If you make people think they’re thinking, they’ll love you; but if you really make them think, they’ll hate you
What I am looking for is not out there, it is in me.
Even the sky a hybrid — here clean and black and starred, there roiling with a brusque signature of cloud or piled in strata like folded linen or the interior of rock.
Attempt the impossible in order to improve your work.
An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way.
It’s a thrill being in a body. Light looks shiny, molecules dither and swivel along my neural pathways.
It has always seemed strange to me… the things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling, are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest, are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first they love the produce of the second.
Whiskey and speed!
Twiggy (aka Lesley Hornby)
Your knowledge of what is going on can only be superficial and relative.
William S. Burroughs
I want to live my life, not record it.
I can never read all the books I want; I can never be all the people I want and live all the lives I want. I can never train myself in all the skills I want. And why do I want? I want to live and feel all the shades, tones and variations of mental and physical experience possible in life. And I am horribly limited.
If you don’t like the conversation, change it.
There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.
The best way to treat obstacles is to use them as stepping-stones. Laugh at them, tread on them, and let them lead you to something better.
Everyone needs a warm personal enemy or two to keep him free from rust in the movable parts of his mind.