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All Quotes by author - William S. Burroughs
" A cat's rage is beautiful, burning with pure cat flame, all its hair standing up and crackling blue sparks, eyes blazing and sputtering. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" After one look at this planet any visitor from outer space would say 'I want to see the manager.' "
" A functioning police state needs no police. "
" Americans have a special horror of giving up control, of letting things happen in their own way without interference. "
" An addict never stops growing. Stupider. "
" Anything that can be done chemically can be done by other means. "
" A paranoid is someone who knows a little of what's going on. "
" Artists to my mind are the real architects of change, and not the political legislators who implement change after the fact. "
" Be just and if you can't be just, be arbitrary. "
" Black magic operates most effectively in preconscious, marginal areas. Casual curses are the most effective. "
" Changes... can only be effected by alterations in the original. The only thing not prerecorded in a prerecorded universe are the prerecordings themselves. The copies can only repeat themselves word for word. A virus is a copy. You can pretty it up, cut it up, scramble it - it will reassemble in the same form. "
" Desperation is the raw material of drastic change. Only those who can leave behind everything they have ever believed in can hope to escape. "
" Every man has inside himself a parasitic being who is acting not at all to his advantage. "
" Gentle reader, the Fountain of Youth is radioactive, and those who imbibe its poisonous heavy waters will suffer the hideous fate of decaying metal. Yet almost without exception, the wretched idiot inhabitants of our benighted planet would gulp down this radioactive excrement if it were offered. "
" Happiness is a byproduct of function, purpose, and conflict; those who seek happiness for itself seek victory without war. "
" 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. "
" How I hate those who are dedicated to producing conformity. "
" Hustlers of the world, there is one mark you cannot beat: the mark inside. "
" I am getting so far out one day I won't come back at all. "
" If everyone is to be made responsible for everything they do, you must extend responsibility beyond the level of conscious intention. "
" In deep sadness there is no place for sentimentality. "
" In my writing I am acting as a map maker, an explorer of psychic areas, a cosmonaut of inner space, and I see no point in exploring areas that have already been thoroughly surveyed. "
" In the U.S., you have to be a deviant or die of boredom. "
" 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? "
" I started to write in about 1950; I was thirty-five at the time; there didn't seem to be any strong motivation. I simply was endeavoring to put down in a more or less straightforward journalistic style something about my experiences with addiction and addicts. "
" 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. "
" Junk is the ideal product... the ultimate merchandise. No sales talk necessary. The client will crawl through a sewer and beg to buy. "
" Language is a virus from outer space. "
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