110+ Charles Bukowski Quotes On Writing, Death And Sadness

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  1. 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.
  2. What matters most is how well you walk through the fire.
  3. 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.
  4. The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts, while the stupid ones are full of confidence.
  5. Can you remember who you were, before the world told you who you should be?
  6. Find what you love and let it kill you.
  7. It's possible to love a human being if you don't know them too well.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Love is a fog that burns with the first daylight of reality.

Charles Bukowski Image Quotes

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Genius might be the ability to say a profound thing in a simple way.
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It's possible to love a human being if you don't know them too well. — Charles Bukowski

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

 quote What maters most is how well you walk through the fire.
What maters most is how well you walk through the fire.
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I stopped looking for a Dream Girl, I just wanted one that wasn't a nightmare. — Charles Bukowski

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Charles Bukowski Short Quotes

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  • I stopped looking for a Dream Girl, I just wanted one that wasn't a nightmare.
  • If you want to know who your friends are, get yourself a jail sentence.
  • The shortest distance between two points is often unbearable.
  • Wherever the crowd goes run in the other direction. They're always wrong.
  • There's a bluebird in my heart that wants to get out.
  • Genius might be the ability to say a profound thing in a simple way.
  • I went to the worst of bars hoping to get killed but all I could do was to get drunk again.
  • God is a lonely place without steak.
  • The crowd is the gathering place of the weakest; true creation is a solitary act.
  • Capitalism has survived communism. Now, it eats away at itself.
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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.

Charles Bukowski Quotes On Love

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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. — Charles Bukowski

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

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. — Charles Bukowski

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

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. — Charles Bukowski

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

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. — Charles Bukowski

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

It's not the large things that send a man to the madhouse... no, it's the continuing series of small tragedies... not the death of his love but the shoelace that snaps with no time left. — Charles Bukowski

one more creature dizzy with love — Charles Bukowski

People with no morals often considered themselves more free, but mostly they lacked the ability to feel or love. — Charles Bukowski

Bullfighting can be an art Boxing can be an art Loving can be an art Opening a can of sardines can be an art — Charles Bukowski

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Charles Bukowski Quotes On Life

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

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

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

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. — Charles Bukowski

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

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. — Charles Bukowski

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

In my next life I want to be a cat. To sleep 20 hours a day and wait to be fed. To sit around licking my ass. — Charles Bukowski

The Difference Between Art and Life is that Art is More Bearable — Charles Bukowski

Each person is only given so many evenings and each wasted evening is a gross violation against the natural course of your only life. — Charles Bukowski

Charles Bukowski Quotes On Writing

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writers are desperate people and when they stop being desperate they stop being writers. — Charles Bukowski

Writing is like going to bed with a beautiful woman and afterwards she gets up, goes to her purse and gives me a handful of money. — Charles Bukowski

I never write in the daytime. It's like running through the shopping mall with your clothes off. Everybody can see you. At night ... that's when you pull the tricks ... magic. — Charles Bukowski

great writers are indecent people they live unfairly saving the best part for paper. good human beings save the world so that bastards like me can keep creating art, become immortal. if you read this after I am dead it means I made it. — Charles Bukowski

There is something about writing poetry that brings a man close to the cliff's edge. — Charles Bukowski

writing about a writer's block is better than not writing at all — Charles Bukowski

That was the trouble with being a writer, that was the main trouble—leisure time, excessive leisure time. You had to wait around for the buildup until you could write and while you were waiting you went crazy, and while you were going crazy you drank and the more you drank the crazier you got. — Charles Bukowski

the writing of some men is like a vast bridge that carries you over the many things that claw and tear. The Wine of Forever — Charles Bukowski

I write right off the typer. I call it my "machinegun." I hit it hard, usually late at night while drinking wine and listening to classical music on the radio and smoking mangalore ganesh beedies. — Charles Bukowski

bad writing's like bad women: there's just not much you can do about it — Charles Bukowski

Charles Bukowski Quotes On Death

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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." — Charles Bukowski

An early taste of death is not necessarily a bad thing. — Charles Bukowski

Sexual intercourse is kicking death in the ass while singing. — Charles Bukowski

Death meant little to me. It was the last joke in a series of bad jokes. — Charles Bukowski

Death is not the problem; waiting around for it is. — Charles Bukowski

Most people's deaths are a sham. There's nothing left to die. — Charles Bukowski

... to die on a kitchen floor at 7 o'clock in the morning while other people are frying eggs is not so rough unless it happens to you. — Charles Bukowski

You can’t beat death but you can beat death in life, sometimes. and the more often you learn to do it, the more light there will be. your life is your life. know it while you have it. — Charles Bukowski

Most people are not ready for death, theirs or anybody elses. — Charles Bukowski

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. — Charles Bukowski

Charles Bukowski Quotes On Sadness

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Now something so sad has hold of us that the breath leaves and we can't even cry. — Charles Bukowski

It was sad, it was sad, it was sad. When Betty came back we didn't sing or laugh, or even argue. We sat drinking in the dark, smoking cigarettes, and when we went to sleep, I didn't put my feet on her body or she on mine like we used to. We slept without touching. We had both been robbed. — Charles Bukowski

I felt like crying but nothing came out. it was just a sort of sad sickness, sick sad, when you can't feel any worse. I think you know it. I think everybody knows it now and then. but I think I have known it pretty often, too often. — Charles Bukowski

people are not good to each other. perhaps if they were our deaths would not be so sad. — Charles Bukowski

Human relationships are strange. I mean, you are with one person a while, eating and sleeping and living with them, loving them, talking to them, going places together, and then it stops. — Charles Bukowski

I wish to weep but sorrow is stupid. I wish to believe but belief is a graveyard. — Charles Bukowski

The human body is mostly blood and mystery and sadness. — Charles Bukowski

the history of melancholia includes all of us. — Charles Bukowski

you are yesterday's bouquet so sadly raided — Charles Bukowski

Charles Bukowski Quotes On Work

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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. — Charles Bukowski

I am not a man who looks for solutions in God or politics. If somebody else wants to do the dirty work and create a better world for us and he can do it, I will accept it. — Charles Bukowski

They never pay the slaves enough so they can get free, just enough so they can stay alive and come back to work. — Charles Bukowski

Most of the world was mad. And the part that wasn't mad was angry. And the part that wasn't mad or angry was just stupid. I had no chance. I had no choice. Just hang on and wait for the end. It was hard work. It was the hardest work imaginable. — Charles Bukowski

Her violence frightened me. She always claimed that I was the jealous one, and I was often jealous, but when I saw things working against me I simply became disgusted and withdrew. Lydia was different. She reacted. She was the Head Cheerleader at the Game of Violence. — Charles Bukowski

I do not like to work and have no trade but i do like to eat, so this is basic, the basic training of slaves to fear. — Charles Bukowski

well, i don't know about you but I'm going to try everything! War, women, travel, marriage, children, the works. [...]. I want to know about things, what makes them work! — Charles Bukowski

I've found out why men sign their names to their works- not that they created them but more than the others did not. — Charles Bukowski

When you play the field selfishly everything works against you: one can’t insist on love or demand affection. you’re finally left with whatever you have been willing to give which often is: nothing. — Charles Bukowski

it's good to have things done with when they don't work it's also good not to hate or even forget the person you've failed with. — Charles Bukowski

Charles Bukowski Quotes On People

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

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

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

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. — Charles Bukowski

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

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

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. — Charles Bukowski

I am not like other people. I am burning in hell. The hell of myself. — Charles Bukowski

People empty me. I have to get away to refill. — Charles Bukowski

People were interesting at first. Then later, slowly but surely, all the flaws and madness would manifest themselves. I would become less and less to them; they would mean less and less to me. — Charles Bukowski

Charles Bukowski Famous Quotes And Sayings

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

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

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

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

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. — Charles Bukowski

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. — Charles Bukowski

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

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

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. — Charles Bukowski

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. — Charles Bukowski

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

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

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

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. — Charles Bukowski

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. — Charles Bukowski

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

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. — Charles Bukowski

I was laying in bed one night and I thought 'I'll just quit - to hell with it.' And another little voice inside me said 'Don't quit - save that tiny little ember of spark.' And never give them that spark because as long as you have that spark, you can start the greatest fire again. — Charles Bukowski

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. — Charles Bukowski

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. — Charles Bukowski

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. — Charles Bukowski

Dog is much admired by Man because he believes in the hand which feeds him. A perfect set-up. For 13 cents a day you've got a hired killer who thinks you are god. A dog can't tell a Nazi from a Republican from a Commie from a Democrat and, many times, neither can I. — Charles Bukowski

You can forgive a fool because he only runs in one direction and doesn't deceive anybody. It's the deceivers who make you feel bad. — Charles Bukowski

Don't fight your demons. Your demons are here to teach you lessons. Sit down with your demons and have a drink and a chat and learn their names and talk about the burns on their fingers and scratches on their ankles. Some of them are very nice. — Charles Bukowski

I mean, say that you figure that everything is senseless, then it can't be quite senseless because you are aware that it's senseless and your awareness of senselessness almost gives it sense. You know what I mean? — Charles Bukowski

Drinking is another way of thinking, another way of living. It gives you two lives instead of one. — Charles Bukowski

there is a place in the heart that will never be filled a space and even during the best moments and the greatest times times we will know it we will know it more than ever there is a place in the heart that will never be filled and we will wait and wait in that space. — Charles Bukowski

You've got to know when to let a woman go if you want to keep her,and if you don't want to keep her you let her go anyhow so it's always a process of letting go, one way or the other. — Charles Bukowski

Those faces you see every day on the streets were not created entirely without hope: be kind to them: like you they have not escaped. — Charles Bukowski

The free soul is rare, but you know it when you see it — Charles Bukowski

I have gotten so used to melancholia that I greet it like an old friend. — Charles Bukowski

I remember awakening one morning and finding everything smeared with the color of forgotten love. — Charles Bukowski

Don't wait for the good woman. She doesn't exist. — Charles Bukowski

The wisest thing to do if you’re living in hell is to make yourself comfortable. — Charles Bukowski

Show me a man who lives alone and has a perpetually clean kitchen, and 8 times out of 9 I'll show you a man with detestable spiritual qualities. — Charles Bukowski

My dear, Find what you love and let it kill you. Let it drain you of your all. Let it cling onto your back and weigh you down into eventual nothingness. Let it kill you and let it devour your remains. For all things will kill you, both slowly and fastly, but it’s much better to be killed by a lover. ~ Falsely yours — Charles Bukowski

I was beaten down long ago in some alley in another world. — Charles Bukowski

Great art is horseshit, buy tacos. — Charles Bukowski

What a woman wants is a reaction. What a man wants is a woman. — Charles Bukowski

being alone never felt right. sometimes it felt good, but it never felt right. — Charles Bukowski

my beerdrunk soul is sadder than all the dead christmas trees of the world. — Charles Bukowski

True revolution comes from true revulsion; when things get bad enough the kitten will kill the lion. — Charles Bukowski

Drink from the well of yourself and begin again. — Charles Bukowski

Play the Piano Drunk Like a Percussion Instrument Until the Fingers Begin to Bleed a Bit. — Charles Bukowski

Never trust a man in a jumpsuit — Charles Bukowski

you boys can keep your virgins give me hot old women in high heels with asses that forgot to get old. — Charles Bukowski

American women drove hard bargains and the ended up looking the worst for it. The few natural American women left were mostly in Texas and Louisiana. — Charles Bukowski

Any asshole can chase a skirt, art takes discipline. — Charles Bukowski

magic persists without us no matter what we may do to try to spoil it — Charles Bukowski

Style is the answer to everything. A fresh way to approach a dull or dangerous thing. To do a dull thing with style is preferable to doing a dangerous thing without it. To do a dangerous thing with style is what I call art. — Charles Bukowski

That is what friendship means. Sharing the prejudice of experience. — Charles Bukowski

our bones like stems into the sky will forever cry victory — Charles Bukowski

we only asked for leopards to guard our thinning dreams. — Charles Bukowski

Look, let me put it this way: with me, you’re number one and there isn’t even a number two. — Charles Bukowski

There are times when those eyes inside your brain stare back at you. — Charles Bukowski

your letters got sadder. your lovers betrayed you. kid, I wrote back, all lovers betray. it didn't help. you said you had a crying bench and it was by a bridge and the bridge was over the river and you sat on the crying bench every night and wept for the lovers who had hurt and forgotten you. — Charles Bukowski

I am a series of small victories and large defeats. — Charles Bukowski

Life's as kind as you let it be. — Charles Bukowski

I would say that Mickey Mouse has a greater influence on the American public than Shakespeare, Milton, Dante, Rabelais, Shostakovitch, Lenin, and/or Van Gogh. Which says 'What?' about the American Public. Disneyland remains the central attraction of Southern California, but the graveyard remains our reality. — Charles Bukowski

Knowledge without follow-through is worse than no knowledge. — Charles Bukowski

The blankets had fallen off and I stared down at her white back, the shoulder blades sticking out as if they wanted to grow into wings, poke through that skin. Little blades. She was helpless. — Charles Bukowski

Well, people got attatched. Once you cut the umbilical cord they attatched to the other things. Sight, sound, sex, money, mirages, mothers, masturbation, murder, and Monday morning hangovers. — Charles Bukowski

Life Lessons by Charles Bukowski

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  1. Charles Bukowski's writing emphasizes the importance of living life on one's own terms and not letting others dictate how one should live.
  2. His works often explore the beauty and power of perseverance and resilience in the face of adversity.
  3. He encourages readers to find their own paths, take risks, and embrace their own unique perspectives and experiences.

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