William S. Burroughs

William S. Burroughs

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Author Profession: Literature & Fiction Influences Samuel Beckett, Jack Black, Louis-Ferdinand Celine, Arthur Rimbaud
Born: February 05, 1914
Died: August 02, 1997
Birth Sign: Aquarius

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

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

Language is a virus from outer space.

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.

If everyone is to be made responsible for everything they do, you must extend responsibility beyond the level of conscious intention.

The purpose of technology is not to confuse the brain but to serve the body.

I see no reason why the artistic world can't absolutely merge with Madison Avenue. Pop art is a move in that direction. Why can't we have advertisements with beautiful words and beautiful images?

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

The world wasn't a more tolerant place when I was a young man. Rather, they simply sidestepped all the issues.

Nothing is true, everything is permitted.

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

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.

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.

Sometimes paranoia's just having all the facts.

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

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

Silence is only frightening to people who are compulsively verbalizing.

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

After a shooting spree, they always want to take the guns away from the people who didn't do it. I sure as hell wouldn't want to live in a society where the only people allowed guns are the police and the military.

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.

Be the change that you wish to see in the world. Mahatma Gandhi

If I gave you any thought I probably would. Peter Lorre

If anybody wanted to photograph my life, they'd get bored in a day. Matt Damon

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