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77 Charles Bukowski Quotes on Life & Love (HAPPINESS)

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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
The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts, while the stupid ones are full of confidence.
The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts, while the stupid ones are full of confidence.
Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead.
Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead.
An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way.
An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way.
What matters most is how well you walk through the fire.
What matters most is how well you walk through the fire.

“For those who believe in God, most of the big questions are answered. But for those of us who can’t readily accept the God formula, the big answers don’t 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, I'm not going to make it, but you laugh inside — remembering all the times you've felt that way.
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.
If you want to know who your friends are, get yourself a jail sentence.
If you want to know who your friends are, get yourself a jail sentence.
Find what you love and let it kill you.
Find what you love and let it kill you.
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.
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.

2 Charles Bukowski Quotes on Working a 9-to-5 Job

“How the hell could a person enjoy being awakened at 6:30AM, by an alarm clock, leap out of bed, dress, force-feed, shit, piss, brush teeth and hair, and fight traffic to get to a place where essentially you made lots of money for somebody else and were asked to be grateful for the opportunity to do so?”

Charles Bukowski
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.
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.

7 Charles Bukowski Quotes About Life

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 was a man who thrived on solitude; without it I was like another man without food or water. Each day without solitude weakened me.
If you're losing your soul and you know it, then you've still got a soul left to lose.
If you’re losing your soul and you know it, then you’ve still got a soul left to lose.
Dogs and angels are not very far apart.
Dogs and angels are not very far apart.
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.
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.
You begin saving the world by saving one man at a time; all else is grandiose romanticism or politics.
You begin saving the world by saving one man at a time; all else is grandiose romanticism or politics.
Anything is a waste of time unless you are fcking well or creating well or getting well or looming toward a kind of phantom-love-happiness.
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.
The tigers have found me and I do not care.
The tigers have found me and I do not care.

4 Charles Bukowski Quotes on Writing and Being a Writer

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.
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.
In my work, as a writer, I only photograph, in words, what I see.
In my work, as a writer, I only photograph, in words, what I see.
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.
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.
It was best to stay away from other writers and just do your work…
It was best to stay away from other writers and just do your work…

2 Charles Bukowski Quotes on Going All-in

“If you’re going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don’t even start. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mind. It could mean not eating for three or four days. It could mean freezing on a park bench. It could mean jail. It could mean derision. It could mean mockery–isolation. Isolation is the gift. All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it. And, you’ll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds. And it will be better than anything else you can imagine. If you’re going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire. You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. It’s the only good fight there is.”

Charles Bukowski
I wanted the whole world or nothing.
I wanted the whole world or nothing.

7 Charles Bukowski Quotes on Drinking

“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
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.
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.
My beer drunk soul is sadder than all the dead Christmas trees of the world.
My beer drunk soul is sadder than all the dead Christmas trees of the world.
I’m just an alcoholic who became a writer so that I would be able to stay in bed until noon.
I’m just an alcoholic who became a writer so that I would be able to stay in bed until noon.
There isn’t a better way to drink than at a small table over a white tablecloth with a good-looking woman.
There isn’t a better way to drink than at a small table over a white tablecloth with a good-looking woman.
When you drank the world was still out there, but for the moment it didn’t have you by the throat.
When you drank the world was still out there, but for the moment it didn’t have you by the throat.
We really had nothing to do but drink wine and make love.
We really had nothing to do but drink wine and make love.

9 Charles Bukowski Quotes on Love and Relationship

“Human relationships were strange. I mean, you were with one person a while, eating and sleeping and living with them, loving them, talking to them, going places together, and then it stopped. Then there was a short period when you weren’t with anybody, then another woman arrived, and you ate with her and f*cked her, and it all seemed so normal, as if you had been waiting just for her and she had been waiting for you. I never felt right being alone; sometimes it felt good but it never felt right.”

Charles Bukowski
And yet women – good women – frightened me because they eventually wanted your soul, and what was left of mine, I wanted to keep.
And yet women – good women – frightened me because they eventually wanted your soul, and what was left of mine, I wanted to keep.
A love like that was a serious illness, an illness from which you never entirely recover.
A love like that was a serious illness, an illness from which you never entirely recover.
I loved you like a man loves a woman he never touches, only writes to, keeps little photographs of.
I loved you like a man loves a woman he never touches, only writes to, keeps little photographs of.
My 6 foot goddess makes me laugh the laughter of the mutilated who still need love.
My 6 foot goddess makes me laugh the laughter of the mutilated who still need love.
If you get married they think you’re finished and if you are without a woman they think you’re incomplete.
If you get married they think you’re finished and if you are without a woman they think you’re incomplete.
And if you have the ability to love, love yourself first.
And if you have the ability to love, love yourself first.
There is always one woman to save you from another.
There is always one woman to save you from another.
She was always thinking of sex, she carried it around with her like something in a paper bag.
She was always thinking of sex, she carried it around with her like something in a paper bag.

8 Charles Bukowski Quotes on Death

“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
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.
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.
You have to die a few times before you can really live.
You have to die a few times before you can really live.
In this land some of us fck more than we die but most of us die better than we fck.
In this land some of us f*ck more than we die but most of us die better than we f*ck.
They disgust me, the way they wait for death with as much passion as a traffic signal.
They disgust me, the way they wait for death with as much passion as a traffic signal.
When I think of myself dead, I think of someone making love to you when I’m not around.
When I think of myself dead, I think of someone making love to you when I’m not around.
Death comes slowly like ants to a fallen fig.
Death comes slowly like ants to a fallen fig.
Cheer up. Maybe you’ll be famous after you’re dead.
Cheer up. Maybe you’ll be famous after you’re dead.

8 Charles Bukowski Quotes on Loneliness and Sadness

“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
Being alone never felt right. Sometimes it felt good, but it never felt right.
Being alone never felt right. Sometimes it felt good, but it never felt right.
Real loneliness is not necessarily limited to when you are alone.
Real loneliness is not necessarily limited to when you are alone.
There is loneliness in this world so great that you can see it in the slow movement of a clock’s hand.
There is loneliness in this world so great that you can see it in the slow movement of a clock’s hand.
Boring damned people. All over the earth. Propagating more boring damned people. What a horror show. The earth swarmed with them.
Boring damned people. All over the earth. Propagating more boring damned people. What a horror show. The earth swarmed with them.
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.
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.
Beware of those who seek constant crowds; they are nothing alone.
Beware of those who seek constant crowds; they are nothing alone.
We drink our coffee and pretend not to look at each other.
We drink our coffee and pretend not to look at each other.

3 Charles Bukowski Quotes on Intelligence

Some lose all mind and become soul, insane. some lose all soul and become mind, intellectual. some lose both and become accepted.
Some lose all mind and become soul, insane. some lose all soul and become mind, intellectual. some lose both and become accepted.
Genius might be the ability to say a profound thing in a simple way.
Genius might be the ability to say a profound thing in a simple way.
Baby, I said, I'm a genius but nobody knows it but me.
Baby, I said, I’m a genius but nobody knows it but me.

6 Charles Bukowski Quotes that Will Make You Think

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.
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.
I guess the only time most people think about injustice is when it happens to them.
I guess the only time most people think about injustice is when it happens to them.
When things get bad enough, the kitten will kill the lion.
When things get bad enough, the kitten will kill the lion.
Some people don’t like anybody who is famous. Some people don’t like anybody who isn’t.
Some people don’t like anybody who is famous. Some people don’t like anybody who isn’t.
Bad taste creates many more millionaires than good taste.
Bad taste creates many more millionaires than good taste.
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.
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.

7 Funny Charles Bukowski Quotes

I don't hate them... I just feel better when they're not around.
I don’t hate them… I just feel better when they’re not around.
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.
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.
Sometimes you just have to pee in the sink.
Sometimes you just have to pee in the sink.
My ambition is handicapped by laziness.
My ambition is handicapped by laziness.
But your eyes – they’re beautiful. They’re wild, crazy, like some animal peering out of a forest on fire.
But your eyes – they’re beautiful. They’re wild, crazy, like some animal peering out of a forest on fire.
Great art is horse shit, buy tacos.
Great art is horse shit, buy tacos.
Look at his hands. He has the most beautiful hands. You can see that he has never worked.
Look at his hands. He has the most beautiful hands. You can see that he has never worked.

4 Charles Bukowski Quotes on Poetry

People were usually much better in their letters than in reality. They were much like poets in this way.
People were usually much better in their letters than in reality. They were much like poets in this way.
Poetry is what happens when nothing else can.
Poetry is what happens when nothing else can.
I know this poet he’s just like the rest of us he’ll vomit anywhere for money.
I know this poet: he’s just like the rest of us: he’ll vomit anywhere for money.
It is hard to find a man whose poems don’t finally disappoint you.
It is hard to find a man whose poems don’t finally disappoint you.

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