Charles Bukowski

(16 August 1920 – 9 March 1994 / Andernach)

Charles Bukowski Quotes

  • ''“Sometimes you just have to pee in the sink.” ''
    Charles Bukowski
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  • ''“Nothing was ever in tune. People just blindly grabbed at whatever there was: communism, health foods, zen, surfing, ballet, hypnotism, group encounters, orgies, biking, herbs, Catholicism, weight-lifting, travel, withdrawal, vegetarianism, India, painting, writing, sculpting, composing, conducting, backpacking, yoga, copulating, gambling, drinking, hanging around, frozen yogurt, Beethoven, Back, Buddha, Christ, TM, H, carrot juice, suicide, handmade suits, jet travel, New York City, and then it all evaporated and fell apart. People had to find things to do while waiting to die. I guess it was nice to have a choice.” ''
    Charles Bukowski, Women
  • ''“I stopped looking for a Dream Girl, I just wanted one that wasnt a nightmare.” ''
    Charles Bukowski, The Captain is Out to Lunch and the Sailors Have Taken Over the Ship
  • ''“Pain is strange. A cat killing a bird, a car accident, a fire.... Pain arrives, BANG, and there it is, it sits on you. Its real. And to anybody watching, you look foolish. Like youve suddenly become an idiot. Theres no cure for it unless you know somebody who understands how you feel, and knows how to help.” ''
    Charles Bukowski
  • ''“there is a loneliness in this world so great that you can see it in the slow movement of the hands of a clock”''
    Charles Bukowski, Love is a Dog from Hell
  • ''“Baby," I said, "Im a genius but nobody knows it but me.” ''
    Charles Bukowski, Factotum
  • ''“there is always one woman to save you from another and as that woman saves you she makes ready to destroy” ''
    Charles Bukowski, Love is a Dog from Hell
  • ''“The shortest distance between two points is often unbearable.” ''
    Charles Bukowski
  • ''“my beerdrunk soul is sadder than all the dead christmas trees of the world.”''
    Charles Bukowski
  • ''“Lifes as kind as you let it be.”''
    Charles Bukowski, Hot Water Music

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Best Poem of Charles Bukowski

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, ...

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What A Writer

what i liked about e.e. cummings
was that he cut away from
the holiness of the
and with charm
and gamble
gave us lines
that sliced through the

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