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Charles Bukowski Quotes & Sayings
62 entries tagged including 25 subtopics.
Last updated Oct 2022
Charles Bukowski Topics
Poetry is what happens when nothing else can.
S.. is kicking death in the a.. while singing.
Drinking is an emotional thing. It joggles you out of the standardism of everyday life, out of everything being the same. It yanks you out of your body and your mind and throws you against the wall. I have the feeling that drinking is a form of suicide where you're allowed to return to life and begin all over the next day. It's like killing yourself, and then you're reborn. I guess I've lived about ten or fifteen thousand lives now.
A love like that was a serious illness, an illness from which you never entirely recover.
I loved you like a man loves a woman he never touches, only writes to, keeps little photographs of.
I don't hate people. I just feel better when they aren't around
Real loneliness is not necessarily limited to when you are alone.
If you're going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don't even start. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mind. It could mean not eating for three or four days. It could mean freezing on a park bench. It could mean jail. It could mean derision. It could mean mockery--isolation. Isolation is the gift. All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it. And, you'll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds. And it will be better than anything else you can imagine. If you're going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire. You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. It's the only good fight there is.
We're all going to die, all of us, what a circus! That alone should make us love each other but it doesn't. We are terrorized and flattened by trivialities, we are eaten up by nothing.
My ambition is handicapped by laziness.
That's the problem with drinking, I thought, as I poured myself a drink. If something bad happens you drink in an attempt to forget; if something good happens you drink in order to celebrate; and if nothing happens you drink to make something happen.
Sometimes you climb out of bed in the morning and you think, I'm not going to make it, but you laugh inside...remembering all the times you've felt that way.
News travels fast in places where nothing much ever happens.
I had noticed that both in the very poor and very rich extremes of society the mad were often allowed to mingle freely.
The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts while the stupid ones are full of confidence.
Some people never go crazy, What truly horrible lives they must live.
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To do a dull thing with style-now THAT'S what I call art.
Boring damned people. All over the earth. Propagating more boring damned people. What a horror show. The earth swarmed with them.
Never get out of bed before noon
We have wasted History like a bunch of drunks shooting dice back in the men's crapper of the local bar
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