90 Charles Bukowski Quotes On Writing, Love & Life

Quotes of Charles Bukowski

Looking For The Best Quotes Of Charles Bukowski? author of more than 50 works and symbol of dirty realism and independent literature. His novels include Postman, Factótum, Mujeres and Pulp.

Charles Bukowski was born on August 16, 1920 in Germany and died at age 73 in Los Angeles, a city that influenced most of his novels and poetry, bringing it to the public eye as a cursed writer.

Now, explore best quotes and phrases of Charles Bukowski. Let’s go!

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  1. I like to think of all those people who taught me things that I had never imagined before.
  2. You have to die a few times before you can truly live. (Charles Bukowski Quotes)
  3. An intellectual says a simple thing in a complicated way. An artist says a complicated thing in a simple way.
  4. Some people never go crazy. What a horrible life they must have. 
  5. We are here so that the teachings of the church, the state and the educational system disappear.
  6. Real loneliness is not necessarily limited to when you are alone.
  7. How sad those years were, having the desire and the need to live but not having the ability.
  8. The problem with the world is that smart people are full of doubts while stupid people are those who have confidence in themselves.
  9. Love is a form of prejudice. You love what you need, you love what makes you feel good, you love what suits you.
  10. Great writers are indecent people. They live unfairly, saving the best for paper.
  11. That’s the problem with drinking, I thought, as I poured myself a drink.
  12. Once a woman turns her back on you, forget her.(Bukowski Quotes)
  13. When something bad happens, you drink to forget it; if something good happens, you drink to celebrate it; and if nothing happens, you also drink to make something happen.
  14. They can see you dying in a gutter and they’ll go past you and spit on you.
  15. Of course it is possible to love other people if you don’t know them too well.
  16. Love? People do not want love; They want to succeed, and one of the things they can do it is in love.
  17. We are here to kill the war. We are here to laugh at destiny and live our lives so well that death trembles when receiving us.
  18. What she really needed was a beer bottle with the wet label and those beautiful cold drops on the surface of the glass.
  19. The free soul you easily identify when you see it.
  20. Sometimes a man has to fight so much for life that he doesn’t have time to live it.
  21. What matters is how well you walk through the fire.
  22. Almost always, the best thing in life is to do nothing at all, to spend time reflecting. (Charles Bukowski Women Quotes)
  23. Love burns with the first sun of reality.
  24. They taught me well. When that was so necessary, they showed me so many things that I never believed they were possible.
  25. I must go, I don’t know exactly why; I’m crazy I guess. Goodbye.
  26. I had the feeling that I could fall into those eyes.
  27. For yourself, not for fame or money, you have to continue.
  28. He never felt lonely; The more separated he was from people, the better he felt.
  29. Much despair, dissatisfaction, and disappointment are required to write a few good poems.
  30. People do not want to work, people want to live well, but without working.
  31. People who believe in politics are like people who believe in God: they rub air with crooked straws.
  32. Knowledge, if you do not know how to apply, is worse than ignorance. (Best Bukowski Quotes)
  33. There are worse things than being alone, but it often takes decades to figure it out and most of the time when you do it is too late.
  34. To find out who your friends are, have them put you in jail.
  35. When men control governments, we will be screwed.
  36. I cannot bear the human being in his current state.
  37. Psychiatrists must have a term to designate that, I also have it for psychiatrists.
  38. My ambition is limited by my laziness.
  39. A man brings out of thought only problems.
  40. You start saving the world by saving a man.
  41. Anything can drive a man crazy because society is based on false bases.
  42. When I drank, the world was still out there, but for a moment I didn’t have a hold on your neck. (Charles Bukowski Quotes On Life)
  43. Examining your own mind is the worst thing a madman can do.
  44. There was a little music; then life seemed a little more pleasant, better.
  45. The well balanced individual is crazy.
  46. It is amazing what a man has to do just to be able to eat, sleep and dress.
  47. I just know that there are too many people in fear.
  48. When you are on the street is when you realize that everything has an owner.
  49. This is how democracy works: you take what you can, try to keep it and add something if possible.
  50. Dogs have fleas, people have problems.
  51. When love is an order, hate can become a pleasure.
  52. This is also how the dictatorship works, only one enslaves and the other destroys its disinherited. (Charles Bukowski Quotes Intelligent)
  53. It’s 4:30 in the morning. It is always 4:30 in the morning.
  54. A brave man is almost always a man without imagination.
  55. We have formed our society with our lack of spirit.
  56. Play the violin. Dance the belly dance. Plant tulips in the rain. But don’t write poetry.
  57. Pain for me was just like bad luck: I ignored it.
  58. That was all a man needed: hope.
  59. Loving people felt freer, but lacked the ability to feel and love.
  60. If you are losing your soul and you know it, then you have another soul to lose.
  61. The definition of life: problems.
  62. Most people go from nothing to the grave with little touch of the horror of life. (Charles Bukowski Quotes Work)
  63. The greatest inventions of man are the bed and the atomic bomb: the first isolates you and the second helps you escape.
  64. When the spirit fades, form appears.
  65. The computer is my new dildo. My writing has doubled in power and performance since I have it.
  66. Education was the new divinity, and educated men the new powerful landowners.
  67. To hell with the truth. Style is more important: how to do everything one by one.
  68. Where have the audiences that were capable of choosing and discriminating gone?
  69. Even at the racecourse I see the horses running and it seems to me that it doesn’t make sense.
  70. “Do you hate people?” “I don’t hate them, I just feel better when they’re not around.”
  71. We are here to unlearn the teachings of the church, the state, and our educational system. We are here to drink beer. We are here to kill in war.
  72. You will be alone with the gods and the nights will burn with fire. You will ride in life towards the perfect laugh. It is the only fight that is worth it. (Charles Bukowski Drinking Quotes)
  73. Some lose their minds and go crazy, crazy. Some lose the soul and become minds, intellectuals. Some lose both and are accepted.
  74. I love you as a man loves a woman he has never touched, about whom he only writes and of whom he keeps a photo.
  75. Being alone never felt right. Sometimes it felt good, but never adequate.
  76. Boring people all over the Earth, causing more boring people to spread. What a horror movie. The Earth is infested with them.
  77. Those who escape from hell never talk about it, and after they have escaped, there is nothing to bother them afterwards.
  78. A love like that was a serious illness. A disease from which you never fully recover.
  79. There is a tile in my heart that wants to get out but I am too strong for it. I tell him to stay there, because I won’t let anyone see him.
  80. There is a place in the heart that never fills up. A space that even in the best moments will never be filled, and we will wait and wait in that space.
  81. Poetry is what happens when nothing else happens.
  82. It was true that he did not have much ambition, but there must be a place for people without ambition. (Charles Bukowski Famous Quotes)
  83. People without morals consider themselves freer, but most lack the ability to feel or love.
  84. I stopped looking for the girl of my dreams, I just wanted one that wasn’t a nightmare.
  85. There is no cure for pain unless you know someone who understands how you feel and who knows how to help you.
  86. I am a genius but nobody knows it apart from me.
  87. There is always a woman who saves you from another and, while saving you, prepares to destroy you.
  88. We are like roses that never bothered to bloom when we should have bloomed and the sun got tired of.
  89. The shortest distance between two points is generally unbearable.
  90. I went to the worst of the bars expecting to be killed but all I could do was get drunk.

Closing words

As you read these 90 quotes of Charles Bukowski, realize that they can be a sources of guidance during the times you need and can motivate you when you have a problem.

Neither success nor failure is finite. That’s the motivation you choose to make the biggest difference.

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