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William S. Burroughs Quote: “Everything Jack says is to be taken with considerable reserve.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “A paranoid man is a man with all the facts.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “I’m an old-fashioned person, and I don’t like informers.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Human, Allen, is an adjective, and its use as a noun is in itself regrettable.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “I see painting as an evocative magic, and there must always be a random factor in magic, one which must be constantly changed and renewed.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “I detest limitations of any kind, and intend to establish my ass some place where I am a virgin on the police blotter.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Your knowledge of what is going on can only be superficial and relative.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Hemingway said: ‘It don’t come anymore.’ So where did it go?”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Man is a political animal’ said Aristotle telling one of the greatest lies in human history. For every man has more in common with the hills and with the stars than with other men.”
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: “Most serious writers refuse to make themselves available to the things that technology is doing. I’ve never been able to understand this sort of fear.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Anything that can be accomplished chemically can be accomplished in other ways.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Americans have a special horror of giving up control, of letting things happen in their own way without interference.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “I tried more than once to tell you, to communicate what I know. You did not or could not listen. You can not show to anyone what he has not seen.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “The boy looks into Mugwump eyes blank as obsidian mirrors, pools of black blood, glory holes in a toilet wall closing on the Last Erection.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “What a horrible loutish planet this is. The dominant species consists of sadistic morons, faces bearing the hideous lineaments of spiritual famine swollen with stupid hate. Hopeless rubbish.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Sexual arousal results from the repetition and impact of image.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “The word is now a virus. The flu virus may have once been a healthy lung cell. It is now a parasitic organism that invades and damages the central nervous system. Modern man has lost the option of silence. Try halting sub-vocal speech. Try to achieve even ten seconds of inner silence. You will encounter a resisting organism that forces you to talk. That organism is the word.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “I was working the hole with the Sailor and we did not bad fifteen cents on average night boosting the afternoons and short timing the dawn we made out from the land of the free but I was running out of veins.”
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: “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: “Every word is autobiographical, and every word is fiction.”
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: “People in bars are always claiming to be boxers, hoping thereby to ward off attack, like a black snake will vibrate its tail in leaves and try to impersonate a rattlesnake.”
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: “There is a Senate and a Congress who carry on endless sessions discussing garbage disposal and outhouse inspection, the only two questions over which they have jurisdiction.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Like all pure creatures, cats are practical.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “It is inconceivable that Homo Sapiens could last another thousand years in present form. People of such great stupidity and such barbarous manners. And what do years mean, apart from human measurement and perception? Does time pass if there is no one there to register its passing? Of course not, since Time is a figment of human perception.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “I was asked: “Why did you stop writing?” I would not know any more than I would know why I started writing. Try not to be as obtuse as you are.”
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: “Sodomy is as old as the human species.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “We’re very near a certain point where money doesn’t mean anything... They say: How much money is this going to cost? This is really a totally meaningless concept. Money determines less and less our reality. Money is not constant factor, it’s simply a process dependent entirely on acceptance for its existence. We already see situations without money, and I think that we’re coming closer and closer to it.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “A phenomenon must be to some extent comprehensible to be perceived at all.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “If you consider any set of data without a preconceived viewpoint, then a viewpoint will emerge from the data.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “I don’t spot junk neighbourhoods by the way they look, but by the feel, somewhat the same process by which a dowser locates hidden water. I am walking along and suddenly the junk in my cells moves and twitches like the dowsers wand: ‘Junk here!”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “No body of knowledge needs an organizational policy. Organizational policy can only impede the advancement of knowledge. There is a basic incompatibility between any organization and freedom of thought.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “The American uppermiddle-class citizen is a composite of negatives. He is largely delineated by what he is not. – pg. 41.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “I would say for a great percentage of people, all they do is repeat their past. They really don’t have a future at all.”
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: “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: “Many of my characters first came through to me as voices. That’s why I use a tape recorder.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Be just and if you can’t be just, be arbitrary.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “I knew that I no longer wanted to take junk. If I could have made one decision, it would have been no more junk, ever, but when it came to the process of quitting I did not have the drive. It gave me a terrible feeling of helplessness to watch myself break every schedule I set up, as though I did not have control over my actions.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “All you cat lovers, remember all the millions of cats mewling through the world’s rooms lay all their hopes and trust in you.”
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: “A chaotic situation is always deliberately produced. Ask yourself who or what sort of creature could benefit from such a situation.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “All the world’s a gallows and we all play our parts, some are towel boys, others lewd doctors, most of us just dirty old men whimper at life’s Glory Hole.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Abandon all nations, the planet drifts to random insect doom.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Poverty, hatred, war, police-criminals, bureaucracy, insanity, all symptoms of The Human Virus.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “The simplest questions are the most difficult.”
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