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American poet & novelist (1920-1994)

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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, Erections, Ejaculations, Exhibitions and Tales of Ordinary Madness

Never envy a man his lady. Behind it all lays a living hell.

CHARLES BUKOWSKI, letter to Steve Richmond, Nov. 1971

An intellectual is a man who says a simple thing in a difficult way; an artist is a man who says a difficult thing in a simple way.

CHARLES BUKOWSKI, Notes of a Dirty Old Man

Almost everyone is born a genius and buried an idiot.

CHARLES BUKOWSKI, Notes of a Dirty Old Man

If you want to know where God is, ask a drunk.

CHARLES BUKOWSKI, Notes of a Dirty Old Man

You begin saving the world by saving one man at a time; all else is grandiose romanticism or politics.

CHARLES BUKOWSKI, Tales of Ordinary Madness

Don't wait for the good woman. She doesn't exist.

CHARLES BUKOWSKI, letter to Steve Richmond, Nov. 1971

There is nothing as boring as the truth.

CHARLES BUKOWSKI, Notes of a Dirty Old Man

In New York you've got to have all the luck.

CHARLES BUKOWSKI, Notes of a Dirty Old Man

Knowledge without follow-through is worse than no knowledge at all. because if you're guessing and it doesn't work out you can just say, shit, the gods are against me. but if you know and don't do, you've got attics and dark halls in your mind to walk up and down in and wonder about. this ain't healthy, leads to unpleasant evenings, too much to drink and the shredding machine.

CHARLES BUKOWSKI, Notes of a Dirty Old Man

Courts are places where the ending is written first and all that precedes is simply vaudeville.

CHARLES BUKOWSKI, Notes of a Dirty Old Man

Some men hope for revolution but when you revolt and set up your new government you find your new government is still the same old Papa, he has only put on a cardboard mask.

CHARLES BUKOWSKI, Notes of a Dirty Old Man

WHEN YOU LEAVE YOUR TYPEWRITER YOU LEAVE YOUR MACHINE GUN AND THE RATS COME POURING THROUGH.

CHARLES BUKOWSKI, Notes of a Dirty Old Man

Revolution sounds very romantic, you know, but it ain't. it's blood and guts and madness; it's little kids killed who get in the way, it's little kids who don't understand what the fuck is going on. it's your whore, your wife ripped in the belly with a bayonet and then raped in the a** while you watch. it's men torturing men who used to laugh at Mickey Mouse cartoons.

CHARLES BUKOWSKI, Notes of a Dirty Old Man

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The ladies usually go for the biggest damn fool they can find; that is why the human race stands where it does today: we have bred the clever and lasting Casanovas, all hollow inside, like the chocolate Easter bunnies we foster upon our poor children.

CHARLES BUKOWSKI, Notes of a Dirty Old Man

A woman has to have something on or there's nothing to take off.

CHARLES BUKOWSKI, Notes of a Dirty Old Man

There is something about writing poetry that brings a man close to the cliff's edge.

CHARLES BUKOWSKI, Notes of a Dirty Old Man

The public takes from a writer, or a writing, what it needs and lets the remainder go. but what they take is usually what they need least and what they let go is what they need most.

CHARLES BUKOWSKI, Notes of a Dirty Old Man

Sex is interesting but not totally important. I mean, it's not even as important (physically) as excretion. a man can go 70 years without a piece of ass but he can die in a week without a bowel movement.

CHARLES BUKOWSKI, Notes of a Dirty Old Man

Sex can sometimes become the most horrible of tasks.

CHARLES BUKOWSKI, Notes of a Dirty Old Man

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, Interview Magazine, Sep. 1987

My ambition is handicapped by my laziness.

CHARLES BUKOWSKI, Factotum

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 stonewritten. We adjust to new conditions and discoveries. We are pliable. Love need not be a command or 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, Life Magazine, Dec. 1988

You have to die a few times before you can really live.

CHARLES BUKOWSKI, The People Look Like Flowers at Last

I enjoy the bad things that are said about me. It enhances sales and makes me feel evil. I don't like to feel good 'cause I am good. But evil? Yes. It gives me another dimension.

CHARLES BUKOWSKI, Interview Magazine, Sep. 1987

Having a bunch of cats around is good. If you're feeling bad, you just look at the cats, you'll feel better, because they know that everything is, just as it is. There's nothing to get excited about. They just know. They're saviors. The more cats you have, the longer you live. If you have a hundred cats, you'll live ten times longer than if you have ten. Someday this will be discovered, and people will have a thousand cats and live forever. It's truly ridiculous.

CHARLES BUKOWSKI, Interview Magazine, Sep. 1987

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, Women

The difference between Art and Life is that Art is more bearable.

CHARLES BUKOWSKI, Notes of a Dirty Old Man


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