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William S. Burroughs Quote: “Humility is indeed beatness, a compulsory virtue that no one exhibits unless he has to.”
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: “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: “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: “You were given the power to love in order to use it, no matter what pain it may cause you.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “The study of thinking machines teaches us more about the brain than we can learn by introspective methods. Western man is externalizing himself in the form of gadgets.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Communication must become total and conscious before we can stop it.”
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: “Be just and if you can’t be just, be arbitrary.”
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 you weren’t surprised by your life you wouldn’t be alive. Life is surprise.”
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: “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: “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: “Society is cancerous and bureaucracy is its cancer.”
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: “A paranoid man is a man with all the facts.”
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: “Some of us are sixty feet long with a brain the size of a walnut.”
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: “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: “Pushing weed looks good on paper, like fur farming or raising frogs.”
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: “A junkie spends half his life waiting.”
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: “Faced by the actual practice of freedom, the French and American revolutions would be forced to stand by their words.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “We are setting out to create new worlds, new beings, new modes of consciousness.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “The dream is a spontaneous happening and therefore dangerous to a control system set-up by the non-dreamers.”
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: “Fear of death is form of stasis horrors. The dead weight of time.”
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: “I don’t think anyone could write a completely honest autobiography. I am sure no one could bear to read it: My Past Was An Evil River.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Where do they go when they walk out and leave the body behind?”
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: “Successful control means achieving a balance and avoiding a showdown where all-out force would be necessary.”
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: “Dennis Cooper, God help him, is a born writer.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Your plan was unworkable then and useless now... Like da Vinci’s flying machine plans...”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Every word is autobiographical, and every word is fiction.”
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: “In many tenement apartments the front door opens directly into the kitchen. This was such an apartment and we were in the kitchen.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Once the law starts asking questions, there’s no stopping them.”
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 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 must find out what words are and how they function. They become images when written down, but images of words repeated in the mind and not of the image of the thing itself.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “I spit on the Christian God. When the White God arrived with the Spaniards, the Indians brought down fruit and corncakes and chocolate. The White Christian God proceeded to cut their hands off. He was not responsible for the Christian conquistadors? Yes, he was. Any God is responsible for his worshippers.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Your knowledge of what is going on can only be superficial and relative.”
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.”
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