William S. Burroughs Quotes and Comments - Poet
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
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
+ 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.