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William S. Burroughs Quotes

Novelist, Short Story Writer
Born On
1914-02-05
Died On
1997-08-02
Birth Place
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Death Place
Lawrence, Kansas, U.S.
Birth Sign
aquarius
Father
Mortimer Perry Burroughs
Mother
Laura Hammon Lee
Spouse
Ilse von Klapper, Joan Vollmer
Nationality
American
Education
John Burroughs School Los Alamos Ranch School

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

William S. Burroughs

After one look at this planet any visitor from outer space would say 'I want to see the manager.'

William S. Burroughs

Artists to my mind are the real architects of change, and not the political legislators who implement change after the fact.

William S. Burroughs

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

William S. Burroughs

Black magic operates most effectively in pre-conscious, marginal areas. Casual curses are the most effective.

William S. Burroughs

Be just and if you can't be just, be arbitrary.

William S. Burroughs

Every man has inside himself a parasitic being who is acting not at all to his advantage.

William S. Burroughs

A functioning police state needs no police.

William S. Burroughs

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

William S. Burroughs

Love is a haunting melody that I have never mastered and I fear I never will.

William S. Burroughs

In deep sadness there is no place for sentimentality.

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.

William S. Burroughs

Language is a virus from outer space.

William S. Burroughs

How I hate those who are dedicated to producing conformity.

William S. Burroughs

Like all pure creatures, cats are practical.

William S. Burroughs

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

William S. Burroughs

And I enjoyed the celebrity and the creativity that was involved in Star Trek.

William S. Burroughs

Sometimes paranoia's just having all the facts.

William S. Burroughs