Best Quotes and Thoughts by Charles Bukowski

by Milos Itic on July 8, 2012

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“Do you hate people?”
“I don’t hate them…I just feel better when they’re not around”

“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.”

“An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way.”

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

Boring damned people. All over the earth. Propagating more boring damned people. What a horror show. The earth swarmed with them.”

“I wanted the whole world or nothing.”

“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

Poetry is what happens when nothing else can.”

“Of course it’s possible to love a human being if you don’t know them too well.”

“Baby, I’m a genius but nobody knows it but me.”


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