50+ Charles Bukowski Quotes to Inspiring Life and Love

Charles Bukowski Quotes

Charles Bukowski, the renowned American poet and novelist, left an indelible mark on literature with his raw and unfiltered writing style. Known for his gritty portrayal of life’s struggles, Bukowski’s quotes offer a glimpse into his profound observations and uncompromising honesty. From the depths of despair to the heights of passion, his words resonate with a sense of authenticity that touches the core of human experience. Whether exploring themes of love, loneliness, or the pursuit of artistic fulfillment, Bukowski’s quotes possess a captivating power that both challenges and comforts readers. With each sentence, he unapologetically exposes the raw essence of life, leaving us with poignant reflections that endure long after the pages of his works have been turned.

Charles Bukowski Quotes Love

“Find what you love and let it kill you.” – Charles Bukowski

  1. “Great art is horse shit, buy tacos.” – Charles Bukowski
  2. “Almost everybody is born a genius and buried an idiot.” – Charles Bukowski
  3. “Baby, I said, I’m a genius but nobody knows it but me.” – Charles Bukowski
  4. “People run from rain but sit in bathtubs full of water.” – Charles Bukowski
  5. “The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts, while the stupid ones are full of confidence.” – Charles Bukowski
  6. “Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead.” – Charles Bukowski
  7. “An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way.” – Charles Bukowski
  8. “What matters most is how well you walk through the fire.” – Charles Bukowski
  9. “Sometimes you climb out of bed in the morning and you think, I’m not going to make it, but you laugh inside — remembering all the times you’ve felt that way.” – Charles Bukowski
  10. “If you want to know who your friends are, get yourself a jail sentence.” – Charles Bukowski
  11. “Find what you love and let it kill you.” – Charles Bukowski
  12. “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
  13. “The nine-to-five is one of the greatest atrocities sprung upon mankind. You give your life away to a function that doesn’t interest you.” – Charles Bukowski
  14. “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.” – Charles Bukowski
  15. “If you’re losing your soul and you know it, then you’ve still got a soul left to lose.” – Charles Bukowski
  16. “Dogs and angels are not very far apart.” – Charles Bukowski
  17. “The free soul is rare, but you know it when you see it – basically because you feel good, very good, when you are near or with them.” – Charles Bukowski
  18. “You begin saving the world by saving one man at a time; all else is grandiose romanticism or politics.” – Charles Bukowski
  19. “Anything is a waste of time unless you are f*cking well or creating well or getting well or looming toward a kind of phantom-love-happiness.” – Charles Bukowski
  20. “The tigers have found me and I do not care.” – Charles Bukowski
  21. “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


Charles Bukowski Quotes about Happiness

“I wanted the whole world or nothing.” – Charles Bukowski

  1. “In my work, as a writer, I only photograph, in words, what I see.” – Charles Bukowski
  2. “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
  3. “It was best to stay away from other writers and just do your work…” – Charles Bukowski
  4. “That’s the problem with drinking, I thought, as I poured myself a drink. If something bad happens you drink in an attempt to forget; if something good happens you drink in order to celebrate; and if nothing happens you drink to make something happen.” – Charles Bukowski
  5. “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
  6. “My beer drunk soul is sadder than all the dead Christmas trees of the world.” – Charles Bukowski
  7. “I’m just an alcoholic who became a writer so that I would be able to stay in bed until noon.” – Charles Bukowski
  8. “There isn’t a better way to drink than at a small table over a white tablecloth with a good-looking woman.” – Charles Bukowski
  9. “When you drank the world was still out there, but for the moment it didn’t have you by the throat.” – Charles Bukowski
  10. “We really had nothing to do but drink wine and make love.” – Charles Bukowski
  11. “And yet women – good women – frightened me because they eventually wanted your soul, and what was left of mine, I wanted to keep.” – Charles Bukowski
  12. “A love like that was a serious illness, an illness from which you never entirely recover.” – Charles Bukowski
  13. “I loved you like a man loves a woman he never touches, only writes to, keeps little photographs of.” – Charles Bukowski

Charles Bukowski Quotes on Sadness

“My ambition is handicapped by laziness.” – Charles Bukowski

  1. “My 6 foot goddess makes me laugh the laughter of the mutilated who still need love.” – Charles Bukowski
  2. “If you get married they think you’re finished and if you are without a woman they think you’re incomplete.” – Charles Bukowski
  3. “And if you have the ability to love, love yourself first.” – Charles Bukowski
  4. “There is always one woman to save you from another.” – Charles Bukowski
  5. “Hello, Death. But I’ve had almost 6 decades. I’ve given you so many clean shots at me what I should have been yours long ago. I want to be buried near the racetrack… where I can hear the stretch run.” – Charles Bukowski
  6. “The best often die by their own hand just to get away, and those left behind can never quite understand why anybody would ever want to get away from them.”
  7. “You have to die a few times before you can really live.” – Charles Bukowski
  8. “In this land some of us f*ck more than we die but most of us die better than we f*ck.” – Charles Bukowski
  9. “They disgust me, the way they wait for death with as much passion as a traffic signal.” – Charles Bukowski
  10. “When I think of myself dead, I think of someone making love to you when I’m not around.” – Charles Bukowski
  11. “Bad taste creates many more millionaires than good taste.” – Charles Bukowski
  12. “In the sun and in the rain, in the day and in the night, pain is a flower, pain is flowers, blooming all the time.” – Charles Bukowski
  13. “I don’t hate them… I just feel better when they’re not around.” – Charles Bukowski
  14. “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
  15. “But your eyes – they’re beautiful. They’re wild, crazy, like some animal peering out of a forest on fire.” – Charles Bukowski
  16. “Look at his hands. He has the most beautiful hands. You can see that he has never worked.” – Charles Bukowski
  17. “People were usually much better in their letters than in reality. They were much like poets in this way.” – Charles Bukowski
  18. “Poetry is what happens when nothing else can.” – Charles Bukowski
  19. “I know this poet: he’s just like the rest of us: he’ll vomit anywhere for money.” – Charles Bukowski
  20. “It is hard to find a man whose poems don’t finally disappoint you.” – Charles Bukowski

Charles Bukowski Quotes About Life

“I guess the only time most people think about injustice is when it happens to them.” – Charles Bukowski

  1. “Death comes slowly like ants to a fallen fig.” – Charles Bukowski
  2. “Cheer up. Maybe you’ll be famous after you’re dead.” – Charles Bukowski
  3. “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
  4. “Being alone never felt right. Sometimes it felt good, but it never felt right.” – Charles Bukowski
  5. “Real loneliness is not necessarily limited to when you are alone.” – Charles Bukowski
  6. “There is loneliness in this world so great that you can see it in the slow movement of a clock’s hand.” – Charles Bukowski
  7. “Boring damned people. All over the earth. Propagating more boring damned people. What a horror show. The earth swarmed with them.” – Charles Bukowski
  8. “There’s a bluebird in my heart that wants to get out but I’m too tough for him, I say, stay in there, I’m not going to let anybody see you.” – Charles Bukowski
  9. “Beware of those who seek constant crowds; they are nothing alone.” – Charles Bukowski
  10. “We drink our coffee and pretend not to look at each other.” – Charles Bukowski
  11. “Some lose all mind and become soul, insane. some lose all soul and become mind, intellectual. some lose both and become accepted.” – Charles Bukowski
  12. “Genius might be the ability to say a profound thing in a simple way.” – Charles Bukowski
  13. “Baby, I said, I’m a genius but nobody knows it but me.” – Charles Bukowski
  14. “The difference between a democracy and a dictatorship is that in a democracy you vote first and take orders later; in a dictatorship you don’t have to waste your time voting.” – Charles Bukowski
  15. “I guess the only time most people think about injustice is when it happens to them.” – Charles Bukowski
  16. “When things get bad enough, the kitten will kill the lion.” – Charles Bukowski
  17. “Some people don’t like anybody who is famous. Some people don’t like anybody who isn’t.” – Charles Bukowski

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