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William S. Burroughs (Character)
from Beat (2000)

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Beat (2000)
Lucien Carr: They'll probably give me the chair for this, huh?
William S. Burroughs: Don't be absurd. They don't fry freshman literature students.

Joan Vollmer: So, do they have ruins down in Guatemala?
William S. Burroughs: It's all ruins. Or it all will be, given enough time.
Joan Vollmer: Ah, just like people.
William S. Burroughs: Yes. But people decay more promptly than Mayan temples.

Joan Vollmer: And what does your young man make of the Mayans?
William S. Burroughs: Well I have yet to inquire about his preference in lost civilizations.
Joan Vollmer: Ah, but he must like ruins.
William S. Burroughs: [chuckles] Yes. He likes me tolerably enough.

Lee: If you love your wife so much, why are you here with me?
William S. Burroughs: Love is not sex.

William S. Burroughs: Are you leaving me?
Joan Vollmer: Should I?
William S. Burroughs: [long pause] As you like.

Joan Vollmer: Say Bill, does the Oedipal Complex get reversed for fags?
William S. Burroughs: [pause] Well, speaking from personal experience, I never wanted to fuck my father.
Joan Vollmer: [chuckles]


Kill Your Darlings (2013)
Allen Ginsberg: [upon William Burroughs offering him a joint] Uhm, no thanks, I don't do the cannabis.
William Burroughs: Show me the man who is both sober and happy, and I will show you the crinkled anus of a lying asshole.