Charles Bukowski Quotes

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.

Charles Bukowski

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 Grave
Charles Bukowski Grave

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 :

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Loneliness is something I’ve never been bothered with because I’ve always had this terrible itch for solitude. – 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

Charles Bukowski Quotes
What matters most is how well you walk through the fire. – Charles Bukowski Quotes

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

Charles Bukowski Quotes
Real loneliness is not necessarily limited to when you are alone. – Charles Bukowski Quotes

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

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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 Quotes

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

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I guess the only time most people think about injustice is when it happens to them. – Charles Bukowski Quotes

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

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Most people are stricken with fear. They fear failure so much that they fail. – Charles Bukowski Quotes

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

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Regret is mostly caused by not having done anything. – Charles Bukowski Quotes

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

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When you play the field selfishly everything works against you. – Charles Bukowski Quotes

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

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Pain is the joy of knowing, the unkindest truth that arrives without warning. – Charles Bukowski Quotes

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

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Stop insisting on clearing your head — clear your fucking heart instead. – Charles Bukowski Quotes

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

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Censorship is the tool of those who have the need to hide actualities from themselves and from others. – Charles Bukowski Quotes

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 :

Charles Bukowski Quotes on Life
Life itself is not a miracle. That pain should be so constant, that’s the miracle. – Charles Bukowski Quotes

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 :

Charles Bukowski Love Quotes
A love like that was a serious illness, an illness from which you never entirely recover. – Charles Bukowski 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 :

Charles Bukowski Women Quotes
Every woman is different. Basically, they seem to be a combination of the best and the worst—both magic and terrible. I’m glad that they exist. – Charles Bukowski 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