Well Burroughs was in many ways the architect of what became known as the Beat Movement. Though in reality the many facets of the culture had little in common with each other. Burroughs, Ginsberg and Kerouac were the three pillars. Who was most inspirational is debateable.
Here’s a few great quotes.
A paranoid is someone who knows a little of what’s going on.
Knowing even a little can scare the life out of you.
After one look at this planet any visitor from outer space would say ‘I want to see the manager.’
That is presupposing that someone is managing the mess.
Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer.
So true. The subconscious is amazingly good at digging out information.
Artists to my mind are the real architects of change, and not the political legislators who implement change after the fact.
So we should encourage creativity and lateral thinking along with problem solving and stop getting our kids to churn out a set of ‘facts’.
Language is a virus from outer space.
It is a wonderful virus. It has liberated our imagination.
Desperation is the raw material of drastic change. Only those who can leave behind everything they have ever believed in can hope to escape.
Every man has inside himself a parasitic being who is acting not at all to his advantage.
Silence is only frightening to people who are compulsively verbalizing.
We could all do with some.
In deep sadness there is no place for sentimentality.
I’m not only sentimental; I’m also semimental!
Hustlers of the world, there is one mark you cannot beat: the mark inside.
There’s no escaping yourself! We all know what we are really up to. There’s no fooling ourselves. We see through it all.