In this post, we are going to know about a German–American poet and novelist who has written about corrupt society and culture with his whole heart. and made the general public aware.
Henry Charles Bukowski, best know as Charles Bukowski. After Ernest Hemingway, he is considered the best creator of single sentences. His writing is simplistic but extraordinary.
He is also considered an underground writer because he has always written for ordinary people and on their subjects. He has written about the problems of a common man.
He has written all his work in simple and direct language from his life experience and imagination.
He was born on August 16, 1920 in Andernach town, Germany. His mother’s name was Katharina and his father Heinrich Bukowski was an army man.
His writing shows that he liked to be alone. He was shy by nature. He did not like crowds of people at all. He was an introverted person.
Charles studied art, journalism, and literature at Los Angeles City College. He wrote his first novel or story at the age of 24 and started writing poetry at the age of 35.
Charles Bukowski has published more than 60 books during his lifetime. Apart from this, He has also written thousands of poems, hundreds of short stories and 6 novels.
His book Ham on Rye, Post Office, You Get So Alone at Times It Makes Sense, Love is a Dog From Hell and Notes of a Dirty Old Man is considered his best work.
In 1986, the American magazine “Time” also described Bukowski as a “laureate of American lowlife”.
Although his works were not given much tension in the United States other than New York. But he got a lot of unusual popularity in Europe and his native Germany.
He continued to write till the end of his life. Due to this, he was getting very good attention.
Charles Bukowski died in Los Angeles on March 9, 1994 at the age of 73 from blood cancer called leukemia.
After his death, “Don’t try” was written on his grave. Which is quite confusing. It does not mean that we should not try anything new in life.
This means that you should never just try something but achieve it. So don’t just try. Just feel, be, and do.
In the last, let’s see some amazing quotes from Charles Bukowski that I choose from different sites.
Charles Bukowski Quotes :
I don’t hate people…I just feel better when they’re not around. – Charles Bukowski
For those who believe in God, most of the big questions are answered. – Charles Bukowski
I’ve never been lonely. I like myself. I’m the best form of entertainment I have. – Charles Bukowski
If you’re going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don’t even start. – Charles Bukowski
Isolation is a gift. All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it. – Charles Bukowski
You have to die a few times before you can really live. – Charles Bukowski
My ambition is handicapped by laziness. – Charles Bukowski
An intellectual says a simple thing in the hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way. – Charles Bukowski
If you’re losing your soul and you know it, then you’ve still got a soul left to lose. – Charles Bukowski
Lose all mind and become soul, insane. Lose all soul and become mind, intellectual. Lose both and become accepted. – Charles Bukowski
The free soul is rare, but you know it when you see it. Because you feel good, very good, when you are near or with them. – Charles Bukowski
Poetry is what happens when nothing else can. – Charles Bukowski
I stopped looking for a Dream Girl, I just wanted one that wasn’t a nightmare. – Charles Bukowski
Pain is strange. Pain arrives and it sits on you. There’s no cure for it unless you know somebody who understands how you feel, and knows how to help. – Charles Bukowski
We are like roses that have never bothered to bloom when we should have bloomed. – Charles Bukowski
Style is the answer to everything. A fresh way to approach a dull or dangerous thing. – Charles Bukowski
Anything is a waste of time unless you are looming toward a kind of phantom love-happiness. – Charles Bukowski
Beauty is nothing, beauty won’t stay. You don’t know how lucky you are to be ugly, because if people like you, you know it’s for something else. – Charles Bukowski
People run from rain but sit in bathtubs full of water. – Charles Bukowski
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. – Charles Bukowski
I had noticed that both in the very poor and very rich extremes of society the mad were often allowed to mingle freely. – Charles Bukowski
Human relationships didn’t work anyhow. Only the first two weeks had any zing, then the participants lost their interest. Masks dropped away and real people began to appear. – Charles Bukowski
Goodness can be found sometimes in the middle of hell. – Charles Bukowski
It was better for me when I could imagine greatness in others, even if it wasn’t always there. – Charles Bukowski
It’s better to do a dull thing with style than a dangerous thing without it. – Charles Bukowski
There is nothing that teaches you more than regrouping after failure and moving on. – Charles Bukowski
The more crap you believe, the better off you are. – Charles Bukowski
The crazy ones only laugh when there is no reason to laugh. – Charles Bukowski
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 and out of the heart. – Charles Bukowski
There are only two things wrong with money: too much or too little. – Charles Bukowski
Are you becoming what you’ve always hated? – Charles Bukowski
The less I needed, the better I felt. – Charles Bukowski
People who believe in politics are like people who believe in God: they are sucking wind through bent straws. – Charles Bukowski
Maybe a damned good night’s sleep will bring me back to gentle sanity. – Charles Bukowski
We all need hope. It was lack of hope that discouraged a man. – Charles Bukowski
To experience real agony is something hard to write about, impossible to understand while it grips you. – Charles Bukowski
Invent yourself and then reinvent yourself, stay out of the clutches of mediocrity. – Charles Bukowski
It’s so easy to be easy—if you let it. – Charles Bukowski
News travels fast in places where nothing much ever happens. – Charles Bukowski
Be it peace or happiness, let it enfold you. – Charles Bukowski
The worst thing is bitterness, people end up so bitter. – Charles Bukowski
The bad taste makes more millionaires than good taste. – Charles Bukowski
Food is good for the nerves and the spirit. Courage comes from the belly – all else is desperation. – Charles Bukowski
We waited and waited. All of us. Didn’t the shrink know that waiting was one of the things that drove people crazy? – Charles Bukowski
That’s what friendship is, sharing the prejudice of experience. – Charles Bukowski
Rejection and ridicule will only make us stronger. – Charles Bukowski
Sometimes a man doesn’t know what to do about things and sometimes it’s best to lie very still and try not to think at all about anything. – Charles Bukowski
To create art means to be crazy alone forever. – Charles Bukowski
A good book can make an almost impossible existence, liveable. – Charles Bukowski
Genius might be the ability to say a profound thing in a simple way. – Charles Bukowski
I guess mankind knows nothing about mercy? – Charles Bukowski
Everything is senseless, But your awareness of senselessness almost can give it sense. – Charles Bukowski
If you just rebel against everything. How are you going to survive? – Charles Bukowski
There is a loneliness in this world so great that you can see it in the slow movement of the hands of a clock. – Charles Bukowski
Sometimes solitude is one of the most beautiful things on earth. – Charles Bukowski
Charles Bukowski Quotes on Life :
Fiction is an improvement on life. – Charles Bukowski
If something burns your soul with purpose and desire, it’s your duty to be reduced to ashes by it. Any other form of existence will be yet another dull book in the library of life. – Charles Bukowski
Life’s as kind as you let it be. – Charles Bukowski
Charles Bukowski Love Quotes :
It’s possible to love a human being if you don’t know them too well. – Charles Bukowski
People with no morals often considered themselves more free, but mostly they lacked the ability to feel or love. – Charles Bukowski
If you have the ability to love, love yourself first. – Charles Bukowski
Love is a form of prejudice. You love what you need, you love what makes you feel good, you love what is convenient. – Charles Bukowski
Love is all right for those who can handle the psychic overload. – Charles Bukowski
People don’t need love. What they need is success in one form or another. It can be love but it needn’t be. – Charles Bukowski
Charles Bukowski Work Quote :
Any damn fool can beg up some kind of job; it takes a wise man to make it without working. – Charles Bukowski
Charles Bukowski Women Quotes :
Once a woman turns against you, forget it… – Charles Bukowski
There is always one woman to save you from another and as that woman saves you she makes ready to destroy. – Charles Bukowski
She’s mad but she’s magic. There’s no lie in her fire. – Charles Bukowski
Charles Bukowski Death Quotes :
We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that death will tremble to take us. – Charles Bukowski
Charles Bukowski Quotes intelligent :
The problem with the world is that intelligent people are full of doubts, while stupid ones are full of confidence. – Charles Bukowski