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William S. Burroughs Quote: “I’m an old-fashioned person, and I don’t like informers.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Shooting is my principal pastime.”
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: “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: “Your knowledge of what is going on can only be superficial and relative.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Any belief in Creators or Purpose is wishful thinking. And when you point out that perhaps ALL thinking is wishful, reactions of intense irritation give evidence that we are not dealing with logic but with faith.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Abandon all nations, the planet drifts to random insect doom.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “I am trying like Klee, to create something that will have a life of its own, that can put me in real danger, a danger which I willingly take on myself.”
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: “Time is what death needs to grow people in.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “A junkie spends half his life waiting.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “We are setting out to create new worlds, new beings, new modes of consciousness.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Scientology is a model control system, a state in fact with its own courts, police, rewards and penalties.”
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: “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: “You can find out more about the nervous system and gain more control over your reaction by using a tape recorder than you could find out sitting twenty years in the lotus posture.”
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: “The nonconformist here may be “beat down” by life but still has a beauty in his or her longing for freedom and for an awakening of the mind.”
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: “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: “When you stop growing you start dying. An addict never stops growing. – A user is a continual state of shrinking and growing in his daily cycle of shot-need for shot completed.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Now, boys, you won’t see this operation performed very often and there’s a reason for that... You see it has absolutely no medical value. No one knows what the purpose of it originally was or if it had a purpose at all. Personally I think it was a pure artistic creation from the beginning.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Every word is autobiographical, and every word is fiction.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “I know this one pusher walks around humming a tune and everybody he passes takes it up. He is so grey and spectral and anonymous they don’t see him and think it is their own mind humming the tune.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “There couldn’t be a society of people who didn’t dream. They’d be dead in two weeks.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “The only possible ethic is to do what one wants to do.”
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 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: “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: “The dream is a spontaneous happening and therefore dangerous to a control system set-up by the non-dreamers.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Sodomy is as old as the human species.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “The American upper-middle-class citizen is a composite of negatives. He is largely delineated by what he is not. Gains went further. He was not merely negative. He was positively invisible; a vague respectable presence. There is a certain kind of ghost that can only materialize with the aid of a sheet or other piece of cloth to give it outline. Gains was like that. He materialized in someone else’s overcoat.”
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: “Political conflicts are merely surface manifestations. If conflicts arise you may be sure that certain powers intend to keep this conflict under operation since they hope to profit from the situation. To concern yourself with surface political conflicts is to make the mistake of the bull in the ring, you are charging the cloth. That is what politics is for, to teach you the cloth. Just as the bullfighter teaches the bull, teaches him to follow, obey the cloth.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Anything that can be accomplished chemically can be accomplished in other ways.”
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: “Successful control means achieving a balance and avoiding a showdown where all-out force would be necessary.”
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: “I got up the next morning with morphine hangover. I poured myself a large glass of cold milk, which is an antidote for morphine.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Brain eating birds patrol the low frequency brain waves.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Like all pure creatures, cats are practical.”
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: “The word has not been recognized as a virus because it has achieved a state of stable symbiosis with the host.”
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 had the feeling that some horrible image was just beyond the field of vision, moving, as I turned my head, so that I never quite saw it.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “The most deadly picture is a picture of nothing at all. The colors are there, but there is no image, nothing.”
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