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William S. Burroughs Quotes: "After one look at this planet any visitor from outer space would say 'I want to see the manager.'"

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




William S. Burroughs Quotes: "After a shooting spree, they always want to take the guns away from the people who didn't do it."

After a shooting spree, they always want to take the guns away from the people who didn't do it.




William S. Burroughs Quotes: "Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer."

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



William S. Burroughs Quotes: "What does the money machine eat? It eats youth, spontaneity, life, beauty, and, above all, it eats creativity. It eats quality and sh*ts quantity."

What does the money machine eat? It eats youth, spontaneity, life, beauty, and, above all, it eats creativity. It eats quality and sh*ts quantity.




William S. Burroughs Quotes: "I think anybody incapable of changing his mind is crazy."

I think anybody incapable of changing his mind is crazy.



William S. Burroughs Quotes: "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."

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.



William S. Burroughs Quotes: "The cat does not offer services. The cat offers itself."

The cat does not offer services. The cat offers itself.




William S. Burroughs Quotes: "Artists to my mind are the real architects of change, and not the political legislators who implement change after the fact."

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



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

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 Quotes: "Which came first the intestine or the tapeworm?"

Which came first the intestine or the tapeworm?



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

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 Quotes: "I prefer cats to people, for the most part. Most people aren't cute at all, and if they are cute they very rapidly outgrow it."

I prefer cats to people, for the most part. Most people aren't cute at all, and if they are cute they very rapidly outgrow it.




William S. Burroughs Quotes: "I don't care if people hate my guts; I assume most of them do. The important question is whether they are in a position to do anything about it."

I don't care if people hate my guts; I assume most of them do. The important question is whether they are in a position to do anything about it.



William S. Burroughs Quotes: "There are no innocent bystanders."

There are no innocent bystanders.



William S. Burroughs Quotes: "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."

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.



William S. Burroughs Quotes: "In the U.S., you have to be a deviant or die of boredom."

In the U.S., you have to be a deviant or die of boredom.



William S. Burroughs Quotes: "Panic is the sudden realization that everything around you is alive."

Panic is the sudden realization that everything around you is alive.



William S. Burroughs Quotes: "A paranoid is someone who knows a little of what's going on."

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



William S. Burroughs Quotes: "If all pleasure is relief from tension, junk affords relief from the whole life process, in disconnecting the hypothalamus, which is the center of psychic energy and libido."

If all pleasure is relief from tension, junk affords relief from the whole life process, in disconnecting the hypothalamus, which is the center of psychic energy and libido.



William S. Burroughs Quotes: "I'm creating an imaginary — it's always imaginary — world in which I would like to live."

I'm creating an imaginary — it's always imaginary — world in which I would like to live.



William S. Burroughs Quotes: "Open your mind and let the pictures out"

Open your mind and let the pictures out



William S. Burroughs Quotes: "Americans have a special horror of giving up control, of letting things happen in their own way without interference."

Americans have a special horror of giving up control, of letting things happen in their own way without interference.



William S. Burroughs Quotes: "How I hate those who are dedicated to producing conformity."

How I hate those who are dedicated to producing conformity.



William S. Burroughs Quotes: "When you cut into the present the future leaks out."

When you cut into the present the future leaks out.



William S. Burroughs Quotes: "The aim of education is the knowledge, not of facts, but of values."

The aim of education is the knowledge, not of facts, but of values.



William S. Burroughs Quotes: "I am getting so far out one day I won't come back at all."

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



William S. Burroughs Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "Tangier is one of the few places left in the world where, so long as you don't proceed to robbery, violence, or some form of crude, antisocial behavior, you can do exactly what you want."

Tangier is one of the few places left in the world where, so long as you don't proceed to robbery, violence, or some form of crude, antisocial behavior, you can do exactly what you want.



William S. Burroughs Quotes: "There is no line between the 'real world' and 'world of myth and symbol.' Objects, sensations, hit with the impact of hallucination."

There is no line between the 'real world' and 'world of myth and symbol.' Objects, sensations, hit with the impact of hallucination.



William S. Burroughs Quotes: "Cheat your landlord if you can -- and must -- but do not try to shortchange the Muse."

Cheat your landlord if you can -- and must -- but do not try to shortchange the Muse.



William S. Burroughs Quotes: "There are no innocent bystanders ... what are they doing there in the first place?"

There are no innocent bystanders ... what are they doing there in the first place?



William S. Burroughs Quotes: "Paranoia is just having the right information."

Paranoia is just having the right information.



William S. Burroughs Quotes: "There is no intensity of love or feeling that does not involve the risk of crippling hurt. It is a duty to take this risk, to love and feel without defense or reserve."

There is no intensity of love or feeling that does not involve the risk of crippling hurt. It is a duty to take this risk, to love and feel without defense or reserve.



William S. Burroughs Quotes: "You must learn to exist with no religion, no country, no allies. You must learn to live alone in silence."

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



William S. Burroughs Quotes: "I miss you so much your absence causes me, at times, accute pain. I don't mean sexually. I mean in connection with my writing."

I miss you so much your absence causes me, at times, accute pain. I don't mean sexually. I mean in connection with my writing.



William S. Burroughs Quotes: "(1) Never give anything away for nothing. (2) Never give more than you have to give (always catch the buyer hungry and always make him wait). (3) Always take everything back if you possibly can."

(1) Never give anything away for nothing. (2) Never give more than you have to give (always catch the buyer hungry and always make him wait). (3) Always take everything back if you possibly can.



William S. Burroughs Quotes: "No one is ever really alone. You are part of everything alive."

No one is ever really alone. You are part of everything alive.



William S. Burroughs Quotes: "I don't have any politics. I feel that as soon as politics arises, things are already in a hopeless state of deterioration."

I don't have any politics. I feel that as soon as politics arises, things are already in a hopeless state of deterioration.



William S. Burroughs Quotes: "Your knowledge of what is going on can only be superficial and relative."

Your knowledge of what is going on can only be superficial and relative.



William S. Burroughs Quotes: "Thanks, for a country where nobody is allowed to mind his own business. Thanks, for a nation of finks."

Thanks, for a country where nobody is allowed to mind his own business. Thanks, for a nation of finks.



William S. Burroughs Quotes: "There is nothing more provocative than minding your own business."

There is nothing more provocative than minding your own business.



William S. Burroughs Quotes: "How long does it take man to realize that he cannot want what he wants? You have to live in hell to see heaven."

How long does it take man to realize that he cannot want what he wants? You have to live in hell to see heaven.



William S. Burroughs Quotes: "I am not a person and I am not an animal. There is something I am here for something I must do before I can go."

I am not a person and I am not an animal. There is something I am here for something I must do before I can go.



William S. Burroughs Quotes: "Love? What is it? Most natural painkiller what there is."

Love? What is it? Most natural painkiller what there is.



William S. Burroughs Quotes: "Sometimes paranoia's just having all the facts."

Sometimes paranoia's just having all the facts.



William S. Burroughs Quotes: "Smash the control images. Smash the control machine."

Smash the control images. Smash the control machine.



William S. Burroughs Quotes: "in the magical universe there are no coincidences and there are no accidents. nothing happens unless someone wills it to happen"

in the magical universe there are no coincidences and there are no accidents. nothing happens unless someone wills it to happen



William S. Burroughs Quotes: "Black magic operates most effectively in preconscious, marginal areas. Casual curses are the most effective."

Black magic operates most effectively in preconscious, marginal areas. Casual curses are the most effective.



William S. Burroughs Quotes: "Artists to my mind are the real architects of change."

Artists to my mind are the real architects of change.