William S. Burroughs Quotes

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William S. Burroughs Quotes

A writer does not own words any more than a painter owns colors. So lets dispense with this originality fetish ... Look, listen and transcribe and forget about being original.
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Whether you like it or not, you are committed to the human endeavor. I cannot ally myself with such a purely negative goal as avoidance of suffering. Suffering is a chance you take by the fact of being alive.

— William S. Burroughs

When he smiled the fear flew away in little pieces of light ...

— William S. Burroughs

Most of the trouble in this world has been caused by folks who can't mind their own business, because they have no business of their own to mind, any more than a smallpox virus has.

— William S. Burroughs

For years I wondered why dreams are so often dull when related, and this morning I find the answer, which is very simple - like most answers, you have always known it: No context ... like a stuffed animal set on the floor of a bank.

— William S. Burroughs

All the role models are being exposed and this is good because role models are shit. The quicker we exposed them the better. The whole concept of role models is frightful! You gotta make your own role.

— William S. Burroughs

I think anybody incapable of changing his mind is crazy.

— William S. Burroughs

The ears were large, flaring forward, the eyes limpid amber, in which the pupil floated like a glittering jewel, changing color with shifts of the light:  obsidian, emerald, ruby, opal, amethyst, diamond.

— William S. Burroughs

Well, as you can plainly see, the possibilities are endless like meandering paths in a great big beautiful garden.

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You must learn to exist with no religion, no country, no allies. You must learn to live alone in silence.

— William S. Burroughs

Our national drug is alcohol. We tend to regard the use any other drug with special horror.

— William S. Burroughs

There is simply no room left for 'freedom from the tyranny of government' since city dwellers depend on it for food, power, water, transportation, protection, and welfare. Your right to live where you want, with companions of your choosing, under laws to which you agree, died in the eighteenth century with Captain Mission. Only a miracle or a disaster could restore it.

— William S. Burroughs

I read a lot of books for information, like doctor books, spy books ...

— William S. Burroughs

The essence of White Supremacy is this: they are people who want to keep things as they are. That their children's children's children might be a different color is something very alarming to them - in short they are committed to the maintenance of the static image.

— William S. Burroughs

I wasn't exposed to art as I was growing up, and can't recall the first time I saw a work of art. However, I remember very clearly a vision I had of a little green reindeer when I was a child, and visions emanate from the same mythical area where painting resides. Whatever the reason, I immediately felt comfortable working with visual materials.

— William S. Burroughs

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