In my work, as a writer, I only photograph, in words, what I see.WritingCharles Bukowski
If you want to know who your friends are, get yourself a jail sentence.Friendship, LoyaltyCharles 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.MorningCharles Bukowski
It's necassary for me sometimes just to be alone and quiet and doing nothing.Recovery & LeisureCharles Bukowski
This is presented as a work of fiction and dedicated to nobody.Book DedicationsCharles Bukowski in Post Office
I don't like jail, they got the wrong kind of bars in there.PunsCharles Bukowski
She was consumed by 3 simple things:
drink, despair, loneliness; and 2 more:
youth and beauty.
A love like that was a serious illness, an illness from which you never entirely recover.Love, BreakupCharles Bukowski in The People Look Like Flowers at Last
That was all a man needed: hope. It was lack of hope that discouraged a man.HopeCharles Bukowski in Factotum
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
Real loneliness is not necessarily limited to when you are alone.Breakup, Solitude & Being Alone, Missing SomeoneCharles Bukowski
An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way.ArtCharles Bukowski
You have to die a few times before you can really live.Life, Risk, BeginningCharles Bukowski in The People Look Like Flowers at Last
'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
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
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
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
'Do you hate people?'
'I don't hate them... I just feel better when they're not around.'
Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead.Craziness & WeirdnessCharles Bukowski