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. "

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

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

"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. "

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

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

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

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

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

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

"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. "

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

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

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

"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. "

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

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

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

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

"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. "

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

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

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

"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. "

"Never get out of bed before noon. "

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

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

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

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

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

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