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Ham on Rye Ham on Rye by Charles Bukowski
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“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
“I had noticed that both in the very poor and very rich extremes of society the mad were often allowed to mingle freely.”
Charles Bukowski, Ham on Rye
“I guess the only time most people think about injustice is when it happens to them.”
Charles Bukowski, Ham on Rye
“It was a joy! Words weren't dull, words were things that could make your mind hum. If you read them and let yourself feel the magic, you could live without pain, with hope, no matter what happened to you.”
Charles Bukowski, Ham on Rye
“The best thing about the bedroom was the bed. I liked to stay in bed for hours, even during the day with covers pulled up to my chin. It was good in there, nothing ever occurred in there, no people, nothing.”
Charles Bukowski, Ham on Rye
“The problem was you had to keep choosing between one evil or another, and no matter what you chose, they sliced a little more off you, until there was nothing left. At the age of 25 most people were finished. A whole goddamned nation of assholes driving automobiles, eating, having babies, doing everything in the worst way possible, like voting for the presidential candidate who reminded them most of themselves.”
Charles Bukowski, Ham on Rye
“Everything else just kept picking and picking, hacking away. And nothing was interesting, nothing. The people were restrictive and careful, all alike. And I've got to live with these fuckers for the rest of my life, I thought.”
Charles Bukowski, Ham on Rye
“You are thirty minutes late."
"Yes."
"Would you be thirty minutes late to a wedding or a funeral?"
"No."
"Why not, pray tell?"
"Well, if the funeral was mine I'd have to be on time. If the wedding was mine it would be my funeral.”
Charles Bukowski, Ham on Rye
“I knew I was strong, and maybe like they said, "crazy." But I had this feeling inside of me that something real was there.”
Charles Bukowski, Ham on Rye
“News travels fast in places where nothing much ever happens.”
Charles Bukowski, Ham on Rye
tags: news
“Fiction is an improvement on life”
Charles Bukowski, Ham on Rye
“And my own affairs were as bad, as dismal, as the day I had been born. The only difference was that now I could drink now and then, though never often enough. Drink was the only thing that kept a man from feeling forever stunned and useless. Everything else just kept picking and picking, hacking away. And nothing was interesting, nothing. The people were restrictive and careful, all alike. And I've got to live with these fuckers for the rest of my life, I thought. God, they all had assholes and sexual organs and their mouths and their armpits. They shit and they chattered and they were dull as horse dung. The girls looked good from a distance, the sun shining through their dresses, their hair. But get up close and listen to their minds running out of their mouths, you felt like digging in under a hill and hiding out with a tommy-gun. I would certainly never be able to be happy, to get married, I could never have children. Hell, I couldn't even get a job as a dishwasher.”
Charles Bukowski, Ham on Rye
“It seemed better to delay thinking.”
Charles Bukowski, Ham on Rye
tags: 193
“Getting drunk was good. I decided that I would always like getting drunk. It took away the obvious and maybe if you could get away from the obvious often enough, you wouldn't become so obvious yourself.”
Charles Bukowski, Ham on Rye
“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 candidate who reminded them most of themselves.”
Charles Bukowski, Ham on Rye
“I often stood in front of the mirror alone, wondering how ugly a person could get.”
Charles Bukowski, Ham on Rye
“So, that’s what they wanted: lies. Beautiful lies. That’s what they needed. People were fools. It was going to be easy for me.”
Charles Bukowski, Ham on Rye
“People don't do me much good.”
Charles Bukowski, Ham on Rye
“You just rebel against everything. How are you going to survive?

I don't know. I'm already tired.”
Charles Bukowski, Ham on Rye
“They laughed. Things were funny. They weren't afraid to care. There was no sense to life, to the structure of things.”
Charles Bukowski, Ham on Rye
“I made practice runs down to skid row to get ready for my future.”
Charles Bukowski, Ham on Rye
“I had no interests. I had no interests 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. Suicide? Jesus Christ, just more work. I felt like sleeping for five years but they wouldn't let me.”
Charles Bukowski, Ham on Rye
“just heard a commercial
which told me
Farmer John smokes his own
bacon.
now, there's one tough
son of a
bitch.”
Charles Bukowski, Ham on Rye
“They were beautiful nothings”
Charles Bukowski, Ham on Rye
“Turgenev was a very serious fellow but he could make me laugh because a truth first encountered can be very funny. When someone else's truth is the same as your truth, and he seems to be saying it just for you, that's great.”
Charles Bukowski, Ham on Rye
tags: truth
“All a guy needed was a chance. Somebody was alway controlling who got a chance and who didn't.”
Charles Bukowski, Ham on Rye
“It didn't pay to trust another human being. Humans didn't have it, whatever it took.”
Charles Bukowski, Ham on Rye
“since some people had told me that I was ugly, I always preferred shade to the sun, darkness to light”
Charles Bukowski, Ham on Rye
“The dog approached again, cautiously. I found the bologna sandwich, ripped off a chunk, wiped the cheap watery mustard off, then placed it on the sidewalk.
The dog walked up to the bit of sandwich, put his nose to it, sniffed, then turned and walked off. This time he didn't look back. He accelerated down the street.
No wonder I had been depressed all my life. I wasn't getting proper nourishment. ”
Charles Bukowski, Ham on Rye
“That the young rich smell the stink of the poor and learn to find it a bit amusing. They had to laugh, otherwise it would be too terrifying.”
Charles Bukowski, Ham on Rye
tags: 193

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