Understand me. I’m not like an ordinary world. I have my madness, I live in another dimension and I do not have time for things that have no soul.

— Charles Bukowski

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What matters most is how well you walk through the fire.

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Can you remember who you were, before the world told you who you should be?

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The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts, while the stupid ones are full of confidence.

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Charles Bukowski quote Genius might be the ability to say a pro

Genius might be the ability to say a profound thing in a simple way.

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People are strange: They are constantly angered by trivial things, but on a major matter like totally wasting their lives, they hardly seem to notice.

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Find what you love and let it kill you.

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It's possible to love a human being if you don't know them too well.

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Charles Bukowski quote What maters most is how well you walk th

What maters most is how well you walk through the fire.

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If something burns your soul with purpose and desire, it’s your duty to be reduced to ashes by it. Any other form of existence will be yet another dull book in the library of life.

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Love is a fog that burns with the first daylight of reality.

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Love is kind of like when you see a fog in the morning, when you wake up before the sun comes out. It's just a little while, and then it burns away... Love is a fog that burns with the first daylight of reality.

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Charles Bukowski quote The problem with the world is that the i

The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts while the stupid ones are full of confidence.

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Sometimes I feel as if we are all trapped in a movie.

We know our lines, where to walk, how to act, only there is no camera. Yet, we can't break out of the movie. And it's a bad one.

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You begin saving the world by saving one man at a time; all else is grandiose romanticism or politics.

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You have to die a few times before you can really live.

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Charles Bukowski quote We don't even ask happiness, just a litt

We don't even ask happiness, just a little less pain.

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About Charles Bukowski

Quotes 781 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Author
Birthday August 16, 1920

I stopped looking for a Dream Girl, I just wanted one that wasn't a nightmare.

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The difference between a democracy and a dictatorship is that in a democracy you vote first and take orders later; in a dictatorship you don't have to waste your time voting.

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the free soul is rare, but you know it when you see it - basically because you feel good, very good, when you are near or with them.

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Charles Bukowski quote You have to die a few times before you c

You have to die a few times before you can really live.

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Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead.

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If you want to know who your friends are, get yourself a jail sentence.

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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.

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Charles Bukowski quote What matters most is how well you walk t

What matters most is how well you walk through the fire.

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Do you hate people? I don't hate them...I just feel better when they're not around.

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There's a bluebird in my heart that wants to get out but I pour whiskey on him and inhale cigarette smoke and the whores and the bartenders and the grocery clerks never know that he's in there.

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Some people like what you do, some people hate what you do, but most people simply don't give a damn.

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The shortest distance between two points is often unbearable.

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I loved you like a man loves a woman he never touches, only writes to, keeps little photographs of.

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I guess the only time most people think about injustice is when it happens to them.

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There's a bluebird in my heart that wants to get out.

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Sex is interesting, but it's not totally important.

I mean it's not even as important (physically) as excretion. A man can go seventy years without a piece of ass, but he can die in a week without a bowel movement.

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Wherever the crowd goes run in the other direction. They're always wrong.

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I am a series of small victories and large defeats and I am as amazed as any other that I have gotten from there to here.

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If you're going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don't even start.

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Beauty is nothing, beauty won’t stay.

You don’t know how lucky you are to be ugly, because if people like you, you know it’s for something else.

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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.

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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.

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And don't forget: time is meant to be wasted, love fails and death is useless.

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writers are desperate people and when they stop being desperate they stop being writers.

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The world is full of boring, identical and mindless people.

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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.

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I’ve had so many knives stuck into me, when they hand me a flower I can’t quite make out what it is. It takes time.

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Love is a form of prejudice. You love what you need, you love what makes you feel good, you love what is convenient. How can you say you love one person when there are ten thousand people in the world that you would love more if you ever met them? But you'll never meet them.

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Genius might be the ability to say a profound thing in a simple way.

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We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us.

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people run from rain but sit in bathtubs full of water.

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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.

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I am not a snob; it is simply that I am not interested with what most people have to say, or what they want to do — mostly with my time.

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God is a lonely place without steak.

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The masses are always wrong...Wisdom is doing everything the crowd does not do. All you do is reverse the totality of their learning and you have the heaven they're looking for.

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There's a bluebird in my heart that wants to get out but I'm too tough for him, I say, stay in there, I'm not going to let anybody see you.

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Simplicity is always the secret, to a profound truth, to doing things, to writing, to painting. Life is profound in its simplicity

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This is very important -- to take leisure time.

Pace is the essence. Without stopping entirely and doing nothing at all for great periods, you're gonna lose everything...just to do nothing at all, very, very important. And how many people do this in modern society? Very few. That's why they're all totally mad, frustrated, angry and hateful.

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I think that everything should be made available to everybody, and I mean LSD, cocaine, codeine, grass, opium, the works. Nothing on earth available to any man should be confiscated and made unlawful by other men in more seemingly powerful and advantageous positions.

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