100 Inspirational Charles Bukowski Quotes

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Following are the most inspiring Charles Bukowski Quotes. Famous quotations by Charles Bukowski, is an American-German poet. (Born 16 August 1920) Share with your friends.

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

“That’s the sign of a good whiskey drinker anyway – drinking it by yourself shows a proper reverence for it.” — Charles Bukowski

“The difference between a democracy and a dictatorship is that in a democracy you vote first and take orders later; in a dictatorship you don’t have to waste your time voting.” — Charles Bukowski

“People had to find things to do while waiting to die… I took my choice. I raised the fifth of vodka and drank it straight.” — Charles Bukowski

“Poetry is what happens when nothing else can.” ― Charles Bukowski

“Gathered around me were the weak instead of the strong, the ugly instead of the beautiful, the losers instead of the winners.” — Charles Bukowski

“We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us.” — Charles Bukowski

“When you drank the world was still out there, but for the moment it didn’t have you by the throat.” — Charles Bukowski

“Do you hate people?” “I don’t hate them…I just feel better when they’re not around.” — Charles Bukowski

“Drinking is another way of thinking, another way of living. It gives you two lives instead of one.” — Charles Bukowski

“Genius might be the ability to say a profound thing in a simple way.” — Charles Bukowski

“The hangover was brutal but he didn’t mind. It told him he had been somewhere else, someplace good.” — Charles Bukowski

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

“I am not a lady’s man. I never have been. To be a lady’s man, you have to make with the sweet talk. I’ve never been good at sweet talk.” — Charles Bukowski

“I don’t like jail, they got the wrong kind of bars in there.” — Charles Bukowski

“Greater men than I have failed to agree with life.” — Charles Bukowski

“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.” — Charles Bukowski

“How can you say you love one person when there are ten thousand people in the world that you would love more if you ever met them?” — Charles Bukowski

“Never envy a man his lady. Behind it all lays a living hell.” — Charles Bukowski

“More I am not a snob; it is simply that I am not interested with what most people have to say, or what they want to do — mostly with my time.” — Charles Bukowski

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

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

“what matters most is how well you walk through the fire.” — Charles Bukowski

“We are here to unlearn the teachings of the church, state, and our education system.” — Charles Bukowski

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

“I am alive and drinking beer.” — Charles Bukowski

“I have no definite talent or trade, and how I stay alive is largely a matter of magic.” — Charles Bukowski

“I often felt inferior. I just wanted to get away from them. But there was no place to go.” — Charles Bukowski

“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.” — Charles Bukowski

“Money is like sex. It seems much more important if you don’t have any.” — Charles Bukowski

“Bad taste creates many more millionaires than good taste.” — Charles Bukowski

“anything is a waste of time unless you are fucking well or creating well … or looming toward a kind of phantom love-happiness.” — Charles Bukowski

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

“Creativity … is somehow bound up with adversity, and when you get dangerous enough they simply take away your adversity.” — Charles Bukowski

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

“Humanity, you never had it to begin with.” — Charles Bukowski

“If you want to know where God is, ask a drunk.” — Charles Bukowski

“My ambition is handicapped by laziness.” — Charles Bukowski

“This kind of life like everybody else’s kind of life: it’s killing us.” — Charles Bukowski

“It’s when you begin to lie to yourself in a poem in order to simply make a poem, that you fail.” — Charles Bukowski

“I knew that a small fight was better than quitting: it kept the heart alive.” — Charles Bukowski

“I stopped looking for a Dream Girl, I just wanted one that wasn’t a nightmare.” — Charles Bukowski

“I have an honesty self-born of whores and hospitals that will not allow me to pretend to be something which I am not” — Charles Bukowski

“If you persisted long enough, the good luck usually came. Most people couldn’t wait on the luck, though, so they quit.” — Charles Bukowski

“I wanted to make money writing because I liked to drink at night and I didn’t like to get up in the morning.” — Charles Bukowski

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

“One of the finest things for me in all my life has been to close a door and to be in a room without anybody else about.” — Charles Bukowski

“Having nothing to struggle against, they have nothing to struggle for.” — Charles Bukowski

“People who believe in politics are like people who believe in God: they are sucking wind through bent straws.” — Charles Bukowski

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

“You know, sitting in a movie is one of the biggest wastes for me. I like to create my own action.” — Charles Bukowski

“Did she love you? only as an extension of herself. what else can love be?” — Charles Bukowski

“take whatever luck comes your way and pretend you know more than you ever will.” — Charles Bukowski

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

“People are still able to do powerful and miraculous things, sometimes.” — Charles Bukowski

“Kissing is more intimate than fucking.” — Charles Bukowski

“Are you becoming what you’ve always hated?” — Charles Bukowski

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

“I guess the only time most people think about injustice is when it happens to them.” — Charles Bukowski

“Something else is hurting you – that’s why you need pot or whiskey, or whips and rubber suits, or screaming music turned so fucking loud you can’t think.” — Charles Bukowski

“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.” — Charles Bukowski

“Stop insisting on clearing your head — clear your fucking heart instead.” — Charles Bukowski

“Life’s as kind as you let it be.” — Charles Bukowski

“People don’t need love. What they need is success in one form or another. It can be love but it needn’t be.” — Charles Bukowski

Charles Bukowski Quotes

“The wisdom to quit is all we have left.” — Charles Bukowski

“I wasn’t much of a petty thief. I wanted the whole world or nothing.” — Charles Bukowski

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

“Nothing matters but flopping on a mattress with cheap dreams and a beer” — Charles Bukowski

“I am the Image of the Loser, the Man who doesn’t care, the Man who didn’t quite make it, the man who will drink a beer with a bum.” — Charles Bukowski

“I liked to stay in bed for hours… It was good in there, nothing ever occurred in there, no people, nothing.” — Charles Bukowski

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

“Your life is your life. don’t let it be clubbed into dank submission. be on the watch. there are ways out.” — Charles Bukowski

“Agony changes form, but it never ceases for anybody.” — Charles Bukowski

“We are born like this, into this… Into a place where the masses elevate fools into rich heroes.” — Charles Bukowski

“Without stopping entirely and doing nothing at all for great periods, you’re gonna lose everything.” — Charles Bukowski

“Simplicity is always the secret, to a profound truth, to doing things, to writing … Life is profound in its simplicity.” — Charles Bukowski

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

“There will always be something to ruin our lives, it all depends on what or which finds us first. We are always ripe and ready to be taken.” — Charles Bukowski

“I looked around the bar: no women. I did the next best thing: I picked up the glass and drained it.” — Charles Bukowski

“The less I needed, the better I felt.” — Charles Bukowski

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

“Finally there is nothing here for death to take away.” — Charles Bukowski

“everything is better for me when I am drunk, and this includes sex, writing, painting, or watching a bullfight” — Charles Bukowski

“Nobody can save you but yourself and you’re worth saving.” — Charles Bukowski

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

“Writing is like digging yourself out of a pile of crap but then the pile covers you again and you have to write your way out of it again.” — Charles Bukowski

“Find what you love and let it kill you.” — Charles Bukowski

“Once I have written a poem and go back to it, I only get the sense of vomit and waste.” — Charles Bukowski

“Before, they wouldn’t speak to each other. Now they were mobilized. The Tribe was in danger.” — Charles Bukowski

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

“I’ll get back to the whores and the horses and the booze, while there’s time.” — Charles Bukowski

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

“since they told me another drink would kill me, I now hold it down to 2 gallons of beer a day.” — Charles Bukowski

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

“I never met another man I’d rather be. And even if that’s a delusion, it’s a lucky one.” — Charles Bukowski

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

“I think that overambition kills. I think that trying to be a writer kills. Writing simply has to be a sickness, a drug.” — Charles Bukowski

“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.” — Charles Bukowski

“There is always the way out. There is light somewhere.” — Charles Bukowski

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

“a bad trip? this whole country, this whole world is on a bad trip, friend, but they’ll arrest you for swallowing a tablet.” — Charles Bukowski

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