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Do some living and get yourself a typewriter. -- Charles Bukowski
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Why did I come here? I thought. Why is it always only a matter of choosing between something bad and something worse? -- Charles Bukowski
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She's half-insane, looking for an out; she's hard, she's scared, she's been fooled, taken, abused, used, over-used ...
but, under all that, to me she's the flower, I see her as she was before she was ruined by the lies: theirs and hers. -- Charles Bukowski
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You can't beat death but
you can beat death in life, sometimes.
and the more often you learn to do it,
the more light there will be.
your life is your life.
know it while you have it. -- Charles Bukowski
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I am ashamed to be a member of the human race but I don't want to add any more to that shame, I want to scrape a little of it off. -- Charles Bukowski
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Why it's so hard to go crazy - if you're not already crazy -- Charles Bukowski
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I feel strangely normal. -- Charles Bukowski
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It's just that the grape has me down. -- Charles Bukowski
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What my character is or how many jails I have lounged in, or wards or walls or wassails, how many lonely-heart poetry readings I have dodged, is beside the point. A man's soul or lack of it will be evident with what he can carve upon a white sheet of paper. -- Charles Bukowski
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to ignore life at the proper time takes a special wisdom: like a Happy New Year to you all. -- Charles Bukowski
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People diminish me;
the longer I sit and listen to them
the more empty I feel but I don't get
the idea that they feel empty, I feel
that they enjoy the sound from their
mouths. -- Charles Bukowski
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we were never meant to be what we are or where we are, we are looking for an escape, some music from the sun, the girl we never found. we are betting on the miracle again there before the purple mountains as the horses parade past so much more beautiful than our lives. -- Charles Bukowski
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I guess we often get the deep blues, both of us, and wonder what it all means- the people, the buildings, the day by day things, the waste of time, of ourselves. -- Charles Bukowski
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If I'm an ass, I should say so. If I don't, somebody else will. If I say it first, that disarms them. -- Charles Bukowski
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My mother, poor fish,
wanting to be happy, beaten two or three times a
week, telling me to be happy: "Henry, smile!
why don't you ever smile?"
and then she would smile, to show me how, and it was the
saddest smile I ever saw -- Charles Bukowski
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Downers some people grind away making their unhappiness the ultimate factor of their existence until finally they are just automatically unhappy, their suspicious upset snarling selves grinding on and at and for and through their only relief being to meet another unhappy person or to create one. -- Charles Bukowski
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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
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We waste days like mad blackbirds and pray for alcoholic nights
our silk-sick human smiles wrap around us like somebody else's confetti -- Charles Bukowski
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there's no defense
except all the errors
made -- Charles Bukowski
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Never trust a man in a jumpsuit -- Charles Bukowski
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People need me. I fill them. If they can't see me for a while they get desperate, they get sick. But if I see them too often I get sick. It's hard to feed without getting fed. -- Charles Bukowski
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Terror finally becomes almost
bearable
but never quite
terror creeps like a cat
crawls like a cat
across my mind -- Charles Bukowski
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Nothing's news. it's the same old thing in disguise. only one thing comes without a disguise and you only see it once, or maybe never. like getting hit by a freight train. makes us realize that all our moaning about long lost girls in gingham dresses is not so important after all. -- Charles Bukowski
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Something had happened. The bath towels knew it, the bathtub and the toilet knew it. My father turned and walked out the door. He knew it. It was my last beating. From him. -- Charles Bukowski
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Of one hundred movies there's one that is fair, one that's good and ninety eight that are very bad. most movies start badly and steadily get worse -- Charles Bukowski
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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
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Sometimes I feel as if we are all trapped in a movie. We know our lines, where to walk, how to act, only there is no camera. Yet, we can't break out of the movie. And it's a bad one. -- Charles Bukowski
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It's the same for most of us but one of the best things I learned was to stay out of the bars and also to try to stay off the street. I fail sometimes to stay off the streets but not too often. the finest place on earth to drink is in your own place and alone. you probably know all this. all right. -- Charles Bukowski
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I guess for me Hemingway is a lot like it is for others: he goes down well when we are young. -- Charles Bukowski
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To die on a kitchen floor at 7 o'clock in the morning while other people are frying eggs is not so rough unless it happens to you. -- Charles Bukowski
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Forgive me, I guess I am off in the head, but I mean, except for a quickie piece of ass it wouldn't matter to me if all the people in the world died. Yes, I know it's not nice. But I'd be as contended as a snail; it was, after all, the people who had made me unhappy. -- Charles Bukowski
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I don't know if this is true to you but for me
sometimes it gets so bad
that anything else
say like
looking at a bird on an overhead
power line
seems as great as a Beethoven symphony.
then you forget it and you're back
again. -- Charles Bukowski
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Her eyes always had a frantic, lost look. He could never cure her eyes of that. -- Charles Bukowski
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The area dividing the brain and the soul
Is affected in many ways by experience
Some lose all mind and become soul:
insane.
Some lose all soul and become mind:
intellectual.
Some lose both and become:
accepted. -- Charles Bukowski
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I used to live on one candy bar a day - it cost a nickel. I always remember the candy bar was called Payday. That was my payday. And that candy bar tasted so good, at night I would take one bite, and it was so beautiful. -- Charles Bukowski
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In the old days,' he said, 'writers' lives were more interesting than their writing. Now-a-days neither their lives nor the writing is interesting. -- Charles Bukowski
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I am a joke told
again. -- Charles Bukowski
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All a guy needed was a chance. Somebody was alway controlling who got a chance and who didn't. -- Charles Bukowski
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I don't think I'll travel anymore. Travel is nothing but an inconvenience. There is always enough trouble where you are. -- Charles Bukowski
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Long before I became 'rich and famous' I just sat round drinking wine and staring at the walls. -- Charles Bukowski
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There's a light somewhere.
It may not be much light but
it beats the darkness. -- Charles Bukowski
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Take a writer away from his typewriter
and all you have left
is
the sickness
which started him
typing
in the
beginning -- Charles Bukowski
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Hey baby, when I write, I'm the hero of my shit. -- Charles Bukowski
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What's so nice about laying in bed all day?" "I don't have to see anybody." "You like that?" "Oh, yes. -- Charles Bukowski
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What do you do all day?
I just stay in bed.
That's awful.
No, it's nice. I like it. -- Charles Bukowski
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The balloon pops and I walk across a kitchen on a rainy day in February to check on eggs and bread and wine and sanity to check on glue to paste nice pictures on these walls. -- Charles Bukowski
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We are here to laugh at the odds. -- Charles Bukowski
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I have one problem, I don't hate people. They disgust me and I want to get away from them. I do not have hatred. I have an escape mechanism. -- Charles Bukowski
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For each Joan of Arc there is a Hitler perched at the other end of the teeter-totter. -- Charles Bukowski
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There must be a way.
surely there must be a way that we have not yet
thought of.
who put this brain inside of me?
it cries
it demands
it says that there is a chance.
it will not say
no. -- Charles Bukowski
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It's not the large things that send a man to the madhouse ... no, it's the continuing series of small tragedies ... not the death of his love but the shoelace that snaps with no time left. -- Charles Bukowski
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When you take it away do it slowly and easily make it as if I were dying in my sleep instead of in my life, amen. -- Charles Bukowski
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DEATH COMES SLOWLY LIKE ANTS TO A FALLEN FIG -- Charles Bukowski
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They had temporarily escaped the factories, the warehouses, the slaughterhouses, the car washes - they'd be back in captivity the next day but now they were out - they were wild with freedom. They weren't thinking about the slavery of poverty. Or the slavery of welfare and food stamps. -- Charles Bukowski
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Never had I known a young girl so beautiful and at the same time so gentle and intelligent. Where were her men? Where had they failed? -- Charles Bukowski
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The masses are always wrong - Wisdom is doing everything the crowd does not do. All you do is reverse the totality of their learning and you have the heaven they're looking for. -- Charles Bukowski
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I would certainly end up forever crying the blues into a
coffee cup in a park for old men playing
chess or silly games of some sort. -- Charles Bukowski
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It's colder than hell (yes) but
the blankets are thin,
and the pulled-down shades
are as full of holes as love is. -- Charles Bukowski
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I didn't have any friends at school, didn't want any. I felt better being alone. I sat on a bench and watched the others play and they looked foolish to me. -- Charles Bukowski
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Beauty is nothing, beauty won't stay. You don't know how lucky you are to be ugly, because if people like you, you know it's for something else. -- Charles Bukowski
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When women agree with me I always do the other thing -- Charles Bukowski
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the gift is having a daughter more gentle
than you are, whose laughter is finer
than yours. -- Charles Bukowski
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Morning night and noon the traffic moves through and the murder and treachery of friends and lovers and all the people move through you. pain is the joy of knowing the unkindest truth that arrives without warning. life is being alone death is being alone. even the fools weep morning night and noon. -- Charles Bukowski
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So I drank every night after work, alone, up at my place and I had enough left for a day at the track on Saturday, and life was simple and without too much pain. Maybe without too much reason, but getting away from pain was reasonable enough. -- Charles Bukowski
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She slammed the door and
was gone.
I looked at the closed door
and at the doorknob
and strangely
I didn't feel
alone. -- Charles Bukowski
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My love is a hummingbird sitting that quiet moment on the bough, as the same cat crouches. -- Charles Bukowski
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I have not worked out my poems with a careful will, falling rather on haphazard and blind formulation of wordage, a more flowing concept, in a hope for a more new and lively path. I do personalize at times, but this only for the grace and elan of the dance. -- Charles Bukowski
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It was sad, it was sad, it was sad. When Betty came back we didn't sing or laugh, or even argue. We sat drinking in the dark, smoking cigarettes, and when we went to sleep, I didn't put my feet on her body or she on mine like we used to. We slept without touching.
We had both been robbed. -- Charles Bukowski
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There is a quality about women who choose
men sparingly;
it appears in their walk
in their eyes
in their laughter and in their
gentle hearts. -- Charles Bukowski
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Two bulls fighting for the cow. And a bony one at that. But in America the loser oftentimes got the cow. Mother instinct? Better wallet? Longer dick? God knows what. ... -- Charles Bukowski
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Stood a supervisor, another Stone, and he had this look on his face - they must practice it in front of mirrors, all the supervisors had this look on their faces - they looked at you as if you were a hunk of human shit. -- Charles Bukowski
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People were usually much better in their letters than in reality. They were much like poets in this way. -- Charles Bukowski
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Courts are places where the ending is written first and all that precedes is simply vaudeville. -- Charles Bukowski
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The trouble is that there are too many Chinks. When you kill a Chink he splits in half and becomes two Chinks. -- Charles Bukowski
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The good times were over. Nobody gave a shit and nobody had any money and if they had any, they kept it. -- Charles Bukowski
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I am satisfied
with my aggressive nature
as I tickle death
under the
armpits. -- Charles Bukowski
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Writing is when I fly, writing is when I start fires. Writing is when I take death out of my left pocket, throw him against the wall and catch him as he bounces back. -- Charles Bukowski
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We are dying birds we are sinking ships - the world rocks down against us and we throw out our arms and we throw out our legs like the death kiss of the centipede: but they kindly snap our backs and call our poison politics. -- Charles Bukowski
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GRATE ART IS HORSESHIT, BUY TACOS. -- Charles Bukowski
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madhouses are rarely on display. -- Charles Bukowski
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I guess lesbianism wasn't so rampant in those days, they would've gotten a bunk with each other and just left me alone, you know. Which would have been just as well, you know.. -- Charles Bukowski
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It's so easy to be easy - if you let it. -- Charles Bukowski
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At lunchtime (10:24 p.m.) I went out and bought the L.A. Times. -- Charles Bukowski
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What's the easiest fucking thing to take?" I asked him. "Journalism. Those journalism majors don't do anything." "O.K., I'll be a journalist. -- Charles Bukowski
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That boy was ready for his life to come, he would undoubtedly be highly successful, the lying little prick. -- Charles Bukowski
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nobody ever finds
the one -- Charles Bukowski
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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
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Dostoyevsky crucified on the roulette wheel with
Christ on his mind -- Charles Bukowski
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I suppose there's always something out there that we want to torture ourselves with. -- Charles Bukowski
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If you have the ability to love, love yourself first. -- Charles Bukowski
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My laughter was all there inside of me waiting to roar out: HAHAHAHAHA, o my god o my HAHAHAHA. It felt so good when it happened. Dee Dee knew something about life. Dee Dee knew that what happened to one happened to most of us. Our lives were not so different - even though we liked to think so. -- Charles Bukowski
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The nine-to-five is one of the greatest atrocities sprung upon mankind. You give your life to a function that doesn't interest you. This situation so repelled me that I was driven to drink, starvation, and mad females, simply as an alternative. -- Charles Bukowski
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If I hadn't been a drunkard, I probably would have committed suicide long ago. -- Charles Bukowski
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The total ugliness and indifference of the worst features of the human race come out in their driving habits. -- Charles Bukowski
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To do things, simple things, to be part of family picnics, Christmas, the 4th of July, Labor Day, Mother's Day ... was a man born just to endure those things and then die? -- Charles Bukowski
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A good writer knew when not to write. Anybody could type. Not that I was a good typist; also I couldn't spell and I didn't know grammar. But I knew when not to write. It was like fucking. You had to rest the godhead now and then. -- Charles Bukowski
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But isn't there always
one good thing
to look back on?
think of
how many cups of coffee we
drank together. -- Charles Bukowski
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I want to let her know though that all the nights sleeping beside her even the useless arguments were things ever splendid and the hard words I ever feared to say can now be said: I love you. -- Charles Bukowski
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Is there any wonder why the world is where it's at now? just notice the creature sitting near you in a movie house or standing ahead of you in a supermarket line. or giving a State of the Union Address. that the gods have let us go on this long this badly. -- Charles Bukowski
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It doesn't matter if Prince Charles falls off his horse
or that the hummingbird is so seldom
seen
or that we are too senseless to go
insane.
coffee. give us more of that NOTHING
coffee. -- Charles Bukowski
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No concept of danger,
reality, flow or
compassion.
you can feel the despair
escaping from their
machines,
their lives as hopeless and
as numbed as yours. -- Charles Bukowski
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If I could only make her fall in love with me. Pretend to be a writer and just fuck her and have her cook for me. I would never have to write I'd just pretend. -- Charles Bukowski
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Erections, Ejaculations,Exhibitions and General Tales of Ordinary Madness. -- Charles Bukowski
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I only want the sky
to burn me more and more
burn me out
so that the sun begins at
6 in the morning
and goes past midnight -- Charles Bukowski
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Once in a dream I saw a snake swallowing its own tail, it swallowed and swallowed until it got halfway round, and there it stopped and there it stayed, it was stuffed with its own self. Some fix, that.
We only have ourselves to go on, and it's enough ... -- Charles Bukowski
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I didn't know who to
believe
but
one thing I do
know: when a man is
living
many claim relationships
that are hardly
so
and after he dies, well,
then it's everybody's
party. -- Charles Bukowski
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Alone tonight in this house, alone with 6 cats who tell me without effort all that there is to know. -- Charles Bukowski
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Maybe when I get in the grave, things will be beautiful. -- Charles Bukowski
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I don't think I have written a poem when I was completely sober. But I have written a few good ones or a few bad ones under the hammer of a black hangover when I didn't know whether another drink or a blade would be the best thing. -- Charles Bukowski
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There are many things that bother me. I know that I have never passed a man on the street that I liked - most of them giving off a kind of ether of disgust and stumbling and clay-eating, snot-eating grievance. I don't like the human race at all. this is my confessional, father, pass the wine. -- Charles Bukowski
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I pretend to understand because I don't want anybody to be hurt -- Charles Bukowski
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We are like roses that have never bothered to bloom when we should have bloomed and it is as if the sun has become disgusted with waiting -- Charles Bukowski
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Daddy,' my mother asked, 'aren't we going to run out of gas?'
No there's plenty of god-damned gas.'
Where are we going?'
I'm going to get some god-damed oranges! -- Charles Bukowski
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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
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I paid, got up, walked
to the door, opened
it.
I heard the man
say, "that guy's
nuts."
out on the street I
walked north
feeling
curiously
honored. -- Charles Bukowski
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Love is for real men. -- Charles Bukowski
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Then I was a young man a thousand years old, and now I am an old man waiting to be born. -- Charles Bukowski
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I feel no grief for being called something
which
I am not;
in fact, it's enthralling, somehow, like a good
back rub -- Charles Bukowski
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The laughter of the mutilated who still need love, and her blessed eyes run deep into her head like mountain springs far in and cool and good. -- Charles Bukowski
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Stay with the beer.
beer is continuous blood.
a continuous lover. -- Charles Bukowski
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art as the spirit wanes the form appears. -- Charles Bukowski
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You are good but you are too emotional
the way to whip life is to quietly frame the agony,study it and put it to sleep in the abstract.
is there anything less abstract
than dying everyday and
on the last day? -- Charles Bukowski
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My hands dead
my heart dead
silence
adagio of rocks
the world ablaze
that's the best
for me. -- Charles Bukowski
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There is enough treachery, hatred violence absurdity in the average
human being to supply any given army on any given day and the best at murder are those who preach against it
and the best at hate are those who preach love and the best at war finally are those who preach peace -- Charles Bukowski
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(by the way ... I realize I switch from present to past tense, and if you don't like it ... ram a nipple up your scrotum. -printer: leave this in.) -- Charles Bukowski
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Too many women have gone through. I am at last alone without being alone. -- Charles Bukowski
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I was born to hustle roses down the avenue of the dead. -- Charles Bukowski
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I suppose like others I have come through fire and sword, love gone wrong, head-on crashes, drunk at sea, and I have listened to the simple sound of water running in tubs and wished to drown -- Charles Bukowski
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Between the ages of fifteen and twenty-four, I must have read a whole library. -- Charles Bukowski
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The last cigarettes are smoked, the loaves are sliced,
and lest this be taken for wry sorrow,
drown the spider in wine.
you are much more than simply dead:
I am a dish for your ashes,
I am a fist for your vanished air.
the most terrible thing about life
is finding it gone. -- Charles Bukowski
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... and we are in bed together laughing and we don't care about anything. -- Charles Bukowski
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The soul has no skin; the soul only has insides that want to sing, finally, can't you hear it, brothers? softly, can't you hear it, brothers? a hot piece of ass and a new Cadillac ain't going to solve a god-damned thing. -- Charles Bukowski
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Some people like what you do, some people hate what you do, but most people simply don't give a damn. -- Charles Bukowski
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There was something about
that city, though
it didn't let me feel guilty
that I had no feeling for the
things so many others
needed.
it let me alone. -- Charles Bukowski
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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
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I don't understand people, never will. It looks like I got to travel pretty much alone. -- Charles Bukowski
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There is a blue bird in my heart that wants to get out. -- Charles Bukowski
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I'm sorry, you see, I have no sense of direction. I've always had nightmares about getting lost. I believe I belong on another planet. -- Charles Bukowski
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It felt good not to be part of that sort of thing. I was glad I wasn't in love, that I wasn't happy with the world. I like being at odds with everything. People in love often become edgy, dangerous. They lose their sense of perspective. -- Charles Bukowski
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The world is better without
them.
only the plants and the animals are
true comrades.
I drink to them and with
them. -- Charles Bukowski
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She wasn't very
interesting
but few people
are. -- Charles Bukowski
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It does seem
the more we drink
the better the words
go. -- Charles Bukowski
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My heart is a thousand years old. I am not like other people. -- Charles Bukowski
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Insanity is relative. Who sets the norm? -- Charles Bukowski
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It's a f*** you world. Well, keep it going anyhow, what the hell. -- Charles Bukowski
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I never write in the daytime. It's like running through the shopping mall with your clothes off. Everybody can see you. At night ... that's when you pull the tricks ... magic. -- Charles Bukowski
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If it doesn't come bursting out of you
in spite of everything,
don't do it.
unless it comes unasked out of your
heart and your mind and your mouth
and your gut,
don't do it. -- Charles Bukowski
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That was all a man needed: hope. It was lack of hope that discouraged a man. -- Charles Bukowski
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I heard an airplane passing overhead. I wished I was on it. -- Charles Bukowski
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There would never be a way for me to live comfortably with people. Maybe I'd become a monk. I'd pretend to believe in God and live in a cubicle, play an organ and stay drunk on wine. -- Charles Bukowski
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In that drunken place you would like to hand your heart to her and say touch it but then give it back. -- Charles Bukowski
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There's nothing worse in the world than a poetry recital. -- Charles Bukowski
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too often, the only escape is sleep -- Charles Bukowski
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Hey, Bubu, a bottle of good French wine ... Sip it slowly, do you most good. You'll sleep. Be happy. And if you want to come downstairs, dance and sing, talk, ok. Do what you want. Here's the wine. -- Charles Bukowski
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A man can be old and a fool
many are
a man can be young and wise
few are -- Charles Bukowski
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If you think they didn't go crazy
in tiny rooms just like you're doing now without women without food without hope then you're not ready. -- Charles Bukowski
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humanity you sick motherfucker. -- Charles Bukowski
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The apartment was built at the edge of a high cliff so that when you looked out the back window it seemed as if you were twelve floors up instead of four. It was very much like living on the edge of the world - a last resting place before the final big drop. -- Charles Bukowski
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I see a bright
portion
under the overhead light
that shades into
darkness
and then into darker
darkness
and I can't see beyond that. -- Charles Bukowski
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Drinking is another way of thinking, another way of living. It gives you two lives instead of one. -- Charles Bukowski
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We have wasted History like a bunch of drunks shooting dice back in the men's crapper of the local bar. -- Charles Bukowski
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Well, death says, as he walks by, I'm going to get you anyhow no matter what you've been: writer, cab-driver, pimp, butcher, sky-diver, I'm going to get you -- Charles Bukowski
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There seems to be no way out, I thought, everybody is always angry about the truth even though they claim to believe in it. -- Charles Bukowski
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Days like this, like your day today.
maybe the rain on the window trying to
get through to you. What do you see today?
what is it? where are you?
the best days are sometimes the first,
sometimes the middle and even sometimes the last -- Charles Bukowski
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But my whole life has been a matter of fighting for one simple hour to do what I want to do. There was always something getting in the way of my getting to myself. -- Charles Bukowski
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Never bring a lot of money to where a poor man lives. He can only lose what little he has. On the other hand it is mathematically possible that he might win whatever you bring with you. What you must do, with money and the poor, is never let them get too close to one another. -- Charles Bukowski
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She was consumed by 3 simple things:
drink, despair, loneliness; and 2 more:
youth and beauty -- Charles Bukowski
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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
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And there I was, 225 pounds, perpetually lost and confused, short legs, ape-like upper body, all chest, no neck, head too large, blurred eyes, hair uncombed, 6 feet of geek, waiting for her. -- Charles Bukowski
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The bums were better dressed, younger, but just as listless. They sat around on the window ledges, hunched forward, getting warm in the sun and drinking the free coffee that W.F.I. offered. There was no cream and sugar, but it was free. -- Charles Bukowski
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Bullfighting can be an art Boxing can be an art Loving can be an art Opening a can of sardines can be an art -- Charles Bukowski
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The whole LSD, STP, marijuana, heroin, hashish, prescription cough medicine crowd suffers from the "Watchtower" itch: you gotta be with us, man, or you're out, you're dead. This pitch is a continual and seeming MUST with those who use the stuff. It's no wonder they keep getting busted. -- Charles Bukowski
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I have, he went on, betrayed myself with
belief, deluded myself with love
tricked myself with sex.
the bottle is damned faithful, he said,
the bottle will not lie -- Charles Bukowski
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A spark can set a whole forest on fire. Just a spark. Save it. -- Charles Bukowski
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The next thing I knew, I had a young girl from Texas on my lap. I won't go into details of how I met her. Anyway, there it was. She was 23. I was 36. -- Charles Bukowski
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I stared at the phone. Deathly damned thing. But you needed it to call 911. You never knew. -- Charles Bukowski
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December 21, 1970 well, the amateur drunks have taken over and will hold this town until Jan. 2 ... driving on the wrong side of the street, running red lights, bellowing the same songs. figs of people, twigs of people, shits of people ... MERRY CHRISTMAS, HAPPY NEW YEAR. Christomighty, yeah. -- Charles Bukowski
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It's like a movie, I thought, like a fucking movie. It seemed funny to me. It felt as if we were on camera. I liked it. It was better than the racetrack, it was better than the boxing matches. We kept drinking. -- Charles Bukowski
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He was bursting with enthusiasms. He probably loved many things: the hawk in flight, the god-damned ocean, full moon, Balzac, bridges, stage plays, the Pulitzer Prize, the piano, the god-damned Bible. -- Charles Bukowski
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my garden

in the sun and in the rain
and in the day and in the night

pain is a flower
pain is flowers

blooming all the time. -- Charles Bukowski
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They thought that writing had
something to do with
the politics of the
thing.
they were simply not
crazy enough
in the head
to sit down to a
typer
and let the words bang
out.
they didn't want to
write
they wanted to
succeed at
writing. -- Charles Bukowski
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I have sat in the dark here electric (haha) typer off lights out radio off drinking in the dark lighting cigarettes in the dark there was fire off the match we are all burning together burning brothers and sisters I like it I like it I like it. -- Charles Bukowski
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I walk into the kitchen, look at the typer down there on the floor. It's a dirty floor. It's a dirty typer that types dirty stories -- Charles Bukowski
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I write right off the typer. I call it my "machinegun." I hit it hard, usually late at night while drinking wine and listening to classical music on the radio and smoking mangalore ganesh beedies. -- Charles Bukowski
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Another hot summer night as I sit here and play at being a writer again. and the worst thing of course is that the words will never truly break through for any of us. some nights I have taken the sheet out of the typer and held it over the cigarette lighter, flicked it and waited for the result. -- Charles Bukowski
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When I say that basically writing is a hard hustle, I don't mean that it is a bad life, if one can get away with it. It's the miracle of miracles to make a living by the typer. -- Charles Bukowski
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I wasn't sleeping on the streets at night. Of course, there were a lot of good people sleeping in the streets. They weren't fools, they just didn't fit into the needed machinery of the moment. And those needs kept altering. -- Charles Bukowski
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I know that some night
in some bedroom
soon
my fingers will
rift
through
soft clean
hair

songs such as no radio
plays

all sadness, grinning
into flow. -- Charles Bukowski
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So where do you go? Back to the bottle And back to a tiny room somewhere. And wait. And wait, and wait. That's all. -- Charles Bukowski
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Is that death
stalking me
now?
no, it's only my cat,
this
time. -- Charles Bukowski
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We are all museums of fear. -- Charles Bukowski
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I'm too careless. I don't put out enough effort. I'm tired. -- Charles Bukowski
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I'm tired of waiting to die. Let's go out. -- Charles Bukowski
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The crowd is the gathering place of the weakest; true creation is a solitary act. -- Charles Bukowski
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meat is cut as roses are cut
men die as dogs die
love dies like dogs die,
he said. -- Charles Bukowski
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I liked to fuck too, but it wasn't my religion. There were too many ridiculous and tragic things about it. People didn't seem to know how to handle it. So they made a toy out of it. A toy that destroyed people. -- Charles Bukowski
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As she
drove me through the hills everything screamed inside of
me, and I kept saying as we drove along
(to myself, of course)
fucker, it will pass,
everything passes,
it's all a joke
a joke on you -- Charles Bukowski
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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
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MR. JONSTONE IS A FINE MAN!
Don't be silly. He's an obvious sadist, I said. -- Charles Bukowski
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He tells me that he has seen me in issue No. 5 of Crablegs and Muletears and that I am getting better, and I tell him that I am a slow starter and being only 42 -- Charles Bukowski
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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
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Sweet Christ, you must know that a man will go further for any poem than for any woman ever born. -- Charles Bukowski
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I tell you such fine music waits in the shadows of hell. -- Charles Bukowski
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it's half-past nowhere everywhere. -- Charles Bukowski
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Those who escape hell however never talk about it and nothing much bothers them after that -- Charles Bukowski
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Her violence frightened me. She always claimed that I was the jealous one, and I was often jealous, but when I saw things working against me I simply became disgusted and withdrew. Lydia was different. She reacted. She was the Head Cheerleader at the Game of Violence. -- Charles Bukowski
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If you can't write the next line, well, you're dead. The past doesn't matter. -- Charles Bukowski
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A bit lazy, perhaps. But crafty -- Charles Bukowski
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People are strange: They are constantly angered by trivial things, but on a major matter like totally wasting their lives, they hardly seem to notice. -- Charles Bukowski
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It will rain all this night and we will sleep transfixed by the dark water as our blood runs through our fragile life. -- Charles Bukowski
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Once she had been a little girl, someday she would be dead, but now she was showing me her upper legs. -- Charles Bukowski
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This time has finished me. -- Charles Bukowski
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Neal would just go on driving, neither grim or happy or sardonic, just there - doing the movements. I understood. it was necessary. it was his bull ring, his racetrack. it was holy and necessary -- Charles Bukowski
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Not being able to love fully
they will believe your love incomplete
and then they will hate you
and their hatred will be perfect -- Charles Bukowski
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There still might be a place for us somewhere. -- Charles Bukowski
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Oh, I don't mean you're handsome, not the way people think of handsome. Your face seems kind. But your eyes - they're beautiful. They're wild, crazy, like some animal peering out of a forest on fire. -- Charles Bukowski
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When you're young
a pair of
female
high-heeled shoes
just sitting
alone
in the closet
can fire your
bones;
when you're old
it's just
a pair of shoes
without
anybody
in them
and
just as
well. -- Charles Bukowski
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But they were all tricks.They were very dull. There were pages and pages of words that didn't say anything.Or if they did say something they took too long to say it and by the time they said it you already were too tired to have it matter at all.
you al re ady we re -- Charles Bukowski
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I had a cigar in my mouth and whiskey on my breath. I felt like money. I looked like money. -- Charles Bukowski
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There is light somewhere. -- Charles Bukowski
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I'm hungry," she said. "Let me cook!" "I'm hungry too. I'll eat you! -- Charles Bukowski
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I thought you were sane," I said, "but you're
just as crazy as the rest of them. -- Charles Bukowski
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America had been taught that beauty only resided in youth, especially in the
female. -- Charles Bukowski
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A man needed somebody. There wasn't anybody around, so you had to make up somebody, make him up to be like a man should be. It wasn't make-believe or cheating. The other way was make-believe and cheating: living your life without a man like him around. -- Charles Bukowski
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For me
obedience to another is the decay of self.
for though every being is similar
each being is different
and to herd our differences
under one law
degrades each self. -- Charles Bukowski
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Sex is interesting, but it's not totally important. I mean it's not even as important (physically) as excretion. A man can go seventy years without a piece of ass, but he can die in a week without a bowel movement. -- Charles Bukowski
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It began as a mistake. -- Charles Bukowski
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We don't even ask happiness, just a little less pain. -- Charles Bukowski
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She knew what she wanted and it wasn't / me. / I know more women like that than any / other kind. -- Charles Bukowski
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Isolation is a gift. Everything else is just a test of your endurance. You will be alone with the Gods. Your nights will flame with fire. -- Charles Bukowski
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We are all voluntary members of a concentration camp. -- Charles Bukowski
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Sometimes a phone made me think of an elephant turd. You know, all the shit you hear. A phone is a phone but what comes through it is another matter. -- Charles Bukowski
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...they would say 'he said this, he did that', but they would never say 'she said this, she did that'. So I would say, they are sick, and I am well. Pardon me. -- Charles Bukowski
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I went to the bathroom and threw some water on my face, combed my hair. If I could only comb that face, I thought, but I can't. -- Charles Bukowski
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I am going to paint one day and when I do I will show the world what color means. -- Charles Bukowski
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The grass melting and yelling on the top of the ground and those smokesweet pictures of bluegray putting the whole sky out of place and all the while nobody saying anything just watching what the flames did like something busted out finally and having its say we all came together. -- Charles Bukowski
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Some of my poems indicate that I am writing while living alone after a split with a woman, and I've had many splits with women. I need solitude more often when I'm not writing than when I am. -- Charles Bukowski
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Every woman is different. Basically they seem to be a combination of the best and the worst - both magic and terrible. I'm glad that they exist, however. -- Charles Bukowski
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We've died so many times now that we can only wonder why we still care. -- Charles Bukowski
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I think that the world should be full of cats and full of rain, that's all, just cats and rain, rain and cats, very nice, good night. -- Charles Bukowski
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Dinosauria, we born -- Charles Bukowski
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Most so-called brave people lack imagination. As though they can't conceive of what would happen if something went wrong. The truly brave overcome their imagination and do what they have to do. -- Charles Bukowski
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Meeting is more exciting than parting but parting is important if you want to stay alive in a certain way. -- Charles Bukowski
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I was simply the target of their discontent and in some real sense they blamed me for not being able to rouse them out of a failed past; what they didn't consider was that I had my troubles too - most of them caused by simply living with them. -- Charles Bukowski
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I'm fucking the grave, I thought, I'm bringing the dead back to life ... -- Charles Bukowski
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When Ginsburg is at the top of his game you might as well put down your toys and listen. -- Charles Bukowski
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The way to create art is to burn and destroy
ordinary concepts and to substitute them
with new truths that run down from the top of the head
and out of the heart -- Charles Bukowski
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This incompleteness is all we have. -- Charles Bukowski
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The less I needed, the better I felt. -- Charles Bukowski
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In my next life I want to be a cat. To sleep 20 hours a day and wait to be fed. To sit around licking my ass. -- Charles Bukowski
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I do not like the human race. I don't like their heads, I don't like their faces, I don't like their feet, I don't like their conversations, I don't like their hairdos, I don't like their automobiles. -- Charles Bukowski
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You shoulda known the entirety of the trap, a**hole,
love means eventual pain
victory means eventual defeat
grace means eventual slovenliness,
there's no way
out ... you see, you
understand? -- Charles Bukowski
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I got up and walked back to my roominghouse. The moonlight was bright. My footsteps echoed in the empty street and it sounded as if somebody was following me, I looked around. I was mistaken. I was quite alone. -- Charles Bukowski
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The worst thing," he told me,
"is bitterness, people end up so
bitter. -- Charles Bukowski
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Humanity, you never had it to begin with. -- Charles Bukowski
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My days, my years, my life has seen up and downs, lights and darknesses. If I wrote only and continually of the 'light' and never mentioned the other, then as an artist, I would be a liar. -- Charles Bukowski
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Sometimes you just have to pee in the sink. -- Charles Bukowski
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I found the best thing
I could do
was just to type away
at my own work
and let the dying
die
as they always have. -- Charles Bukowski
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Peace of mind and heart
arrives
when we accept what is:
having been
born into this
strange life
we must accept
the wasted gamble of our
days
and take some satisfaction in
the pleasure of
leaving it all
behind. -- Charles Bukowski
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The beginning of a relationship was always the easiest. -- Charles Bukowski
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And I said to myself that he was the first thing that I had ever missed in my life. -- Charles Bukowski
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The lies of centuries, the lies of love,
the lies of Socrates and Blake and Christ
will be your bedmates and tombstones
in a death that will never end. -- Charles Bukowski
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I like to prowl ordinary places.
I feel sorry for us all or glad for us
all
caught alive together
and awkward in that way.
there's nothing better than the joke
of us
the seriousness of us
the dullness of us -- Charles Bukowski
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I was waiting for
something extraordinary to
happen

but as the years wasted on
nothing ever did unless I
caused it. -- Charles Bukowski
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My greatest problem was stamps, envelopes, paper and wine, with the world on the edge of World War II. -- Charles Bukowski
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Being alone never felt right. sometimes it felt good, but it never felt right. -- Charles Bukowski
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Show me a man who lives alone and has a perpetually clean kitchen, and 8 times out of 9 I'll show you a man with detestable spiritual qualities. -- Charles Bukowski
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Just living until you die is hard work, -- Charles Bukowski
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To be young is the only religion. -- Charles Bukowski
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I was feeling unfulfilled and, frankly, rather crappy about everything. I wasn't going anywhere and neither was the rest of the world. We were all just hanging around waiting to die and meanwhile doing little things to fill the space. Some of us weren't even doing little things. -- Charles Bukowski
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In this land some of us fuck more than
we die but most of us die
better than we fuck -- Charles Bukowski
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I would give anything for a female's hand on me tonight. they soften a man and then leave him listening to the rain. -- Charles Bukowski
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Things get bad for all of us, almost continually, and what we do under the constant stress reveals who/what we are. -- Charles Bukowski
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You know there's a lot of you I've loved and it hasn't been entirely your money. -- Charles Bukowski
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I went home each night dizzy and sick. He was murdering me with the sound of his voice. -- Charles Bukowski
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Like the fox I run with the hunted and if I'm not the happiest man on earth I'm surely the luckiest man alive. -- Charles Bukowski
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Love is a horse with a broken leg trying to stand while 45,000 people watch. -- Charles Bukowski
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But no, there weren't any maybes. Wealth meant victory and victory was the only reality. -- Charles Bukowski
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I get 75 letters a month. If i answered them that's all I would ever do. -- Charles Bukowski
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Most of the world was mad. And the part that wasn't mad was angry. And the part that wasn't mad or angry was just stupid. I had no chance. I had no choice. Just hang on and wait for the end. It was hard work. It was the hardest work imaginable. -- Charles Bukowski
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Love it or leave it -- Charles Bukowski
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I walk out of the dark and into the dark and sit down and wait. -- Charles Bukowski
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But she projected vitality - you knew that she was there. -- Charles Bukowski
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I'm sorry, I said, I'm really sorry.
I stood up in a cafe and screamed
I'm in love,
and now you've made a fool of me ... -- Charles Bukowski
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My objection to war was not that I had to kill somebody or be killed senselessly, that hardly mattered. What I objected to was to be denied the right to sit in a small room and starve and drink cheap wine and go crazy in my own way and at my own leisure. -- Charles Bukowski
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I was a man who thrived on solitude; without it I was like another man without food or water. Each day without solitude weakened me. I took no pride in my solitude; but I was dependent on it. The darkness of the room was like sunlight to me. I took a drink of wine. Suddenly -- Charles Bukowski
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the sea is made of blood -- Charles Bukowski
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but what can I make of love when we are all born at a different time and place and only meet through a trick of centuries and a chance three steps to the left? you -- Charles Bukowski
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If I'm intelligent at all I'll stay out of the woman game. But it's difficult. I had four years of perfect solitude and strength and then one knocked on the door ... -- Charles Bukowski
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She seemed a bit crazy but I kept looking at her body and I didn't care. -- Charles Bukowski
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You can forgive a fool because he only runs in one direction and doesn't deceive anybody. It's the deceivers who make you feel bad. -- Charles Bukowski
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SIR! SIR! SIR! FORGET THAT 'SIR' STUFF, WILL YOU? I'll bet if that were the president or governor or mayor or some rich son of a bitch, there would be doctors all over that room doing something! Why do you just let them die? What's the sin in being poor? -- Charles Bukowski
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and there was a fish pond a large one full of the fattest goldfish you ever saw and they were tame. they came to the surface of the water and took pieces of bread from our hands. -- Charles Bukowski
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I wait on my fix:
I am a poetry junkie. -- Charles Bukowski
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Well, we all have our sharks, I'm sure, and there's only one way to get them off before they hack and nibble you to death - stop feeding them; they will find other bait; you fattened them the last dozen times around - now set them out to sea. -- Charles Bukowski
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You can steal my women but don't play with my whiskey. -- Charles Bukowski
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All we do is sleep, and eat and lay around and make love. We're like slugs. Slug-love, I call it. -- Charles Bukowski
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It is a fine sunny day and great matters loom across the horizon of history. Carthage in my rearview mirror, I blend into Time. -- Charles Bukowski
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It's better to do a dull thing with style than a dangerous thing without it. -- Charles Bukowski
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Goodness can be found sometimes in the middle of hell. -- Charles Bukowski
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Van Gogh cut off his ear
gave it to a
prostitute
who flung it away in
extreme
disgust.
Van, whores don't want
ears
they want
money.
I guess that's why you were
such a great
painter: you
didn't understand
much
else. -- Charles Bukowski
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Having nothing to struggle
against
they have nothing to struggle
for. -- Charles Bukowski
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When I was a boy I used to dream of becoming
the village idiot.
I used to lie in bed and imagine myself the
happy idiot
able to get food easily
... and easy sympathy,
a planned confusion of not too much love or effort.
some would claim that I have succeeded. -- Charles Bukowski
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Angels,
we have grown apart. -- Charles Bukowski
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I felt terrible. The poor had a right to fuck their way through their bad dreams. Sex and drink, and maybe love, was all they had. -- Charles Bukowski
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People are not good to each other.
perhaps if they were
our deaths would not be so sad. -- Charles Bukowski
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the trouble with the famous is that they must be replaced and they can never quite be replaced, and that gives us this unique sadness. -- Charles Bukowski
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I am going to start selling air in dark orange bags marked: moon-blooms -- Charles Bukowski
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I read my books at night, like that, under the quilt with the overheated reading lamp. Reading all those good lines while suffocating. It was magic. -- Charles Bukowski
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Are you anti-black?
I'm anti-everything. -- Charles Bukowski
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Slavery was never abolished, it was only extended to include all the colors. -- Charles Bukowski
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I'm very clever
at
hiding poems
perhaps more
clever than I
am
at
writing
them. -- Charles Bukowski
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If you are going to try, go all the way or don't even start. If you follow it you will be alive with the gods. It is the only good fight there is. -- Charles Bukowski
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Bad taste
creates many more millionaires than good taste. It finally
boiled down to a matter of who got the most votes. In the
land of the moles a mole was king -- Charles Bukowski
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I am too sick to lay down
the sidewalks frighten me
the whole damned city frightens me,
what I will become
what I have become
frightens me. -- Charles Bukowski
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They, all of them, seemed to put literary form in front of the actuality and living of life itself. -- Charles Bukowski
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The world had somehow gone too far, and spontaneous kindness could never be so easy. -- 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
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There is a time to stop reading, there is a time to STOP trying to WRITE, there is a time to kick the whole bloated sensation of ART out on its whore-ass. -- Charles Bukowski
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The greatest men are the most alone. -- Charles Bukowski
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People run from rain but sit in bathtubs full of water. -- Charles Bukowski
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you say you often feel this madness. what do you do when it comes upon you?
I write poetry.
is poetry madness?
non-poetry is madness.
what is madness?
madness is ugliness.
what is ugly?
to each man, something different. -- Charles Bukowski
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Permanent living peace is
permanent living death. -- Charles Bukowski
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Of course, you leave afterwards or get very drunk which is the same thing. -- Charles Bukowski
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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. -- Charles Bukowski
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The empty, the angry, the lonely, the tricked, we are all museums of fear. -- Charles Bukowski
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There was something about funerals. It made you see things better. A funeral a day and I'd be rich. -- Charles Bukowski
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Truth changes as men change, and when truth becomes stable men will become dead, and the insect and the fire and the flood will become truth. -- Charles Bukowski
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Some moments are nice, some are nicer, some are even worth writing about. -- Charles Bukowski
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It's as if he were hiding in there and I want to console him, say: I am sorry, poor fellow, but creation has its limits. -- Charles Bukowski
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I wasn't much of a petty thief. I wanted the whole world or nothing. -- Charles Bukowski
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I've found out why men sign their names to their works- not that they created them but more than the others did not. -- Charles Bukowski
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I just want a hot cup of coffee,black,and I don't want to hear about your troubles. -- Charles Bukowski
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Living was easy - all you had to do was let go. And have a little money. Let the other men fight the wars, let the other men go to jail. -- Charles Bukowski
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The first place smelled like work, so I took the second. -- Charles Bukowski
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There's no chance at all: we are all trapped by a singular fate. -- Charles Bukowski
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Each person is only given so many evenings and each wasted evening is a gross violation against the natural course of your only life. -- Charles Bukowski
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Although looked down upon, the idiots seemed to have the more peaceful lives: nothing was expected of them. -- Charles Bukowski
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I'm not a guru. I wish you wouldn't pose these things at me, man. Ask me about women or something. -- Charles Bukowski
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I went to the kitchen and felt-up the turkey. -- Charles Bukowski
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And as the worms pant for your bones,
I would so like to tell you
that this happens to bears and elephants -- Charles Bukowski
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I reached over, opened it in the middle, and began reading Tolstoy's War and Peace. Nothing had changed. It was still a lousy book. -- Charles Bukowski
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Understand me. I'm not like an ordinary world. I have my madness, I live in another dimension and I do not have time for things that have no soul. -- Charles Bukowski
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Look, the reason is security, a subconscious need for security. I had a rotten childhood. Two bottles at once fills a void that needs filling. Maybe. I'm not sure. -- Charles Bukowski
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Don't be ashamed of anything; I guess God meant it all like locks on doors. -- Charles Bukowski
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Any asshole can chase a skirt, art takes discipline. -- Charles Bukowski
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age is no crime but the shame of a deliberately wasted life among so many deliberately wasted lives is. -- Charles Bukowski
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Maybe she hadn't saved the world but she had made a major improvement. -- Charles Bukowski
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Don't do it. Don't love me. -- Charles Bukowski
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I had no feeling for the things so many others needed. -- Charles Bukowski
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God damn the geraniums! ... It was like trying to screw during an aerial attack. -- Charles Bukowski
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Writing about a writer's block is better than not writing at all -- Charles Bukowski
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You were destroyed by what you befriended. -- Charles Bukowski
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She had chosen me and it was as simple as that. -- Charles Bukowski
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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. -- Charles Bukowski
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The poet, as a rule, is a half-man - a sissy, not a real person, and he is in no shape to lead real men in matters of blood, or courage. -- Charles Bukowski
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There are times when we should, remember, the strange courage, of the second-rate who refuse to quit, when the nights, are black and long and sleepless, and the days are without, end. -- Charles Bukowski
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Now let's each have a good tall drink to celebrate! -- Charles Bukowski
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There is always somebody about to ruin your day, if not your life. -- Charles Bukowski
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Modern women ... they don't sew your pockets ... forget that. -- Charles Bukowski
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I am sad for the dead and I am sad for the living
but not for my 5 cats -- Charles Bukowski
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The hangover was brutal but he didn't mind. It told him he had been somewhere else, someplace good. -- Charles Bukowski
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Dog is much admired by Man because he believes in the hand which feeds him. A perfect set-up. For 13 cents a day you've got a hired killer who thinks you are god. A dog can't tell a Nazi from a Republican from a Commie from a Democrat and, many times, neither can I. -- Charles Bukowski
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The knife cuts into the
sun.
the plate
breaks.
the cat yawns. -- Charles Bukowski
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I dunno," i said, "but i have an idea that people who don't think too much tend to look younger longer -- Charles Bukowski
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If you get married they think you're
finished
and if you are without a woman they think you're
incomplete. -- Charles Bukowski
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She Speaks Of Love -- Charles Bukowski
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I didn't like anything. Maybe I was afraid. That was it - I was afraid. I wanted to sit alone in a room with the shades down. I feasted upon that. I was a crank. I was a lunatic. -- Charles Bukowski
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There's something wrong with me besides melancholia. -- Charles Bukowski
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YOU DON'T SMELL FIRE," I yelled. YOU SMELL SMOKE. -- Charles Bukowski
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When I get down to my last dime I'll just walk over to skid row."
"There are some real weirdos down there."
"They're everywhere. -- Charles Bukowski
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Without literature, life is hell. -- Charles Bukowski
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Gradually I came to realize that my understanding of women goes only as far as the pleasure is concerned. -- Charles Bukowski
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Everything was eternally dreary, dismal, damned. Even the weather was insolent and bitchy. -- Charles Bukowski
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I always started a job with the feeling that I'd soon quit or be fired, and this gave ma a relaxex manner that was mistaken for intelligence or some secret power. -- Charles Bukowski
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Love is a form of prejudice. I have too many other prejudices. -- Charles Bukowski
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I remember when each 4th lot was vacant and overgrown, and the landlord only go this rent when you had it, and each day was clear and good and each moment was full of promise. -- Charles Bukowski
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We know God is dead, they've told us, but listening to you I wasn't sure. -- Charles Bukowski
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I was getting depressed. My life wasn't going anywhere. I needed something, the flashing of lights, glamour, some damn thing. And here I was, talking to the dead. I finished my first drink. The second was ready. -- Charles Bukowski
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Writers are nothing but beggars with a good line. -- Charles Bukowski
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It was hard for me to believe. When recess was over I sat in class and thought about it. My mother had a hole and my father had a dong that shot juice. How could they have things like that and walk around as if everything was normal, and talk about things, and then do it and not tell anybody? -- Charles Bukowski
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She likes that and I like it too because to/make a thing true all you've/got to do is believe -- Charles Bukowski
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I kneel in the nights before tigers that will not let me be. what you were will not happen again. the tigers have found me and I do not care. -- Charles Bukowski
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I had a dream about you. I opened your chest like a cabinet, it had doors, and when I opened the doors, I saw all kinds of soft things inside you--teddy bears, tiny fuzzy animals, all these soft, cuddly things. -- Charles Bukowski
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I will remember the hours of kisses our lips raw with love and how you offered me your cunt your soul your insides and how I answered offering you whatever was left of me, -- Charles Bukowski
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I will remember the kisses, our lips raw with love,
and how you gave me everything you had
and how I offered you what was left of me. -- Charles Bukowski
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Human relationships are strange. I mean, you are with one person a while, eating and sleeping and living with them, loving them, talking to them, going places together, and then it stops. -- Charles Bukowski
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Shakespeare didn't work at all for me. -- Charles Bukowski
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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
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Great art is horseshit, buy tacos. -- Charles Bukowski
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Hey, Hank, I notice all the women around your place lately ... good looking stuff; you're doing all right."
"Sam," I say, "that's not true; I am one of God's most lonely men. -- Charles Bukowski
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There is nothing worse than being broke and having your woman leave you. Nothing to drink, no job,just the walls, sitting there staring at the walls and thinking. That's how women got back at you, but it hurt and weakened them too. Or so I like to believe. -- Charles Bukowski
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A worthwhile day, I had killed two spiders, I had upset the balance of nature - now we would all be eaten up by the bugs and the flies. -- Charles Bukowski
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The psyche has been burned and left us senseless, the world has been darker than lights-out in a closet full of hungry bats, and the whiskey and wine entered our veins when blood was too weak to carry on -- Charles Bukowski
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And I said, I was beaten down long ago in some alley in another world. -- Charles Bukowski
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I was alone with myself. And disgusting as I was it was better than being with somebody else, anybody else, all of them out there doing their pitiful little tricks and handsprings. -- Charles Bukowski
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Unless the sun inside you is burning your gut, don't do it -- Charles Bukowski
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I avoided any direct reference to Jews and Blacks, who had never given me any trouble. All my trouble had come from white gentiles. -- Charles Bukowski
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Love is a Dog from Hell. -- Charles Bukowski
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And you turn over
to your left side
to get the sun
on your back
and out
of your eyes -- Charles Bukowski
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There are so many days
when living stops and pulls up and sits
and waits like a train on the rails. -- Charles Bukowski
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It's possible to love a human being if you don't know them too well. -- Charles Bukowski
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Why does a man destroy himself or what destroys him? I would have to judge that suicide is mostly the tool of the thinking man. The right to suicide should be the same as the right to love. -- Charles Bukowski
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When a writer is swayed with his fame and his fortune, you can float him down the river with the turds. -- Charles Bukowski
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I no longer want it all, just some comfort and some sex and only a minor love. -- Charles Bukowski
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I wasn't a misanthrope and I wasn't a misogynist but I liked being alone. It felt good to sit alone in a small space and smoke and drink. I had always been good company for myself. -- Charles Bukowski
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Whiskey makes the heart beat faster
but it sure doesn't help the
mind and isn't it funny how you can ache just
from the deadly drone of
existence? -- Charles Bukowski
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Even the stove and the refrigerator looked human, I mean good human - they seemed to have arms and voices and they said, hang around, kid, it's good here, it can be very good here. -- Charles Bukowski
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He asked, "What makes a man a writer?" "Well," I said, "it's simple. You either get it down on paper, or jump off a bridge. -- Charles Bukowski
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That's when I first learned that it wasn't enough to just do your job, you had to have an interest in it, even a passion for it. -- Charles Bukowski
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The lines on the page were pulled tight, like a man screaming, but not "Joe, where are you?" More like Joe, where is anything? -- Charles Bukowski
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the gods seldom
give
but so quickly
take. -- Charles Bukowski
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Regret is mostly caused by not having
done anything. -- Charles Bukowski
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Everything is beautiful. We have all this beauty in the world and all we have to do is reach out and touch it, it is all there and all ours for the taking.
Cecilia to Henry Chinaski, liberty taken changing past tense to present tense (173) -- Charles Bukowski
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It's good to have things done with when they don't work it's also good not to hate or even forget the person you've failed with. -- Charles Bukowski
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She could talk. If she was a sphinx she could have talked, if she was a stone she could have talked. I wondered when she'd get tired and leave. Even after I stopped listening it was like being battered with tiny pingpong balls. -- Charles Bukowski
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Writing is like going to bed with a beautiful woman and afterwards she gets up, goes to her purse and gives me a handful of money. -- Charles Bukowski
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To experience real agony is something hard to write about, impossible to understand while it grips you; you're frightened out of your wits, can't sit still, move, or even go decently insane. -- Charles Bukowski
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The parents of rich kids tended to be more patriotic because they had more to lose if the country went under. -- Charles Bukowski
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I am a dolt of a man, easily made happy or even stupidly happy almost without cause and left alone I am mostly content. -- Charles Bukowski
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A life can change in a tenth of
a second.
or sometimes it can take
70
years. -- Charles Bukowski
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Nothing can save you except writing. it keeps the walls from failing. -- Charles Bukowski
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Love needs too much help, he said.
hate takes care of itself. -- Charles Bukowski
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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. -- Charles Bukowski
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A woman must be nursed into subsistence by love, where a man can become stronger by being hated. - from 'Cows in Art Class -- Charles Bukowski
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But it's all the little people, Buk, the twenty-five-buck-a-week guys who gave up everything to keep the thing going. The guys with cardboard in their shoes. The guys who slept on the floor. -- Charles Bukowski
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When I get out, I thought, I am going to wait a while and then I am going to come back to this place, I am going to look at it from the outside and know exactly what's going on in there, and I'm going to stare at those walls and I'm going to make up my mind never to get on the inside of them again. -- Charles Bukowski
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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
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Faith is all right for those who have it. Just don't load it on me. I have more faith in my plumber than I do in the eternal being. Plumbers do a good job. They keep the shit flowing. -- Charles Bukowski
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I was fighting a small fight of my own which wasn't leading
anywhere-but like a man with a bent spoon trying to dig through a cement wall I knew that a small fight was better than quitting: it
kept the heart alive. -- Charles Bukowski
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You're afraid of the audience, aren't you?"
"Yes, but it's not stagefright. It's that I'm there as the geek. They like to watch me eat my shit. But it pays the light bill and takes me to the racetrack. I don't have any excuses about why I do it. -- Charles Bukowski
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You're all there," she said. "What do you mean?" "I mean, I never met a man like you." "Oh, yeah?" "The others are only ten percent there or twenty percent, you're all there, all of you is very there, it's so different." "I don't know anything about it." "You're a hooker, you can hook women. -- Charles Bukowski
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It was a beauty fire, it contained soul, the sides of sunshine mountains, hot streams of smiling fish, warm stockings smelling a bit like toast. I held my hand over the little flame. I had beautiful hands. that one thing I had. I had beautiful hands. -- Charles Bukowski
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Sometimes there's luck,
When there is you stock up on it
and wait for the other times -- Charles Bukowski
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I could stay with Mears-Starbuck for forty-seven years, I thought. I could live with a crazy girlfriend, get my left ear sliced off and maybe inherit Ferris' job when he retired. -- Charles Bukowski
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I thought of all my rotten jobs and how glad I was to have them.
for a while.
then it was a matter of quitting or getting fired.
both felt good. -- Charles Bukowski
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Baby, that's grammar school. Any damn fool can beg up some
kind of job; it takes a wise man to make it without working. Out
here we call it hustling. I'd like to be a good hustler. -- Charles Bukowski
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Disneyland remains the central attraction of Southern California, but the graveyard remains our reality. -- Charles Bukowski
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A dry period for me means perhaps going two or three nights without writing. I probably have dry periods but I'm not aware of them and I go on writing, only the writing probably isn't much good. -- Charles Bukowski
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The Gays have not only come out of the closet, but they have managed somehow to put us into it. -- Charles Bukowski
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I like the way Mahler wandered about in his music and still retained his passion. He must have looked like an earthquake walking down the street. -- Charles Bukowski
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Presumed that the reader was as fascinated by her life as she was - which was a deadly mistake. The other deadly mistakes she had made were too numerous to mention. -- Charles Bukowski
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Marvin bongo drums and a piano and some grass -- Charles Bukowski
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I don't carry notebooks and I don't consciously store ideas. I try not to think that I am a writer and I am pretty good at doing that. I don't like writers, but then I don't like insurance salesmen either. -- Charles Bukowski
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It seemed better to delay thinking. -- Charles Bukowski
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If there are junk yards in hell, love is the dog that guards the gates. -- Charles Bukowski
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it's better to be happy...if you can..!! -- Charles Bukowski
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... He was always high on drugs. I was not a drug man, but in case I wanted to hide from myself for a few days, I knew I could get anything I wanted from him. -- Charles Bukowski
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It got so bad that Al thought
maybe it was
him
so he went to a shrink
and asked
and the shrink said,
"you're one of the sanest men
I've ever met."
poor Al.
that made him feel
worse
than ever. -- Charles Bukowski
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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. -- Charles Bukowski
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Escape from the black widow spider is a miracle as great as art. what a web she can weave slowly drawing you to her she'll embrace you then when she's satisfied she'll kill you still in her embrace and suck the blood from you. -- Charles Bukowski
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It almost seemed like a fuck, maybe better." "It didn't mean anything, it was just dancing. -- Charles Bukowski
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It seems I make a lot of mistakes and it seems that I am not allowed any. -- Charles Bukowski
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Most people are much better at saying things in letters than in conversation, and some people can write artistic, inventive letters, but when they try a poem or story or novel they become pretentious. -- Charles Bukowski
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If there's anything worse than a whore it's a bore. -- Charles Bukowski
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Man is the victim of an environment which refuses to understand his soul. -- Charles Bukowski
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If I stop writing I am dead. And that's the only way I'll stop: dead. -- Charles Bukowski
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Not everybody thought they could be a dentist or an automobile mechanic but everybody knew they could be a writer. -- Charles Bukowski
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Living too long takes more than time -- Charles Bukowski
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I was young I was so young it hurt like a knife
inside
because there was no alternative except to hide as long
as possible
not in self-pity but with dismay at my limited chance:
trying to connect. -- Charles Bukowski
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She had wild eyes, slightly insane. She also carried an overload of compassion that was real enough and which obviously cost her something. -- Charles Bukowski
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People empty me. I have to get away to refill. -- Charles Bukowski
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I never pump up my vulgarity. I wait for it to arrive in its own terms. -- Charles Bukowski
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There is hardly anything as beautiful as
a woman in a long dress
not even the sunrise
not even the geese flying south
in the long V formation
in the bright freshness
of early morning. -- Charles Bukowski
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Simplicity is always the secret, to a profound truth, to doing things, to writing, to painting. Life is profound in its simplicity. -- Charles Bukowski
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sometimes there's nothing to say
about
death. -- Charles Bukowski
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I disliked them all immediately, sitting around acting clever and superior. They nullified each other. The worst thing for a writer is to know another writer, and worse than that, to know a number of writers. Like flies on the same turd. -- Charles Bukowski
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She drove with the throttle to the floor and took the curves sliding and screeching and without expression. That was class. If she loved like she drove it was going to be a hell of a night. -- Charles Bukowski
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I decided to put on my new suit and go out and find a woman, a beautiful one, of course, to support a man of my still-hidden talents. -- Charles Bukowski
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She was consumed by 2 simple things:
despair, loneliness; and oh 2 more:
youth and beauty -- Charles Bukowski
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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
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It was con; my mind was blank; I only wanted a halfpint of Grandad and six or seven tall cool beers ... -- Charles Bukowski
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hate contains truth. beauty is a facade. -- Charles Bukowski
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If I bet on humanity, I'd never cash a ticket. -- Charles Bukowski
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I put on some bacon and eggs and celebrated with an extra quart of beer. -- Charles Bukowski
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But you know, my former life as a bibliophile, it possibly kept me from murdering somebody, myself included. it kept me from being an industrialist. it allowed me to endure some women that most men would never be able to live with. it gave me space, a pause. it helped me to write this. -- Charles Bukowski
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I met a genius on the train
today
about 6 years old,
he sat beside me
and as the train
ran down along the coast
we came to the ocean
and then he looked at me
and said,
it's not pretty. -- Charles Bukowski
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Me working and you laying around. All the neighbors think I am supporting you." "Hell, I worked and you laid around." "That's different. You're a man, I'm a woman." "Oh, I didn't know that. I thought you bitches were always screaming for equal rights? -- Charles Bukowski
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I was laying in bed one night and I thought 'I'll just quit - to hell with it.' And another little voice inside me said 'Don't quit - save that tiny little ember of spark.' And never give them that spark because as long as you have that spark, you can start the greatest fire again. -- Charles Bukowski
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That was the trouble with being a writer, that was the main trouble - leisure time, excessive leisure time. You had to wait around for the buildup until you could write and while you were waiting you went crazy, and while you were going crazy you drank and the more you drank the crazier you got. -- Charles Bukowski
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Sometimes things are just what they seem to be and that's all there is to it. -- Charles Bukowski
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It's not so much that nothing means
anything but more that it keeps meaning
nothing.
there's no release, just gurus and self-
appointed gods and hucksters.
the more people say, the less there is to say.
even the best books are dry sawdust. -- Charles Bukowski
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Ya got cigarettes?" she asks. "Yes," I say,
"I got cigarettes." "Matches?" she asks.
"Enough to burn Rome." "Whiskey?"
"Enough whiskey for a Mississippi River
of pain." "You drunk?" "Not yet. -- Charles Bukowski
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Any damn fool can beg up some kind of job; it takes a wise man to make it without working. -- Charles Bukowski
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We do not abandon ship. I say, as corny as it may sound, through the strength and spirit and fire and dare and gamble of a few men in a few ways we can save the carcass of humanity from drowning. No light goes out until it goes out. Let's fight as men, not rats. Period. No further addition. -- Charles Bukowski
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The Artist," an ancient sage had once said, "is always sitting on the doorsteps of the rich. -- Charles Bukowski
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Bad poetry is caused by people who sit down and think, Now I am going to write a Poem. -- Charles Bukowski
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Style is the answer to everything. A fresh way to approach a dull or dangerous thing. To do a dull thing with style is preferable to doing a dangerous thing without it. To do a dangerous thing with style is what I call art. -- Charles Bukowski
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Never get out of bed before noon. -- Charles Bukowski
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December 25, 1963
Christmas night and they've battered their heads together until they are silly and they've smiled themselves silly and vomited on the floor, 98% of them amateur drinkers, amateur Christians, amateur human beings -- Charles Bukowski
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The streets were full of insane & dull people. Most of them lived in nice houses and didn't seem to work, and you wondered how they did it. -- Charles Bukowski
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It's a lonely time, she sings, and you're not
mine and it makes me feel so bad,
this thing of being me ... -- Charles Bukowski
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I didn't like the eight hour job. I didn't even like the four hour job, even though I couldn't get one. -- Charles Bukowski
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What a woman wants is a reaction. What a man wants is a woman. -- Charles Bukowski
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The ocean," I said, "look at it out there, battering, crawling up and down. And underneath all that, the fish, the poor fish fighting each other, eating each other. We're like those fish, only we're up here. One bad move and you're finished. It's nice to be a champion. It's nice to know your moves. -- Charles Bukowski
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I am a series of small victories and large defeats. -- Charles Bukowski
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I never met another man I'd rather be. And even if that's a delusion, it's a lucky one. -- Charles Bukowski
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No Help of that
There is a place in the heart that will never be filled a space. And even during the best moments and the greatest times we will know it We will know it more that ever. There is a place in the heart that will never be filled and we will wait and wait in that place. -- Charles Bukowski
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The strays keep arriving: now we have 5 cats and they are tenuous, flighty, con- ceited, naturally bright and awesomely beautiful. one -- Charles Bukowski
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But you know, only boring people get bored. They have to prod themselves continually in order to feel alive. -- Charles Bukowski
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The world is full of boring, identical and mindless people. -- Charles Bukowski
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That's how it is with books, isn't it: They're not in a hurry. They'll wait for you till you're ready. People empty me. I have to go away to refill. -- Charles Bukowski
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We only asked for leopards to guard our thinning dreams. -- Charles Bukowski
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There is moss on the walls and the stain of thought and failure and waiting -- Charles Bukowski
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More often than not Democratic Law works to the advantage of the few even though the many have voted; this, of course, is because the few have told them how to vote. -- Charles Bukowski
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My flesh looked like it wasn't trying. It looked like it hated being part of me. -- Charles Bukowski
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I can't blame her. but
wonder why she's here with
me? where are the other
guys? how can you be
lucky? having someone the
others have abandoned? -- Charles Bukowski
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Listen, friend, he said, this whole game is just one big deck of cards. if you want to get into the game you have to take whatever comes up in the shuffle. -- Charles Bukowski
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But I gave the girl my address and phone number, thinking we might make it on the springs. (Harriet, you never arrived.) -- Charles Bukowski
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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
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My body gnaws at me from one side and my spirit gnaws at me from the other. -- Charles Bukowski
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Drink from the well of yourself and begin again. -- Charles Bukowski
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Well, i don't know about you but I'm going to try everything! War, women, travel, marriage, children, the works. [ ... ]. I want to know about things, what makes them work! -- Charles Bukowski
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But as God said,
crossing his legs,
I see where I have made plenty of poets
but not so very much
poetry. -- Charles Bukowski
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Still, I'm lucky: I feast on solitude, I will never miss the crowd. I could read the great books but the great books don't interest me. I sit in bed and wait for the whole thing to go one way or the other. just like everybody else. -- Charles Bukowski
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But right now it's Bob Dylan Bob Dylan Bob Dylan all the way. -- Charles Bukowski
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Stop insisting on clearing your head - clear your fucking heart instead. -- Charles Bukowski
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Why do you insist upon destroying yourself? -- Charles Bukowski
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Often it takes a lifetime to learn how to
react to certain critical situations.
it's worth waiting for the arrival of maturity
and confidence.
try it sometime and see how delightful it is to feel powerful and
alive. -- Charles Bukowski
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The human heart, as of course we all know is essentially good -- Charles Bukowski
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This is very creative, said Mrs. Fretag, and she began to read my essay. The words sounded good to me. Everybody was listening. My words filled the room, from blackboard to blackboard, they hit the ceiling and bounced off, they covered Mrs. Fretag's shoes and piled up on the floor. -- Charles Bukowski
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You've got to rise from the floor alone or fall back alone. -- Charles Bukowski
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Wherever the crowd goes run in the other direction. They're always wrong. -- Charles Bukowski
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You just rebel against everything. How are you going to survive?
I don't know. I'm already tired. -- Charles Bukowski
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I kept writing not because I felt I was so good, but because I felt they were so bad, including Shakespeare, all those. The stilted formalism, like chewing cardboard. -- Charles Bukowski
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I am not a man who looks for solutions in God or politics. If somebody else wants to do the dirty work and create a better world for us and he can do it, I will accept it. -- Charles Bukowski
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I do not like to work and have no trade but i do like to eat, so this is basic, the basic training of slaves to fear ... -- Charles Bukowski
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What matter most is how well you walk trough fire. -- Charles Bukowski
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but there is genius in their hatred
there is enough genius in their hatred to kill you
to kill anybody
not wanting solitude
not understanding solitude
they will attempt to destroy anything
that differs from their own -- Charles Bukowski
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And I laugh, I can still laugh, who can't laugh when the whole thing
is so ridiculous
that only the insane, the clowns, the half-wits, the cheaters, the whores, the horseplayers, the bankrobbers, the poets ... are interesting? -- Charles Bukowski
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Love iz a big fat turkey and every day iz thanksgiving -- Charles Bukowski
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Love breaks my
bones and I
laugh -- Charles Bukowski
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With me, my main vision for life was to avoid as many people as possible. The less people I saw the better I felt. -- Charles Bukowski
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The best part was
pulling down the
shades
stuffing the doorbell
with rags
putting the phone
in the
refrigerator
and going to bed
for 3 or 4
days. and the next best
part
was
nobody ever
missed
me. -- Charles Bukowski
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Those faces you see every day on the streets were not created entirely without hope: be kind to them: like you they have not escaped. -- Charles Bukowski
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I've got the sad sads all I want to do is fuck you. -- Charles Bukowski
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He stood there as I walked on. Never trust a man with a perfectly-trimmed mustache ... -- Charles Bukowski
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And our few good times will be rare because we have the critical sense
and are not easy to fool with laughter -- Charles Bukowski
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I get the blues for him, for me, for all of us: for want of something to do we keep slaying our small dragons as the big one waits. -- Charles Bukowski
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They simply never understand,
do they,
that sometimes solitude
is
one of the most beautiful
things
on earth? -- Charles Bukowski
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The human body is mostly blood and mystery and sadness ... -- Charles Bukowski
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Your best men are
drunks and your worst men are
locking them
up,
your best men are killers and
your worst men are
selling them
bullets -- Charles Bukowski
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There is only one place to write and that is alone at a typewriter. The writer who has to go into the streets is a writer who does not know the streets ... when you leave your typewriter you leave your machine gun and the rats come pouring through. -- Charles Bukowski
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Don't wait for the good woman. She doesn't exist. -- Charles Bukowski
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People just don't know how to write down a simple easy line. It's difficult for them; it's like trying to keep a hard-on while drowning - not many can do it. -- Charles Bukowski
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There's nothing unusual about love. -- Charles Bukowski
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I'm going, she said. I love you but you're
crazy, you're doomed. -- Charles Bukowski
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Some men are crazy," I said, moving toward the door.
"What do wou mean?"
"I mean, some men are in love with their wives. -- Charles Bukowski
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Pain is absurd because it exists, nothing more. -- Charles Bukowski
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They laughed. Things were funny. They weren't afraid to care. There was no sense to life, to the structure of things. -- Charles Bukowski
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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
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Are there good governments and bad governments? No, there are only bad governments and worse governments. -- Charles Bukowski
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Writers are desperate people and when they stop being desperate they stop being writers. -- Charles Bukowski
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The only time a man needed a lot of women was when none of them were any good. -- Charles Bukowski
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The worst thing for a writer is to know another writer, and worse than that, to know a number of other writers. Like flies on the same turd. -- Charles Bukowski
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Life itself is not the miracle.
that pain should be so constant,
that's the miracle - -- Charles Bukowski
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They had been afraid of the man with the beautifil eyes. And we were afraid then that all troughout our lives things like that would happen, that nobody wanted anybody to be strong and beautiful like that, that others will never allow it, and that many people will have to die. -- Charles Bukowski
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Not writing is not good but trying to write when you can't is worse. -- Charles Bukowski
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I bought two tall six-packs of Schlitz and went back to my place and drank down the requiem. -- Charles Bukowski
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I've had so many knives stuck into me, when they hand me a flower I can't quite make out what it is. It takes time. -- Charles Bukowski
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things are so easily lost. things just can't be kept forever. I -- Charles Bukowski
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If you're going to try, go all the way. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives, jobs and maybe your mind. -- Charles Bukowski
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I'd listen to the radio and look at the
walls and get drunk enough to
almost forget her
but then she would return once
again. -- Charles Bukowski
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Style means no shield at all.
Style means no front at all.
Style means ultimate naturalness.
Style means one man alone with billions of men about. -- Charles Bukowski
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We are worn-down, hope stamped out. We reach for coffee cups like the robots about to replace us. -- Charles Bukowski
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I still believe in more privacy and less talk. -- Charles Bukowski