Quotes by Charles Bukowski

Henry Charles Bukowski was a German-born American poet, novelist, and short story writer. His writing was influenced by the social, cultural, and economic ambience of his home city of Los Angeles. His work addresses the ordinary lives of poor Americans, the act of writing, alcohol, relationships with women, and the drudgery of work.

Quotes by Charles Bukowski
Quote by Charles Bukowski

If you want to know who your friends are, get yourself a jail sentence.

Friendship, Loyalty
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Quote by Charles Bukowski

In my work, as a writer, I only photograph, in words, what I see.

Writing
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Almost everybody is born a genius and buried an idiot.

Humanity, Genius
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Sometimes you climb out of bed in the morning and you think, I'm not going to make it, but you laugh inside - remembering all the times you've felt that way.

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It's necassary for me sometimes just to be alone and quiet and doing nothing.

Recovery & Leisure
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Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead.

Craziness & Weirdness
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Book Quote by Charles Bukowski from Post Office

This is presented as a work of fiction and dedicated to nobody.

Book Dedications
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I don't like jail, they got the wrong kind of bars in there.

Puns
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Book Quote by Charles Bukowski from The People Look Like Flowers at Last

She was consumed by 3 simple things:
drink, despair, loneliness; and 2 more:
youth and beauty.

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Book Quote by Charles Bukowski from The People Look Like Flowers at Last

A love like that was a serious illness, an illness from which you never entirely recover.

Love, Breakup & Lovesick
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Book Quote by Charles Bukowski from Factotum

That was all a man needed: hope. It was lack of hope that discouraged a man.

Hope
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Book Quote by Charles Bukowski from Factotum

Nothing is worse than to finish a good shit, then reach over and find the toilet paper container empty. Even the most horrible human being on earth deserves to wipe his ass.

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Book Quote by Charles Bukowski from Factotum

'Baby,' I said, 'I'm a genius but nobody knows it but me.'

Genius
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Real loneliness is not necessarily limited to when you are alone.

Breakup & Lovesick, Solitude & Being Alone, Missing Someone
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An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way.

Art
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Book Quote by Charles Bukowski from The People Look Like Flowers at Last

You have to die a few times before you can really live.

Life, Risk, New Beginning
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Book Quote by Charles Bukowski from Women

'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.

Alcohol
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Book Quote by Charles Bukowski from Ham on Rye

Education also seemed to be a trap. The little education I had allowed myself had made me more suspicious. What were doctors, lawyers, and scientists? They were just men who allowed themselves to be deprived of their freedom to think and act as individuals.

Education
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Book Quote by Charles Bukowski from Factotum

My ambition is handicapped by laziness.

Laziness, Ambition
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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.

Life, Humanity, Death, Small Things, Daily Routine
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Sometimes you climb out of bed in the morning and you think, I'm not going to make it, but you laugh inside — remembering all the times you've felt that way.

Self-Deception, Self-Confidence
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Book Quote by Charles Bukowski from Barfly

'Do you hate people?'
'I don't hate them... I just feel better when they're not around.'

Humanity
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Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead.

Craziness & Weirdness
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The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts, while the stupid ones are full of confidence.

Foolishness, Intelligence, Self-Confidence
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