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Charles Bukowski Quote: “Don’t do it. Don’t love me.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “Everything else just kept picking and picking, hacking away. And nothing was interesting, nothing. The people were restrictive and careful, all alike. And I’ve got to live with these fuckers for the rest of my life, I thought.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “Before you kill something make sure you have something better to replace it with...”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “You can steal my women but don’t play with my whiskey.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “That’s when I first learned that it wasn’t enough to just do your job, you had to have an interest in it, even a passion for it.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “I like the way Mahler wandered about in his music and still retained his passion. He must have looked like an earthquake walking down the street.”
Charles Bukowski 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.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “But she projected vitality – you knew that she was there.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “I will put on my shoes and shirt and get out of here – it’ll be better for all of us.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “Sundays kill more people than bombs.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “I often stood in front of the mirror alone, wondering how ugly a person could get.”
Charles Bukowski 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.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “I got lost somehow, began staring up her legs. I was always a leg man. It was the first thing I saw when I was born. But then I was trying to get out. Ever since I have been working in the other direction and with pretty lousy luck.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “You can forgive a fool because he only runs in one direction and doesn’t deceive anybody. It’s the deceivers who make you feel bad.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “I don’t think I’ll travel anymore. Travel is nothing but an inconvenience. There is always enough trouble where you are.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “It was a joy! Words weren’t dull, words were things that could make your mind hum. If you read them and let yourself feel the magic, you could live without pain, with hope, no matter what happened to you.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “That’s what friendship is, sharing the prejudice of experience.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “Animals never worry about Heaven or Hell. Neither do I. Maybe that’s why we get along.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “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.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “Her eyes always had a frantic, lost look. He could never cure her eyes of that.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “Each person is only given so many evenings and each wasted evening is a gross violation against the natural course of your only life.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “Oh, I don’t mean you’re handsome, not the way people think of handsome. Your face seems kind. But your eyes – they’re beautiful. They’re wild, crazy, like some animal peering out of a forest on fire.”
Charles Bukowski 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.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “I can never drive my car over a bridge without thinking of suicide. I can never look at a lake or an ocean without thinking of suicide.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “Finally there is nothing here for death to take away.”
Charles Bukowski 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.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “People who believe in politics are like people who believe in God: they are sucking wind through bent straws.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “Dying in a a war never stopped wars from happening.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “I’ve learned to feel good when I feel good. it’s better to be driven around in a red porsche than to own one. the luck of the fool is inviolate.”
Charles Bukowski 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.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “Those faces you see every day on the streets were not created entirely without hope: be kind to them: like you they have not escaped.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “When you drank the world was still out there, but for the moment it didn’t have you by the throat.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “The worst thing for a writer is to know another writer, and worse than that, to know a number of other writers. Like flies on the same turd.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “A woman is a full time job. You have to choose your profession.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “Careful poetry and careful people live only long enough to die safely.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “People were interesting at first. Then later, slowly but surely, all the flaws and madness would manifest themselves. I would become less and less to them; they would mean less and less to me.”
Charles Bukowski 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.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “One more drink and you’re dead. This is no way to talk to a suicide head.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “It’s so easy to be easy – if you let it.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “Do some living and get yourself a typewriter.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “I always started a job with the feeling that I’d soon quit or be fired, and this gave ma a relaxex manner that was mistaken for intelligence or some secret power.”
Charles Bukowski 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.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “I wish I were driving a blue 1952 Buick or a dark blue 1942 Buick or a blue 1932 Buick over a cliff of hell and into the sea.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “My flesh looked like it wasn’t trying. It looked like it hated being part of me.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “Most people’s deaths are a sham. There’s nothing left to die.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “It was better for me when I could imagine greatness in others, even if it wasn’t always there.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “We waste days like mad blackbirds and pray for alcoholic nightsour silk-sick human smiles wrap around us like somebody else’s confetti.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “Some of my poems indicate that I am writing while living alone after a split with a woman, and I’ve had many splits with women. I need solitude more often when I’m not writing than when I am.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “What’s genius? I don’t know but I do know that the difference between a madman and a professional is that a pro does as well as he can within what he has set out to do and a madman does exceptionally well at what he can’t help doing.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “I hope that death contains less than this.”
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