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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: “But my whole life has been a matter of fighting for one simple hour to do what I want to do. There was always something getting in the way of my getting to myself.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “I went to the worst of bars hoping to get killed but all I could do was to get drunk again.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “We’ve died so many times now that we can only wonder why we still care.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “Why do we embroider everything we say with special emphasis when all we really need to do is simply say what needs to he said? Of course the fact is that there is very little that needs to be said.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “You were destroyed by what you befriended.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “You have my soul and I have your money.”
Charles Bukowski 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.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “Well, people got attatched. Once you cut the umbilical cord they attatched to the other things. Sight, sound, sex, money, mirages, mothers, masturbation, murder, and Monday morning hangovers.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “I would be married, but I’d have no wife, I would be married to a single life.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “The best thing about the bedroom was the bed. I liked to stay in bed for hours, even during the day with covers pulled up to my chin. It was good in there, nothing ever occurred in there, no people, nothing.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “Some men hope for revolution but when you revolt and set up your new government you find your new government is still the same old Papa, he has only put on a cardboard mask.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “I went to the bathroom and threw some water on my face, combed my hair. If I could only comb that face, I thought, but I can’t.”
Charles Bukowski 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.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “Dear child, I only did to you what the sparrow did to you; I am old when it is fashionable to be young; I cry when it is fashionable to laugh. I hated you when it would have taken less courage to love.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “I knew exactly what I was doing: I was doing nothing. because I knew there was nothing to do.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “Basically, that’s why I wrote: to save my ass, to save my ass from the madhouse, from the streets, from myself.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “I was glad I wasn’t in love, that I wasn’t happy with the world. I like being at odds with everything. People in love often become edgy, dangerous. They lose their sense of perspective. They lose their sense of humor. They become nervous, psychotic bores. They even become killers.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “You just rebel against everything. How are you going to survive? I don’t know. I’m already tired.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “I feel strangely normal.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “I have seen too many men wilt and go silly under a little light, and then they continue to write and get published, turning out pure crap under a name that has become a bad habit. The next poem is all that counts. You can’t stand on past poems.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “Writing is like going to bed with a beautiful woman and afterwards she gets up, goes to her purse and gives me a handful of money.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “There is nothing that teaches you more than regrouping after failure and moving on.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “Joan of Arc had style. Jesus had style.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “The hangover was brutal but he didn’t mind. It told him he had been somewhere else, someplace good.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “There’s nothing unusual about love.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “Hemingway and Saroyan had the line, the magic of it. The problem was that Hemingway didn’t know how to laugh and Saroyan was filled with sugar.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “People were usually much better in their letters than in reality. They were much like poets in this way.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “There is something about writing poetry that brings a man close to the cliff’s edge.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “I was settled into nothingness; a kind of non-being, and I accepted it. It didn’t make for an interesting person. I didn’t want to be interesting, it was too hard. What I really wanted was only a soft, hazy space to live in, and to be left alone.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “I was fairly poor but most of my money went for wine and classical music. I loved to mix the two together.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “You don’t go on “probably” when love and guns are in hand.”
Charles Bukowski 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.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “People don’t do me much good.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “I am aware that a computer can’t create a poem, but neither can a typewriter.”
Charles Bukowski 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.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “More often than not Democratic Law works to the advantage of the few even though the many have voted; this, of course, is because the few have told them how to vote.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “A woman has to have something on or there’s nothing to take off.”
Charles Bukowski 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: “I was only photographing in words the reality of it all.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “When Ginsburg is at the top of his game you might as well put down your toys and listen.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “I seldom know what I’m going to write when I sit down. There isn’t much agony and sweat of the human spirit involved in doing it. The writing’s easy, it’s the living that is sometimes difficult.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “There are times when those eyes inside your brain stare back at you.”
Charles Bukowski 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: “God is a lonely place without steak.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “The centuries are sprinkled with rare magic with divine creatures who help us get past the common and extraordinary ills that beset us.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “It’s the order of things: each one gets a taste of honey then the knife.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “Love came hard and very seldom. When it did it was usually for the wrong reasons.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “Long ago, among other lies they were taught that silence was bravery.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “I walked around the block twice, passed 200 people and failed to see a human being.”
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