William S. Burroughs Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old william s. burroughs quotes, william s. burroughs sayings, and william s. burroughs proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Silence is only frightening to people who are compulsively verbalizing.     

William S. Burroughs

The purpose of technology is not to confuse the brain but to serve the body.     

William S. Burroughs

Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer.     

William S. Burroughs

There is nothing more provocative than minding your own business.     

William S. Burroughs

Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer.     

William S. Burroughs

The only possible ethic is to do what one wants to do.     

William S. Burroughs

Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer.     

William S. Burroughs

After a shooting spree, they always want to take the guns away from the people who didn't do it. I sure as hell wouldn't want to live in a society where the only people allowed guns are the police and the military.     

William S. Burroughs

The cat does not offer services. The cat offers itself. Of course he wants care and shelter. You don't buy love for nothing. Like all pure creatures, cats are practical.     

William S. Burroughs

You need a good bedside manner with doctors or you will get nowhere.     

William S. Burroughs

Man is an artifact designed for space travel. He is not designed to remain in his present biologic state any more than a tadpole is designed to remain a tadpole.     

William S. Burroughs

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.     

William S. Burroughs

A paranoid is someone who has all the facts.     

William S. Burroughs

Sometimes paranoia's just having all the facts.     

William S. Burroughs

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

William S. Burroughs

Smash the control images. Smash the control machine.     

William S. Burroughs

Perhaps all pleasure is only relief.     

William S. Burroughs

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

William S. Burroughs

Scientology is a model control system, a state in fact with its own courts, police, rewards and penalties.     

William S. Burroughs

Like most qualities, cuteness is delineated by what it isn't. Most people aren't cute at all, or if so they quickly outgrow their cuteness ... Elegance, grace, delicacy, beauty, and a lack of self-consciousness: a creature who knows he is cute soon isn't.     

William S. Burroughs

The most deadly picture is a picture of nothing at all. The colors are there, but there is no image, nothing.     

William S. Burroughs

In deep sadness there is no place for sentimentality.     

William S. Burroughs

In exorcism, a verbal argument can never do anything. You can't ever beat the entity in a verbal argument because that's what he wants. It's only through a confront, a non-verbal confront, that anything happens. It has to be non-verbal.      

William S. Burroughs

Silence is only frightening to people who are compulsively verbalizing.     

William S. Burroughs

The aim of education is the knowledge, not of facts, but of values.     

William S. Burroughs

The photo collage is a way to travel that must be used with skill and precision if we are to arrive... The collage as a flexible hieroglyph language of juxtaposition: A collage makes a statement.     

William S. Burroughs

The Planet drifts to random insect doom.     

William S. Burroughs

Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer.     

William S. Burroughs

Black magic operates most effectively in preconscious, marginal areas. Casual curses are the most effective.     

William S. Burroughs

The cat does not offer services. The cat offers itself. Of course he wants care and shelter. You don't buy love for nothing.     

William S. Burroughs