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Charles Bukowski Quote: “I went home each night dizzy and sick. He was murdering me with the sound of his voice.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “I guess for me Hemingway is a lot like it is for others: he goes down well when we are young.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “I grow tired of 18th century moralities in a 20th century space-atomic age.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “Writers are nothing but beggars with a good line.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “American women drove hard bargains and the ended up looking the worst for it. The few natural American women left were mostly in Texas and Louisiana.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “People just don’t know how to write down a simple easy line. It’s difficult for them; it’s like trying to keep a hard-on while drowning – not many can do it.”
Charles Bukowski 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.”
Charles Bukowski 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?”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “I was so thin I could slice bread with my shoulderblades, only I seldom had bread.”
Charles Bukowski 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.”
Charles Bukowski 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.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “Sweet Christ, you must know that a man will go further for any poem than for any woman ever born.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “I pretend to understand because I don’t want anybody to be hurt.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “They were beautiful nothings.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “Some nights I knew that if I slept I would die.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “As we go on with our lives we tend to forget that the jails and the hospitals and the madhouses and the graveyards are packed.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “I’ll use the knives for spreading jam, and the gas to warm my greying love.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “They laughed. Things were funny. They weren’t afraid to care. There was no sense to life, to the structure of things.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “The writing’s easy, it’s the living that is sometimes difficult.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “They, all of them, seemed to put literary form in front of the actuality and living of life itself.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “YOU DULL ME!”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “It’s never quite right, all the things we are taught, all the loves we chase, all the deaths we die, all the lives we live.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “I broke that town in half like a wooden match.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “Well, we lost it, and that’s all there is to that.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “I didn’t feel that way about it. I had been playing with death for some time. I can’t say we were the best of friends but we were well acquainted.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “Experience can dull. With most men experience is a series of mistakes; the more experience you have the less you know.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “I remember when each 4th lot was vacant and overgrown, and the landlord only go this rent when you had it, and each day was clear and good and each moment was full of promise.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “I lie as truthfully as I can.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “If you can hit a guy once, you can hit him twice.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “I’m only interested in poetry.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “I’ve found out why men sign their names to their works- not that they created them but more than the others did not.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “I was an Agnostic. Agnostics didn’t have much to argue about.”
Charles Bukowski 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.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “He had long nostril hairs, powerfully intimidating, like an unscheduled nightmare.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “I felt I had to win. It seemed very important. I didn’t know why it was important and I kept thinking, why do I think this is so important? And another part of me answered, just because it is.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “An artist is a man who says a difficult thing in a simple way.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “There was nothing glorious about the life of a drinker or the life of a writer.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “I could read the great books but the great books don’t interest me.”
Charles Bukowski 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.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “Something that never happens anywhere at any time.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “A dry period for me means perhaps going two or three nights without writing. I probably have dry periods but I’m not aware of them and I go on writing, only the writing probably isn’t much good.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “Turgenev was a very serious fellow but he could make me laugh because a truth first encountered can be very funny. When someone else’s truth is the same as your truth, and he seems to be saying it just for you, that’s great.”
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