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quote by Charles Bukowski: It's all overrated, man. Sex is only a great thing if you're not getting any. with background image: photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

It's all overrated, man. Sex is only a great thing if you're not getting any.

--Charles Bukowski
quote by Charles Bukowski: I heard an airplane passing overhead. I wished I was on it. with background image: photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

I heard an airplane passing overhead. I wished I was on it.

--Charles Bukowski
quote by Charles Bukowski: My spoon was bent so that if I wanted to eat I had to pick the spoon up with my right hand. If I picked it up with my left hand, the spoon bent away from my mouth. I wanted to pick the spoon up with … with background image: photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

My spoon was bent so that if I wanted to eat I had to pick the spoon up with my right hand. If I picked it up with my left hand, the spoon bent away from my mouth. I wanted to pick the spoon up with my left hand.

--Charles Bukowski
quote by Charles Bukowski: Sometimes all we need to be able to continue alone
are the dead
rattling the walls
that close us in. with background image: photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

Sometimes all we need to be able to continue alone
are the dead
rattling the walls
that close us in.

--Charles Bukowski
quote by Charles Bukowski: Simplicity is always the secret, to a profound truth, to doing things, to writing, to painting. Life is profound in its simplicity. with background image: photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

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

--Charles Bukowski
quote by Charles Bukowski: I wish to weep
but sorrow is
stupid.
I wish to believe
but belief is a
graveyard. with background image: photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

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

--Charles Bukowski
quote by Charles Bukowski: Now something so sad has hold of us that the breath leaves and we can't even cry. with background image: photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

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

--Charles Bukowski
quote by Charles Bukowski: 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. with background image: photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

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.

--Charles Bukowski
quote by Charles Bukowski: The empty, the angry, the lonely, the tricked, we are all museums of fear. with background image: photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

The empty, the angry, the lonely, the tricked, we are all museums of fear.

--Charles Bukowski
quote by Charles Bukowski: She slammed the door and
was gone.
I looked at the closed door
and at the doorknob
and strangely
I didn't feel
alone. with background image: photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

She slammed the door and
was gone.
I looked at the closed door
and at the doorknob
and strangely
I didn't feel
alone.

--Charles Bukowski

quote by Charles Bukowski: My heart is a thousand years old. I am not like other people. with background image: photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

My heart is a thousand years old. I am not like other people.

--Charles Bukowski
quote by Charles Bukowski: Real loneliness is not necessarily limited to when you are alone. with background image: photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

Real loneliness is not necessarily limited to when you are alone.

--Charles Bukowski
quote by Charles Bukowski: The courage it took to get out of bed each
morning
to face the same things
over and over
was
enormous. with background image: photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

The courage it took to get out of bed each
morning
to face the same things
over and over
was
enormous.

--Charles Bukowski
quote by Charles Bukowski: Life's as kind as you let it be. with background image: photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

Life's as kind as you let it be.

--Charles Bukowski
quote by Charles Bukowski: My mother, poor fish,
wanting to be happy, beaten two or three times a
week, telling me to be happy: Henry, smile!
why don't you ever smile?
and then she would smile, to show me how, and it was the
s… with background image: photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

My mother, poor fish,
wanting to be happy, beaten two or three times a
week, telling me to be happy: Henry, smile!
why don't you ever smile?
and then she would smile, to show me how, and it was the
saddest smile I ever saw.

--Charles Bukowski
quote by Charles Bukowski: I never met another man I'd rather be. And even if that's a delusion, it's a lucky one. with background image: photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

I never met another man I'd rather be. And even if that's a delusion, it's a lucky one.

--Charles Bukowski
quote by Charles Bukowski: Some moments are nice, some are
nicer, some are even worth
writing
about. with background image: photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

Some moments are nice, some are
nicer, some are even worth
writing
about.

--Charles Bukowski
quote by Charles Bukowski: I often stood in front of the mirror alone, wondering how ugly a person could get. with background image: photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

I often stood in front of the mirror alone, wondering how ugly a person could get.

--Charles Bukowski

quote by Charles Bukowski: 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. with background image: photo of author Charles Bukowski with 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.

--Charles Bukowski
quote by Charles Bukowski: Girls
please give your
bodies and your
lives
to
the young men
who
deserve them
besides
there is
no way
I would welcome
the
intolerable
dull
senseless hell
you would bring
me
and
I wish you
luck
in be… with background image: photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

Girls
please give your
bodies and your
lives
to
the young men
who
deserve them
besides
there is
no way
I would welcome
the
intolerable
dull
senseless hell
you would bring
me
and
I wish you
luck
in bed
and
out
but not
in
mine
thank
you.

--Charles Bukowski
quote by Charles Bukowski: Unless it comes out of your soul like a rocket, unless being still would drive you to madness or suicide or murder, don't do it. with background image: photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

Unless it comes out of your soul like a rocket, unless being still would drive you to madness or suicide or murder, don't do it.

--Charles Bukowski

Longer Version:

Unless it comes out of your soul like a rocket, unless being still would drive you to madness or suicide or murder, don't do it. unless the sun inside you is burning your gut, don't do it. when it is truly time, and if you have been chosen, it will do it by itself and it will keep on doing it until you die or it dies in you. there is no other way. and there never was.


quote by Charles Bukowski: If you're doing it for money or fame, don't do it. If you're doing it because you want women in your bed, don't do it. with background image: photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

If you're doing it for money or fame, don't do it. If you're doing it because you want women in your bed, don't do it.

--Charles Bukowski
quote by Charles Bukowski: I've never been lonely. I like myself. I'm the best form of entertainment I have. with background image: photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

I've never been lonely. I like myself. I'm the best form of entertainment I have.

--Charles Bukowski

Longer Version:

I've never been lonely. I like myself. I'm the best form of entertainment I have. Let's drink more wine!


quote by Charles Bukowski: 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 dar… with background image: 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.

--Charles Bukowski
quote by Charles Bukowski: Being alone never felt right. Sometimes it felt good, but it never felt right. with background image: photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

Being alone never felt right. Sometimes it felt good, but it never felt right.

--Charles Bukowski
quote by Charles Bukowski: The less I needed, the better I felt. with background image: photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

The less I needed, the better I felt.

--Charles Bukowski
quote by Charles Bukowski: Beware of those who seek constant crowds; they are nothing alone. with background image: photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

Beware of those who seek constant crowds; they are nothing alone.

--Charles Bukowski
quote by Charles Bukowski: Find what you love and let it kill you. with background image: photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

Find what you love and let it kill you.

--Charles Bukowski
quote by Charles Bukowski: When I say that basically writing is a hard hustle, I don't mean that it is a bad life, if one can get away with it. It's the miracle of miracles to make a living by the typer. with background image: photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

When I say that basically writing is a hard hustle, I don't mean that it is a bad life, if one can get away with it. It's the miracle of miracles to make a living by the typer.

--Charles Bukowski
quote by Charles Bukowski: I am a dangerous man when turned loose with a typewriter. with background image: photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

I am a dangerous man when turned loose with a typewriter.

--Charles Bukowski
quote by Charles Bukowski: In my work, as a writer, I only photograph, in words, what I see. with background image: photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

In my work, as a writer, I only photograph, in words, what I see.

--Charles Bukowski
quote by Charles Bukowski: I have not worked out my poems with a careful will, falling rather on haphazard and blind formulation of wordage, a more flowing concept, in a hope for a more new and lively path. I do personalize at… with background image: photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

I have not worked out my poems with a careful will, falling rather on haphazard and blind formulation of wordage, a more flowing concept, in a hope for a more new and lively path. I do personalize at times, but this only for the grace and elan of the dance.

--Charles Bukowski
quote by Charles Bukowski: The more cats you have, the longer you live. If you have a hundred cats, you'll live 10 times longer than if you have 10. Someday this will be discovered, and people will have a thousand cats and liv… with background image: photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

The more cats you have, the longer you live. If you have a hundred cats, you'll live 10 times longer than if you have 10. Someday this will be discovered, and people will have a thousand cats and live forever. It's truly ridiculous.

--Charles Bukowski
quote by Charles Bukowski: Somebody once asked me what my theory of life was, and I said, 'Don't try.' That fits the writing, too. I don't try; I just type. with background image: photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

Somebody once asked me what my theory of life was, and I said, 'Don't try.' That fits the writing, too. I don't try; I just type.

--Charles Bukowski
quote by Charles Bukowski: Never get out of bed before noon. with background image: photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

Never get out of bed before noon.

--Charles Bukowski
quote by Charles Bukowski: I kept writing not because I felt I was so good, but because I felt they were so bad, including Shakespeare, all those. The stilted formalism, like chewing cardboard. with background image: photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

I kept writing not because I felt I was so good, but because I felt they were so bad, including Shakespeare, all those. The stilted formalism, like chewing cardboard.

--Charles Bukowski
quote by Charles Bukowski: I would be married, but I'd have no wife, I would be married to a single life. with background image: photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

I would be married, but I'd have no wife, I would be married to a single life.

--Charles Bukowski
quote by Charles Bukowski: Even though I write about the human race, the further away from them, the better I feel. Two miles is great; two thousand miles is beautiful. with background image: photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

Even though I write about the human race, the further away from them, the better I feel. Two miles is great; two thousand miles is beautiful.

--Charles Bukowski
quote by Charles Bukowski: I used to live on one candy bar a day -- it cost a nickel. I always remember the candy bar was called Payday. That was my payday. And that candy bar tasted so good, at night I would take one bite, an… with background image: photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

I used to live on one candy bar a day -- it cost a nickel. I always remember the candy bar was called Payday. That was my payday. And that candy bar tasted so good, at night I would take one bite, and it was so beautiful.

--Charles Bukowski
quote by Charles Bukowski: I have no definite talent or trade, and how I stay alive is largely a matter of magic. with background image: photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

I have no definite talent or trade, and how I stay alive is largely a matter of magic.

--Charles Bukowski
quote by Charles Bukowski: Almost everybody is born a genius and buried an idiot. with background image: photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

Almost everybody is born a genius and buried an idiot.

--Charles Bukowski
quote by Charles Bukowski: My love is a hummingbird sitting that quiet moment on the bough, as the same cat crouches. with background image: photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

My love is a hummingbird sitting that quiet moment on the bough, as the same cat crouches.

--Charles Bukowski
quote by Charles Bukowski: I can relax with bums because I am a bum. I don't like laws, morals, religions, rules. I don't like to be shaped by society. with background image: photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

I can relax with bums because I am a bum. I don't like laws, morals, religions, rules. I don't like to be shaped by society.

--Charles Bukowski
quote by Charles Bukowski: You begin saving the world by saving one man at a time; all else is grandiose romanticism or politics. with background image: photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

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

--Charles Bukowski
quote by Charles Bukowski: Genius might be the ability to say a profound thing in a simple way. with background image: photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

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

--Charles Bukowski
quote by Charles Bukowski: An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way. with background image: photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

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

--Charles Bukowski
quote by Charles Bukowski: The thing that I fear discriminating against is humor and truth. with background image: photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

The thing that I fear discriminating against is humor and truth.

--Charles Bukowski
quote by Charles Bukowski: To do a dull thing with style-now that's what I call art. with background image: photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

To do a dull thing with style-now that's what I call art.

--Charles Bukowski
quote by Charles Bukowski: The female loves to play man against man. And if she is in a position to do it, there is not one who will resist. with background image: photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

The female loves to play man against man. And if she is in a position to do it, there is not one who will resist.

--Charles Bukowski
quote by Charles Bukowski: If you want to know who your friends are, get yourself a jail sentence. with background image: photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

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

--Charles Bukowski
quote by Charles Bukowski: We have wasted History like a bunch of drunks shooting dice back in the men's crapper of the local bar. with background image: photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

We have wasted History like a bunch of drunks shooting dice back in the men's crapper of the local bar.

--Charles Bukowski
quote by Charles Bukowski: Some people never go crazy, What truly horrible lives they must live. with background image: photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

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

--Charles Bukowski
quote by Charles Bukowski: Writers have to put up with this editor thing; it is ageless and eternal and wrong. with background image: photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

Writers have to put up with this editor thing; it is ageless and eternal and wrong.

--Charles Bukowski
quote by Charles Bukowski: I don't like the clean-shaven boy with the necktie and the good job. I like desperate men, men with broken teeth and broken minds and broken ways. They interest me. They are full of surprises and exp… with background image: photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

I don't like the clean-shaven boy with the necktie and the good job. I like desperate men, men with broken teeth and broken minds and broken ways. They interest me. They are full of surprises and explosions.

--Charles Bukowski
quote by Charles Bukowski: Joan of Arc had style. Jesus had style. with background image: photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

Joan of Arc had style. Jesus had style.

--Charles Bukowski
quote by Charles Bukowski: If you're losing your soul and you know it, then you've still got a soul left to lose. with background image: photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

If you're losing your soul and you know it, then you've still got a soul left to lose.

--Charles Bukowski
quote by Charles Bukowski: Humanity, you never had it to begin with. with background image: photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

Humanity, you never had it to begin with.

--Charles Bukowski
quote by 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. with background image: photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

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
quote by Charles Bukowski: There will always be something to ruin our lives, it all depends on what or which finds us first. We are always ripe and ready to be taken. with background image: photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

There will always be something to ruin our lives, it all depends on what or which finds us first. We are always ripe and ready to be taken.

--Charles Bukowski

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