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Charles Bukowski Quote: “Find what you love and let it kill you.”

Find what you love and let it kill you.

— Charles Bukowski



Charles Bukowski Quote: “If you’re going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don’t even start.”

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

— Charles Bukowski


Charles Bukowski Quote: “Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead.”

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

— Charles Bukowski


Charles Bukowski Quote: “The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts, while the stupid ones are full of confidence.”

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

— Charles Bukowski


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

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

— Charles Bukowski


Charles Bukowski Quote: “If you’re going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire. You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. It’s the only good fight there is.”

If you’re going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire. You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. It’s the only good fight there is.

— Charles Bukowski


Charles Bukowski Quote: “Life’s as kind as you let it be.”

Life’s as kind as you let it be.

— Charles Bukowski


Charles Bukowski Quote: “Without literature, life is hell.”

Without literature, life is hell.

— Charles Bukowski


Charles Bukowski Quote: “You have to die a few times before you can really live.”

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

— Charles Bukowski


Charles Bukowski Quote: “An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way.”

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

— Charles Bukowski


Charles Bukowski Quote: “I don’t hate people. I just feel better when they aren’t around.”

I don’t hate people. I just feel better when they aren’t around.

— Charles Bukowski


Charles Bukowski Quote: “I have no time for things that have no soul.”

I have no time for things that have no soul.

— Charles Bukowski


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

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

— Charles Bukowski


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

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

— Charles Bukowski


Charles Bukowski Quote: “Sometimes you climb out of bed in the morning and you think, I’m not going to make it, but you laugh inside – remembering all the times you’ve felt that way.”

Sometimes you climb out of bed in the morning and you think, I’m not going to make it, but you laugh inside – remembering all the times you’ve felt that way.

— Charles Bukowski


Charles Bukowski Quote: “Wherever the crowd goes run in the other direction. They’re always wrong.”

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

— Charles Bukowski


Charles Bukowski Quote: “We are like roses that have never bothered to bloom when we should have bloomed and it is as if the sun has become disgusted with waiting.”

We are like roses that have never bothered to bloom when we should have bloomed and it is as if the sun has become disgusted with waiting.

— Charles Bukowski


Charles Bukowski Quote: “The less I needed, the better I felt.”

The less I needed, the better I felt.

— Charles Bukowski


Charles Bukowski Quote: “Writers are desperate people and when they stop being desperate they stop being writers.”

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

— Charles Bukowski


Charles Bukowski Quote: “Invent yourself and then reinvent yourself.”

Invent yourself and then reinvent yourself.

— Charles Bukowski


Charles Bukowski Quote: “Nothing can save you except writing. It keeps the walls from failing.”

Nothing can save you except writing. It keeps the walls from failing.

— Charles Bukowski


Charles Bukowski Quote: “Drink from the well of yourself and begin again.”

Drink from the well of yourself and begin again.

— Charles Bukowski


Charles Bukowski Quote: “We’re all going to die, all of us, what a circus! That alone should make us love each other but it doesn’t. We are terrorized and flattened by trivialities, we are eaten up by nothing.”

We’re all going to die, all of us, what a circus! That alone should make us love each other but it doesn’t. We are terrorized and flattened by trivialities, we are eaten up by nothing.

— Charles Bukowski


Charles Bukowski Quote: “I wanted the whole world or nothing.”

I wanted the whole world or nothing.

— Charles Bukowski


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

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

— Charles Bukowski


Charles Bukowski Quote: “If you have the ability to love, love yourself first.”

If you have the ability to love, love yourself first.

— Charles Bukowski


Charles Bukowski Quote: “I have one problem, I don’t hate people. They disgust me and I want to get away from them. I do not have hatred. I have an escape mechanism.”

I have one problem, I don’t hate people. They disgust me and I want to get away from them. I do not have hatred. I have an escape mechanism.

— Charles Bukowski


Charles Bukowski Quote: “We don’t even ask happiness, just a little less pain.”

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

— Charles Bukowski


Charles Bukowski Quote: “You can’t beat death but you can beat death in life, sometimes. And the more often you learn to do it, the more light there will be. Your life is your life. Know it while you have it.”

You can’t beat death but you can beat death in life, sometimes. And the more often you learn to do it, the more light there will be. Your life is your life. Know it while you have it.

— Charles Bukowski


Charles Bukowski Quote: “People empty me. I have to get away to refill.”

People empty me. I have to get away to refill.

— Charles Bukowski


Charles Bukowski Quote: “There’s a light somewhere. It may not be much light but it beats the darkness.”

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

— Charles Bukowski


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

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

— Charles Bukowski


Charles Bukowski Quote: “If you’re going to try, go all the way. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives, jobs and maybe your mind.”

If you’re going to try, go all the way. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives, jobs and maybe your mind.

— Charles Bukowski


Charles Bukowski Quote: “I stopped looking for a Dream Girl, I just wanted one that wasn’t a nightmare.”

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

— Charles Bukowski


Charles Bukowski Quote: ““Baby,” I said, “I’m a genius but nobody knows it but me.””

“Baby,” I said, “I’m a genius but nobody knows it but me.”

— Charles Bukowski


Charles Bukowski Quote: “Only the boring get bored.”

Only the boring get bored.

— Charles Bukowski


Charles Bukowski Quote: “My heart is a thousand years old. I am not like other people.”

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

— Charles Bukowski


Charles Bukowski Quote: “The world is full of boring, identical and mindless people.”

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

— Charles Bukowski


Charles Bukowski Quote: “It wasn’t my day. My week. My month. My year. My life. God damn it.”

It wasn’t my day. My week. My month. My year. My life. God damn it.

— Charles Bukowski


Charles Bukowski Quote: “If you let them kill you, they will.”

If you let them kill you, they will.

— Charles Bukowski


Charles Bukowski Quote: “Beware of those who seek constant crowds; they are nothing alone.”

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

— Charles Bukowski


Charles Bukowski Quote: “If you are going to try, go all the way or don’t even start. If you follow it you will be alive with the gods. It is the only good fight there is.”

If you are going to try, go all the way or don’t even start. If you follow it you will be alive with the gods. It is the only good fight there is.

— Charles Bukowski


Charles Bukowski Quote: “Those who escape hell however never talk about it and nothing much bothers them after that.”

Those who escape hell however never talk about it and nothing much bothers them after that.

— Charles Bukowski


Charles Bukowski Quote: “The free soul is rare, but you know it when you see it.”

The free soul is rare, but you know it when you see it.

— Charles Bukowski


Charles Bukowski Quote: “Love breaks my bones and I laugh.”

Love breaks my bones and I laugh.

— Charles Bukowski


Charles Bukowski Quote: “My ambition is handicapped by laziness.”

My ambition is handicapped by laziness.

— Charles Bukowski


Charles Bukowski Quote: “I am not a snob; it is simply that I am not interested with what most people have to say, or what they want to do – mostly with my time.”

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

— Charles Bukowski


Charles Bukowski 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.”

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


Charles Bukowski Quote: “The empty, the angry, the lonely, the tricked, we are all museums of fear.”

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

— Charles Bukowski


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

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

— Charles Bukowski

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