William S. Burroughs, fully William Seward Burroughs II

William S.
Burroughs, fully William Seward Burroughs II
1914
1997

American Novelist, Short Story Writer, Essayist, Painter and Spoken Word Performer

Author Quotes

Now, boys, you won't see this operation performed very often and there's a reason for that... You see it has absolutely no medical value. No one knows what the purpose of it originally was or if it had a purpose at all. Personally I think it was a pure artistic creation from the beginning.

Shoot the bitch and write a book. That's what I did.

Tea heads are not like junkies. A junky hands you the money, takes his junk and cuts. But tea heads don't do things that way. They expect the peddler to light them up and sit around talking for half an hour to sell two dollars' worth of weed. If you come right to the point, they say you are a "bring down." In fact, a peddler should not come right out and say he is a peddler.

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.

The 'Other Half' is the word. The 'Other Half' is an organism. Word is an organism. The presence of the 'Other Half' is a separate organism attached to your nervous system on an air line of words can now be demonstrated experimentally. One of the most common 'hallucinations' of subject during sense withdrawal is the feeling of another body sprawled through the subject's body at an angle...yes quite an angle it is the 'Other Half' worked quite some years on a symbiotic basis. From symbiosis to parasitism is a short step. The word is now a virus. The flu virus may have once been a healthy lung cell. It is now a parasitic organism that invades and damages the central nervous system. Modern man has lost the option of silence. Try halting sub-vocal speech. Try to achieve even ten seconds of inner silence. You will encounter a resisting organism that forces you to talk. That organism is the word.

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

There's a boy across the river with an ass like a peach; alas I was no swimmer and lost my Clementine.

Virtue is simply happiness, and happiness is a by-product of function. You are happy when you are functioning.

What does she care for the atom bomb, the bedbugs, the cancer rent, Friendly Finance waiting to repossess her delinquent flesh? Sweet dreams, Pantopon Rose.

Whether you sniff it, smoke it, eat it or shove it up your ass, the result is the same: addiction.

You see control can never be a means to any practical end. ? Control can never be a means to anything but more control ? like Junk.

I know that Nature designs that this whole continent, not merely these thirty-six states, shall be, sooner or later, within the magic circle of the American union.

If a weaker baboon be attacked by a stronger baboon the weaker baboon will either (a) present his rump, fanny I believe is the word, gentlemen, heh heh for passive intercourse or (b) if he is a different type baboon more extrovert and well-adjusted, lead an attack on an even weaker baboon if he can find one.

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

It is not the intensity but the duration of pain that breaks the will to resist.

Language is a virus from outer space.

Man has sold his soul for time, language, tools, weapons, and dominance.

My relationships with my cats has saved me from a deadly, pervasive ignorance.

O death where is thy sting? The man is never on time...

Silence is only frightening to people who are compulsively verbalizing.

Tell Allen I plead guilty to vampirism and other crimes against life. But I love him and nothing else cancels love.

The dream is a spontaneous happening and therefore dangerous to a control system set-up by the non-dreamers

The people in power will not disappear voluntarily, giving flowers to the cops just isn't going to work. This thinking is fostered by the establishment; they like nothing better than love and nonviolence. The only way I like to see cops given flowers is in a flower pot from a high window.

The youth rebellion [1968] is a worldwide phenomenon that has not been seen before in history. I do not believe they will calm down and be ad execs at thirty as the Establishment would like us to believe.

They say only love can create, so who the fuck could love up a centipede? He's got more love in him than I got.

Author Picture
First Name
William S.
Last Name
Burroughs, fully William Seward Burroughs II
Birth Date
1914
Death Date
1997
Bio

American Novelist, Short Story Writer, Essayist, Painter and Spoken Word Performer