Real loneliness is not necessarily limited to when you are alone.Solitude & Being AloneCharles 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.Small Things, Daily RoutineCharles 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
Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead.Craziness & WeirdnessCharles Bukowski
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-Confidence, DoubtCharles 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, BedCharles Bukowski
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
"Do you hate people?"
"I don't hate them... I just feel better when they're not around."
'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
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
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
It's necassary for me sometimes just to be alone and quiet and doing nothing.Recovery & LeisureCharles Bukowski
An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way.ArtCharles Bukowski
This is presented as a work of fiction and dedicated to nobody.Book DedicationsCharles Bukowski in Post Office
She was consumed by 3 simple things:
drink, despair, loneliness; and 2 more:
youth and beauty.
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
Bad taste creates many more millionaires than good taste.MillionairesCharles Bukowski
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
I don't like jail, they got the wrong kind of bars in there.PunsCharles Bukowski