Thursday, November 29, 2007


Here are 23 fun quotes from the infamous writer and junkie, William S. Burroughs. Enjoy!

Sometimes paranoia's just having all the facts.

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

A functioning police state needs no police.

They tend to be suspicious, bristly, paranoid-type people with huge egos they push around like some elephantiasis victim with his distended testicles in a wheelbarrow terrified no doubt that some skulking ingrate of a clone student will sneak into his very brain and steal his genius work.

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

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

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.

Which came first, the intestine or the tapeworm?

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

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

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.

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.

No one owns life, but anyone who can pick up a frying pan owns death.

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

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

Nothing exists until or unless it is observed. An artist is making something exist by observing it. And his hope for other people is that they will also make it exist by observing it. I call it "creative observation." Creative viewing.

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

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.

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.

There is the pleasurable orgasm, like a rising sales graph, and there is the unpleasurable orgasm, slumping ominously like the Dow Jones in 1929.

To his secretary after a visit from Kurt Cobain: "There's something wrong with that boy. He frowns for no reason."

The dogma of science is that the will cannot possibly affect external forces, and I think that's just ridiculous. It's as bad as the church. My viewpoint is the exact contrary of the scientific viewpoint. I believe that if you run into somebody in the street it's for a reason. Among primitive people they say if someone was bitten by a snake he was murdered. I believe that.

Son, never listen to a priest or a policeman...the only thing they have is the key to the shithouse.


Blogger Undeniable Liberal said...

Good stuff. Words to live by...heh.

4:22 AM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

I say we dig the old lad up and have him run for president.

5:10 AM  
Blogger Snave said...

Good stuff to live by, indeed! And yes, we should exhume the guy and run him as The Corpse That Just Won't Die or something similar. If he was alive, I think he might find some humor in an idea like that.

7:29 AM  
Blogger Mary Ellen said...

Off topic, check out the breaking news on my blog. A man has a bomb strapped to his chest in the Hillary Clinton campaign office in Rochester New Hampshire. Just heard from my daughter who is a reporter at the paper there.

11:21 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Great quotes. I don't remember when he died, but he sure would have some colorful things to say about our current government and society.

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3:59 PM  

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