Amazing Charles Bukowski Quotes

Find what you love and let it kill you.


and love is a word used too much and much too soon.


Something that never happens anywhere at any time.


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


I loved you like a man loves a woman he never touches, only writes to, keeps little photographs of.


To do a dull thing with style-now that’s what I call art.


Genius might be the ability to say a profound thing in a simple way.


Life’s as kind as you let it be.


Almost everyone is born a genius and buried an idiot.


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


Some people never go crazy, What truly horrible lives they must live.


Writing is something that you don’t know how to do. You sit down and it’s something that happens, or it may not happen. So, how can you teach anybody how to write? It’s beyond me, because you yourself don’t even know if you’re going to be able to. I’m always worried, well, you know, every time I go upstairs with my wine bottle. Sometimes I’ll sit at that typewriter for fifteen minutes, you know. I don’t go up there to write. The typewriter’s up there. If it doesn’t start moving, I say, well this could be the night that I hit the dust.


bad writing’s like bad women: there’s just not much you can do about it


nothing can save you except writing. it keeps the walls from failing.


You know the typical crowd, Wow, it’s Friday night, what are you going to do? Just sit there? Well, yeah. Because there’s nothing out there. It’s stupidity. Stupid people mingling with stupid people. Let them stupidify themselves. I’ve never been bothered with the need to rush out into the night. That’s all. Sorry for all the millions, but I’ve never been lonely. I like myself. I’m the best form of entertainment I have.


some moments are nice, some are nicer, some are even worth writing about.


Simplicity is always the secret, to a profound truth, to doing things, to writing, to painting. Life is profound in its simplicity.


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


There’s nothing to mourn about death any more than there is to mourn about the growing of a flower. What is terrible is not death but the lives people live or don’t live up until their death. They don’t honor their own lives … their minds are full of cotton. They swallow God without thinking, they swallow country without thinking. Soon they forget how to think, they let others think for them…. Most people’s deaths are a sham. There’s nothing left to die.