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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: “Which came first the intestine or the tapeworm?”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “We are setting out to create new worlds, new beings, new modes of consciousness.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Human, Allen, is an adjective, and its use as a noun is in itself regrettable.”
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: “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: “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: “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: “Sodomy is as old as the human species.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Cuando uno deja de crecer empieza a morir.”
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 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: “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: “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: “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.”
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: “Why are we here? We’re here to go!”
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: “Abandon all nations, the planet drifts to random insect doom.”
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: “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: “Where do they go when they walk out and leave the body behind?”
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: “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: “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: “A psychotic is a guy who’s just found out what’s going on.”
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: “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: “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: “England is like some stricken beast too stupid to know it is dead. Ingloriously foundering in its own waste products, the backlash and bad karma of empire.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “It is more profitable to give wages than to receive them.”
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: “The dream is a spontaneous happening and therefore dangerous to a control system set-up by the non-dreamers.”
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: “The simplest questions are the most difficult.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Brain eating birds patrol the low frequency brain waves.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “I feel there is some hideous new force loose in the world like a creeping sickness, spreading, blighting. Remoter parts of the world seem better now, because they are less touched by it. Control, bureaucracy, regimentation, these are merely symptoms of a deeper sickness that no political or economic program can touch. What is the sickness itself?”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Time is what death needs to grow people in.”
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: “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: “Many of my characters first came through to me as voices. That’s why I use a tape recorder.”
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 indeed difficult to make a living as a writer, and my advice to anyone contemplating a literary career is to have some other trade.”
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: “Gilbert and George said: “But don’t you see? That’s how Bacon is. He is absolutely right to behave as he wants.” Not as he wants. As he has to behave. An artist must be open to the muse. The greater the artist, the more he is open to “cosmic currents.” He has to behave as he does. If he has “the courage to be an artist,” he is committed to behave as the mood possesses him. “That’s the man who booed Princess Margaret!” – the peasantry shrink back from his sulfurous glow.”
William S. Burroughs Quote: “Your plan was unworkable then and useless now... Like da Vinci’s flying machine plans...”
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