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Charles Bukowski Quote: “Most people are much better at saying things in letters than in conversation, and some people can write artistic, inventive letters, but when they try a poem or story or novel they become pretentious.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “God knows I am not too hippy. Perhaps because I am too much around the hip and I fear fads for, like anybody else, I like something that tends to last.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “Was I the only person who was distracted by this future without a chance?”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “Forgive me, I guess I am off in the head, but I mean, except for a quickie piece of ass it wouldn’t matter to me if all the people in the world died. Yes, I know it’s not nice. But I’d be as contended as a snail; it was, after all, the people who had made me unhappy.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “I held her wrists and then I got it through the eyes: hatred, centuries deep and true. I was wrong and graceless and sick. all the things I had learned had been wasted. there was no creature living as foul as I and all my poems were false.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “Her one drink had Cecelia giggling and talking and she was explaining that animals had souls too. Nobody challenged her opinion. It was possible, we knew. What we weren’t sure of was if we had any.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “Dying should come easy: like a freight train you don’t hear when your back is turned.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “I hated you when it would have taken less courage to love.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “My body gnaws at me from one side and my spirit gnaws at me from the other.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “Courts are places where the ending is written first and all that precedes is simply vaudeville.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “And there I was, 225 pounds, perpetually lost and confused, short legs, ape-like upper body, all chest, no neck, head too large, blurred eyes, hair uncombed, 6 feet of geek, waiting for her.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “Getting drunk was good. I decided that I would always like getting drunk. It took away the obvious and maybe if you could get away from the obvious often enough, you wouldn’t become so obvious yourself.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “Complaint is often the result of an insufficient ability to live within the obvious restrictions of this god damned cage.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “When I’m drinking around people, I tend to get silly or pugnacious or wild, which can cause problems.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “Morals were restrictive, but they were grounded on human experience.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “My objection to war was not that I had to kill somebody or be killed senselessly, that hardly mattered. What I objected to was to be denied the right to sit in a small room and starve and drink cheap wine and go crazy in my own way and at my own leisure.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “I was a bore and didn’t know when to smile or fake it. Or rather worse, I did but didn’t.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “It’s hard to drink when you dance. And it’s hard to dance when you drink.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “I don’t remember going to bed, but in the morning, there I was.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “It was sad, it was sad, it was sad. When Betty came back we didn’t sing or laugh, or even argue. We sat drinking in the dark, smoking cigarettes, and when we went to sleep, I didn’t put my feet on her body or she on mine like we used to. We slept without touching. We had both been robbed.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “Fiction is an improvement on life.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “If I hadn’t been a drunkard, I probably would have committed suicide long ago.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “I am too sick to lay down the sidewalks frighten me the whole damned city frightens me, what I will become what I have become frightens me.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “Knowledge is knowing as little as possible.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “Disneyland remains the central attraction of Southern California, but the graveyard remains our reality.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “We are here to laugh at the odds.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “Sex can sometimes become the most horrible of tasks.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “I made practice runs down to skid row to get ready for my future.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “It seemed better to delay thinking.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “No matter how little a man has he will find that he will always settle for less.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “I never pump up my vulgarity. I wait for it to arrive in its own terms.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “There would never be a way for me to live comfortably with people. Maybe I’d become a monk. I’d pretend to believe in God and live in a cubicle, play an organ and stay drunk on wine.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “We are hardly ever as strong as that which we create.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “I write as a function. Without it I would fall ill and die. It’s as much a part of one as the liver or intestine, and just about as glamorous.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “The public takes from a writer, or a writing, what it needs and lets the remainder go. but what they take is usually what they need least and what they let go is what they need most.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “Don’t ever write a novel unless it hurts like a hot turd coming out.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “Angels, we have grown apart.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “Banion wondered which was worse – being sodomized by aliens, or having to sit through two hours of Charles Ives.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “There’s nothing else as pleasant as being unpleasant when there’s nothing else to do, and there’s usually nothing else to do.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “It is possible to be truly mad and to still exist upon scraps of life.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “I think that everything should be made available to everybody, and I mean LSD, cocaine, codeine, grass, opium, the works. Nothing on earth available to any man should be confiscated and made unlawful by other men in more seemingly powerful and advantageous positions.”
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: “If you can only remain pure in your stupidity, someday you may get a phone call from hell.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “Not everybody thought they could be a dentist or an automobile mechanic but everybody knew they could be a writer.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “If you want to create, you’ll create...”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “Some people have written that my writing has helped them go on. It has helped me too. The writing, the roses, the 9 cats.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “I grow tired of 18th century moralities in a 20th century space-atomic age.”
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: “Writers are nothing but beggars with a good line.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “Frankly, I was horrified by life, at what a man had to do simply in order to eat, sleep, and keep himself clothed. So I stayed in bed and drank. When you drank the world was still out there, but for the moment it didn’t have you by the throat.”
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