Charles Bukowski

(16 August 1920 – 9 March 1994 / Andernach)

Charles Bukowski Quotes

  • ''If you want to know who your friends are, get yourself a jail sentence.''
    Charles Bukowski (1920-1994), U.S. author, poet. Notes From a Dirty Old Man (1969).
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  • ''The pest, in a sense, is a very superior being to us: he knows where to find us and how—usually in the bath or in sexual intercourse or asleep.''
    Charles Bukowski (b. 1920), U.S. author, poet. "Notes on the Pest," Tales of Ordinary Madness (1967).
  • ''You begin saving the world by saving one man at a time; all else is grandiose romanticism or politics.''
    Charles Bukowski (1920-1994), U.S. author, poet. "Too Sensitive," Tales of Ordinary Madness (1967).
  • ''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 (b. 1920), U.S. author, poet. "Too Sensitive," Tales of Ordinary Madness (1967).
  • ''“Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead.” ''
  • ''“Do you hate people?”

    “I dont hate them...I just feel better when theyre not around.” ''
    Charles Bukowski, Barfly
  • ''“For those who believe in God, most of the big questions are answered. But for those of us who cant readily accept the God formula, the big answers dont remain stone-written. We adjust to new conditions and discoveries. We are pliable. Love need not be a command nor faith a dictum. I am my own god. We are here to unlearn the teachings of the church, state, and our educational system. We are here to drink beer. We are here to kill war. We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us.” ''
    Charles Bukowski
  • ''“Sometimes you climb out of bed in the morning and you think, Im not going to make it, but you laugh inside — remembering all the times youve felt that way.” ''
    Charles Bukowski
  • ''“what matters most is how well you walk through the fire”''
    Charles Bukowski
  • ''“Were all going to die, all of us, what a circus! That alone should make us love each other but it doesnt. We are terrorized and flattened by trivialities, we are eaten up by nothing.” ''
    Charles Bukowski

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Best Poem of Charles Bukowski

Alone With Everybody

the flesh covers the bone
and they put a mind
in there and
sometimes a soul,
and the women break
vases against the walls
and the men drink too
much
and nobody finds the
one
but keep
looking
crawling in and out
of beds.
flesh covers
the bone and the
flesh searches
for more than
flesh.

there's no chance
at all:
we are all trapped
by a singular
fate.

nobody ever finds
the one.

the city dumps fill
the junkyards fill
the madhouses fill
the hospitals fill
the graveyards...

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The Retreat

this time has finished me.

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