William S. Burroughs

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William S. Burroughs

Junk is the ideal product... the ultimate merchandise. No sales talk necessary. The client will crawl through a sewer and beg to buy.More William S. Burroughs [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Desperation is the raw material of drastic change. Only those who can leave behind everything they have ever believed in can hope to escape.More William S. Burroughs [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Which came first the intestine or the tapeworm?More William S. Burroughs [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Humility is indeed beatness, a compulsory virtue that no one exhibits unless he has to.More William S. Burroughs [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
In deep sadness there is no place for sentimentality.More William S. Burroughs [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
I think there are innumerable gods. What we on earth call God is a little tribal God who has made an awful mess. Certainly forces operating through human consciousness control events.More William S. Burroughs [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
I think the ideal situation for a family is to be completely incestuous.More William S. Burroughs [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Intelligence and war are games, perhaps the only meaningful games left. If any player becomes too proficient, the game is threatened with termination.More William S. Burroughs [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Out of the closets and into the museums, libraries, architectural monuments, concert halls, bookstores, recording studios and film studios of the world. Everything belongs to the inspired and dedicated thief... Words, colors, light, sounds, stone, wood, bronze belong to the living artist. They belong to anyone who can use them. Loot the Louver! A bas l Originality, the sterile and assertive ego that imprisons us as it creates. Vive le sol -- pure, shameless, total. We are not responsible. Steal anything in sight.More William S. Burroughs [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Now what sort of man or woman or monster would stroke a centipede I have ever seen? And here is my good big centipede! If such a man exists, I say kill him without more ado. He is a traitor to the human race.More William S. Burroughs [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Black magic operates most effectively in preconscious, marginal areas. Casual curses are the most effective.More William S. Burroughs [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Language is a virus from outer space.More William S. Burroughs [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Anything that can be done chemically can be done by other means.More William S. Burroughs [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A functioning police state needs no police.More William S. Burroughs [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Nothing exists until or unless it is observed. An artist is making something exist by observing it. And his hope for other people is that they will also make it exist by observing it. I call it creative observation. Creative viewing.More William S. Burroughs [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
There is the pleasurable orgasm, like a rising sales graph, and there is the unpleasurable orgasm, slumping ominously like the Dow Jones in 1929.More William S. Burroughs [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More William S. Burroughs [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
They tend to be suspicious, bristly, paranoid-type people with huge egos they push around like some elephantiasis victim with his distended testicles in a wheelbarrow terrified no doubt that some skulking ingrate of a clone student will sneak into his very brain and steal his genius work.More William S. Burroughs [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More William S. Burroughs [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
This is a war universe. War all the time. That is its nature. There may be other universes based on all sorts of other principles, but ours seems to be based on war and games.More William S. Burroughs [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More William S. Burroughs [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
I feel that any form of so called psychotherapy is strongly contraindicated for addicts. The question Why did you start using narcotics in the first place? should never be asked. It is quite as irrelevant to treatment as it would be to ask a malarial patient why he went to a malarial area.More William S. Burroughs [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The face of evil is always the face of total need.More William S. Burroughs [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Artists to my mind are the real architects of change, and not the political legislators who implement change after the fact.More William S. Burroughs [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
America is not a young land: it is old and dirty and evil before the settlers, before the Indians. The evil is there waiting.More William S. Burroughs [01/01/2000 12:01:00]

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