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    Charles Bukowski
    “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.”
    Charles Bukowski, Women

  • #2
    Charles Bukowski
    “If you're going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don't 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, you'll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds. And it will be better than anything else you can imagine. 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.”
    Charles Bukowski, Factotum

  • #3
    Charles Bukowski
    “You have to die a few times before you can really
    live.”
    Charles Bukowski, The People Look Like Flowers at Last

  • #4
    Charles Bukowski
    “I don't hate people. I just feel better when they aren't around.”
    Charles Bukowski

  • #5
    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.

    people so tired
    mutilated
    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
    big-ass winners.

    it hasn't told us
    about the gutters
    or the suicides.

    or the terror of one person
    aching in one place
    alone

    untouched
    unspoken to

    watering a plant.”
    Charles Bukowski, Love is a Dog from Hell

  • #6
    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

  • #7
    Charles Bukowski
    “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.”
    Charles Bukowski

  • #8
    Charles Bukowski
    “those who escape hell
    however
    never talk about
    it
    and nothing much
    bothers them
    after
    that.”
    Charles Bukowski

  • #9
    Charles Bukowski
    “Poetry is what happens when nothing else can.”
    Charles Bukowski

  • #10
    Charles Bukowski
    “I remember awakening one morning and finding everything smeared with the color of forgotten love.”
    Charles Bukowski, What Matters Most is How Well You Walk Through the Fire

  • #11
    Charles Bukowski
    “being alone never felt right. sometimes it felt good, but it never felt right.”
    Charles Bukowski, Women

  • #12
    Charles Bukowski
    “I was drawn to all the wrong things: I liked to drink, I was lazy, I didn't have a god, politics, ideas, ideals. I was settled into nothingness; a kind of non-being, and I accepted it. I didn't make for an interesting person. I didn't 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

  • #13
    Charles Bukowski
    “there's a bluebird in my heart that
    wants to get out
    but I'm too clever, I only let him out
    at night sometimes
    when everybody's asleep.
    I say, I know that you're there,
    so don't be
    sad.
    then I put him back,
    but he's singing a little
    in there, I haven't quite let him
    die
    and we sleep together like
    that
    with our
    secret pact
    and it's nice enough to
    make a man
    weep, but I don't
    weep, do
    you?”
    Charles Bukowski

  • #14
    Charles Bukowski
    “Anything is a waste of time unless you are fucking well or creating well or getting well or looming toward a kind of phantom-love-happiness.”
    Charles Bukowski

  • #15
    Charles Bukowski
    “It was like the beginning of life and laughter. It was the real meaning of the sun”
    Charles Bukowski, Factotum

  • #16
    Charles Bukowski
    “The problem was you had to keep choosing between one evil or another, and no matter what you chose, they sliced a little bit more off you, until there was nothing left. At the age of 25 most people were finished. A whole god-damned nation of assholes driving automobiles, eating, having babies, doing everything in the worst way possible, like voting for the presidential candidates who reminded them most of themselves. I had no interests. I had no interest in anything. I had no idea how I was going to escape. At least the others had some taste for life. They seemed to understand something that I didn't understand. Maybe I was lacking. It was possible. I often felt inferior. I just wanted to get away from them. But there was no place to go.”
    Charles Bukowski

  • #17
    Charles Bukowski
    “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

  • #18
    Charles Bukowski
    “She was desperate and she was choosey
    at the same time and, in a way, beautiful, but she didn't have quite enough going for her to become what
    she imagined herself to be.”
    Charles Bukowski, Factotum

  • #19
    Charles Bukowski
    “I drive around the streets
    an inch away from weeping,
    ashamed of my sentimentality and
    possible love.”
    Charles Bukowski, Love is a Dog from Hell

  • #20
    Charles Bukowski
    “I sit here
    drunk now.
    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
    without committing murder
    or being
    murdered;
    without
    having ended up in the
    madhouse.

    as I drink alone
    again tonight
    my soul despite all the past
    agony
    thanks all the gods
    who were not
    there
    for me
    then.”
    Charles Bukowski, The People Look Like Flowers at Last

  • #21
    Charles Bukowski
    “Too often the people complain that they have done nothing with their
    lives and then they wait for somebody to tell them that this isn't so.”
    Charles Bukowski, What Matters Most is How Well You Walk Through the Fire

  • #22
    Charles Bukowski
    “I'm going, she said. I love you but you're
    crazy, you're doomed.”
    Charles Bukowski, Love is a Dog from Hell

  • #23
    Charles Bukowski
    “it was like any other
    relationship, there was
    jealousy on both sides,
    there were split-ups and
    reconciliations.
    there were also fragmented moments of
    great peace and beauty.

    I often tried to get away from her and
    she tied to get away from me
    but it was difficult:
    Cupid, in his strange way, was really
    there.”
    Charles Bukowski, The People Look Like Flowers at Last

  • #24
    Charles Bukowski
    “the writing of some
    men
    is like a vast bridge
    that carries you
    over
    the many things
    that claw and tear.

    The Wine of Forever”
    Charles Bukowski, Love is a Dog from Hell

  • #25
    Charles Bukowski
    “I loved you like a man loves a woman he never touches, only writes to, keeps little photographs of.”
    Charles Bukowski, Love is a Dog from Hell

  • #26
    Charles Bukowski
    “the tigers have found me
    and I do not care.”
    Charles Bukowski

  • #27
    Albert Einstein
    “Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.”
    Albert Einstein

  • #28
    Friedrich Nietzsche
    “Without music, life would be a mistake.”
    Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols, Or, How to Philosophize With the Hammer

  • #29
    Elie Wiesel
    “The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference.”
    Elie Wiesel

  • #30
    “Have you ever noticed how ‘What the hell’ is always the right decision to make?”
    Terry Johnson, Insignificance



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