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Quotes by Charles Bukowski

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Wikipedia Summary for Charles Bukowski

Henry Charles Bukowski ( boo-KOW-skee; born Heinrich Karl Bukowski, German: [ˈhaɪnʁɪç ˈkaʁl buˈkɔfski]; August 16, 1920 – March 9, 1994) was a German–American poet, novelist, and short story writer.

His writing was influenced by the social, cultural, and economic ambience of his home city of Los Angeles. His work addresses the ordinary lives of poor

Americans, the act of writing, alcohol, relationships with women, and the drudgery of work. Bukowski wrote thousands of poems, hundreds of short stories and six novels, eventually publishing over 60 books. The FBI kept a file on him as a result of his column Notes of a Dirty Old Man in the LA underground newspaper Open City.

Bukowski published extensively in small literary magazines and with small presses beginning in the early 1940s and continuing on through the early 1990s. As noted by one reviewer, "Bukowski continued to be, thanks to his antics and deliberate clownish performances, the king of the underground and the epitome of the littles in the ensuing decades, stressing his loyalty to those small press editors who had first championed his work and consolidating his presence in new ventures such as the New York Quarterly, Chiron Review, or Slipstream." Some of these works include his Poems Written Before Jumping Out of an 8 Story Window, published by his friend and fellow poet Charles Potts, and better known works such as Burning in Water, Drowning in Flame. These poems and stories were later republished by John Martin's Black Sparrow Press (now HarperCollins/Ecco Press) as collected volumes of his work.

In 1986 Time called Bukowski a "laureate of American lowlife". Regarding Bukowski's enduring popular appeal, Adam Kirsch of The New Yorker wrote, "the secret of Bukowski's appeal ... [is that] he combines the confessional poet's promise of intimacy with the larger-than-life aplomb of a pulp-fiction hero."Since his death in 1994, Bukowski has been the subject of a number of critical articles and books about both his life and writings, despite his work having received relatively little attention from academic critics in the United States during his lifetime. In contrast, Bukowski enjoyed extraordinary fame in Europe, especially in Germany, the place of his birth.

Quote: Genius might be the ability to say a profound thing in a simple way. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of white snow mountain
Photo Credit: Olivier Miche

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


Quote: An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of yellow, orange, red, green, and blue abstract painting
Photo Credit: Markus Spiske

An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way.


Quote: There's nothing like privacy. You know, I like people. It's nice that they might like my books and all that...but I'm not the book, see? I'm the guy who wrote it, but I don't want them to come up and throw roses on me or anything. I want them to let me breathe. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

There's nothing like privacy. You know, I like people. It's nice that they might like my books and all that...but I'm not the book, see? I'm the guy who wrote it, but I don't want them to come up and throw roses on me or anything. I want them to let me breathe.


Quote: Love is a fog that burns with the first daylight of reality. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photography of lake near tree
Photo Credit: Evi T.

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


Quote: I guess the only time most people think about injustice is when it happens to them. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of A view of the night showing stars
Photo Credit: Adelin Preda

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


Quote: Having a bunch of cats around is good. If you're feeling bad, just look at the cats, you'll feel better, because they know that everything is, just as it is. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of white and brown cat on blue floor
Photo Credit: Mathieu Odin

Having a bunch of cats around is good. If you're feeling bad, just look at the cats, you'll feel better, because they know that everything is, just as it is.


Quote: I
think that the
world should be full of cats and full of rain, that's all, just
cats and
rain, rain and cats, very nice, good
night. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of white and brown long fur cat
Photo Credit: Alvan Nee

I
think that the
world should be full of cats and full of rain, that's all, just
cats and
rain, rain and cats, very nice, good
night.


Quote: I was a man who thrived on solitude; without it I was like another man without food or water. Each day without solitude weakened me. I took no pride in my solitude; but I was dependent on it. The darkness of the room was like sunlight to me. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

I was a man who thrived on solitude; without it I was like another man without food or water. Each day without solitude weakened me. I took no pride in my solitude; but I was dependent on it. The darkness of the room was like sunlight to me.


Quote: The less I needed, the better I felt. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of brown leaf on asphalt road
Photo Credit: John Noonan

The less I needed, the better I felt.


Quote: What a weary time those years were, to have the desire and the need to live but not the ability. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

What a weary time those years were, to have the desire and the need to live but not the ability.


Quote: 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. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

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.



Longer Version/[Notes]:

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.


Quote: People run from rain but sit in bathtubs full of water. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

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


Quote: A life can change in a tenth of a second or sometimes it can take 70 years. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

A life can change in a tenth of a second or sometimes it can take 70 years.


Quote: Animals never worry about heaven or hell. Neither do I. Maybe that's why we get along. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

Animals never worry about heaven or hell. Neither do I. Maybe that's why we get along.


Quote: Our disappointment sits between us. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

Our disappointment sits between us.


Quote: Fiction is an improvement on life. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

Fiction is an improvement on life.


Quote: Generally, a writer of force is anywhere from 20 years to 200 years ahead of his generation. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

Generally, a writer of force is anywhere from 20 years to 200 years ahead of his generation.


Quote: Those who have been writing literature have not been writing life. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

Those who have been writing literature have not been writing life.


Quote: Much publishing is done through politics, friends, and natural stupidity. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

Much publishing is done through politics, friends, and natural stupidity.


Quote: Sometimes I've called writing a disease. If so, I'm glad that it caught me. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

Sometimes I've called writing a disease. If so, I'm glad that it caught me.


Quote: It's when you begin to lie to yourself in a poem in order to simply make a poem, that you fail. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

It's when you begin to lie to yourself in a poem in order to simply make a poem, that you fail.


Quote: Life wore a man out, wore a man thin.
Tomorrow would be a better day. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

Life wore a man out, wore a man thin.
Tomorrow would be a better day.


Quote: I tell you such fine music waits in the shadows of hell. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

I tell you such fine music waits in the shadows of hell.


Quote: I grow tired of 18th century moralities in a 20th century space-atomic age. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

I grow tired of 18th century moralities in a 20th century space-atomic age.


Quote: Agony sometimes changes 
form
but 
it never ceases for
anybody. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

Agony sometimes changes
form
but
it never ceases for
anybody.


Quote: To experience real agony is something hard to write about, impossible to understand while it grips you; you're frightened out of your wits, can't sit still, move, or even go decently insane. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

To experience real agony is something hard to write about, impossible to understand while it grips you; you're frightened out of your wits, can't sit still, move, or even go decently insane.


Quote: We had such tremendous fun and much agony together for some years. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

We had such tremendous fun and much agony together for some years.


Quote: People with no morals often considered themselves more free, but mostly they lacked the ability to feel or love. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

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


Quote: My poems are only bits of scratching
on the floor of a
cage. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

My poems are only bits of scratching
on the floor of a
cage.




Quote: The psyche has been burned and left us senseless, the world has been darker than lights-out in a closet full of hungry bats, and the whiskey and wine entered our veins when blood was too weak to carry on. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

The psyche has been burned and left us senseless, the world has been darker than lights-out in a closet full of hungry bats, and the whiskey and wine entered our veins when blood was too weak to carry on.


Quote: Art is its own excuse, and it's either Art or it's something else. It's either a poem or a piece of cheese. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

Art is its own excuse, and it's either Art or it's something else. It's either a poem or a piece of cheese.


Quote: I was fairly poor but most of my money went for wine and classical music. I loved to mix the two together. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

I was fairly poor but most of my money went for wine and classical music. I loved to mix the two together.


Quote: When you clean up a city, you destroy it. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

When you clean up a city, you destroy it.


Quote: The way to create art is to burn and destroy
ordinary concepts and to substitute them
with new truths that run down from the top of the head
and out of the heart. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

The way to create art is to burn and destroy
ordinary concepts and to substitute them
with new truths that run down from the top of the head
and out of the heart.


Quote: Most people are much better at saying things in letters than in conversation, and some people can write artistic, inventive letters, but when they try a poem or story or novel they become pretentious. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

Most people are much better at saying things in letters than in conversation, and some people can write artistic, inventive letters, but when they try a poem or story or novel they become pretentious.


Quote: Days like this, like your day today. 
maybe the rain on the window trying to 
get through to you. What do you see today? 
what is it? where are you? 
the best days are sometimes the first, 
sometimes the middle and even sometimes the last. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

Days like this, like your day today.
maybe the rain on the window trying to
get through to you. What do you see today?
what is it? where are you?
the best days are sometimes the first,
sometimes the middle and even sometimes the last.


Quote: I went home each night dizzy and sick. He was murdering me with the sound of his voice. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

I went home each night dizzy and sick. He was murdering me with the sound of his voice.


Quote: There are too many ways to drown even if you don't want to drown. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

There are too many ways to drown even if you don't want to drown.


Quote: We do not abandon ship. I say, as corny as it may sound, through the strength and spirit and fire and dare and gamble of a few men in a few ways we can save the carcass of humanity from drowning. No light goes out until it goes out. Let's fight as men, not rats. Period. No further addition. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of Charles Bukowski quote: We do not abandon ship. I say, as corny as it may sound, through the strength and spirit and fire and dare and gamble of a few men in a few ways we can save the carcass of humanity from drowning. No light goes out until it goes out. Let's fight as men, not rats. Period. No further addition.- black text on quotes background

We do not abandon ship. I say, as corny as it may sound, through the strength and spirit and fire and dare and gamble of a few men in a few ways we can save the carcass of humanity from drowning. No light goes out until it goes out. Let's fight as men, not rats. Period. No further addition.


Quote: Was I the only person who was distracted by this future without a chance? by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

Was I the only person who was distracted by this future without a chance?


Quote: 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. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of Charles Bukowski quote: 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.- black text on quotes background

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.


Quote: Walking out with the people, I didn't know which was more exciting, the air race, the parachute jump that failed, or the cunt. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

Walking out with the people, I didn't know which was more exciting, the air race, the parachute jump that failed, or the cunt.


Quote: Anything, anything to stop drowning in this dull, trivial and cowardly existence. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

Anything, anything to stop drowning in this dull, trivial and cowardly existence.


Quote: I am this fiery snail crawling home. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

I am this fiery snail crawling home.


Quote: 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. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

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.


Quote: So, that's what they wanted: lies. Beautiful lies. That's what they needed. People were fools. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

So, that's what they wanted: lies. Beautiful lies. That's what they needed. People were fools.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

So, that's what they wanted: lies. Beautiful lies. That's what they needed. People were fools. It was going to be easy for me.


Quote: I just sit here and look at my hands. It is one of my better evenings. Yesterday I was very depressed. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

I just sit here and look at my hands. It is one of my better evenings. Yesterday I was very depressed.


Quote: I'm not a guru. I wish you wouldn't pose these things at me, man. Ask me about women or something. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

I'm not a guru. I wish you wouldn't pose these things at me, man. Ask me about women or something.


Quote: The problem was you had to keep choosing between one evil or another, and no matter what you chose, they sliced a little bit more off you, until there was nothing left. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

The problem was you had to keep choosing between one evil or another, and no matter what you chose, they sliced a little bit more off you, until there was nothing left.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

The problem was you had to keep choosing between one evil or another, and no matter what you chose, they sliced a little bit more off you, until there was nothing left. At the age of 25 most people were finished. A whole god-damned nation of assholes driving automobiles, eating, having babies, doing everything in the worst way possible, like voting for the presidential candidates who reminded them most of themselves. I had no interests. I had no interest in anything. I had no idea how I was going to escape. At least the others had some taste for life. They seemed to understand something that I didn't understand. Maybe I was lacking. It was possible. I often felt inferior. I just wanted to get away from them. But there was no place to go.


Quote: I write fiction
What's fiction?
Fiction is an improvement on life. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

I write fiction
What's fiction?
Fiction is an improvement on life.


Quote: I'll use the knives for spreading jam, and the gas to warm my greying love. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

I'll use the knives for spreading jam, and the gas to warm my greying love.


Quote: If I never see you again 
I will always carry you
inside
outside
on my fingertips
and at brain edges
and in centers
centers
of what I am of
what remains. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

If I never see you again
I will always carry you
inside
outside
on my fingertips
and at brain edges
and in centers
centers
of what I am of
what remains.


Quote: No matter how little a man has he will find that he will always settle for less. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

No matter how little a man has he will find that he will always settle for less.


Quote: The trouble with a mask is it never changes. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

The trouble with a mask is it never changes.


Quote: It doesn't matter if Prince Charles falls off his horse
or that the hummingbird is so seldom
seen
or that we are too senseless to go
insane.
coffee. give us more of that NOTHING
coffee. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

It doesn't matter if Prince Charles falls off his horse
or that the hummingbird is so seldom
seen
or that we are too senseless to go
insane.
coffee. give us more of that NOTHING
coffee.


Quote: What a pitiful mass of dangerous nothing. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

What a pitiful mass of dangerous nothing.


Quote: My youth, one time, that time I knew even through the nothingness, it was a celebration of something not to do but only know. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

My youth, one time, that time I knew even through the nothingness, it was a celebration of something not to do but only know.


Quote: I view his furry storage tanks -- what can a man think about while looking at a cat's nuts? Certainly not the sunken navies of great sea battles. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

I view his furry storage tanks -- what can a man think about while looking at a cat's nuts? Certainly not the sunken navies of great sea battles.




Quote: Play the Piano Drunk Like a Percussion Instrument Until the Fingers Begin to Bleed a Bit. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

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


Quote: Be it peace or happiness
let it enfold you. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

Be it peace or happiness
let it enfold you.


Quote: There is a blue bird in my heart that wants to get out. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

There is a blue bird in my heart that wants to get out.


Quote: The writer has no responsibility other than to jack off in bed alone and write a good page. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

The writer has no responsibility other than to jack off in bed alone and write a good page.


Quote: If you have to wait for it to roar out of
you,
then wait patiently.
if it never does roar out of you,
do something else. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

If you have to wait for it to roar out of
you,
then wait patiently.
if it never does roar out of you,
do something else.


Quote: There's no release, just gurus and self- appointed gods and hucksters. the more people say, the less there is to say. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

There's no release, just gurus and self- appointed gods and hucksters. the more people say, the less there is to say.




Quote: I had come a long way from a guy who had worked in slaughterhouses, who had crossed the country with a railroad track gang, who had worked in a dog biscuit factory, who had slept on park benches, who had worked the nickel and dime jobs in a dozen cities across the nation. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of Charles Bukowski quote; white text on black background

I had come a long way from a guy who had worked in slaughterhouses, who had crossed the country with a railroad track gang, who had worked in a dog biscuit factory, who had slept on park benches, who had worked the nickel and dime jobs in a dozen cities across the nation.


Quote: It was hard for me to believe. When recess was over I sat in class and thought about it. My mother had a hole and my father had a dong that shot juice. How could they have things like that and walk around as if everything was normal, and talk about things, and then do it and not tell anybody? by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of Charles Bukowski quote: It was hard for me to believe. When recess was over I sat in class and thought about it. My mother had a hole and my father had a dong that shot juice. How could they have things like that and walk around as if everything was normal, and talk about things, and then do it and not tell anybody?- black text on quotes background

It was hard for me to believe. When recess was over I sat in class and thought about it. My mother had a hole and my father had a dong that shot juice. How could they have things like that and walk around as if everything was normal, and talk about things, and then do it and not tell anybody?


Quote: And love was lightning and remembrance. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

And love was lightning and remembrance.


Quote: The grace is being able to like rock music, symphony music, jazz … anything that contains the original energy of joy. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

The grace is being able to like rock music, symphony music, jazz … anything that contains the original energy of joy.


Quote: So where do you go? Back to the bottle And back to a tiny room somewhere. And wait. And wait, and wait. That's all. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

So where do you go? Back to the bottle And back to a tiny room somewhere. And wait. And wait, and wait. That's all.


Quote: The rent is a little higher here
but so far I've been able to 
pay it
and that's a miracle too
like still maybe being sane
while thinking of guns and sidewalks
and old ladies in libraries. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

The rent is a little higher here
but so far I've been able to
pay it
and that's a miracle too
like still maybe being sane
while thinking of guns and sidewalks
and old ladies in libraries.


Quote: I am too sick to lay down the sidewalks frighten me the whole damned city frightens me, what I will become what I have become frightens me. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

I am too sick to lay down the sidewalks frighten me the whole damned city frightens me, what I will become what I have become frightens me.


Quote: She could talk. If she was a sphinx she could have talked, if she was a stone she could have talked. I wondered when she'd get tired and leave. Even after I stopped listening it was like being battered with tiny pingpong balls. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

She could talk. If she was a sphinx she could have talked, if she was a stone she could have talked. I wondered when she'd get tired and leave. Even after I stopped listening it was like being battered with tiny pingpong balls.


Quote: There is enough treachery , hatred violence absurdity in the average human being to supply any given army on any given day. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

There is enough treachery , hatred violence absurdity in the average human being to supply any given army on any given day.


Quote: As we live we all get caught and torn by various traps. Nobody escapes them. Some even live with them. The idea is to realize that a trap is a trap. If you are in one and you don't realize it, then you're finished. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

As we live we all get caught and torn by various traps. Nobody escapes them. Some even live with them. The idea is to realize that a trap is a trap. If you are in one and you don't realize it, then you're finished.


Quote: I want quiet thunder. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

I want quiet thunder.


Quote: The telephone is needed for
Emergency purposes only
These people are not
Emergencies, they are
Calamities. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

The telephone is needed for
Emergency purposes only
These people are not
Emergencies, they are
Calamities.


Quote: 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. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

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.


Quote: Some men never die and some men never live but we're all alive tonight. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

Some men never die and some men never live but we're all alive tonight.


Quote: I only type every third night. I have no plan. My mind is a blank. I sit down. The typewriter gives me things I don't even know I'm working on. It's a free lunch. A free dinner. I don't know how long it is going to continue, but so far there is nothing easier than writing. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of Charles Bukowski quote; white text on black background

I only type every third night. I have no plan. My mind is a blank. I sit down. The typewriter gives me things I don't even know I'm working on. It's a free lunch. A free dinner. I don't know how long it is going to continue, but so far there is nothing easier than writing.


Quote: I drive around the streets
an inch away from weeping,
ashamed of my sentimentality and
possible love. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

I drive around the streets
an inch away from weeping,
ashamed of my sentimentality and
possible love.


Quote: Courts are places where the ending is written first and all that precedes is simply vaudeville. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

Courts are places where the ending is written first and all that precedes is simply vaudeville.


Quote: If I have any advice to anybody it's this: take up watercolor painting. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

If I have any advice to anybody it's this: take up watercolor painting.


Quote: Never bring a lot of money to where a poor man lives. He can only lose what little he has. On the other hand it is mathematically possible that he might win whatever you bring with you. What you must do, with money and the poor, is never let them get too close to one another. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of Charles Bukowski quote; white text on black background

Never bring a lot of money to where a poor man lives. He can only lose what little he has. On the other hand it is mathematically possible that he might win whatever you bring with you. What you must do, with money and the poor, is never let them get too close to one another.


Quote: I hope that I never become a vogue. A vogue is damned and doomed forever. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

I hope that I never become a vogue. A vogue is damned and doomed forever.


Quote: I felt that even the sun belonged to my father, that I had no right to it because it was shining upon my father's house. I was like his roses, something that belonged to him and not to me. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

I felt that even the sun belonged to my father, that I had no right to it because it was shining upon my father's house. I was like his roses, something that belonged to him and not to me.


Quote: They, all of them, seemed to put literary form in front of the actuality and living of life itself. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

They, all of them, seemed to put literary form in front of the actuality and living of life itself.


Quote: Censorship is the tool of those who have the need to hide actualities from themselves and from others. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

Censorship is the tool of those who have the need to hide actualities from themselves and from others.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Censorship is the tool of those who have the need to hide actualities from themselves and from others. Their fear is only their inability to face what is real, and I can't vent any anger against them; I only feel this appalling sadness. Somewhere in their upbringing, they were shielded against the total facts of our existence.


Quote: They thought I had guts they were wrong I was only frightened of more important things. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

They thought I had guts they were wrong I was only frightened of more important things.


Quote: Now we are citizens of nothing. the sun itself knows the sad truth of how we surrendered our lives and deaths to simple ritual….how we said no, no, no, no to the most beautiful YES ever uttered -
life itself. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

Now we are citizens of nothing. the sun itself knows the sad truth of how we surrendered our lives and deaths to simple ritual….how we said no, no, no, no to the most beautiful YES ever uttered -
life itself.


Quote: Beware women grown
old
who were never
anything but
young. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

Beware women grown
old
who were never
anything but
young.


Quote: Beware those quick to praise for they need praise in return beware those who are quick to censor they are afraid of what they do not know beware those who seek constant crowds for they are nothing alone beware the average man the average woman beware their love, their love is average seeks average. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of Charles Bukowski quote: Beware those quick to praise for they need praise in return beware those who are quick to censor they are afraid of what they do not know beware those who seek constant crowds for they are nothing alone beware the average man the average woman beware their love, their love is average seeks average.- black text on quotes background

Beware those quick to praise for they need praise in return beware those who are quick to censor they are afraid of what they do not know beware those who seek constant crowds for they are nothing alone beware the average man the average woman beware their love, their love is average seeks average.


Quote: 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. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

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.


Quote: It seemed to me that I had never met another person on earth as discouraging to my happiness as my father. and it appeared that I had the same effect upon him. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

It seemed to me that I had never met another person on earth as discouraging to my happiness as my father. and it appeared that I had the same effect upon him.


Quote: I was young I was so young it hurt like a knife inside because there was no alternative except to hide as long as possible -- - not in self-pity but with dismay at my limited chance: trying to connect. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

I was young I was so young it hurt like a knife inside because there was no alternative except to hide as long as possible -- - not in self-pity but with dismay at my limited chance: trying to connect.


Quote: It's nice enough to make a man weep, but I don't weep, do you? by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

It's nice enough to make a man weep, but I don't weep, do you?


Quote: There's a bluebird in my heart that wants to get out. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

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

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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.


Quote: She was desperate and she was choosey at the same time and, in a way, beautiful, but she didn't have quite enough going for her to become what she imagined herself to be. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

She was desperate and she was choosey at the same time and, in a way, beautiful, but she didn't have quite enough going for her to become what she imagined herself to be.


Quote: I don't write so much now. I'm getting on 33, pot belly and creeping dementia. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

I don't write so much now. I'm getting on 33, pot belly and creeping dementia.


Quote: I am with the roots of flowers entwined, entombed sending up my passionate blossoms as a flight of rockets and argument; wine churls my throat, above me feet walk upon my brain, monkies fall from the sky clutching photographs of the planets, but i seek only music and the leisure of my pain. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of Charles Bukowski quote: I am with the roots of flowers entwined, entombed sending up my passionate blossoms as a flight of rockets and argument; wine churls my throat, above me feet walk upon my brain, monkies fall from the sky clutching photographs of the planets, but i seek only music and the leisure of my pain.- black text on quotes background

I am with the roots of flowers entwined, entombed sending up my passionate blossoms as a flight of rockets and argument; wine churls my throat, above me feet walk upon my brain, monkies fall from the sky clutching photographs of the planets, but i seek only music and the leisure of my pain.


Quote: It was only the matter of a new voice. Nobody listened to an old voice anymore. Old voices became a part of one's self, like a fingernail. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

It was only the matter of a new voice. Nobody listened to an old voice anymore. Old voices became a part of one's self, like a fingernail.


Quote: Hate contains truth. beauty is a facade. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

Hate contains truth. beauty is a facade.


Quote: Knowledge without follow-through is worse than no knowledge. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

Knowledge without follow-through is worse than no knowledge.


Quote: A good book can make an almost impossible existence, liveable. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

A good book can make an almost impossible existence, liveable.


Quote: What you see on the freeway is just what there is,
a funeral procession of the dead,
the greatest horror of our time in motion.
I'll see you there tomorrow! by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

What you see on the freeway is just what there is,
a funeral procession of the dead,
the greatest horror of our time in motion.
I'll see you there tomorrow!


Quote: Getting drunk was good. I decided that I would always like getting drunk. It took away the obvious and maybe if you could get away from the obvious often enough, you wouldn't become so obvious yourself. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

Getting drunk was good. I decided that I would always like getting drunk. It took away the obvious and maybe if you could get away from the obvious often enough, you wouldn't become so obvious yourself.


Quote: I had also read somewhere that if a man didn't truly believe or understand what he was espousing, somehow he could do a more convincing job. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

I had also read somewhere that if a man didn't truly believe or understand what he was espousing, somehow he could do a more convincing job.


Quote: Wherever the crowd goes run in the other direction. They're always wrong. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

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


Quote: To be young is the only religion. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

To be young is the only religion.


Quote: Death meant little to me. It was the last joke in a series of bad jokes. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

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


Quote: Bad writing's like bad women: there's just not much you can do about it. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

Bad writing's like bad women: there's just not much you can do about it.


Quote: Escape from the black widow spider is a miracle as great as art. what a web she can weave slowly drawing you to her she'll embrace you then when she's satisfied she'll kill you still in her embrace and suck the blood from you. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

Escape from the black widow spider is a miracle as great as art. what a web she can weave slowly drawing you to her she'll embrace you then when she's satisfied she'll kill you still in her embrace and suck the blood from you.


Quote: Unless the sun inside you is burning your gut, don't do it. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

Unless the sun inside you is burning your gut, don't do it.


Quote: If it doesn't come bursting out of you in spite of everything, don't do it. unless it comes unasked out of your heart and your mind and your mouth and your gut, don't do it. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

If it doesn't come bursting out of you in spite of everything, don't do it. unless it comes unasked out of your heart and your mind and your mouth and your gut, don't do it.


Quote: Places to hunt places to hide are getting harder to find, and pet canaries and goldfish too, did you notice that? by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

Places to hunt places to hide are getting harder to find, and pet canaries and goldfish too, did you notice that?


Quote: Love is a horse with a broken leg trying to stand while 45,000 people watch. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

Love is a horse with a broken leg trying to stand while 45,000 people watch.




Quote: Something had happened. The bath towels knew it, the bathtub and the toilet knew it. My father turned and walked out the door. He knew it. It was my last beating. From him. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

Something had happened. The bath towels knew it, the bathtub and the toilet knew it. My father turned and walked out the door. He knew it. It was my last beating. From him.


Quote: But isn't there always one good thing to look back on? think of how many cups of coffee we drank together. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

But isn't there always one good thing to look back on? think of how many cups of coffee we drank together.


Quote: I hated you when it would have taken less courage to love. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

I hated you when it would have taken less courage to love.




Quote: But as God said, crossing his legs, I see where I have made plenty of poets but not so very much poetry. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

But as God said, crossing his legs, I see where I have made plenty of poets but not so very much poetry.


Quote: There's a light somewhere. It may not be much light but it beats the darkness. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

There's a light somewhere. It may not be much light but it beats the darkness.


Quote: It will rain all this night and we will sleep transfixed by the dark water as our blood runs through our fragile life. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

It will rain all this night and we will sleep transfixed by the dark water as our blood runs through our fragile life.


Quote: Since some people had told me that I was ugly, I always preferred shade to the sun, darkness to light. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

Since some people had told me that I was ugly, I always preferred shade to the sun, darkness to light.


Quote: It is all ash and dry leaves and grief gone like an ocean liner. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

It is all ash and dry leaves and grief gone like an ocean liner.


Quote: I got up and walked back to my roominghouse. The moonlight was bright. My footsteps echoed in the empty street and it sounded as if somebody was following me, I looked around. I was mistaken. I was quite alone. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

I got up and walked back to my roominghouse. The moonlight was bright. My footsteps echoed in the empty street and it sounded as if somebody was following me, I looked around. I was mistaken. I was quite alone.


Quote: Erections,  Ejaculations, Exhibitions and General Tales of Ordinary Madness. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

Erections, Ejaculations, Exhibitions and General Tales of Ordinary Madness.


Quote: You've got to rise from the floor alone or fall back alone. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

You've got to rise from the floor alone or fall back alone.


Quote: I'm going to open another vottle. not a vottle, but a bottle. you open it and I'll drink it. and you try to write as much as I did without falling off of your chair. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

I'm going to open another vottle. not a vottle, but a bottle. you open it and I'll drink it. and you try to write as much as I did without falling off of your chair.




Quote: One can never be sure whether it's good poetry or bad acid. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

One can never be sure whether it's good poetry or bad acid.


Quote: I had decided against religion a couple of years back. If it were true, it made fools out of people, or it drew fools. And if it weren't true, the fools were all the more foolish. What I need is a good doctor, I thought. You either lived or died. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

I had decided against religion a couple of years back. If it were true, it made fools out of people, or it drew fools. And if it weren't true, the fools were all the more foolish. What I need is a good doctor, I thought. You either lived or died.


Quote: For a man of 55 who didn't get laid until he was 23 and not very often until he was 50 I think that I should stay listed via Pacific Telephone until I get as much as the average man has had. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

For a man of 55 who didn't get laid until he was 23 and not very often until he was 50 I think that I should stay listed via Pacific Telephone until I get as much as the average man has had.


Quote: The whole world is caught in her glance and at last the universe is magnificent. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

The whole world is caught in her glance and at last the universe is magnificent.


Quote: Keep your money in your pocket. Or bet it on a good horse. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

Keep your money in your pocket. Or bet it on a good horse.


Quote: Stay with the beer. beer is continuous blood. a continuous lover. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

Stay with the beer. beer is continuous blood. a continuous lover.




Quote: Once a woman turns against you, forget it. They can love you, then something turns in them. They can watch you dying in a gutter, run over by a car, and they'll spit on you. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

Once a woman turns against you, forget it. They can love you, then something turns in them. They can watch you dying in a gutter, run over by a car, and they'll spit on you.


Quote: Learn, he says, that there will be hours, days and months ahead of feeling absolutely terrible and nothing can change that; neither new girlfriends, health professionals, changes of diet, dope, humility, or God. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

Learn, he says, that there will be hours, days and months ahead of feeling absolutely terrible and nothing can change that; neither new girlfriends, health professionals, changes of diet, dope, humility, or God.


Quote: In a more universal sense, we only get one thing. You know...a head stone if we're lucky; if not, green grass. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

In a more universal sense, we only get one thing. You know...a head stone if we're lucky; if not, green grass.


Quote: I'm too careless. I don't put out enough effort. I'm tired. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

I'm too careless. I don't put out enough effort. I'm tired.


Quote: I don't carry notebooks and I don't consciously store ideas. I try not to think that I am a writer and I am pretty good at doing that. I don't like writers, but then I don't like insurance salesmen either. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

I don't carry notebooks and I don't consciously store ideas. I try not to think that I am a writer and I am pretty good at doing that. I don't like writers, but then I don't like insurance salesmen either.


Quote: This incompleteness is all we have. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

This incompleteness is all we have.


Quote: I wait on my fix:
I am a poetry junkie. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

I wait on my fix:
I am a poetry junkie.


Quote: Knowledge is knowing as little as possible. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

Knowledge is knowing as little as possible.


Quote: We only asked for leopards to guard our thinning dreams. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

We only asked for leopards to guard our thinning dreams.


Quote: 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. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

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.


Quote: I am a dolt of a man, easily made happy or even stupidly happy almost without cause and left alone I am mostly content. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

I am a dolt of a man, easily made happy or even stupidly happy almost without cause and left alone I am mostly content.


Quote: Morning night and noon the traffic moves through and the murder and treachery of friends and lovers and all the people move through you. pain is the joy of knowing the unkindest truth that arrives without warning. life is being alone death is being alone. even the fools weep morning night and noon. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of Charles Bukowski quote: Morning night and noon the traffic moves through and the murder and treachery of friends and lovers and all the people move through you. pain is the joy of knowing the unkindest truth that arrives without warning. life is being alone death is being alone. even the fools weep morning night and noon.- black text on quotes background

Morning night and noon the traffic moves through and the murder and treachery of friends and lovers and all the people move through you. pain is the joy of knowing the unkindest truth that arrives without warning. life is being alone death is being alone. even the fools weep morning night and noon.


Quote: The whole LSD, STP, marijuana, heroin, hashish, prescription cough medicine crowd suffers from the Watchtower itch: you gotta be with us, man, or you're out, you're dead. This pitch is a continual and seeming MUST with those who use the stuff. It's no wonder they keep getting busted. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of Charles Bukowski quote: The whole LSD, STP, marijuana, heroin, hashish, prescription cough medicine crowd suffers from the Watchtower itch: you gotta be with us, man, or you're out, you're dead. This pitch is a continual and seeming MUST with those who use the stuff. It's no wonder they keep getting busted.- black text on quotes background

The whole LSD, STP, marijuana, heroin, hashish, prescription cough medicine crowd suffers from the Watchtower itch: you gotta be with us, man, or you're out, you're dead. This pitch is a continual and seeming MUST with those who use the stuff. It's no wonder they keep getting busted.


Quote: 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. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of Charles Bukowski quote; white text on black background

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.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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. All right, so we do the best we can. Granted. But we must still realize that love is just the result of a chance encounter. Most people make too much of it. On these grounds a good fuck is not to be entirely scorned. But that's the result of a chance meeting too. You're damned right. Drink up. We'll have another.


Quote: 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. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

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.


Quote: I no longer want it all, just some comfort and some sex and some minor love. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

I no longer want it all, just some comfort and some sex and some minor love.




Quote: You can't overestimate the stupidity of the general public. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

You can't overestimate the stupidity of the general public.


Quote: LSD, yeah, the big parade -- everybody's doin' it now. Take LSD, then you are a poet, an intellectual. What a sick mob. I am building a machine gun in my closet now to take out as many of them as I can before they get me. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

LSD, yeah, the big parade -- everybody's doin' it now. Take LSD, then you are a poet, an intellectual. What a sick mob. I am building a machine gun in my closet now to take out as many of them as I can before they get me.


Quote: My 6 foot goddess makes me laugh the laughter of the mutilated who still need love... she has saved me from everything that is not here. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

My 6 foot goddess makes me laugh the laughter of the mutilated who still need love... she has saved me from everything that is not here.


Quote: People don't need love. What they need is success in one form or another. It can be love but it needn't be. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

People don't need love. What they need is success in one form or another. It can be love but it needn't be.


Quote: Most people are not ready for death, theirs or anybody elses. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

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




Quote: 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. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of Charles Bukowski quote; white text on black background

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.


Quote: The streets were full of insane and dull people. Most of them lived in nice houses and didn't seem to work, and you wondered how they did it. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

The streets were full of insane and dull people. Most of them lived in nice houses and didn't seem to work, and you wondered how they did it.


Quote: I was beaten down long ago in some alley in another world. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

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


Quote: Of one hundred movies there's one that is fair, one that's good and ninety eight that are very bad. most movies start badly and steadily get worse. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

Of one hundred movies there's one that is fair, one that's good and ninety eight that are very bad. most movies start badly and steadily get worse.


Quote: The park grass looked greener, the park benches looked better and the flowers were trying harder. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

The park grass looked greener, the park benches looked better and the flowers were trying harder.


Quote: In New York you've got to have all the luck. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

In New York you've got to have all the luck.


Quote: And then there are some who believe that old relationships can be revived and made new again. but please if you feel that way don't phone don't write don't arrive. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

And then there are some who believe that old relationships can be revived and made new again. but please if you feel that way don't phone don't write don't arrive.


Quote: I met a genius on the train today about 6 years old, he sat beside me and as the train ran down along the coast we came to the ocean and then he looked at me and said, it's not pretty. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

I met a genius on the train today about 6 years old, he sat beside me and as the train ran down along the coast we came to the ocean and then he looked at me and said, it's not pretty.


Quote: The ladies usually go for the biggest damn fool they can find; that is why the human race stands where it does today: we have bred the clever and lasting Casanovas, all hollow inside, like the chocolate Easter bunnies we foster upon our poor children. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

The ladies usually go for the biggest damn fool they can find; that is why the human race stands where it does today: we have bred the clever and lasting Casanovas, all hollow inside, like the chocolate Easter bunnies we foster upon our poor children.


Quote: I never pump up my vulgarity. I wait for it to arrive in its own terms. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

I never pump up my vulgarity. I wait for it to arrive in its own terms.


Quote: What were you going to do tonight? I was going to listen to the songs of Rachmaninoff. Who's that? A dead Russian. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

What were you going to do tonight? I was going to listen to the songs of Rachmaninoff. Who's that? A dead Russian.


Quote: Love is for real men. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

Love is for real men.


Quote: I have a face like a washrag. I sing love songs and carry steel. I would rather die than cry. I can't stand hounds can't live without them. I hang my head against the white refrigerator and want to scream like the last weeping of life forever but I am bigger than the mountains. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of Charles Bukowski quote; white text on black background

I have a face like a washrag. I sing love songs and carry steel. I would rather die than cry. I can't stand hounds can't live without them. I hang my head against the white refrigerator and want to scream like the last weeping of life forever but I am bigger than the mountains.


Quote: Why does a man destroy himself or what destroys him? I would have to judge that suicide is mostly the tool of the thinking man. The right to suicide should be the same as the right to love. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

Why does a man destroy himself or what destroys him? I would have to judge that suicide is mostly the tool of the thinking man. The right to suicide should be the same as the right to love.


Quote: Bullfighting can be an art Boxing can be an art Loving can be an art Opening a can of sardines can be an art. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

Bullfighting can be an art Boxing can be an art Loving can be an art Opening a can of sardines can be an art.


Quote: It's not so much that nothing means anything but more that it keeps meaning nothing. there's no release, just gurus and self- appointed gods and hucksters. the more people say, the less there is to say. even the best books are dry sawdust. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

It's not so much that nothing means anything but more that it keeps meaning nothing. there's no release, just gurus and self- appointed gods and hucksters. the more people say, the less there is to say. even the best books are dry sawdust.


Quote: I have been treated better than I should have been -- -not by life in general nor by the machinery of things but by women. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

I have been treated better than I should have been -- -not by life in general nor by the machinery of things but by women.


Quote: 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? by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

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?


Quote: Before you kill something make sure you have something better to replace it with. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

Before you kill something make sure you have something better to replace it with.






Quote: I am a series of small victories and large defeats. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

I am a series of small victories and large defeats.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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.


Quote: I was fighting a small fight of my own which wasn't leading 
anywhere-but like a man with a bent spoon trying to dig through a cement wall I knew that a small fight was better than quitting: it 
kept the heart alive. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

I was fighting a small fight of my own which wasn't leading
anywhere-but like a man with a bent spoon trying to dig through a cement wall I knew that a small fight was better than quitting: it
kept the heart alive.


Quote: Anybody can be a non-drunk. It takes a special talent to be a drunk. It takes endurance. Endurance is more important than truth. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

Anybody can be a non-drunk. It takes a special talent to be a drunk. It takes endurance. Endurance is more important than truth.


Quote: 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. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of Charles Bukowski quote: 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.- black text on quotes background

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.


Quote: I can see where creation often stops while the body still lives and often does not care to. the death of life before life dies. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

I can see where creation often stops while the body still lives and often does not care to. the death of life before life dies.


Quote: People who believe in politics are like people who believe in God: they are sucking wind through bent straws. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

People who believe in politics are like people who believe in God: they are sucking wind through bent straws.


Quote: I wasn't sleeping on the streets at night. Of course, there were a lot of good people sleeping in the streets. They weren't fools, they just didn't fit into the needed machinery of the moment. And those needs kept altering. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

I wasn't sleeping on the streets at night. Of course, there were a lot of good people sleeping in the streets. They weren't fools, they just didn't fit into the needed machinery of the moment. And those needs kept altering.


Quote: Even the stove and the refrigerator looked human, I mean good human -- they seemed to have arms and voices and they said, hang around, kid, it's good here, it can be very good here. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

Even the stove and the refrigerator looked human, I mean good human -- they seemed to have arms and voices and they said, hang around, kid, it's good here, it can be very good here.


Quote: 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. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

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.


Quote: The wisest thing to do if you're living in hell is to make yourself comfortable. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

The wisest thing to do if you're living in hell is to make yourself comfortable.


Quote: I suppose like others I have come through fire and sword, love gone wrong, head-on crashes, drunk at sea, and I have listened to the simple sound of water running in tubs and wished to drown. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

I suppose like others I have come through fire and sword, love gone wrong, head-on crashes, drunk at sea, and I have listened to the simple sound of water running in tubs and wished to drown.


Quote: Drinking is another way of thinking, another way of living. It gives you two lives instead of one. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

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


Quote: When a writer is swayed with his fame and his fortune, you can float him down the river with the turds. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

When a writer is swayed with his fame and his fortune, you can float him down the river with the turds.


Quote: Don't ever write a novel unless it hurts like a hot turd coming out. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

Don't ever write a novel unless it hurts like a hot turd coming out.


Quote: Take a writer away from his typewriter and all you have left is the sickness which started him typing in the beginning. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

Take a writer away from his typewriter and all you have left is the sickness which started him typing in the beginning.


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