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William S. Burroughs Quotes

(1914-1997), American Writer

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.

Category: Addiction

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.

Category: America

America is not a young land: it is old and dirty and evil before the settlers, before the Indians. The evil is there waiting.

Category: America

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

Category: Arts And Artists

So cheat your landlord if you can and must, but do not try to shortchange the Muse. It cannot be done. You can't fake quality any more than you can fake a good meal.

Category: Cheating

Writing prejudicial, off-putting reviews is a precise exercise in applied black magic. The reviewer can draw free-floating disagreeable associations to a book by implying that the book is completely unimportant without saying exactly why, and carefully avoiding any clear images that could capture the reader's full attention.

Category: Critics And Criticism

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

Category: Desperation

Which came first the intestine or the tapeworm?

Category: Disease

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

Category: Dreams

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

Category: Drugs

The face of evil is always the face of total need.

Category: Evil

I think the ideal situation for a family is to be completely incestuous.

Category: Family

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.

Category: God

In deep sadness there is no place for sentimentality.

Category: Grief

Humility is indeed beatness, a compulsory virtue that no one exhibits unless he has to.

Category: Humility