Charles Bukowski Quotes

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A list of Charles Bukowski quotes. Here are the best quotes by Charles Bukowski on various subjects. These descriptive professional Charles Bukowski quotations cover his entire literary career. These memorable quotations have become part of the collective conscience of Charles Bukowski's contemporaries and will be remembered for generations.

Born Heinrich Karl Bukowski, the author known to many as Charles Bukowski is one of the most famous writers of his time. He is known for writing gritty stories that portrayed a degree of the realism with regards to how the downtrodden lived. Some of his most famous novels included Post Office and Ham on Rye, which is currently being adapted into a film by James Franco. He's also been cited as an influence of musicians like Tom Waits and U2.

Funny quotes from movies, TV, and professional comedians are repeated and shared, uniting fans of different ages, genders, and nationalities. Inspirational quotes from authors, religious leaders, and political figures are cited as words of wisdom, if not printed in history books. The famous last words of everyone from Julius Caesar to Chris Farley are oft quoted as summations of their illustrious lives. The funniest quotes and most famous quotes are words strung together so eloquently and perfectly that audiences can not help but repeat them in everything from speeches to academic papers to Facebook profiles.
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    Do you hate people? I don't hate them...I just feel better when they're not around.

  • 2

    If you're going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don't even start. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mind. It could mean not eating for three or four days. It could mean freezing on a park bench. It could mean jail. It could mean derision. It could mean mockery--isolation. Isolation is the gift. All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it. And, you'll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds. And it will be better than anything else you can imagine. If you're going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire. You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. It's the only good fight there is.

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    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.

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    For those who believe in God, most of the big questions are answered. But for those of us who can't readily accept the God formula, the big answers don't remain stone-written. We adjust to new conditions and discoveries. We are pliable. Love need not be a command nor faith a dictum. I am my own god. We are here to unlearn the teachings of the church, state, and our educational system. We are here to drink beer. We are here to kill war. We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us.

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    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.

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    Pain is strange. A cat killing a bird, a car accident, a fire.... Pain arrives, BANG, and there it is, it sits on you. It's real. And to anybody watching, you look foolish. Like you've suddenly become an idiot. There's no cure for it unless you know somebody who understands how you feel, and knows how to help.

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

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

  • 9

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

  • 10

    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.

  • 11

    I wanted the whole world or nothing.

  • 12

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

  • 13

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

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    This is very important -- to take leisure time. Pace is the essence. Without stopping entirely and doing nothing at all for great periods, you're gonna lose everything...just to do nothing at all, very, very important. And how many people do this in modern society? Very few. That's why they're all totally mad, frustrated, angry and hateful.

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    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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    Great art is horseshit, buy tacos.

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

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

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    Sex is kicking death in the ass while singing.

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    Life's as kind as you let it be.