quote by William S. Burroughs

Man is an artifact designed for space travel. He is not designed to remain in his present biologic state any more than a tadpole is designed to remain a tadpole.

— William S. Burroughs

Most Powerful Artifacts quotations

Of all the priceless objects left behind, this is what we rescue.

These artifacts. Memory cues. Useless souvenirs. Nothing you could auction. The scars left from happiness.

No artifact is a work of art if it does not help to humanize us.

Without art...our world would have remained a jungle.

A civilization without retail bookstores is unimaginable.

Like shrines and other sacred meeting places, bookstores are essential artifacts of human nature. The feel of a book taken from the shelf and held in the hand is a magical experience, linking writer to reader.

We often attribute 'understanding' and other cognitive predicates by metaphor and analogy to cars, adding machines, and other artifacts, but nothing is proved by such attributions.

We are that strange species that constructs artifacts intended to counter the natural flow of forgetting.

I have sought to offer humanists a detailed analysis of a technology sufficiently magnificent and spiritual to convince them that the machines by which they are surrounded are cultural artifacts worthy of their attention and respect.

I am also really into religious artifacts.

What we call art would seem to be specialist artifacts for enhancing human perception.

There are hidden contradictions in the minds of people who "love Nature" while deploring the "artificialities" with which "Man has spoiled Nature.'" The obvious contradiction lies in their choice of words, which imply that Man and his artifacts are not part of "Nature" : but beavers and their dams are.

The beauty of artifacts is in how they reassure us we’re not the first to die.

Grace, not willpower, is what ultimately empowers us to live loving lives.

Creativity, both in what spawns within the artist and the artifact, can be a vital source of that grace.

A big part of making music is the discovery aspect, is the surprise aspect.

That's why I think I'll always love sampling. Because it involves combining the music fandom: collecting, searching, discovering music history, and artifacts of recording that you may not have known existed and you just kind of unlock parts of your brain, you know?

A book is more than the sum of its materials. It is an artifact of the human mind and hand.

It is one of those lessons that every child should learn: Don't play with fire, sharp objects, or ancient artifacts.

The Moon Pie is a bedrock of the country store and rural tradition.

It is more than a snack. It is a cultural artifact.

Art is nothing tangible. We cannot call a painting 'art' as the words 'artifact' and 'artificial' imply. The thing made is a work of art made by art, but not itself art. The art remains in the artist and is the knowledge by which things are made.

Creativity is an innate function in a human being, as we see in tribal peoples, who spent their considerable leisure time making religious artifacts and sacred art. That is what I would call a direct culture, in that everybody in it is directly in touch with all the elements, both of the culture and of the environment.

Humans are the reproductive organs of technology.

We multiply manufactured artifacts and spread ideas and memes.

In the end, like the Almighty Himself, we make everything in our image, for want of a more reliable model; our artifacts tell more about ourselves than our confessions.

Oh, for heaven's sake, she thought with droll exasperation, this certainly explains a lot. It's no wonder I haven't been able to keep my hands off the blasted man since the day I met him. He's an artifact! A Celtic one at that!

Artistic judgments are silly if expressed as dogmas, at least until we get an "artometer" which can measure objectively how many micro-michelangelos or kilo-homers of genius a given artifact has in it.

Stale artifacts of the past' are always 'active components of the present moment' when they are experienced in the present moment.

I finally managed to try to do away with myself, as neatly and concisely as possible. I would rather die young leaving various accomplishments, some work, my friendship with you, and some other artifacts intact, instead of pell-mell erasing all of these delicate things.

Wilderness is the raw material out of which man has hammered the artifact called civilization.

Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see.

From a biological point of view it is inconceivable that any culture will forget that it needs to reproduce itself. But it is quite possible for a culture to exist without a social idea of children. Unlike infancy, childhood is a social artifact, not a biological category.

From the alienated starting point of our pseudo-sanity, everything is equivocal.

Our sanity is not "true" sanity. Their madness is not "true" madness. The madness of our patients is an artifact of the destruction wreaked on them by us, and by them on themselves.

In Tetrad form, the artifact is seen to be not neutral or passive, bur an active logos or utterance of the human mind or body that transforms the user and his ground.

Stages of life are artifacts. Adolescence is a useful contrivance, midlife is a moving target, senior citizens are an interest group, and tweenhood is just plain made up.

I think continuity is the devil. I think it's constricting and restrictive, I think it's alienating and off-putting, and it inflicts an artifact of linear time as we experience it on something that exists outside of linear time as well as keeps new readership away by keeping comics a matter of trivia and history rather than actual stories.

The haven all memes depend on reaching is the human mind, but a human mind is itself an artifact created when memes restructure a human brain in order to make it a better habitat for memes.

For me the journey of making a film is a journey of discovery as to what that film is. I mean what I do is what other artists do, painters, novelists, people that make music, poets, sculptors, you name it. It's about starting out and working with the material and discovering through making, working with the material the artifact.

Belief in God is apparently a psychological artifact of mammalian reproduction.

Wilderness is the raw material out of which man has hammered the artifact called civilization. Wilderness was never a homogenous raw material. It was very diverse. The differences in the product are known as cultures. The rich diversity of the worlds cultures reflects a corresponding diversity. In the wilds that gave them birth.

Racial discrimination in elections in Texas is no mere historical artifact.

To the contrary, Texas has been found in violation of the Voting Rights Act in every redistricting cycle from and after 1970.