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  • #1
    Charles Bukowski
    “Do you hate people?”

    “I don't hate them...I just feel better when they're not around.”
    Charles Bukowski, Barfly

  • #2
    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

  • #3
    Charles Bukowski
    “My ambition is handicapped by laziness”
    Charles Bukowski, Factotum

  • #4
    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

  • #5
    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

  • #6
    Charles Bukowski
    “You have to die a few times before you can really
    live.”
    Charles Bukowski, The People Look Like Flowers at Last

  • #7
    Charles Bukowski
    “I've never been lonely. I've been in a room -- I've felt suicidal. I've been depressed. I've felt awful -- awful beyond all -- but I never felt that one other person could enter that room and cure what was bothering me...or that any number of people could enter that room. In other words, loneliness is something I've never been bothered with because I've always had this terrible itch for solitude. It's being at a party, or at a stadium full of people cheering for something, that I might feel loneliness. I'll quote Ibsen, "The strongest men are the most alone." I've never thought, "Well, some beautiful blonde will come in here and give me a fuck-job, rub my balls, and I'll feel good." No, that won't help. You know the typical crowd, "Wow, it's Friday night, what are you going to do? Just sit there?" Well, yeah. Because there's nothing out there. It's stupidity. Stupid people mingling with stupid people. Let them stupidify themselves. I've never been bothered with the need to rush out into the night. I hid in bars, because I didn't want to hide in factories. That's all. Sorry for all the millions, but I've never been lonely. I like myself. I'm the best form of entertainment I have. Let's drink more wine!”
    Charles Bukowski

  • #8
    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

  • #9
    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

  • #10
    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

  • #11
    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

  • #12
    Charles Bukowski
    “I wanted the whole world or nothing.”
    Charles Bukowski, Post Office

  • #13
    Charles Bukowski
    “those who escape hell
    however
    never talk about
    it
    and nothing much
    bothers them
    after
    that.”
    Charles Bukowski

  • #14
    Charles Bukowski
    “Sex is kicking death in the ass while singing.”
    Charles Bukowski

  • #15
    Charles Bukowski
    “A love like that was a serious illness, an illness from which you never entirely recover.”
    Charles Bukowski, The People Look Like Flowers at Last

  • #16
    Charles Bukowski
    “We are
    Born like this
    Into this
    Into these carefully mad wars
    Into the sight of broken factory windows of emptiness
    Into bars where people no longer speak to each other
    Into fist fights that end as shootings and knifings
    Born into this
    Into hospitals which are so expensive that it’s cheaper to die
    Into lawyers who charge so much it’s cheaper to plead guilty
    Into a country where the jails are full and the madhouses closed
    Into a place where the masses elevate fools into rich heroes”
    Charles Bukowski

  • #17
    Charles Bukowski
    “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

  • #18
    Charles Bukowski
    “my beerdrunk soul is sadder than all the dead christmas trees of the world.”
    Charles Bukowski

  • #19
    Charles Bukowski
    “I felt like crying but nothing came out. it was just a sort of sad sickness, sick sad, when you can't feel any worse. I think you know it. I think everybody knows it now and then. but I think I have known it pretty often, too often.”
    Charles Bukowski, Tales of Ordinary Madness

  • #20
    Charles Bukowski
    “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

  • #21
    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

  • #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
    “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

  • #24
    Charles Bukowski
    “your letters got sadder. your lovers betrayed you. kid, I wrote back, all lovers betray. it didn't help. you said you had a crying bench and it was by a bridge and the bridge was over the river and you sat on the crying bench every night and wept for the lovers who had hurt and forgotten you.”
    Charles Bukowski, Love Is a Dog from Hell

  • #25
    Charles Bukowski
    “she is no longer
    the beautiful woman
    she was. she sends
    photos of herself
    sitting upon a rock
    by the ocean
    alone and damned.
    I could have had
    her once. I wonder
    if she thinks I
    could have
    saved her?”
    Charles Bukowski, Love Is a Dog from Hell

  • #26
    Charles Bukowski
    “and you invented me
    and I invented you
    and that's why we don't
    get along
    on this bed
    any longer.
    you were the world's
    greatest invention
    until you
    flushed me
    away.

    now it's your turn
    to wait for the touch
    of the handle.
    somebody will do it
    to you,
    bitch,
    and if they don't
    you will -
    mixed with your own
    green or yellow or white
    or blue
    or lavender
    goodbye.”
    Charles Bukowski, Love Is a Dog from Hell

  • #27
    Charles Bukowski
    “the history of melancholia
    includes all of us.”
    Charles Bukowski, Love Is a Dog from Hell

  • #28
    Charles Bukowski
    “we know God is dead, they've told us, but listening to you I wasn't sure.”
    Charles Bukowski, Love Is a Dog from Hell

  • #29
    Charles Bukowski
    “I
    have a face like a washrag. I sing
    love songs and carry steel.

    I would rather die than cry. I can't
    stand hounds can't live without them.
    I hang my head against the white
    refrigerator and want to scream like
    the last weeping of life forever but
    I am bigger than the mountains.”
    Charles Bukowski, Love Is a Dog from Hell

  • #30
    Charles Bukowski
    “I was only kidding about the hundred," she says.

    oh," I say, "what will it cost me?"

    she lights her cigarette with
    my lighter and looks at me
    through the flame:

    her eyes tell me.

    look," I say, "I don't think I
    can ever pay that price again.”
    Charles Bukowski, Love Is a Dog from Hell



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