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Charles Bukowski
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Before you kill something make sure you have something better to replace it with... Charles Bukowski
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I was drawn to all the wrong things: I liked to drink, I was lazy, I didn't have a god, politics, ideas, ideals. Charles Bukowski
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the way to create art is to burn and destroy ordinary concepts and to substitute them with new truths that run down from the top of the head and out of the heart Charles Bukowski
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of one hundred movies there's one that is fair, one that's good and ninety eight that are very bad. most movies start badly and steadily get worse Charles Bukowski
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I went over to see Marina two or three or four times a week. I knew as long as I could see the girl I would be all right.... Soon after, I got a letter from Fay. She and the child were living in a hippie commune in New Mexico. It was a nice place, she said. Marina would be able to breathe there. She enclosed a little drawing the girl had made for me. Charles Bukowski
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The courage it took to get out of bed each morning to face the same things over and over was enormous. Charles Bukowski
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The Laughing Heart your life is your life don't let it be clubbed into dank submission. be on the watch. there are ways out. there is a light somewhere. it may not be much light but it beats the darkness. be on the watch. the gods will offer you chances. know them. take them. you can't beat death but you can beat death in life, sometimes. and the more often you learn to do it, the more light there will be. your life is your life. know it while you have it. you are marvelous the gods wait to delight in you. Charles Bukowski
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First paycheck I get, I thought, I'm going to get myself a room near the downtown L.A. Public Library. Charles Bukowski
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It's just that the grape has me down. Charles Bukowski
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With me, my main vision for life was to avoid as many people as possible. The less people I saw the better I felt. Charles Bukowski
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Everything was a trap: women, drugs, whiskey, wine, scotch, beer - even beer - cigars, and cigarettes. Traps: Work or no work. Traps: Artistry or no artistry; everything sucked you into some spiderweb. I disdained the use of the needle for the same reason that I disdained some so-called beautiful women - the price was far beyond the measure of the worth. I didn't want to hustle that hard. Charles Bukowski
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Sexual intercourse is kicking death in the ass while singing. Charles Bukowski
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Love is a horse with a broken leg trying to stand while 45,000 people watch. Charles Bukowski
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i dunno," i said, "but i have an idea that people who don't think too much tend to look younger longer Charles Bukowski
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That was the trouble with being a writer, that was the main trouble-leisure time, excessive leisure time. You had to wait around for the buildup until you could write and while you were waiting you went crazy, and while you were going crazy you drank and the more you drank the crazier you got. Charles Bukowski
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We use such big words to move nowhere. Charles Bukowski
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If I never see you again I will always carry you inside outside on my fingertips and at brain edges and in centers centers of what I am of what remains. Charles Bukowski
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I have one problem, I don't hate people. They disgust me and I want to get away from them. I do not have hatred. I have an escape mechanism. Charles Bukowski
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you fall into the mirror, come through the other side staring at a lightbulb. Charles Bukowski
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I knew exactly what I was doing: I was doing nothing. because I knew there was nothing to do. Charles Bukowski
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The world had somehow gone too far, and spontaneous kindness could never be so easy. Charles Bukowski
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Some nights I knew that if I slept I would die. Charles Bukowski
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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
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As a recluse I couldn't bear traffic. It had nothing to do with jealousy, I simply disliked people, crowds, anywhere, except at my readings. People diminished me, they sucked me dry. Charles Bukowski
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Of course, there would always be arguments. That is the nature of Woman. They like the mutual exchange of dirty laundry, a bit of screaming, a bit of dramatics. Then an exchange of vows. Charles Bukowski
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Those who escape hell however never talk about it and nothing much bothers them after that Charles Bukowski
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Real loneliness is not necessarily limited to when you are alone. Charles Bukowski
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so it's always a process of letting go, one way or another Charles Bukowski
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All our days are marked with/ unexpected/ affronts-some/ disastrous, others/ less so/ but the process is/ wearing and/ continuous./ Attrition rules./ Most give/ way/ leaving/ empty spaces/ where people should/ be. Charles Bukowski
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what matters most is how well you walk through the fire Charles Bukowski
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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
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When you clean up a city, you destroy it. Charles Bukowski
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to fight for each minute is to fight for what is possible within yourself, so that your life and your death will not be like theirs. Charles Bukowski
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purple does something strange to me Charles Bukowski
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one can never be sure whether it's good poetry or bad acid Charles Bukowski
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There are no good wars or bad wars. The only thing bad about a war is to lose it. All wars have been fought for a so-called good Cause on both sides. But only the victor's Cause becomes history's Noble Cause. It's not a matter of who is right or who is wrong, it's a matter of who has the best generals and the better army! Charles Bukowski
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People need me. I fill them. If they can't see me for a while they get desperate, they get sick. But if I see them too often I get sick. It's hard to feed without getting fed. Charles Bukowski
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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
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If you're going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don't even start. Charles Bukowski
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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
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Hell, I'd even failed with women. Three wives. Nothing really wrong each time. It all got destroyed by petty bickering. Railing about nothing. Getting pissed-off over anything and everything. Day by day, year by year, grinding. Instead of helping each other you just sliced away, picked at this or that. Goading. Endless goading. It became a cheap contest. And once you got into it, it became habitual. You couldn't seem to get out. You almost didn't want to get out. And then you did get out. All the way. Charles Bukowski
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Let it die. Let there be a new beginning. It's awful. Goodnight. Charles Bukowski
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It's when you hide things that you choke on them. Charles Bukowski
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Dog is much admired by Man because he believes in the hand which feeds him. A perfect set-up. For 13 cents a day you've got a hired killer who thinks you are god. A dog can't tell a Nazi from a Republican from a Commie from a Democrat and, many times, neither can I. Charles Bukowski
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Death is not the problem; waiting around for it is. Charles Bukowski
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nobody can save you but yourself and you're worth saving. it's a war not easily won but if anything is worth winning then this is it. Charles Bukowski
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The pest, in a sense, is a very superior being to us: he knows where to find us and how -usually in the bath or in sexual intercourse or asleep. Charles Bukowski
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I'm going, she said. I love you but you're crazy, you're doomed. Charles Bukowski
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If you're losing your soul and you know it, then you've still got a soul left to lose. Charles Bukowski
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Bad taste creates many more millionaires than good taste. Charles Bukowski
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The female loves to play man against man. And if she is in a position to do it, there is not one who will resist. Charles Bukowski
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I'm not the cruel type, but they are, and that's the secret. Charles Bukowski
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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
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You know the typical crowd, Wow, it's Friday night, what are you going to do? Just sit there? Well, yeah. Because there's nothing out there. It's stupidity. Stupid people mingling with stupid people. Let them stupidify themselves. I've never been bothered with the need to rush out into the night. That's all. Sorry for all the millions, but I've never been lonely. I like myself. I'm the best form of entertainment I have. Charles Bukowski
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there was something about that city, though it didn't let me feel guilty that I had no feeling for the things so many others needed. it let me alone. sitting up in my bed the lights out, hearing the outside sounds, lifting my cheap bottle of wine, letting the warmth of the grape enter me as I heard the rats moving about the room, I preferred them to humans. being lost, being crazy maybe is not so bad if you can be that way undisturbed. New Orleans gave me that. nobody ever called my name. Charles Bukowski
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What's wrong with assholes, baby? Charles Bukowski
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Almost everyone is born a genius and buried an idiot. Charles Bukowski
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It's nice enough to make a man weep, but I don't weep, do you? Charles Bukowski
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It seemed better to delay thinking. Charles Bukowski
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I can't blame her. but wonder why she's here with me? where are the other guys? how can you be lucky? having someone the others have abandoned? Charles Bukowski
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young or old, good or bad, I don't think anything dies as slow and as hard as a writer. Charles Bukowski
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not writing is not good but trying to write when you can't is worse. Charles Bukowski
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I could read the great books but the great books don't interest me. Charles Bukowski
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places to hunt places to hide are getting harder to find, and pet canaries and goldfish too, did you notice that? Charles Bukowski
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when the phone rings I too would like to hear words that might ease some of this. Charles Bukowski
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I carry death in my left pocket. Sometimes I take it out and talk to it: "Hello, baby, how you doing? When you coming for me? I'll be ready. Charles Bukowski
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nothing can save you except writing. it keeps the walls from failing. Charles Bukowski
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Love is a form of prejudice. I have too many other prejudices. Charles Bukowski
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There is only one place to write and that is alone at a typewriter. The writer who has to go into the streets is a writer who does not know the streets. . . when you leave your typewriter you leave your machine gun and the rats come pouring through. Charles Bukowski
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When I get down to my last dime I'll just walk over to skid row." "There are some real weirdos down there." "They're everywhere. Charles Bukowski
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