, is a born writer.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “The line between inner and outer landscapes is breaking down. Earthquakes can result from seismic upheavals within the human mind. The whole random universe of the industrial age is breaking down into cryptic fragments.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Tell the truth once and for all and shut up forever.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Once the law starts asking questions, there’s no stopping them.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Communication must become total and conscious before we can stop it.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Fear of death is form of stasis horrors. The dead weight of time.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Hemingway said: ‘It don’t come anymore.’ So where did it go?”
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: “In homosexual sex you know exactly what the other person is feeling, so you are identifying with the other person completely. In heterosexual sex you have no idea what the other person is feeling.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Sexual arousal results from the repetition and impact of image.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “I think there are innumerable gods. What we on earth call God is a little tribal God who has made an awful mess. Certainly forces operating through human consciousness control events.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “I project myself out through the glasses and across the street, a ghost in the morning sunlight, torn with disembodied lust.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Some people like neat suburbs. I always am attracted to the rundown and the old and the offbeat.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “The old writer couldn’t write anymore because he had reached the end of words, the end of what can be done with words.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Death was in every sell of his body. He gave off a faint, greenish steam of decay. Lee imagined he would glow in the dark.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Look at these poisonous color maps where flesh trees grow from human sacrifices; listen to these sniggering half-heard words of tenderness and doom from lips spotted with decay.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Where do they go when they walk out and leave the body behind?”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Quien sabe? Not me. The older I get the less I sabe, the less wisdom, maturity and caution I have.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “The purpose of my writing is to expose and arrest Nova Criminals.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Your plan was unworkable then and useless now... Like da Vinci’s flying machine plans...”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “The conversations had a nightmare flatness, talking dice spilled in the tube metal chairs, human aggregates disintegrating in cosmic inanity, random events in a dying universe where everything is exactly what it appears to be, and no other relation than juxtaposition is possible.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Junk takes everything and gives nothing but insurance against junk sickness.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “An addict never stops growing. Stupider.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Tell Allen I plead guilty to vampirism and other crimes against life. But I love him and nothing else cancels love.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “I know that Nature designs that this whole continent, not merely these thirty-six states, shall be, sooner or later, within the magic circle of the American union.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “We are setting out to create new worlds, new beings, new modes of consciousness.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “The rudeness of many Americans depressed him, a rudeness based on a solid ignorance of the whole concept of manners, and on the proposition that for social purposes, all people are more or less equal and interchangeable.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Like many nonconformist and beat generation writers, William S. Burroughs takes the outcasts of society as his theme.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Faced by the actual practice of freedom, the French and American revolutions would be forced to stand by their words.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Intelligence and war are games, perhaps the only meaningful games left. If any player becomes too proficient, the game is threatened with termination.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “If everyone is to be made responsible for everything they do, you must extend responsibility beyond the level of conscious intention.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “The world wasn’t a more tolerant place when I was a young man. Rather, they simply sidestepped all the issues.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “In lifeproof houses they hover over the young, sop up a little of what they shut out. Only the young bring anything in, and they are not young very long.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “I feel that the change, the mutation in consciousness, will occur spontaneously once certain pressures now in operation are removed. I feel that the principal instrument of monopoly and control that prevents expansion of consciousness is the word lines controlling thought, feeling and apparent sensory impressions of the human host.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “A junkie spends half his life waiting.”
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