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William Burroughs Quotes

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

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Our national drug is alcohol. We tend to regard the use any other drug with special horror.
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#Alcohol And Alcoholism

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My purpose in writing has always been to express human potentials and purposes relevant to the Space Age.
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#Age And Aging

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Writing prejudicial, off-putting reviews is a precise exercise in applied black magic. The reviewer can draw free-floating disagreeable associations to a book by implying that the book is completely unimportant without saying exactly why, and carefully avoiding any clear images that could capture the reader's full attention.
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#Critics And Criticism

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Intelligence and war are games, perhaps the only meaningful games left. If any player becomes too proficient, the game is threatened with termination.
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#Games

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Every man has inside himself a parasitic being who is acting not at all to his advantage.
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#Acting And Actors

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Hemingway was a prisoner of his style. No one can talk like the characters in Hemingway except the characters in Hemingway. His style in the wildest sense finally killed him.
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#American Actor

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In fact, they recapitulate the story of Christianity word for word, like the inevitable course of some unsightly disease: criminal ignorance, brutish stupidity, self-righteous bigotry, paranoid fear of outsiders. For the cultist, psychiatrists, the media, Government agencies have become Satan incarnate. Like the fundamental Christians, they have to be right.
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#Christianity

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

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My general theory since 1971 has been that the word is literally a virus, and that it has not been recognized as such because it has achieved a state of relatively stable symbiosis with its human host; that is to say, the word virus (the Other Half) has established itself so firmly as an accepted part of the human organism that it can now sneer at gangster viruses like smallpox and turn them in to the Pasteur Institute.
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#Words #General

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When I become death, death is the seed from which I grow.
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#Death

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Desperation is the raw material of drastic change. Only those who can leave behind everything they have ever believed in can hope to escape.
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#Desperation

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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.
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#Believe

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This is a war universe. War all the time. That is its nature. There may be other universes based on all sorts of other principles, but ours seems to be based on war and games.
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#American Actor

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

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Any belief in Creators or Purpose is wishful thinking. And when you point out that perhaps ALL thinking is wishful, reactions of intense irritation give evidence that we are not dealing with logic but with faith.
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#Belief

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Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer.
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#inspirational #Motivational #Quote of the Day

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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.
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#America

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Smash the control images. Smash the control machine.
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#Control

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In the magical universe there are no coincidences and there are no accidents. Nothing happens unless someone wills it to happen.
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#Accidents

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I was new in the game and like all young thieves thought I had a license to steal. It didn't last.
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#Game

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I think there are innumerable gods. What we on earth call God is a little tribal God who has made an awful mess. Certainly forces operating through human consciousness control events.
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#God

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Junk is not, like alcohol or weed, a means to increased enjoyment of life. Junk is not a kick. It is a way of life.
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#Alcohol And Alcoholism

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No job too dirty for the scientists.
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#Dirty

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So cheat your landlord if you can and must, but do not try to shortchange the Muse. It cannot be done. You can't fake quality any more than you can fake a good meal.
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#Cheating #Cheat

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The idea that addiction is somehow a psychological illness is, I think, totally ridiculous. It's as psychological as malaria. It's a matter of exposure. People, generally speaking, will take any intoxicant or any drug that gives them a pleasant effect if it is available to them.
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#Addiction