William S. Burroughs

«We are the cats inside. We are the cats who cannot walk alone, and for us there is only one place.»

William S. Burroughs


«Junk turns the user into a plant. Plants do not feel pain since pain has no function in a stationary organism. Junk is a pain killer. A plant has no libido in the human or animal sense. Junk replaces the sex drive. Seeding is the sex of the plant and the function of opium is to delay seeding.»

William S. Burroughs


«Language is a virus from outer space»

William S. Burroughs


«There is no intensity of love or feeling that does not involve the risk of crippling hurt. It is a duty to take this risk, to love and feel without defense or reserve.»

William S. Burroughs


«You know, they ask me if I were on a desert island and I knew nobody would ever see what I wrote, would I go on writing. My answer is most emphatically yes. I would go on writing for company. Because I'm creating an imaginary — it's always imaginary — world in which I would like to live.»

William S. Burroughs


«Oh be careful! There they go again!" said the old queen as his string broke spilling his balls over the floor.... "Stop them will you, James, you worthless old shit! Don't just stand there and let the master's balls roll into the coal-bin!»

William S. Burroughs


«Nobody owns life, but anyone who can pick up a frying pan owns death.»

William S. Burroughs


«Fear of death is form of stasis horrors. The dead weight of time.»

William S. Burroughs


«How long does it take man to realize that he cannot want what he wants? You have to live in hell to see heaven.»

William S. Burroughs


«The price an artist pays for doing what he wants is that he has to do it.»

William S. Burroughs


«But you're an artist. You don't believe in decency and honesty and gratitude.»

William S. Burroughs


«The best way to keep something bad from happening is to see it ahead of time... and you can't see it if you refuse to face the possibility.»

William S. Burroughs


«Thinking is not enough. Nothing is. There is no final enough of wisdom, experience--any fucking thing. No Holy Grail, No Final Satori, no final solution. Just conflict.»

William S. Burroughs


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

William S. Burroughs


«All political movements are basically anti-creative — since a political movement is a form of war. “There’s no place for impractical dreamers around here,” that’s what they always say. “Your writing activities will be directed, kindly stop horsing around.” “As for the smoking of marijuana, it is the exploitation for the workers.” Both favor alcohol and are against pot.»

William S. Burroughs


«The first and most important thing an individual can do is to become an individual again, decontrol himself, train himself as to what is going on and win back as much independent ground for himself as possible»

William S. Burroughs


«You know a real friend?»

William S. Burroughs


«My characters are quite as real to me as so-called real people; which is one reason why I'm not subject to what is known as loneliness. I have plenty of company.»

William S. Burroughs


«To be an outlaw you must first have a base in law to reject and get out of, I never had such a base. I never had a place I could call home that meant any more than a key to a house, apartment or hotel room. … Am I alien? Alien from what exactly? Perhaps my home is my dream city, more real than my waking life precisely because it has no relation to waking life…»

William S. Burroughs


«There is only one thing a writer can write about: what is in front of his senses at the moment of writing... I am a recording instrument... I do not presume to impose “story” “plot” “continuity”... Insofar as I succeed in Direct recording of certain areas of psychic process I may have limited function... I am not an entertainer...»

William S. Burroughs


«What's with the serum?"»

William S. Burroughs


«Panic is the sudden realization that everything around you is alive.»

William S. Burroughs


«Poverty, hatred, war, police-criminals, bureaucracy, insanity, all symptoms of The Human Virus.»

William S. Burroughs


«We're very near a certain point where money doesn't mean anything... They say: How much money is this going to cost? This is really a totally meaningless concept. Money determines less and less our reality. Money is not constant factor, it's simply a process dependent entirely on acceptance for its existence. We already see situations without money, and I think that we're coming closer and closer to it.»

William S. Burroughs


«when I become death. Death is the seed from which I grow.»

William S. Burroughs


«Jesus Christ said 'by their fruits ye shall know them,' not by their disclaimers.»

William S. Burroughs


«Rock and Roll adolescent hoodlums storm the streets of all nations. They rush into the Louvre and throw acid in the Mona Lisa’s face.»

William S. Burroughs


«I began to get a feeling (...) of being the only sane man in a nut house. It doesn't make you feel superior but depressed and scared, because there is nobody you can contact.»

William S. Burroughs