William S. Burroughs

United States writer noted for his works portraying the life of drug addicts (1914-1997)

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A paranoid is someone who knows a little of what's going on.
A functioning police state needs no police.
After one look at this planet any visitor from outer space would say "I want to see the manager."
After one look at this planet any visitor from outer space would say I want to see the manager.
Anything that can be done chemically can be done by other means.
Black magic operates most effectively in preconscious, marginal areas. Casual curses are the most effective.
Every man has inside himself a parasitic being who is acting not at all to his advantage.
Humility is indeed beatness, a compulsory virtue that no one exhibits unless he has to.
I think the ideal situation for a family is to be completely incestuous.
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.
In deep sadness there is no place for sentimentality.
Paranoia means having all the facts.
There couldn't be a society of people who didn't dream. They'd be dead in two weeks.
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.
Which came first the intestine or the tapeworm?
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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