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William S. Burroughs
(1914-1997) born on
Feb 05
US writer. He was a chief spokesman for the "beat movement," 1950s; wrote "Naked Lunch," 1959.
         
   
F
In my writing I am acting as a map maker, an explorer of psychic areas. . . a cosmonaut of inner space, and I see no point in exploring areas that have already been thoroughly surveyed.

R
Desperation is the raw material of drastic change. Only those who can leave behind everything they have ever believed in can hope to escape.
A
Artists to my mind are the real architects of change, and not the political legislators who implement change after the fact.
N
Hemingway was a prisoner of his style. No one can talk like the characters in Hemingway except the characters in Hemingway. His style in the wildest sense finally killed him.
K
(1) Never give anything away for nothing.
(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.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: Remark, 1964. Quoted in: Eric Mottram, William Burroughs: The Algebra of Need, pt. 1, ch. 1 (1977).
R: The Western Lands, ch. 5 (1987).
A: In <a href="http://www.cyber-nation.com/cgi-bin/victory/quotations/qlreferral/quotelib.pl?id=10115">The Ultimate Success Quotations Library</a>, 1997.
N: The Adding Machine, "A Word to the Wise Guy" (1985).
K: The Naked Lunch, Introduction (1959), describing the basic principles of monopoly, as followed by dealers of heroin.
   


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