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William S. Burroughs motivational quotes William S. Burroughs Quotes and Comments - Poet and Novelist

Inspirational Quotes by the famous American poet, novelist & essayist William S. Burroughs
born William Seward Burroughs - 5th of February, 1914, Missouri, United States / Died - 2nd of August 1997
Popular William S. Burroughs books include "Naked Lunch", "Dead Fingers Talk", "The Wild Boys" and "Queer".
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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.

+ I am forced to the appalling conclusion that I would never have become a writer but for Joan's death. I had no choice but to write my way out. (Burroughs accidently shot his lover and mother of his child).

+ 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.

+ 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.

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

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

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

+ 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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