34 Charles Bukowski Quotes That Never Grow Old

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The legacy of Charles Bukowski lives on forever.

Charles Bukowski Quotes That Speak The Truth

Charles Bukowski has some serious wisdom to offer through his famous quotes.

Growing up in Los Angeles, much of his work reflects the illusive urban experience in American society. Through prose and poetry, Bukowski has left us behind with beautiful words to live by. He says it how it is, and he doesn't apologize for it.

These Bukowski quotes will stick with you wherever you go. When you need to take a step back and ground yourself, turn to these inspiring quotes for guidance. Bukowski has left behind a legacy that's just waiting to be explored.

Times That Charles Bukowski Was All Too Real With Us

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

  • "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."

  • "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."

  • "My ambition is handicapped by laziness."

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

  • "The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts, while the stupid ones are full of confidence."

  • "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."

  • "An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way."

  • "If you're losing your soul and you know it, then you've still got a soul left to lose."

Charles Bukowski Quotes For The Soul

  • "Find what you love and let it kill you."

  • "Real loneliness is not necessarily limited to when you are alone."

  • "I loved you like a man loves a woman he never touches, only writes to, keeps little photographs of."

  • "Boring damned people. All over the earth. Propagating more boring damned people. What a horror show. The earth swarmed with them."

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

  • "Poetry is what happens when nothing else can."

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

  • "I remember awakening one morning and finding everything smeared with the color of forgotten love."

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

Charles Bukowski Quotes To Live By

  • "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."

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

  • "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."

  • "The shortest distance between two points is often unbearable."

  • "I went to the worst of bars hoping to get killed but all I could do was to get drunk again."

  • "I often carry things to read so that I will not have to look at the people."

  • "Without literature, life is hell."

  • "It wasn't my day. My week. My month. My year. My life. God damn it."

  • "I love you but you're crazy, you're doomed."

  • "Too often the people complain that they have done nothing with their lives and then they wait for somebody to tell them that this isn't so."

  • "Love is all right for those who can handle the psychic overload. It's like trying to carry a full garbage can on your back over a rushing river of piss."

  • "In the morning it was morning and I was still alive."

  • "The trouble with a mask is it never changes."

  • "Beauty is nothing, beauty won't stay. You don't know how lucky you are to be ugly, because if people like you, you know it's for something else."

  • "Nobody can save you but yourself and you're worth saving. it's a war not easily won but if anything is worth winning then this is it."

  • "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."

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