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Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead. - Charles Bukowski Quotes
Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead.
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We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us. - Charles Bukowski Quotes
We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us.
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I don't hate people. I just feel better when they aren't around. - Charles Bukowski Quotes
I don't hate people. I just feel better when they aren't around.
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An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way. - Charles Bukowski Quotes
An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way.
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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.
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You begin saving the world by saving one man at a time; all else is grandiose romanticism or politics.
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If you're losing your soul and you know it, then you've still got a soul left to lose. - Charles Bukowski Quotes
If you're losing your soul and you know it, then you've still got a soul left to lose.
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To do a dull thing with style-now that's what I call art. - Charles Bukowski Quotes
To do a dull thing with style-now that's what I call art.
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Of course it's possible to love a human being if you don't know them too well. - Charles Bukowski Quotes
Of course it's possible to love a human being if you don't know them too well.
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Joan of Arc had style. Jesus had style. - Charles Bukowski Quotes
Joan of Arc had style. Jesus had style.
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Understand me. I’m not like an ordinary world. I have my madness, I live in another dimension and I do not have time for things that have no soul.
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Can you remember who you were, before the world told you who you should be? - Charles Bukowski Quotes
Can you remember who you were, before the world told you who you should be?
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The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts, while the stupid ones are full of confidence.
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People are strange: They are constantly angered by trivial things, but on a major matter like totally wasting their lives, they hardly seem to notice.
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The problem was you had to keep choosing between one evil or another, and no matter what you chose, they sliced a little more off you, until there was nothing left. At the age of 25 most people were finished. A whole goddamned nation of assholes driving automobiles, eating, having babies, doing everything in the worst way possible, like voting for the presidential candidate who reminded them most of themselves.
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I lapsed into my pathetic cut-off period. Often with humans, both good and bad, my senses simply shut off, they get tired, I give up. I am polite. I nod. I pretend to understand because I don’t want anybody to be hurt. That is the one weakness that has lead me into the most trouble. Trying to be kind to others I often get my soul shredded into a kind of spiritual pasta. No matter. My brain shuts off. I listen. I respond. And they are too dumb to know that I am not there.
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I will remember the kisses our lips raw with love and how you gave me everything you had and how I offered you what was left of me, and I will remember your small room the feel of you the light in the window your records your books our morning coffee our noons our nights our bodies spilled together sleeping the tiny flowing currents immediate and forever your leg my leg your arm my arm your smile and the warmth of you who made me laugh again.
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Find what you love and let it kill you. - Charles Bukowski Quotes
Find what you love and let it kill you.
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If something burns your soul with purpose and desire, it’s your duty to be reduced to ashes by it. Any other form of existence will be yet another dull book in the library of life.
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Sometimes I feel as if we are all trapped in a movie. We know our lines, where to walk, how to act, only there is no camera. Yet, we can't break out of the movie. And it's a bad one.
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Love is a fog that burns with the first daylight of reality. - Charles Bukowski Quotes
Love is a fog that burns with the first daylight of reality.
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I see men assassinated around me every day. I walk through rooms of the dead, streets of the dead, cities of the dead; men without eyes, men without voices; men with manufactured feelings and standard reactions; men with newspaper brains, television souls and high school ideas.
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You have to die a few times before you can really live. - Charles Bukowski Quotes
You have to die a few times before you can really live.
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I stopped looking for a Dream Girl, I just wanted one that wasn't a nightmare. - Charles Bukowski Quotes
I stopped looking for a Dream Girl, I just wanted one that wasn't a nightmare.
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Some people never go crazy, What truly horrible lives they must live. - Charles Bukowski Quotes
Some people never go crazy, What truly horrible lives they must live.
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Do you hate people? I don't hate them...I just feel better when they're not around. - Charles Bukowski Quotes
Do you hate people? I don't hate them...I just feel better when they're not around.
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There's a bluebird in my heart that wants to get out but I pour whiskey on him and inhale cigarette smoke and the whores and the bartenders and the grocery clerks never know that he's in there.
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Some people like what you do, some people hate what you do, but most people simply don't give a damn.
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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.
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The shortest distance between two points is often unbearable. - Charles Bukowski Quotes
The shortest distance between two points is often unbearable.
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Slavery was never abolished, it was only extended to include all the colors. - Charles Bukowski Quotes
Slavery was never abolished, it was only extended to include all the colors.
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I loved you like a man loves a woman he never touches, only writes to, keeps little photographs of. - Charles Bukowski Quotes
I loved you like a man loves a woman he never touches, only writes to, keeps little photographs of.
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Unless it comes out of your soul like a rocket, unless being still would drive you to madness or suicide or murder, don't do it. unless the sun inside you is burning your gut, don't do it. when it is truly time, and if you have been chosen, it will do it by itself and it will keep on doing it until you die or it dies in you. there is no other way. and there never was.
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There's a bluebird in my heart that wants to get out. - Charles Bukowski Quotes
There's a bluebird in my heart that wants to get out.
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I guess the only time most people think about injustice is when it happens to them. - Charles Bukowski Quotes
I guess the only time most people think about injustice is when it happens to them.
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There's a light somewhere. It may not be much light but it beats the darkness. - Charles Bukowski Quotes
There's a light somewhere. It may not be much light but it beats the darkness.
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Wherever the crowd goes run in the other direction. They're always wrong. - Charles Bukowski Quotes
Wherever the crowd goes run in the other direction. They're always wrong.
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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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Sex is interesting, but it's not totally important. I mean it's not even as important (physically) as excretion. A man can go seventy years without a piece of ass, but he can die in a week without a bowel movement.
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If you're going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don't even start. - Charles Bukowski Quotes
If you're going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don't even start.
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Are people crazy? People waited all their lives. They waited to live, they waited to die. They waited in line to buy toilet paper. They waited in line for money. And if they didn't have any money they waited in longer lines. You waited to go to sleep and then you waited to awaken. You waited to get married and you waited to get divorced. You waited for it to rain, you waited for it to stop. You waited to eat and then you waited to eat again. You waited in a shrink's office with a bunch of psychos and you wondered if you were one.
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I am a series of small victories and large defeats and I am as amazed as any other that I have gotten from there to here.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Bad taste creates many more millionaires than good taste. - Charles Bukowski Quotes
Bad taste creates many more millionaires than good taste.
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writers are desperate people and when they stop being desperate they stop being writers. - Charles Bukowski Quotes
writers are desperate people and when they stop being desperate they stop being writers.
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Beware of those who seek constant crowds; they are nothing alone. - Charles Bukowski Quotes
Beware of those who seek constant crowds; they are nothing alone.
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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.
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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 stonewritten. 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.
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And don't forget: time is meant to be wasted, love fails and death is useless. - Charles Bukowski Quotes
And don't forget: time is meant to be wasted, love fails and death is useless.
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The world is full of boring, identical and mindless people. - Charles Bukowski Quotes
The world is full of boring, identical and mindless people.
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I've never been lonely. I've been in a room... I've felt suicidal, I've been depressed. I've felt awful ... awful beyond all , but I never felt that one other person could enter that room and cure what was bothering me...or that any number of people could enter that room. In other words, loneliness is something I've never been bothered with because I've always had this terrible itch for solitude.
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If you're going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire. You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. It's the only good fight there is.
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The Laughing Heart your life is your life don’t let it be clubbed into dank submission. be on the watch. there are ways out. there is a light somewhere. it may not be much light but it beats the darkness. be on the watch. the gods will offer you chances. know them. take them. you can’t beat death but you can beat death in life, sometimes. and the more often you learn to do it, the more light there will be. your life is your life. know it while you have it. you are marvelous the gods wait to delight in you.
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Love is kind of like when you see a fog in the morning, when you wake up before the sun comes out. It's just a little while, and then it burns away... Love is a fog that burns with the first daylight of reality.
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The more cats you have, the longer you live. If you have a hundred cats, you'll live ten times longer than if you have ten. Someday this will be discovered, and people will have a thousand cats and live forever.
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I’ve had so many knives stuck into me, when they hand me a flower I can’t quite make out what it is. It takes time.
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Love is a form of prejudice. You love what you need, you love what makes you feel good, you love what is convenient. How can you say you love one person when there are ten thousand people in the world that you would love more if you ever met them? But you'll never meet them.
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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.
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I don't like jail, they got the wrong kind of bars in there. - Charles Bukowski Quotes
I don't like jail, they got the wrong kind of bars in there.
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If you want to know who your friends are, get yourself a jail sentence. - Charles Bukowski Quotes
If you want to know who your friends are, get yourself a jail sentence.
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I remembered my New Orleans days, living on two five-cent candy bars a day for weeks at a time in order to have leisure to write. But starvation, unfortunately, didn't improve art. It only hindered it. A man's soul was rooted in his stomach. A man could write much better after eating a porterhouse steak and drinking a pint of whiskey than he could ever write after eating a nickel candy bar. The myth of the starving artist was a hoax.
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You know the typical crowd, Wow, it’s Friday night, what are you going to do? Just sit there? Well, yeah. Because there’s nothing out there. It’s stupidity. Stupid people mingling with stupid people. Let them stupidify themselves. I’ve never been bothered with the need to rush out into the night. That’s all. Sorry for all the millions, but I’ve never been lonely. I like myself. I’m the best form of entertainment I have.
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Success is always dangerous. It can make an asshole out of anybody. - Charles Bukowski Quotes
Success is always dangerous. It can make an asshole out of anybody.
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people run from rain but sit in bathtubs full of water. - Charles Bukowski Quotes
people run from rain but sit in bathtubs full of water.
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Some lose all mind and become soul,insane. some lose all soul and become mind, intellectual. some lose both and become accepted
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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.
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I am not a snob; it is simply that I am not interested with what most people have to say, or what they want to do — mostly with my time.
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‎"she’ mad but she’ magic. there’ no lie in her fire.
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what matters most is how well you walk through the fire - Charles Bukowski Quotes
what matters most is how well you walk through the fire
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as the spirit wanes the form appears - Charles Bukowski Quotes
as the spirit wanes the form appears
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God is a lonely place without steak. - Charles Bukowski Quotes
God is a lonely place without steak.
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The masses are always wrong...Wisdom is doing everything the crowd does not do. All you do is reverse the totality of their learning and you have the heaven they're looking for.
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There's a bluebird in my heart that wants to get out but I'm too tough for him, I say, stay in there, I'm not going to let anybody see you.
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We have wasted History like a bunch of drunks shooting dice back in the men's crapper of the local bar.
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Simplicity is always the secret, to a profound truth, to doing things, to writing, to painting. Life is profound in its simplicity
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We don’t even ask happiness, just a little less pain. - Charles Bukowski Quotes
We don’t even ask happiness, just a little less pain.
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The less I needed, the better I felt. - Charles Bukowski Quotes
The less I needed, the better I felt.
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Let it die. Let there be a new beginning. It’s awful. Goodnight. - Charles Bukowski Quotes
Let it die. Let there be a new beginning. It’s awful. Goodnight.
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