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Charles Bukowski Quotes & Sayings
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Last updated Sep 2020
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An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way.
If you are going to try, go all the way or don't even start. If you follow it you will be alive with the gods. It is the only good fight there is.
The more crap you believe, the better off you are.
I wasn't a misanthrope and I wasn't a misogynist but I liked being alone. It felt good to sit alone in a small space and smoke and drink. I had always been good company for myself.
I carry death in my left pocket. Sometimes I take it out and talk to it: "Hello, baby, how you doing? When you coming for me? I'll be ready.
It's better to do a dull thing with style than a dangerous thing without it.
Nothing is worse than to finish a good shit, then reach over and find the toilet paper container empty. Even the most horrible human being on earth deserves to wipe his ass.
Without literature, life is hell.
Any asshole can chase a skirt, art takes discipline.
The trouble with a mask is it never changes.
I never met another man I'd rather be. And even if that's a delusion, it's a lucky one.
It was like the beginning of life and laughter. It was the real meaning of the sun.
Anything is a waste of time unless you are fucking well or creating well or getting well or looming toward a kind of phantom-love-happiness.
Love is all right for those who can handle the psychic overload. It's like trying to carry a full garbage can on your back over a rushing river of piss.
Great art is horseshit, buy tacos.
We are like roses that have never bothered to bloom when we should have bloomed and it is as if the sun has become disgusted with waiting.
There's nothing to mourn about death any more than there is to mourn about the growing of a flower. What is terrible is not death but the lives people live or don't live up until their death. They don't honor their own lives, they piss on their lives. They shit them away. Dumb fuckers. They concentrate too much on fucking, movies, money, family, fucking. Their minds are full of cotton. They swallow God without thinking, they swallow country without thinking. Soon they forget how to think, they let others think for them. Their brains are stuffed with cotton. They look ugly, they talk ugly, they walk ugly. Play them the great music of the centuries and they can't hear it. Most people's deaths are a sham. There's nothing left to die.
Pain is strange. A cat killing a bird, a car accident, a fire.... Pain arrives, BANG, and there it is, it sits on you. It's real. And to anybody watching, you look foolish. Like you've suddenly become an idiot. There's no cure for it unless you know somebody who understands how you feel, and knows how to help.
The shortest distance between two points is often unbearable.
People with no morals often considered themselves more free, but mostly they lacked the ability to feel or love.
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