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1920-1994, German-born American author and poet

An intellectual is a man who says a simple thing in a difficult way; an artist is a man who says
a difficult thing in a simple way.
Charles 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.
Charles Bukowski

Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead!
Charles Bukowski

If I'm an ass, I should say so. If I don't, somebody else will. If I say it first, that disarms
them.
Charles Bukowski

I don't hate people. I just feel better when they aren't around.
Charles Bukowski

Sex is kicking death in the ass while singing.
Charles Bukowski

I found out that Hollywood is more crooked, dumber, crueler, stupider than all the books I've
read about it. They didn't go deeply enough into how it lacks art, and soul, and heart - how
it's really a piece of crap. There are too many hands directing, there're too many fingers in
the pot, and they're all kind of ignorant about what they're doing. They're greedy, and
they're vicious. So you don't get much of a movie.
Charles Bukowski

The nine-to-five is one of the greatest atrocities sprung upon mankind. You give your life
away to a function that doesn't interest you. This situation so repelled me that I was driven
to drink, starvation, and mad females, simply as an alternative.
Charles Bukowski

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

Drinking is an emotional thing. It joggles you out of the standardism of everyday life, out of
everything being the same. It yanks you out of your body and your mind and throws you
against the wall. I have the feeling that drinking is a form of suicide where you're allowed to
return to life and begin all over the next day. It's like killing yourself, and then you're reborn.
I guess I've lived about ten or fifteen thousand lives now.
Charles Bukowski

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

If you're going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don't even start. This could mean losing
girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mind. It could mean not eating for three or
four days. It could mean freezing on a park bench.
Charles Bukowski

When a hot woman meets a hermit one of them is going to change.
Charles Bukowski

Almost everyone is born a genius and buried an idiot.
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

The free soul is rare, but you know it when you see it - basically because you feel good, very
good, when you are near or with them.
Charles Bukowski

Sex is interesting, but it's not totally important. I mean it's not even as important as
excretion. A man can go seventy years without a piece of ass, but he can die in a week
without a bowel movement.
Charles Bukowski

What matters most is how well you walk through the fire.
Charles Bukowski

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

There are worse things than being alone but it often takes decades to realize this and most
often when you do it's too late and there's nothing worse than too late.
Charles Bukowski

Knowledge without follow-through is worse than no knowledge at all. Because if you're
guessing and it doesn't work out you can just say, "Shit, the gods are against me." But if you
know and don't do, you've got attics and dark halls in your mind to walk up and down in and
wonder about. This ain't healthy, leads to unpleasant evenings, too much to drink and the
shredding machine.
Charles Bukowski

Stay with the beer. Beer is continuous blood. A continuous lover.
Charles Bukowski

This is very important - to take leisure time. Pace is the essence. Without stopping entirely
and doing nothing at all for great periods, you're gonna lose everything... just to do nothing
at all. Very, very important. And how many people do this in modern society? Very few.
That's why they're all totally mad, frustrated, angry and hateful.
Charles Bukowski

If you want to know where God is, ask a drunk.
Charles Bukowski

Poetry is what happens when nothing else can.
Charles Bukowski

The public takes from a writer, or a writing, what it needs and lets the remainder go. But
what they take is usually what they need least and what they let go is what they need most.
Charles Bukowski

Never envy a man his lady. Behind it all lays a living hell.
Charles Bukowski

The whole LSD, STP, marijuana, heroin, hashish, prescription cough medicine crowd suffers
from the Watchtower itch: you gotta be with us, man, or you're out, you're dead. This pitch
is a continual and seeming MUST with those who use the stuff. It's no wonder they keep
getting busted.
Charles Bukowski

There are only two things wrong with money: too much or too little.
Charles Bukowski

My ambition is handicapped by laziness.
Charles Bukowski

Being alone never felt right. Sometimes it felt good, but it never felt right.
Charles Bukowski

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