Charles Bukowski Quotes and Sayings

Here you can find the best collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous Charles Bukowski quotes and Charles Bukowski sayings, and Charles Bukowski proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

"Writers have to put up with this editor thing; it is ageless and eternal and wrong. "

Charles Bukowski

"Generally, a writer of force is anywhere from 20 years to 200 years ahead of his generation. "

Charles Bukowski

"The thing that I fear discriminating against is humor and truth. "

Charles Bukowski

"Even though I write about the human race, the further away from them, the better I feel. Two miles is great; two thousand miles is beautiful. "

Charles Bukowski

"In my work, as a writer, I only photograph, in words, what I see. "

Charles Bukowski

"Much publishing is done through politics, friends, and natural stupidity. "

Charles Bukowski

"To not to have entirely wasted one’s life seems to be a worthy accomplishment, if only for myself. "

Charles Bukowski

"A cat is only itself, representative of the strong forces of life that won’t let go. "

Charles Bukowski

"I would be married, but I’d have no wife, I would be married to a single life. "

Charles Bukowski

"It’s when you begin to lie to yourself in a poem in order to simply make a poem, that you fail. "

Charles Bukowski

"Show me a man who lives alone and has a perpetually clean kitchen, and 8 times out of 9 I’ll show you a man with detestable spiritual qualities. "

Charles Bukowski

"Between the ages of fifteen and twenty-four, I must have read a whole library. "

Charles Bukowski

"Joan of Arc had style. Jesus had style. "

Charles Bukowski

"Sometimes I’ve called writing a disease. If so, I’m glad that it caught me. "

Charles Bukowski

"When I write, when I’m going hot, I don’t want to write more than four hours in a row. After that, you’re pushing it. "

Charles Bukowski

"We have wasted History like a bunch of drunks shooting dice back in the men’s crapper of the local bar. "

Charles Bukowski

"Shakespeare didn’t work at all for me. "

Charles Bukowski

"Those who have been writing literature have not been writing life. "

Charles Bukowski

"I don’t write so much now. I’m getting on 33, pot belly and creeping dementia. "

Charles Bukowski

"I kept writing not because I felt I was so good, but because I felt they were so bad, including Shakespeare, all those. The stilted formalism, like chewing cardboard. "

Charles Bukowski

"My writing is jagged and harsh, I want it to remain that way; I don’t want it smoothed out. "

Charles Bukowski

"I am a dangerous man when turned loose with a typewriter. "

Charles Bukowski

"I have no definite talent or trade, and how I stay alive is largely a matter of magic. "

Charles Bukowski

"When I say that basically writing is a hard hustle, I don’t mean that it is a bad life, if one can get away with it. It’s the miracle of miracles to make a living by the typer. "

Charles Bukowski

"Never get out of bed before noon. "

Charles Bukowski

"You can do without a woman but not a typewriter. "

Charles Bukowski

"Humanity, you never had it to begin with. "

Charles Bukowski

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

Charles Bukowski

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

Charles Bukowski

"Almost everybody is born a genius and buried an idiot. "

Charles Bukowski

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