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William S. Burroughs Quotes and Sayings

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Only those who can leave behind everything they
have ever believed in can hope to escape.
- William S. Burroughs

Related topics: Wisdom

Like all pure creatures, cats are practical.
- William S. Burroughs

How I hate those who are dedicated to producing conformity.
- William S. Burroughs

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

 

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

You can't fake quality any more than you can fake a good meal.
- William S. Burroughs

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

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The face of evil is always the face of total need.
- William S. Burroughs

Which came first the intestine or the tapeworm?
- William S. Burroughs

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

The cat does not offer services.
The cat offers itself.
Of course he wants care and shelter.
You don't buy love for nothing.
- William S. Burroughs

Anything that can be done chemically can be done by other means.
- William S. Burroughs

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

Silence is only frightening to people who are compulsively verbalizing.
- William S. Burroughs

Smash the control images.
Smash the control machine.
- William S. Burroughs

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

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.
- William S. Burroughs

Every man has inside himself a parasitic being who
is acting not at all to his advantage.
- William S. Burroughs

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

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

The only possible ethic is to do what one wants to do.
- William S. Burroughs

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

Our national drug is alcohol.
We tend to regard the use any other drug with special horror.
- William S. Burroughs

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

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

Be just and if you can't be just, be arbitrary.
- William S. Burroughs

Nothing is true, everything is permitted.
- William S. Burroughs

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

In deep sadness there is no place for sentimentality.
- William S. Burroughs

Hustlers of the world, there is one mark you cannot beat:
the mark inside.
- William S. Burroughs

Perhaps all pleasure is only relief.
- William S. Burroughs

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

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

Language is a virus from outer space.
- William S. Burroughs

Sometimes paranoia's just having all the facts.
- William S. Burroughs

A functioning police state needs no police.
- William S. Burroughs

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.
- William S. Burroughs

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

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.
- William S. Burroughs

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

I had not taken a bath in a year nor changed my clothes
or removed them except to stick a needle every hour
in the fibrous grey wooden flesh of heroin addiction.
I did absolutely nothing.
- William S. Burroughs

There are no facts, only interpretations.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

Life is an adventure.
I can only wonder what treasure
awaits at the top of the path.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You're only here for a short visit.
Don't hurry. Don't worry.
And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.
- Walter Hagen

Darkness cannot drive out darkness;
only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate;
only love can do that.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

People only see what they are prepared to see.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The only thing necessary for evil to triumph
is for enough good men to do nothing.
- Edmund Burke

Play with life, laugh with life,
dance lightly with life,
and smile at the riddles of life,
knowing that life's only true lessons
are writ small in the margin.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Hate is never conquered by hate,
Hate is only conquered by love.
- The Buddha

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was,
Thank you, that would suffice.
- Meister Eckhart

There are only two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle.
- Albert Einstein

Choose Inner Peace.
Nothing is worth losing your inner peace.
Take action as circumstances require,
but never surrender your inner peace.
Stop. Breathe deeply.
Close your eyes and breathe deeply again.
Then, and only then, take action -
from a peaceful heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Minds are like parachutes.
They only function when they are open.
- James Dewar

We have only this moment,
sparkling like a star in our hand -
and melting like a snowflake.
- Marie B. Ray

We can only be said to be truly alive in those moments
when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.
- Thornton Wilder

Imagine all the people living life in peace.
You may say I'm a dreamer,
but I'm not the only one.
I hope someday you'll join us,
and the world will be as one.
- John Lennon

One can not reflect in streaming water.
Only those who know internal peace can give it to others.
- Lao Tzu

A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue,
but the parent of all other virtues.
- Cicero

Move out of your comfort zone. You can only
grow if you are willing to feel awkward and
uncomfortable when you try something new.
- Brian Tracy

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.
- Robert F. Kennedy

Life is NOT "Supposed to be Fair."
Know that there is no single way that life is "supposed" to be.
Demanding that life meet our expectations
is a sure fire recipe for a miserable existence.
Life is a game with no rules.
Life just happens to us regardless of our best intentions.
Our only path to happiness lies in being open
to receiving whatever life throws at us -
with Gratitude. Have NO Expectations of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There are only two or three human stories,
and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely
as if they had never happened before.
- Willa Cather

Nothing in life is to be feared.
It is only to be understood.
- Marie Curie

Majority rule only works if you're also
considering individual rights,
because you can't have five wolves and one sheep
voting on what to have for dinner.
- Larry Flynt

Don't hurry. Don't worry.
You're only here for a short visit.
So don't forget to stop and smell the roses.
- Walter Hagen

Universal compassion is the only guarantee of morality.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

Find your balance and stand with it.
Find your song and sing it out.
Find your cadence and let it appear like a dance.
Find the questions that only you know how to ask and
The answers that you are content to not know.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The essence of all religions is one.
Only their approaches are different.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Friendship is born at that moment
when one person says to another,
"What! You too? I thought I was the only one."
- C. S. Lewis

Just stop it. Seriously.
Whatever it is. Just stop it.
If only for an hour, a day, a week.
Stop doing it long enough to get a glimpse
of what the change would actually look like.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

People are like stained glass windows,
they sparkle and shine when the sun is out,
but when darkness sets in their true beauty
is revealed only if there is a light from within.
- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross


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