Quotes by Charles Bukowski

Henry Charles Bukowski was a German-born American poet, novelist, and short story writer. His writing was influenced by the social, cultural, and economic ambience 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.

Charles Bukowski belongs to the following category: Writers

Quotes by Charles Bukowski

In my work, as a writer, I only photograph, in words, what I see.

WritingCharles Bukowski
 
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If you want to know who your friends are, get yourself a jail sentence.

Friendship, LoyaltyCharles Bukowski
 
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Almost everybody is born a genius and buried an idiot.

Humanity, GeniusCharles Bukowski
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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.

MorningCharles Bukowski
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It's necassary for me sometimes just to be alone and quiet and doing nothing.

Recovery & LeisureCharles Bukowski
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Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead.

Craziness & WeirdnessCharles Bukowski
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This is presented as a work of fiction and dedicated to nobody.

Book DedicationsCharles Bukowski in Post Office
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I don't like jail, they got the wrong kind of bars in there.

PunsCharles Bukowski
 
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She was consumed by 3 simple things:
drink, despair, loneliness; and 2 more:
youth and beauty.

Charles Bukowski in The People Look Like Flowers at Last
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A love like that was a serious illness, an illness from which you never entirely recover.

Love, Breakup & LovesickCharles Bukowski in The People Look Like Flowers at Last
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That was all a man needed: hope. It was lack of hope that discouraged a man.

HopeCharles Bukowski in Factotum
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Nothing is worse than to finish a good shit, then reach over and find the toilet paper container empty. Even the most horrible human being on earth deserves to wipe his ass.

Charles Bukowski in Factotum
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'Baby,' I said, 'I'm a genius but nobody knows it but me.'

GeniusCharles Bukowski in Factotum
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Real loneliness is not necessarily limited to when you are alone.

Breakup & Lovesick, Solitude & Being Alone, Missing SomeoneCharles Bukowski
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An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way.

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

Life, Risk, BeginningCharles Bukowski in The People Look Like Flowers at Last
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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.

AlcoholCharles Bukowski in Women
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Education also seemed to be a trap. The little education I had allowed myself had made me more suspicious. What were doctors, lawyers, and scientists? They were just men who allowed themselves to be deprived of their freedom to think and act as individuals.

EducationCharles Bukowski in Ham on Rye
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My ambition is handicapped by laziness.

Laziness, AmbitionCharles Bukowski in Factotum
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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.

Life, Humanity, Death, Small Things, Daily RoutineCharles Bukowski
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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.

Self-Deception, Self-ConfidenceCharles Bukowski
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'Do you hate people?'
'I don't hate them... I just feel better when they're not around.'

HumanityCharles Bukowski in Barfly
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Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead.

Craziness & WeirdnessCharles Bukowski
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The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts, while the stupid ones are full of confidence.

Foolishness, Intelligence, Self-ConfidenceCharles Bukowski
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