william s. burroughs Quotes

The aim of education is the knowledge, not of facts, but of values.
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— William S. Burroughs
Admittedly, a homosexual can be conditioned to react sexually to a woman, or to an old boot for that matter. In fact, both homo - and heterosexual experimental subjects have been conditioned to react sexually to an old boot, and you can save a lot of money that way.
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— William S. Burroughs
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.
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— William S. Burroughs
Quien sabe? Not me. The older I get the less I sabe, the less wisdom, maturity and caution I have.
tags: maturity wisdom
— William S. Burroughs
A paranoid is someone who knows a little of what's going on.
— William S. Burroughs
There is no intensity of love or feeling that does not involve the risk of crippling hurt. It is a duty to take this risk, to love and feel without defense or reserve.
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— William S. Burroughs
In the U.S., you have to be a deviant or die of boredom.
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— William S. Burroughs
How long does it take man to realize that he cannot want what he wants? You have to live in hell to see heaven.
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— William S. Burroughs
I think anybody incapable of changing his mind is crazy.
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— William S. Burroughs
Open your mind and let the pictures out
tags: mind
— William S. Burroughs
If you are asking me what the individual can do right now, in a political sense, I'd have to say he can't do all that much. Speaking for myself, I am more concerned with the transformation of the individual, which to me is much more important than the so-called political revolution.
— William S. Burroughs
I prefer cats to people, for the most part. Most people aren't cute, & if they are cute they rapidly outgrow it
tags: people cute cat
— William S. Burroughs
Man is an artifact designed for space travel. He is not designed to remain in his present biologic state any more than a tadpole is designed to remain a tadpole.
tags: travel men present space
— William S. Burroughs
I don't know what falling in love for me is. The concept of romantic love arose in the Middle Ages. Now remember, the Arabs don't even have a word for love-that is, a word for love apart from physical attraction or sex. And this separation of love and sex is a western concept, a Christian concept. As to what falling in love means, I'm uncertain. Love, well, it means simply physical attraction and liking a person at the same time.
tags: time people attraction age sex christian romantic
— William S. Burroughs
Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer.
tags: questions mind learn
— William S. Burroughs
Naked Lunch was from about a thousand pages of material. A lot of it overflowed, then, into the cut-up trilogy including Nova Express.
— William S. Burroughs
America is not so much a nightmare as a non-dream. The American non-dream is precisely a move to wipe the dream out of existence. The dream is a spontaneous happening and therefore dangerous to a control system set up by the non-dreamers.
tags: existence control america dreams american dangerous
— William S. Burroughs
I don't have any politics. I feel that as soon as politics arises, things are already in a hopeless state of deterioration.
tags: politics
— William S. Burroughs
What does the money machine eat? It eats youth, spontaneity, life, beauty, and, above all, it eats creativity. It eats quality and sh*ts quantity.
tags: beauty youth creativity money machine quantity quality
— William S. Burroughs
After one look at this planet any visitor from outer space would say 'I want to see the manager.'
tags: space
— William S. Burroughs
Build a good name. Keep your name clean. Don't make compromises. Don't worry about making a bunch of money or being successful. Be concerned with doing good work ... and if you can build a good name, eventually that name will be its own currency.
tags: work worries successful money
— William S. Burroughs
We must all face the fact that our leaders are certifiably insane or worse
tags: facts leader
— William S. Burroughs
Too perfect to be sexually attractive.
— William S. Burroughs
How I hate those who are dedicated to producing conformity.
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— William S. Burroughs
There couldn't be a society of people who didn't dream. They'd be dead in two weeks.
tags: people society dreams
— William S. Burroughs
I miss you so much your absence causes me, at times, accute pain. I don't mean sexually. I mean in connection with my writing.
tags: time pain writing
— William S. Burroughs
I am not one of those weak-spirited, sappy Americans who want to be liked by all the people around them. I don't care if people hate my guts; I assume most of them do. The important question is whether they are in a position to do anything about it. My affections, being concentrated over a few people, are not spread all over Hell in a vile attempt to placate sulky, worthless shits.
tags: people hate hell care questions american
— William S. Burroughs
I am not a person and I am not an animal. There is something I am here for something I must do before I can go.
tags: animals people
— William S. Burroughs
Paranoia is just having the right information.
tags: right
— William S. Burroughs
In exorcism, a verbal argument can never do anything. You can't ever beat the entity in a verbal argument because that's what he wants. It's only through a confront, a non-verbal confront, that anything happens. It has to be non-verbal.
— William S. Burroughs
Be just and if you can't be just, be arbitrary.
— William S. Burroughs
You can't fake quality any more than you can fake a good meal.
tags: quality
— William S. Burroughs
I have no message to give the politicians of the world. They're all completely addicted to promiscuous verbalization and I'm quite sure they would not be at all interested in hearing about cut-ups and hieroglyphics and still less interested to hear about silence.
tags: world silence
— William S. Burroughs
After a shooting spree, they always want to take the guns away from the people who didn't do it. I sure as hell wouldn't want to live in a society where the only people allowed guns are the police and the military.
tags: people society live hell military
— William S. Burroughs
His whole being radiates a pure, wild sweetness, flitting through night woods with little melodious cries, on some cryptic errand. There is also an aura of doom and sadness about this trusting little creature. He has been abandoned many times over the centuries, left to die in cold city alleys, in hot noon vacant lots, pottery shards, nettles, crumbled mud walls. Many times he has cried for help in vain.
tags: time sadness night help wild die
— William S. Burroughs
I don't care if people hate my guts; I assume most of them do. The important question is whether they are in a position to do anything about it.
tags: people hate care questions
— William S. Burroughs
Black magic operates most effectively in preconscious, marginal areas. Casual curses are the most effective.
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— William S. Burroughs
The simplest questions are the most difficult.
tags: questions
— William S. Burroughs
We should exterminate all rational thought.
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— William S. Burroughs
When you cut into the present the future leaks out.
tags: future present
— William S. Burroughs