Charles Bukowski Quotes
''“If youre going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, dont 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. It could mean jail. It could mean derision. It could mean mockery--isolation. Isolation is the gift. All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it. And, youll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds. And it will be better than anything else you can imagine. If youre 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. Its the only good fight there is.” ''Charles Bukowski, Factotum
''“My ambition is handicapped by laziness” ''Charles Bukowski, Factotum
''“You have to die a few times before you can reallyCharles Bukowski, The People Look Like Flowers at Last
''“Thats 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, Women
''“I wanted the whole world or nothing.”''Charles Bukowski, Post Office
''“My dear,Charles Bukowski
Find what you love and let it kill you.
Let it drain you of your all. Let it cling onto your back and weigh you down into eventual nothingness.
Let it kill you and let it devour your remains.
For all things will kill you, both slowly and fastly, but it’s much better to be killed by a lover.
~ Falsely yours” ''
''“The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts, while the stupid ones are full of confidence.”''Charles Bukowski
''“there is a loneliness in this world so greatCharles Bukowski, Love is a Dog from Hell
that you can see it in the slow movement of
the hands of a clock.
people so tired
either by love or no love.
people just are not good to each other
one on one.
the rich are not good to the rich
the poor are not good to the poor.
we are afraid.
our educational system tells us
that we can all be
it hasnt told us
about the gutters
or the suicides.
or the terror of one person
aching in one place
watering a plant.” ''
''“there are worse thingsCharles Bukowski
than being alone
but it often takes
decades to realize this
and most often when you do
its too late
and theres nothing worse
than too late” ''
''“An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way.” ''Charles Bukowski
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A Smile To Remember
we had goldfish and they circled around and around
in the bowl on the table near the heavy drapes
covering the picture window and
my mother, always smiling, wanting us all
to be happy, told me, 'be happy Henry!'
and she was right: it's better to be happy if you
but my father continued to beat her and me several times a week while
raging inside his 6-foot-two frame because he couldn't
understand what was attacking him from within.
my mother, poor fish,
wanting to be happy, beaten two or three times a
week, telling me to be happy: 'Henry, ...
this time has finished me.