Quotes from And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks

William S. Burroughs ·  214 pages

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“I began to get a feeling (...) of being the only sane man in a nut house. It doesn't make you feel superior but depressed and scared, because there is nobody you can contact.”
― William S. Burroughs, quote from And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks


“All over America, people were pulling credentials out of their pockets and sticking them under someone else's nose to prove they had been somewhere or done something. And I thought someday everyone in America will suddenly jump up and say, 'I don't take any shit!' and start pushing and cursing and clawing at the man next to him.”
― William S. Burroughs, quote from And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks


“Yeah," I said, "but you're an artist. You don't believe in decency and honesty and gratitude. Where shall we eat?”
― William S. Burroughs, quote from And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks


“But you're an artist. You don't believe in decency and honesty and gratitude.”
― William S. Burroughs, quote from And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks


“I had the feeling that all over America such stupid arguments were taking place on street corners and in bars and restaurants. All over America, people were pulling credentials out of their pockets and sticking them under someone else's nose to prove they had been somewhere or done something. And I thought someday everyone in America will suddenly jump up and say "I don't take any shit!" and start pushing and cursing and clawing at the man next to him.”
― William S. Burroughs, quote from And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks


“...both of us had a lot to say, but there was no room to say it in, we were so tense and close.”
― William S. Burroughs, quote from And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks


“I began to get a feeling familiar to me from my bartending days of being the only sane man in a nuthouse. It doesn't make you feel superior but depressed and scared, because there is nobody you can contact.”
― William S. Burroughs, quote from And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks


“As I was walking past Tony Pastor's I saw Pat, the lesbian bouncer, throw a drunken young sailor out into the street. The sailor said, "That place is full of fucking queers." He swung at the air and nearly fell on his face, then he staggered away, muttering to himself.”
― William S. Burroughs, quote from And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks


“He had a third martini. He looked at me intently and took hold of my arm. 'Look', he said. 'You're a fish in a pond. It's drying up. You have to mutate into an amphibian, but someone keeps hanging on to you and telling you to stay in the pond, everything's going to be all right.”
― William S. Burroughs, quote from And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks


“–Levántate y date una ducha, cabrón.
–¿Qué pasa?
–A mí no me vengas con qué pasa. Anoche fumaste marihuana.
–Pero no era nada buena, de todos modos –dije, y me fui al baño.”
― William S. Burroughs, quote from And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks


“There was something virile in her attitude toward tragedy, as though she were defying God to knock off the chip He Himself had placed on her shoulder.”
― William S. Burroughs, quote from And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks


“People in bars are always claiming to be boxers, hoping thereby to ward off attack, like a black snake will vibrate its tail in leaves and try to impersonate a rattlesnake.”
― William S. Burroughs, quote from And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks


“I got up the next morning with morphine hangover. I poured myself a large glass of cold milk, which is an antidote for morphine.”
― William S. Burroughs, quote from And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks


“A typical modern Puritan, she was able to believe in sin without believing in God. In fact, she felt there was something soft and sinful about believing in God. She rejected such indulgence like an indecent proposal.

- William S. Burroughs, And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks”
― William S. Burroughs, quote from And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks


About the author

William S. Burroughs
Born place: in St. Louis, Missouri, The United States
Born date February 5, 1914
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