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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

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

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

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

What's wrong with assholes, baby? Charles Bukowski

The world had somehow gone too far, and spontaneous kindness could never be so easy. Charles Bukowski

Some nights I knew that if I slept I would die. Charles Bukowski

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

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

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

Those who escape hell however never talk about it and nothing much bothers them after that Charles Bukowski

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

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

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

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

The courage it took to get out of bed each morning to face the same things over and over was enormous. Charles Bukowski

Love is a horse with a broken leg trying to stand while 45,000 people watch. Charles Bukowski

i dunno," i said, "but i have an idea that people who don't think too much tend to look younger longer Charles Bukowski

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

We use such big words to move nowhere. Charles Bukowski

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

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

you fall into the mirror, come through the other side staring at a lightbulb. Charles Bukowski

I knew exactly what I was doing: I was doing nothing. because I knew there was nothing to do. Charles Bukowski

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

so it's always a process of letting go, one way or another Charles Bukowski

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

First paycheck I get, I thought, I'm going to get myself a room near the downtown L.A. Public Library. Charles Bukowski

It's just that the grape has me down. Charles Bukowski

Sexual intercourse is kicking death in the ass while singing. Charles Bukowski

If you're going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don't even start. Charles Bukowski

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

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

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

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

Death is not the problem; waiting around for it is. Charles Bukowski

Let it die. Let there be a new beginning. It's awful. Goodnight. Charles Bukowski

It's when you hide things that you choke on them. Charles Bukowski

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

I'm not the cruel type, but they are, and that's the secret. Charles Bukowski

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

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

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

what matters most is how well you walk through the fire Charles Bukowski

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

When you clean up a city, you destroy it. Charles Bukowski

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

purple does something strange to me Charles Bukowski

one can never be sure whether it's good poetry or bad acid Charles Bukowski

I'm going, she said. I love you but you're crazy, you're doomed. Charles Bukowski

Real loneliness is not necessarily limited to when you are alone. Charles Bukowski

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

If you're losing your soul and you know it, then you've still got a soul left to lose. Charles Bukowski

Bad taste creates many more millionaires than good taste. Charles Bukowski

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

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

It's not the large things that send a man to the madhouse... no, it's the continuing series of small tragedies... not the death of his love but the shoelace that snaps with no time left. Charles Bukowski

Censorship is the tool of those who have the need to hide actualities from themselves and from others. Charles Bukowski

t was almost disappointing because it seemed when stress and madness were eliminated from my daily life there wasn't much left you could depend on. Charles Bukowski

Don't ever write a novel unless it hurts like a hot turd coming out. Charles Bukowski

When you play the field selfishly everything works against you: one can't insist on love or demand affection. you're finally left with whatever you have been willing to give which often is: nothing. Charles Bukowski

There's nothing like privacy. You know, I like people. It's nice that they might like my books and all that...but I'm not the book, see? I'm the guy who wrote it, but I don't want them to come up and throw roses on me or anything. I want them to let me breathe. Charles Bukowski

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

I don't understand people, never will. It looks like I got to travel pretty much alone. Charles Bukowski

I wasn't going anywhere and neither was the rest of the world. We were all just hanging around waiting to die and meanwhile doing little things to fill the space. Some of use weren't even doing little things. We were vegetables. Charles Bukowski

A yet women -good women- frightened me because they eventually wanted your soul, and what was left of mine, I wanted to keep. Basically I craved prostitutes, base women, because they were deadly and hard and made no personal demands. Nothing was lost when they left. Yet at the same time I yearned for a gentle, good woman, despite the overwhelming price. Charles Bukowski

To be young is the only religion. Charles Bukowski

A dry period for me means perhaps going two or three nights without writing. I probably have dry periods but I'm not aware of them and I go on writing, only the writing probably isn't much good. Charles Bukowski

Bad poetry is caused by people who sit down and think, Now I am going to write a Poem. Charles Bukowski

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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