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Charles Bukowski Quote: “A man who can beat the horses can do anything he makes up his mind to do.”
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: “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: “I don’t remember going to bed, but in the morning, there I was.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “Dying should come easy: like a freight train you don’t hear when your back is turned.”
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: “Disneyland remains the central attraction of Southern California, but the graveyard remains our reality.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “I got up and walked back to my roominghouse. The moonlight was bright. My footsteps echoed in the empty street and it sounded as if somebody was following me, I looked around. I was mistaken. I was quite alone.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “If you want to know where God is, ask a drunk.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “My body gnaws at me from one side and my spirit gnaws at me from the other.”
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: “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: “I never pump up my vulgarity. I wait for it to arrive in its own terms.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “Was I the only person who was distracted by this future without a chance?”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “If I hadn’t been a drunkard, I probably would have committed suicide long ago.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “It’s hard to drink when you dance. And it’s hard to dance when you drink.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “I hated you when it would have taken less courage to love.”
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: “Not everybody thought they could be a dentist or an automobile mechanic but everybody knew they could be a writer.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “I am not a man who looks for solutions in God or politics. If somebody else wants to do the dirty work and create a better world for us and he can do it, I will accept it.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “I made practice runs down to skid row to get ready for my future.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “Fiction is an improvement on life.”
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: “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: “When I’m drinking around people, I tend to get silly or pugnacious or wild, which can cause problems.”
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: “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: “Sex can sometimes become the most horrible of tasks.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “Knowledge is knowing as little as possible.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “It seemed better to delay thinking.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “I have loved you woman as surely as I have named you rust and sand and nylon.”
Charles Bukowski Quote: “No matter how little a man has he will find that he will always settle for less.”
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: “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: “We are here to laugh at the odds.”
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: “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: “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 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: “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: “We are hardly ever as strong as that which we create.”
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: “Morals were restrictive, but they were grounded on human experience.”
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: “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 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: “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: “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 have been treated better than I should have been – not by life in general nor by the machinery of things but by women.”
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