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Quote Left Out of the closets and into the museums, libraries, architectural monuments, concert halls, bookstores, recording studios and film studios of the world. Everything belongs to the inspired and dedicated thief... Words, colors, light, sounds, stone, wood, bronze belong to the living artist. They belong to anyone who can use them. Loot the Louver! A bas l Originality, the sterile and assertive ego that imprisons us as it creates. Vive le sol -- pure, shameless, total. We are not responsible. Steal anything in sight. Quote Right
Quote Left Paranoia means having all the facts. Quote Right
Quote Left Kerouac and I are not real at all. The only thing about a writer is that he has written, and not his so-called life. ' And we (will) all die and the stars will go out, one after another .' Quote Right
Quote Left 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. Quote Right
Quote Left Nothing exists until or unless it is observed. An artist is making something exist by observing it. And his hope for other people is that they will also make it exist by observing it. I call it creative observation. Creative viewing. Quote Right
Quote Left 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. Quote Right
Quote Left A paranoid is someone who knows a little of what's going on. Quote Right
Quote Left After one look at this planet any visitor from outer space would say I want to see the manager. Quote Right
Quote Left America is not so much a nightmare as a non-dream. The American non-dream is precisely a move to wipe the dream out of existence. The dream is a spontaneous happening and therefore dangerous to a control system set up by the non-dreamers. Quote Right
Quote Left 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. Quote Right
Quote Left Junk is the ideal product... the ultimate merchandise. No sales talk necessary. The client will crawl through a sewer and beg to buy. Quote Right
Quote Left After one look at this planet any visitor from outer space would say 'I want to see the manager.' Quote Right
Quote Left After one look at this planet any visitor from outer space would say "I want to see the manager." Quote Right
Quote Left Anything that can be done chemically can be done by other means. Quote Right
Quote Left They tend to be suspicious, bristly, paranoid-type people with huge egos they push around like some elephantiasis victim with his distended testicles in a wheelbarrow terrified no doubt that some skulking ingrate of a clone student will sneak into his very brain and steal his genius work. Quote Right
Quote Left I think the ideal situation for a family is to be completely incestuous. Quote Right
Quote Left A functioning police state needs no police. Quote Right
Quote Left Desperation is the raw material of drastic change. Only those who can leave behind everything they have ever believed in can hope to escape. Quote Right
Quote Left Which came first the intestine or the tapeworm? Quote Right
Quote Left Every man has inside himself a parasitic being who is acting not at all to his advantage. Quote Right
Quote Left 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. Quote Right
Quote Left Junk is the ultimate merchandise. The junk merchant does not sell his product to the consumer, he sells the consumer to the product. He does not improve and simplify his merchandise, he degrades and simplifies the client. Quote Right
Quote Left America is not a young land: it is old and dirty and evil before the settlers, before the Indians. The evil is there waiting. Quote Right
Quote Left No atomic physicist has to worry, people will always want to kill other people on a mass scale. Sure, he's got the fridge full of sausages and spring water. Quote Right
Quote Left The face of evil is always the face of total need. Quote Right
Quote Left The people in power will not disappear voluntarily, giving flowers to the cops just isn't going to work. This thinking is fostered by the establishment; they like nothing better than love and nonviolence. The only way I like to see cops given flowers is in a flower pot from a high window. Quote Right
Quote Left There couldn't be a society of people who didn't dream. They'd be dead in two weeks. Quote Right
Quote Left Black magic operates most effectively in preconscious, marginal areas. Casual curses are the most effective. Quote Right
Quote Left Humility is indeed beatness, a compulsory virtue that no one exhibits unless he has to. Quote Right
Quote Left Admittedly, a homosexual can be conditioned to react sexually to a woman, or to an old boot for that matter. In fact, both homo -- and heterosexual experimental subjects have been conditioned to react sexually to an old boot, and you can save a lot of money that way. Quote Right