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William S. Burroughs
February 5, 1914 - August 2, 1997
Nationality: American
Category: Writer
Subcategory: American Writer

A paranoid is someone who knows a little of what's going on.


Which came first the intestine or the tapeworm?


Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer.


How I hate those who are dedicated to producing conformity.


The cat does not offer services. The cat offers itself. Of course he wants care and shelter. You don't buy love for nothing.


You can't fake quality any more than you can fake a good meal.


Desperation is the raw material of drastic change. Only those who can leave behind everything they have ever believed in can hope to escape.


Happiness is a byproduct of function, purpose, and conflict; those who seek happiness for itself seek victory without war.


I had not taken a bath in a year nor changed my clothes or removed them except to stick a needle every hour in the fibrous grey wooden flesh of heroin addiction. I did absolutely nothing.


A cat's rage is beautiful, burning with pure cat flame, all its hair standing up and crackling blue sparks, eyes blazing and sputtering.


Perhaps all pleasure is only relief.


The way to kill a man or a nation is to cut off his dreams, the way the whites are taking care of the Indians: killing their dreams, their magic, their familiar spirits.


Junk is the ideal product... the ultimate merchandise. No sales talk necessary. The client will crawl through a sewer and beg to buy.


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.


Silence is only frightening to people who are compulsively verbalizing.


Anything that can be done chemically can be done by other means.


There couldn't be a society of people who didn't dream. They'd be dead in two weeks.


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.


I am getting so far out one day I won't come back at all.


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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