Charles Bukowski Quotes

Do you know who Charles Bukowski was? I, myself, don’t know this man. But after I’ve read some of Charles Bukowski quotes, I got curious and have decided to look and search for him. According to Wikipedia, Henry Charles Bukowski was a novelist, poet and a write of short stories. He was born on 16th of August 1920 and died on 9th of March 1994.

He has written many poems and novels which emphasize the lives of unfortunate Americans. Most of Charles Bukowski quotes, which were came from his poems and writing pieces, were talking about alcohol, hard work and relationships. Take a look at his quotes and sayings that I listed down here. You may want to look at Bill Gates quotes as well that you can find in our QUOTES section.

Famous Charles Bukowski Quotes

 

My ambition is handicapped by laziness
— 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

 

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

 

There is nothing quite like the expectancy of a beginning writer.
Unless it is the concept of a successful one.
— Charles Bukowski

 

So, that’s what they wanted: lies.
Beautiful lies.
That’s what they needed.
People were fools.
It was going to be easy for me.
— Charles Bukowski

 

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.
— Charles Bukowski

 

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

 

Don’t feel sorry for me because I am alone
For even at the most terrible moments
Humor is my companion.
— Charles Bukowski

 

It’s possible to love a human being if you don’t know them too well.
— Charles Bukowski

 

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

 

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

 

Do you hate people?
I don’t hate them…
I just feel better when they’re not around.
— 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

Genius might be the ability to say a profound thing in a simple way.
— Charles Bukowski

I don’t like jail, they got the wrong kind of bars in there.
— 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

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

 

To do a dull thing with style-now that’s what I call art.
— Charles Bukowski

 

We have wasted History like a bunch of drunks shooting dice back in the men’s crapper of the local bar.
— Charles Bukowski

 

Humanity, you never had it to begin with.
— Charles Bukowski

 

Never get out of bed before noon.
— Charles Bukowski

 

Joan of Arc had style. Jesus had style.
— Charles Bukowski

 

Charles Bukowski Quotes on Life

 

Some people never go crazy,
What truly horrible lives they must live.
— Charles Bukowski

 

An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way.
An artist says a hard thing in a simple way.
— Charles Bukowski

 

I have two rules.
One is, never trust a man who smokes a pipe.
The other is, never trust a man with shiny shoes.
— Charles Bukowski,

 

I would be married, but I’d have no wife,
I would be married to a single life.
— Charles Bukowski

 

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

 

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

 

It’s possible to love a human being if you don’t know them too well.
— Charles Bukowski

 

There will always be something to ruin our lives,
It all depends on what or which finds us first.
We are always ripe and ready to be taken.
— Charles Bukowski

 

Pain doesn’t make anything, nor does poverty.
The artist is there first.
What becomes of him depends upon his luck.
If his luck is good (worldly-speaking) he becomes a bad artist.
If his luck is bad, he becomes a good one.
Charles Bukowski
— 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

There are worse things than being alone
— Charles Bukowski

 

There is a time to stop reading,
There is a time to STOP trying to WRITE,
There is a time to kick the whole bloated sensation
Of ART out on its whore-ass.
— Charles Bukowski

 

More Quotes of Charles Bukowski

 

There will always be something to ruin our lives,
It all depends on what or which finds us first.
We are always ripe and ready to be taken.
— Charles Bukowski

 

That is what friendship means.
Sharing the prejudice of experience.
— Charles Bukowski

 

Bad taste creates many more millionaires than good taste.
— Charles Bukowski

 

On such jobs men become tired.
They experience a weariness beyond fatigue.
They say mad, brilliant things.
Out of my head, I cussed and talked and cracked jokes and sang.
Hell boils with laughter.
— Charles Bukowski

 

Humanity, you never had it to begin with.
— Charles Bukowski

 

The pest, in a sense, is a very superior being to us:
He knows where to find us and how –
Usually in the bath or in sexual intercourse or asleep.
— 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

 

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

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