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Top 50 Best Inspiring Quotes By Charles Bukowski

Charles Bukowski staring with a cigarette in his mouth

Quotes By Charles Bukowski: Henry Charles Bukowski born Heinrich Karl Bukowski,  August 16, 1920 – March 9, 1994) was a German–American poet, novelist, and short-story writer. His writing was influenced by the social, cultural, and economic ambiance of his home city of Los Angeles. His work addresses the ordinary lives of poor Americans, the act of writing, alcohol, relationships with women, and the drudgery of work. Bukowski wrote thousands of poems, hundreds of short stories, and six novels, eventually publishing over 60 books. 

Common Questions about Charles Bukowski

What does Bukowski mean?

Polish and Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): habitational name for someone from a place called Buków, Bukowo, or Bukowa, from buk ‘beech’.

Is ham on rye a true story?

Charles Bukowski’s fourth novel, Ham on Rye, is the semi-autobiographical story of the early years of his alter ego Henry Chinaski. It is a finely written and honest account of the painful childhood of a boy marked out from his peers

Our Favorite Quotes By Charles Bukowski

“Do you hate people?” “I don't hate them...I just feel better when they're not around.”

“Sometimes you climb out of bed in the morning and you think, I'm not going to make it, but you laugh inside — remembering all the times you've felt that way.”

“Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead.”

“We're all going to die, all of us, what a circus! That alone should make us love each other but it doesn't. We are terrorized and flattened by trivialities, we are eaten up by nothing.”

“You have to die a few times before you can really live.”

“what matters most is how well you walk through the fire

“My ambition is handicapped by laziness”

“That's the problem with drinking, I thought, as I poured myself a drink. If something bad happens you drink in an attempt to forget; if something good happens you drink in order to celebrate; and if nothing happens you drink to make something happen.”

“I wanted the whole world or nothing.”

“The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts, while the stupid ones are full of confidence.”

“Find what you love and let it kill you.”

“If you're losing your soul and you know it, then you've still got a soul left to lose”

“An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way.”

“Some lose all mind and become soul,insane. some lose all soul and become mind, intellectual. some lose both and become accepted”

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“the free soul is rare, but you know it when you see it - basically because you feel good, very good, when you are near or with them.”

“I loved you like a man loves a woman he never touches, only writes to, keeps little photographs of.”

“being alone never felt right. sometimes it felt good, but it never felt right.”

“Real loneliness is not necessarily limited to when you are alone.”

“A love like that was a serious illness, an illness from which you never entirely recover.”

“There's a bluebird in my heart that wants to get out but I'm too tough for him, I say, stay in there, I'm not going to let anybody see you.”

“Boring damned people. All over the earth. Propagating more boring damned people. What a horror show. The earth swarmed with them.”

“Of course it's possible to love a human being if you don't know them too well.”

“I remember awakening one morning and finding everything smeared with the color of forgotten love.”

“Poetry is what happens when nothing else can.”

“Sex is kicking death in the ass while singing.”

“I stopped looking for a Dream Girl, I just wanted one that wasn't a nightmare.”

“People with no morals often considered themselves more free, but mostly they lacked the ability to feel or love.”

“there is a loneliness in this world so great that you can see it in the slow movement of the hands of a clock”

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“Baby," I said, "I'm a genius but nobody knows it but me.”

“you boys can keep your virgins give me hot old women in high heels with asses that forgot to get old.”

“Sometimes you just have to pee in the sink.”

“We don’t even ask happiness, just a little less pain.”

“You begin saving the world by saving one man at a time; all else is grandiose romanticism or politics.”

“there is always one woman to save you from another and as that woman saves you she makes ready to destroy”

“We are like roses that have never bothered to bloom when we should have bloomed and it is as if the sun has become disgusted with waiting”

“my beerdrunk soul is sadder than all the dead christmas trees of the world.”

“Life's as kind as you let it be.”

“What a weary time those years were -- to have the desire and the need to live but not the ability.”

“The shortest distance between two points is often unbearable.”

“I went to the worst of bars hoping to get killed but all I could do was to get drunk again.”

“I often carry things to read so that I will not have to look at the people.”

“there is a loneliness in this world so great that you can see it in the slow movement of the hands of a clock”

“Baby," I said, "I'm a genius but nobody knows it but me.”

“Sometimes you just have to pee in the sink.”

“there is always one woman to save you from another and as that woman saves you she makes ready to destroy”

“We don’t even ask happiness, just a little less pain.”

“you boys can keep your virgins give me hot old women in high heels with asses that forgot to get old.”

“We are like roses that have never bothered to bloom when we should have bloomed and it is as if the sun has become disgusted with waiting”

“You begin saving the world by saving one man at a time; all else is grandiose romanticism or politics.”

“What a weary time those years were -- to have the desire and the need to live but not the ability.”

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