Born as Heinrich Karl Bukowski, Charles Bukowski was a German American poet, short story writer and novelist. Living in Los Angeles, his writing was mostly influenced by the social-cultural and economic atmosphere of his city of residence. Marked by emphasis on the ordinary lives of Americans, Charles Bukowski wrote mostly about relationships, women, and drudgery of work.

Charles Bukowski, the only child of an American Soldier and German mother wrote thousands of short stories, poems and six novels with over sixty books published. Listed below are some of his popular quotes on Life, Love and Women.

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Charles Bukowski Love Quotes

Charles Bukowski 1. “I want to be with you, it is as simple, and as complicated as that.”

2. “… And we are in bed together laughing and we don’t care about anything

3. “Eyes. Those damn eyes fucked me forever.”

4. “I will remember the kisses our lips raw with love and how you gave me everything you had and how I offered you what was left of me.”

5. “Find what you love and let it kill you.”

6. “Is it over?” “Yes.” “Does she still love you?” “I think so.” “Then it’s not over.”

7. “Love breaks my bones and I laugh.”

8. “Look, let me put it this way: with me, you’re number one and there isn’t even a number two.”

9. “A love like that was a serious illness, an illness from which you never entirely recover.”

10. “She’s mad but she’s magic. There’s no lie in her fire.”

11. “Stop insisting on clearing your head — clear your fucking heart instead.”

12.  “And then there are some who believe that old relationships can be revived and made new again. But please if you feel that way don’t phone don’t write don’t arrive”

13. “I was glad I wasn’t in love, that I wasn’t happy with the world. I like being at odds with everything. People in love often become edgy, dangerous. They lose their sense of perspective. They lose their sense of humor. They become nervous, psychotic bores. They even become killers.”

14. “People with no morals often considered themselves more free, but mostly they lacked the ability to feel or love.”

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Charles Bukowski Life Quotes

Charles Bukowski Life Quotes

15. “We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us.”

16. “The way to create art is to burn and destroy ordinary concepts and to substitute them with new truths that run down from the top of the head.”

17. “On such jobs men become tired. They experience weariness beyond fatigue. They say mad, brilliant things. Out of my head, I cussed and talked and cracked jokes and sang. Hell boils with laughter.”

18. “To fight for each minute is to fight for what is possible within yourself so that your life and your death will not be like theirs.”

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

20. “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.”

21. “I am a series of small victories and large defeats and I am as amazed as any other that I have gotten from there to here.”

22. “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.”

23. “Don’t feel sorry for me because I am alone, for even at the most terrible moments, humor is my companion.”

24. “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.”

25. “What matters most is how well you walk through the fire.”

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Charles Bukowski Life Quotes

26. “It was true that I didn’t have much ambition, but there ought to be a place for people without ambition, I mean a better place than the one usually reserved. How in the hell could a man enjoy being awakened at 6:30 a.m. 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?”

27. “Boring damned people. All over the earth. Propagating more boring damned people. What a horror show. The earth swarmed with them.”

28.  “I would say that Mickey Mouse has a greater influence on the American public than Shakespeare, Milton, Dante, Rabelais, Shostakovitch, Lenin, and/or Van Gogh. Which says ‘What?’ about the American Public. Disneyland remains the central attraction of Southern California, but the graveyard remains our reality.”

29. “Some people never go crazy, what truly horrible lives they must live.”

30. “If it doesn’t come bursting out of you in spite of everything, don’t do it.”

31.  “She’s mad but she’s magic, there’s no lie in her fire.”

32. “Nobody can save you but yourself and you’re worth saving. It’s a war not easily won but if anything is worth winning then this is it.”

33.  “I wanted the whole world or nothing.”

34.  “The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubt, while the stupid people are full of confidence.”

35. “I was settled into nothingness; a kind of non-being, and I accepted it. It didn’t make for an interesting person. I didn’t want to be interesting, it was too hard. What I really wanted was only a soft, hazy space to live in, and to be left alone.”

36. “I think I need a drink.’
‘Almost everybody does only they don’t know it.”

37.  “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.”

38.  “If it doesn’t come bursting out of you in spite of everything, don’t do it.”

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Charles Bukowski Women Quotes

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

40. “I was sentimental about many things: a woman’s shoes under the bed; one hairpin left behind on the dresser; the way they said, ‘I’m going to pee.’ hair ribbons; walking down the boulevard with them at 1:30 in the afternoon, just two people walking together; the long nights of drinking and smoking; talking; the arguments; thinking of suicide; eating together and feeling good; the jokes; the laughter out of nowhere; feeling miracles in the air; being in a parked car together; comparing past loves at 3am; being told you snore; hearing her snore; mothers, daughters, sons, cats, dogs; sometimes death and sometimes divorce; but always carrying on, always seeing it through; reading a newspaper alone in a sandwich joint and feeling nausea because she’s now married to a dentist with an I.Q. of 95; racetracks, parks, park picnics; even jails; her dull friends; your dull friends; your drinking, her dancing; your flirting, her flirting; her pills, your fucking on the side and her doing the same; sleeping together”

41. “And yet women-good women–frightened me because they eventually wanted your soul, and what was left of mine, I wanted to keep.”

42. “Oh, I don’t mean you’re handsome, not the way people think of handsome. Your face seems kind. But your eyes – they’re beautiful. They’re wild, crazy, like some animal peering out of a forest on fire.”

43.   “I was naturally a loner, content just to live with a woman, eat with her, sleep with her, walk down the street with her. I didn’t want conversation, or to go anywhere except the racetrack or the boxing matches. I didn’t understand T.V. I felt foolish paying money to go into a movie theatre and sit with other people to share their emotions. Parties sickened me. I hated the game-playing, the dirty play, the flirting, the amateur drunks, the bores.”

44. “Once a woman turns against you, forget it. They can love you, then something turns in them. They can watch you dying in a gutter, run over by a car, and they’ll spit on you.”

45. “Many a good man has been put under the bridge by a woman.”

46. “I like to change liquor stores frequently because the clerks got to know your habits if you went in night and day and bought huge quantities. I could feel them wondering why I wasn’t dead yet and it made me uncomfortable. They probably weren’t thinking any such thing, but then a man gets paranoid when he has 300 hangovers a year.”

47.  “Women: I liked the colors of their clothing; the way they walked; the cruelty in some faces; now and then the almost pure beauty in another face, totally and enchantingly female. They had it over us: they planned much better and were better organized. While men were watching professional football or drinking beer or bowling, they, the women, were thinking about us, concentrating, studying, deciding – whether to accept us, discard us, exchange us, kill us or whether simply to leave us. In the end it hardly mattered; no matter what they did, we ended up lonely and insane.”

48. “Few beautiful women were willing to indicate in public that they belonged to someone. I had known enough women to realize this. I accepted them for what they were and love came hard and very seldom. When it did it was usually for the wrong reasons. One simply became tired of holding back love and let it go because it needed some place to go. Then, usually, there was trouble.”

49.  “Look, let me put it this way: with me, you’re number one and there isn’t even a number two.”

50.  “Humanity, you never had it from the beginning.” That was my motto.”

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