William Burroughs Quotes
''In deep sadness there is no place for sentimentality.''William Burroughs (b. 1914), U.S. author. Queer, ch. 8 (1985).
''In homosexual sex you know exactly what the other person is feeling, so you are identifying with the other person completely. In heterosexual sex you have no idea what the other person is feeling.''William Burroughs (b. 1914), U.S. author. Quoted in Victor Bockris, "On Men," With William Burroughs: A Report from the Bunker (1981).
''There couldn't be a society of people who didn't dream. They'd be dead in two weeks.''William Burroughs (b. 1914), U.S. author. Quoted in Victor Bockris, With William Burroughs: A Report from the Bunker, "On Dreams," (1981). Taped conversation, 1974, New York City.
''Kerouac opened a million coffee bars and sold a million pairs of Levis to both sexes. Woodstock rises from his pages.''William Burroughs (b. 1914), U.S. author. "Remembering Jack Kerouac," The Adding Machine (1985).
''Truth is used to vitalize a statement rather than devitalize it. Truth implies more than a simple statement of fact. "I don't have any whisky," may be a fact but it is not a truth.''William Burroughs (b. 1914), U.S. author. The Adding Machine, "On Coincidence," (1985).
''Virtue is simply happiness, and happiness is a by-product of function. You are happy when you are functioning.''William Burroughs (b. 1914), U.S. author. "The Creative Observer," Painting and Guns (1992).
''Intelligence and war are games, perhaps the only meaningful games left. If any player becomes too proficient, the game is threatened with termination.''William Burroughs (b. 1914), U.S. author. "The Hundred Year Plan," The Adding Machine (1985).
''Junk is the ideal product ... the ultimate merchandise. No sales talk necessary. The client will crawl through a sewer and beg to buy.''William Burroughs (b. 1914), U.S. author. The Naked Lunch, introduction (1959).
''1. Never give anything away for nothing.William Burroughs (b.1914), U.S. author. The Naked Lunch, introduction (1959). The basic principles of dealing heroin.
2. Never give more than you have to give (always catch the buyer hungry and always make him wait).
3. Always take everything back if you possibly can.''
''America is not a young land: it is old and dirty and evil before the settlers, before the Indians. The evil is there waiting.''William Burroughs (b. 1914), U.S. author. The Naked Lunch, p. 24 (1959, repr. 1990).
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Where Flesh Circulates
Its so hard to remember in the world - - Weren't you there? Dead so you
think of ports - - Couldn't reach flesh - - Might have to reach flesh from
anybody - -
And i will depart under the Red Masters
for strange dawn words of color exalting their
falling on my face impending attack satellite in a
Gold and perfumes of light city red stone
shadows brick terminal time wet dream flesh creakily...
My Legs Señor
attic room and window my ice skates on the wall
the Priest could see the bathroom pale yellow wood panels
toilet young legs shiny black leg hairs
"It is my legs señor."
lustre of stumps rinses his lavender horizen
feeling the boy groan and what it meant
face of a lousy kid on the doctor's table
I was the shadow of the waxing evening and strange window panes.
I was the smudge and whine of missed times in the reflected sky