Charles Bukowski

(16 August 1920 – 9 March 1994 / Andernach)

Charles Bukowski Quotes

  • ''“We are like roses that have never bothered to bloom when we should have bloomed and it is as if the sun has become disgusted with waiting”''
    Charles Bukowski
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  • ''“You begin saving the world by saving one man at a time; all else is grandiose romanticism or politics.” ''
    Charles Bukowski, Women
  • ''“I was drawn to all the wrong things: I liked to drink, I was lazy, I didnt have a god, politics, ideas, ideals. I was settled into nothingness; a kind of non-being, and I accepted it. I didnt make for an interesting person. I didnt want to be interesting, it was too hard. What I really wanted was only a soft, hazy space to live in, and to be left alone.” ''
    Charles Bukowski
  • ''“What a weary time those years were -- to have the desire and the need to live but not the ability.” ''
    Charles Bukowski, Ham on Rye
  • ''“unless it comes out of
    your soul like a rocket,
    unless being still would
    drive you to madness or
    suicide or murder,
    dont do it.
    unless the sun inside you is
    burning your gut,
    dont 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.” ''
    Charles Bukowski
  • ''“I went to the worst of bars hoping to get killed but all I could do was to get drunk again.” ''
    Charles Bukowski
  • ''“she was consumed by 3 simple things:
    drink, despair, loneliness; and 2 more:
    youth and beauty” ''
    Charles Bukowski, The People Look Like Flowers at Last
  • ''“great writers are indecent people
    they live unfairly
    saving the best part for paper.

    good human beings save the world
    so that bastards like me can keep creating art,
    become immortal.
    if you read this after I am dead
    it means I made it.”''
    Charles Bukowski, The People Look Like Flowers at Last
  • ''“It was like the beginning of life and laughter. It was the real meaning of the sun” ''
    ― Charles Bukowski, Factotum
  • ''“each mans hell is in a different place:
    mine is just up and behind
    my ruined face.”
    ― Charles Bukowski

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Best Poem of Charles Bukowski

Alone With Everybody

the flesh covers the bone
and they put a mind
in there and
sometimes a soul,
and the women break
vases against the walls
and the men drink too
and nobody finds the
but keep
crawling in and out
of beds.
flesh covers
the bone and the
flesh searches
for more than

there's no chance
at all:
we are all trapped
by a singular

nobody ever finds
the one.

the city dumps fill
the junkyards fill
the madhouses fill
the hospitals fill
the graveyards...

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The Retreat

this time has finished me.

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