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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.
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

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

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

Show me a man who lives alone and has a perpetually clean kitchen, and 8 times out of 9 I'll
show you a man with detestable spiritual qualities.
Charles Bukowski

Find what you love and let it kill you.
Charles Bukowski

Many a good man has been put under the bridge by a woman.
Charles Bukowski

Boring damned people. All over the earth. Propagating more boring damned people. What a
horror show. The earth swarmed with them!
Charles Bukowski

For those who believe in God, most of the big questions are answered. But for those of us
who can't readily accept the God formula, the big answers don't remain stone-written. We
adjust to new conditions and discoveries. We are pliable. Love need not be a command nor
faith a dictum. I am my own god. We are here to unlearn the teachings of the church, state,
and our educational system. We are here to drink beer. We are here to kill war. We are here
to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that death will tremble to take us.
Charles Bukowski

Gradually I came to realize that my understanding of women goes only as far as the pleasure
is concerned.
Charles Bukowski

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

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.
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

The difference between art and life is that art is more bearable.
Charles Bukowski

The difference between a brave man and a coward is a coward thinks twice before jumping in
the cage with a lion. The brave man doesn't know what a lion is. He just thinks he does.
Charles Bukowski

The shortest distance between two points is often unbearable.
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

Sex can sometimes become the most horrible of tasks.
Charles Bukowski

Sometimes you just have to pee in the sink.
Charles Bukowski

A woman has to have something on or there's nothing to take off.
Charles Bukowski

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

The ladies usually go for the biggest damn fool they can find; that is why the human race
stands where it does today: We have bred the clever and lasting Casanovas, all hollow inside,
like the chocolate Easter bunnies we foster upon our poor children.
Charles Bukowski

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

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

Courts are places where the ending is written first and all that precedes is simply vaudeville.
Charles Bukowski

I have been treated better than I should have been - not by life in general nor by the
machinery of things but by women.
Charles Bukowski

Life's as kind as you let it be.
Charles Bukowski

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