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#1. She drove with the throttle to the floor and took the curves sliding and screeching and without expression. That was class. If she loved like she drove it was going to be a hell of a night. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#2. The good times were over. Nobody gave a shit and nobody had any money and if they had any, they kept it. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#3. I remember awakening one morning and finding everything smeared with the color of forgotten love. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#4. The cat is the beutiful devil. And here we can use the word, even without the "a."
- from a Dec. 21 1960, a letter to Sheri Martinelli
"On Cats #Quote by Bukowski
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#5. Don't undress my love you might find a mannequin; don't undress the mannequin you might find my love. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#6. Sometimes you climb out of bed in the morning and you think, I'm not going to make it, but you laugh inside - remembering all the times you've felt that way. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#7. It began when they come took me from my home
And put me in Dead Row,
Of which I am nearly wholly innocent, you know.
And I'll say it again
I..am..not..afraid..to..die.

And the mercy seat is waiting
And I think my head is burning
And in a way I'm yearning
To be done with all this measuring of truth.
An eye for an eye
A tooth for a tooth
And anyway I told the truth
And I'm not afraid to die.

And the mercy seat is burning
And I think my head is glowing
And in a way I'm hoping
To be done with all this weighing up of truth.
An eye for an eye
And a tooth for a tooth
And I've got nothing left to lose
And I'm not afraid to die.

And the mercy seat is glowing
And I think my head is smoking
And in a way I'm hoping
To be done with all this looks of disbelief.
An eye for an eye
And a tooth for a tooth
And anyway there was no proof
Nor a motive why.

And the mercy seat is waiting
And I think my head is burning
And in a way I'm yearning
To be done with all this measuring of truth.
An eye for an eye
And a truth for a truth
And anyway I told the truth
But I'm afraid I told a lie. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#8. Bad luck for the young poet would be a rich father, an early marriage, an early success or the ability to do anything well. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#9. they simply couldn't tell me that they didn't have a cigarette. they had to give me their pitch, their religion: cigarettes were for cubes. they were going to Malibu, to some seeming loose and easy shack in Malibu and burn a bit of grass. they remind me, in a sense, of old ladies standing on a corner selling "The Watchtower." the whole LSD, STP, marijuana, heroin, hashish, prescription cough medicine crowd suffers from the "Watchtower" itch: you gotta be with us, man, or you're out, you're dead. this pitch is a continual and seeming MUST with those who use the stuff. it's no wonder they keep getting busted – they can't use the stuff quietly for their pleasure; they have to make it KNOWN that they are members. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#10. You just rebel against everything. How are you going to survive?
I don't know. I'm already tired. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#11. My old man

16 years old
during the depression
I'd come home drunk
and all my clothing–
shorts, shirts, stockings–
suitcase, and pages of
short stories
would be thrown out on the
front lawn and about the
street.

my mother would be
waiting behind a tree:
"Henry, Henry, don't
go in . . .he'll
kill you, he's read
your stories . . ."
"I can whip his
ass . . ."

"Henry, please take
this . . .and
find yourself a room."

but it worried him
that I might not
finish high school
so I'd be back
again.

one evening he walked in
with the pages of
one of my short stories
(which I had never submitted
to him)
and he said, "this is
a great short story."
I said, "o.k.,"
and he handed it to me
and I read it.
it was a story about
a rich man
who had a fight with
his wife and had
gone out into the night
for a cup of coffee
and had observed
the waitress and the spoons
and forks and the
salt and pepper shakers
and the neon sign
in the window
and then had gone back
to his stable
to see and touch his
favorite horse
who then
kicked him in the head
and killed him.

somehow
the story held
meaning for him
though
when I had written it
I had no idea
of what I was
writi #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#12. I was waiting for
something extraordinary to
happen

but as the years wasted on
nothing ever did unless I
caused it. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#13. so we went up the hill. then we got into my room and I looked at them both. my pure and beautiful slim and magic little girl glorious fuck with the hair dangling down to the asshole, and next to her the tragedy of the ages: slime and horror, the machine gone wrong, frogs tortured by little boys and head-on car collisions and the spider taking in the ball-less buzzing fly and the landscape brain of Primo Carnera going down under the dull playboy guns of cocksure Maxie Baer - new heavyweight champ of America - I, I rushed at the Tragedy of the Ages - that fat slob of accumulated shit. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#14. Understand me. I'm not like an ordinary world. I have my madness, I live in another dimension and I do not have time for things that have no soul. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#15. It was like any other relationship, there was jealousy on both sides, there were split-ups and reconciliations. there were also fragmented moments of great peace and beauty. I often tried to get away from her and she tied to get away from me but it was difficult: Cupid, in his strange way, was really there. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#16. I have, he went on, betrayed myself with
belief, deluded myself with love
tricked myself with sex.
the bottle is damned faithful, he said,
the bottle will not lie #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#17. If I write badly about blacks, homosexuals and women, it is because of these who I met were that. There are many 'bads' - bad dogs, bad censorship; there are even 'bad' white males. Only, when you write about 'bad' white males, they don't complain about it. And need I say that there are 'good' blacks, 'good' homosexuals and 'good' women? #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#18. The lines on the page were pulled tight, like a man screaming, but not "Joe, where are you?" More like Joe, where is anything? #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#19. Each man's hell is in a different
place: mine is just up and
behind
my ruined
face.
from Let's Make a Deal #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#20. There is always somebody about to ruin your day, if not your life. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#21. The trouble with these people is that their cities have never been bombed and their mothers have never been told to shut up. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#22. The beginning of a relationship was always the easiest. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#23. his is the last poem of any number of poems
tonight, there's
one drink of wine left
and both of those guys
they are asleep across the top of my feet.
I can feel the gentle weight of them
the touch of fur
I am aware of their breathing:
good things happen often, remember that
as the Bombs trundle out in their magnificent
dumbness
these
at my feet
know more,
are
more,
and instants of the moments explode
larger
and a lucky past
can never be
killed. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#24. Yes Yes
when God created love he didn't help most
when God created dogs He didn't help dogs
when God created plants that was average
when God created hate we had a standard utility
when God created me He created me
when God created the monkey He was asleep
when He created the giraffe He was drunk
when He created narcotics He was high
and when He created suicide He was low
when He created you lying in bed
He knew what He was doing
He was drunk and He was high
and He created the mountains and the sea and fire at the same time
He made some mistakes
but when He created you lying in bed
He came all over His Blessed Universe. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#25. I never write in the daytime. It's like running through the shopping mall with your clothes off. Everybody can see you. At night ... that's when you pull the tricks ... magic. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#26. Never get out of bed before noon. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#27. In the old days, before I was married, or knew a lot of women, I would just pull down all the shades and go to bed for three or four days. I'd get up to shit. I'd eat a can of beans, go back to bed, just stay there for three or four days. Then I'd put on my clothes and I'd walk outside, and the sunlight was brilliant, and the sounds were great. I felt powerful, like a recharged battery. But you know the first bring-down? The first human face I saw on the sidewalk, I lost half my charge right there. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#28. Do not ignore it. Fuck it. Cry your heart out. Then fuck it some more. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#29. When you take it away do it slowly and easily make it as if I were dying in my sleep instead of in my life, amen. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#30. I would have loved you more if I had sat in a small room rolling a cigarette and listened to you piss in the bathroom, but that didn't happen. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#31. fuck


she pulled her dress off
over her head
and I saw the panties
indented somewhat into the
crotch.

it's only human.
now we've got to do it.
I've got to do it
after all that bluff.
it's like a party--
two trapped
idiots.

under the sheets
after I have snapped
off the light
her panties are still
on. she expects an
opening performance.
I can't blame her. but
wonder why she's here with
me? where are the other
guys? how can you be
lucky? having someone the
others have abandoned?

we didn't have to do it
yet we had to do it.
it was something like
establishing new credibility
with the income tax
man. I get the panties
off. I decide not to tongue her. even then
I'm thinking about
after it's over.

we'll sleep together
tonight
trying to fit ourselves
inside the wallpaper.

I try, fail,
notice the hair on her
head
mostly notice the hair
on her
head
and a glimpse of
nostrils
piglike

I try it again. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#32. there is a loneliness in this world so great
that you can see it in the slow movement of
the hands of a clock.

people so tired
mutilated
either by love or no love.

people just are not good to each other
one on one.

the rich are not good to the rich
the poor are not good to the poor.

we are afraid.

our educational system tells us
that we can all be
big-ass winners.

it hasn't told us
about the gutters
or the suicides.

or the terror of one person
aching in one place
alone

untouched
unspoken to

watering a plant. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#33. When the phone rings
I too would like to hear words
that might ease
some of this. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#34. When a writer is swayed with his fame and his fortune, you can float him down the river with the turds. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#35. If you get married they think you're
finished
and if you are without a woman they think you're
incomplete. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#36. I am satisfied
with my aggressive nature
as I tickle death
under the
armpits. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#37. I was simply the target of their discontent and in some real sense they blamed me for not being able to rouse them out of a failed past; what they didn't consider was that I had my troubles too - most of them caused by simply living with them. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#38. The nights you fight best
are
when all the weapons are pointed
at you,
when all the voices
hurl their insults
while the dream is being
strangled.
the nights you fight best
are
when the game is
fixed,
when the crowd screams
for your
blood. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#39. I couldn't get myself to read the want ads. The thought of sitting in front of a man behind a desk and telling him that I wanted a job, that I was qualified for a job, was too much for me. Frankly, I was horrified by life, at what a man had to do simply in order to eat, sleep, and keep himself clothed. So I stayed in bed and drank. When you drank the world was still out there, but for the moment it didn't have you by the throat. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#40. But now and then, a woman walks up, full blossom, a woman just bursting out of her dress ... a sex creature, a curse, the end of it all. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#41. While most people
converse it all away
I
write it down. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#42. Gradually I came to realize that my understanding of women goes only as far as the pleasure is concerned. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#43. There's a small balcony here, the door is open and I can see the lights of
the cars on the Harbor Freeway south, they never stop, that roll of lights, on and on.
All those people. What are they doing? What are they thinking? We're all
going to die, all of us, what a circus! That alone should make us love each other but it doesn't.
#Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#44. Well, people got attatched. Once you cut the umbilical cord they attatched to the other things. Sight, sound, sex, money, mirages, mothers, masturbation, murder, and Monday morning hangovers. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#45. Have you ever been in love?" "Love is for real people." "You sound real." "I dislike real people." "You dislike them?" "I hate them. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#46. The secret is writing down one simple line after another. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#47. I had never been a dresser. My shirts were all faded and shrunken, 5 or 6 years old, threadbare. My pants the same. I hated department stores, I hated the clerks, they acted so superior, they seemed to know the secret of life, they had a confidence I didn't possess. My shoes were always broken down and old, I disliked shoe stores too. I never purchased anything until it was completely unusable, and that included automobiles. It wasn't a matter of thrift, I just couldn't bear to be a buyer needing a seller, seller being so handsome and aloof and superior. Besides, it all took time, time when you could just be laying around and drinking. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#48. I have gotten so used to melancholia that I greet it like an old friend. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#49. They, all of them, seemed to put literary form in front of the actuality and living of life itself. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#50. If you have to wait for it to roar out of
you,
then wait patiently.
if it never does roar out of you,
do something else. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#51. Music is much like fucking, but some composers can't climax and others climax too often, leaving themselves and the listener jaded and spent. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#52. For me
obedience to another is the decay of self.
for though every being is similar
each being is different
and to herd our differences
under one law
degrades each self. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#53. All we do is sleep, and eat and lay around and make love. We're like slugs. Slug-love, I call it. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#54. You scared?" asked Garson.
"Yes," I said, "but what about? #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#55. Don't be like so many writers,
don't be like so many thousands of
people who call themselves writers,
don't be dull and boring and
pretentious, don't be consumed with self-
love.
the libraries of the world have
yawned themselves to
sleep
over your kind.
don't add to that.
don't do it. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#56. Is that death
stalking me
now?
no, it's only my cat,
this
time. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#57. When women agree with me I always do the other thing #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#58. I look into myself and find perfect emptiness. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#59. I'm sorry, you see, I have no sense of direction. I've always had nightmares about getting lost. I believe I belong on another planet. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#60. That way I wouldn't have to see the guys in their walking shorts. They looked as if nothing had ever touched them- all well-mothered, protected, with a soft sheet of contentment. None of them had ever been in jail, or worked hard with their hands, or even gotten a traffic ticket. Skimmed-milk jollies, the whole bunch. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#61. The lies of centuries, the lies of love,
the lies of Socrates and Blake and Christ
will be your bedmates and tombstones
in a death that will never end. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#62. They say that
nothing is wasted:
either that
or
it al is #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#63. Drinking is another way of thinking, another way of living. It gives you two lives instead of one. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#64. The grass melting and yelling on the top of the ground and those smokesweet pictures of bluegray putting the whole sky out of place and all the while nobody saying anything just watching what the flames did like something busted out finally and having its say we all came together. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#65. The centuries are sprinkled with rare magic
with divine creatures
who help us get past the common and extraordinary ills that beset us #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#66. He stood there as I walked on. Never trust a man with a perfectly-trimmed mustache ... #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#67. I had no feeling for the things so many others needed. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#68. A bird no one wants. he's mine. my bird of pain. he doesn't sing. that bird swaying on the bough. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#69. There's no clarity. there was never meant to be clarity. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#70. And when you write a poem within the accepted poem-form, making it sound like a poem because a poem is a poem is a poem, you are saying "good morning" in that poem, and well, your morals are straight and you have not said SHIT, but wouldn't it be wonderful if you could ... instead of sweating out the correct image, the precise phrase, the turn of a thought ... simply sit down and write the god damned thing, throwing on the color and sound, shaking us alive with the force, the blackbirds, the wheat fields, the ear in the hand of the whore, sun, sun, sun, SUN!; let's make poetry the way we make love; let's make poetry and leave the laws and the rules and the morals to the churches and the politicians; let's make poetry the way we tilt the head back for the good liquor; let a drunken bum make his flame, and some day, Robert, I'll think of you, pretty and difficult, measuring vowels and adverbs, making rules instead of poetry. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#71. I don't know about other people, but when I wake up in the morning and put my shoes on, I think, Jesus Christ, now what? #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#72. The emotion was there but it wasn't spelled out in neon. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#73. I sit on the couch watching her arrange
her long red hair before my bedroom
mirror.
she pulls her hair up and
piles it on top of her head-
she lets her eyes look at
my eyes-
then she drops her hair and
lets it fall down in front of her face.
we go to bed and I hold her
speechlessly from the back
my arm around her neck
I touch her wrists and hands
feel up to
her elbows
no further. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#74. every man is afraid of being queer. I get a little tired of it. maybe we should all become queers and relax. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#75. All theories
like cliches
shot to hell,
all these small faces
looking up
beautiful and believing;
I wish to weep
but sorrow is
stupid.
I wish to believe but believe is a
graveyard.
we have narrowed it down to
the butcherknife and the
mockingbird
wish us
luck. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#76. The balloon pops and I walk across a kitchen on a rainy day in February to check on eggs and bread and wine and sanity to check on glue to paste nice pictures on these walls. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#77. And if you decide to kill somebody,
make it anybody and not somebody:
some men are made of more special, precious parts:
do not kill if you will a president or a King or a man behind a desk -
these have heavenly longitudes
enlightened attitudes.
If you decide,
take us
who stand and smoke and glower;
we are rusty with sadness
and
feverish
with climbing broken ladders #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#78. It's hot tonight and half the neighborhood is drunk. the other half is dead. if I have any advice about writing poetry it's - don't. I'm going to send out for some fried chicken. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#79. That's how they hooked you - they gave you just enough to keep alive but they never gave you enough so you could finally escape. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#80. The soul has no skin; the soul only has insides that want to sing, finally, can't you hear it, brothers? softly, can't you hear it, brothers? a hot piece of ass and a new Cadillac ain't going to solve a god-damned thing. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#81. Writers have to put up with this editor thing; it is ageless and eternal and wrong. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#82. What matter most is how well you walk trough fire. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#83. The beautiful are found in the edge of a room
crumpled into spiders and needles and silence
and we can never understand why they
left,they were so
beautiful.
they dont make it,
the beautiful die young
and leave the ugly to their ugly lives. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#84. There's a bluebird in my heart that wants to get out, but I'm too tough for him. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#85. Alone tonight in this house, alone with 6 cats who tell me without effort all that there is to know. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#86. Most give
way
leaving
empty spaces
where people should
be. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#87. I've had so many knives stuck into me, when they hand me a flower I can't quite make out what it is. It takes time. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#88. If I bet on humanity, I'd never cash a ticket. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#89. Daddy,' my mother asked, 'aren't we going to run out of gas?'
No there's plenty of god-damned gas.'
Where are we going?'
I'm going to get some god-damed oranges! #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#90. Everybody had to conform, find a mold to fit into. Doctor, lawyer, soldier
it
didn't matter what it was. Once in the mold you had to push forward. Sussex was as helpless as the
next man. Either you managed to do something or you starved in the streets. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#91. We should have known.
maybe we wanted cotton candy luck. maybe we
believed. what trash.
we believed like dogs
believe. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#92. He was bursting with enthusiasms. He probably loved many things: the hawk in flight, the god-damned ocean, full moon, Balzac, bridges, stage plays, the Pulitzer Prize, the piano, the god-damned Bible. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#93. People do too much. They say too much. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#94. Marvin bongo drums and a piano and some grass #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#95. Most people are not ready for death, theirs or anybody elses. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#96. There is really nothing you can do easily: live or die or accept fame or money or defeat, it's all hard. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#97. they are unhappy with what I have become #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#98. I drive around the streets an inch away from weeping, ashamed of my sentimentality and possible love. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#99. I like dogs better than men and cats better than dogs and myself best of all, drunk in my underwear looking out the window. #Quote by Bukowski, Charles
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#100. When I get down to my last dime I'll just walk over to skid row."
"There are some real weirdos down there."
"They're everywhere. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#101. I told her, "Hang tight, baby, it's a crazy world." And that, as they say, was that. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#102. When I'm drinking around people, I tend to get silly or pugnacious or wild, which can cause problems. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#103. You're afraid of the audience, aren't you?"
"Yes, but it's not stagefright. It's that I'm there as the geek. They like to watch me eat my shit. But it pays the light bill and takes me to the racetrack. I don't have any excuses about why I do it. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#104. Sometimes you just have to pee in the sink. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#105. As a child i suppose i was not quite normal. my happiest times were when i was left alone in the house on a saturday. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#106. But before you kill something make sure you have something better to replace it with. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#107. But she projected vitality - you knew that she was there. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#108. And the color in my eyes
has gone back into the sea. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#109. It's all overrated, man. Sex is only a great thing if you're not getting any. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#110. There is a time to stop reading, there is a time to STOP trying to WRITE, there is a time to kick the whole bloated sensation of ART out on its whore-ass. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#111. THE ALIENS
from The Last Night Of The Earth Poems

you may not believe it
but there are people
who go through life with
very little
friction of distress.
they dress well, sleep well.
they are contented with
their family
life.
they are undisturbed
and often feel
very good.
and when they die
it is an easy death, usually in their
sleep.

you may not believe
it
but such people do
exist.

but i am not one of
them.
oh no, I am not one of them,
I am not even near
to being
one of
them.
but they
are there

and I am
here. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#112. New Year's Eve is like any other eve to me: I drink. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#113. Hell was what you made it. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#114. It's nice enough to make a man weep, but I don't weep, do you? #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#115. I went to the kitchen and felt-up the turkey. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#116. Nothing like beautiful legs. 'Cause with beautiful legs, even if you've been there only once or twice, there might be something up there besides the cunt, there might be something really marvellous this time - it could be a cunt, but it could be - it's just something about looking at the legs just makes you - I'm not saying there's anything wrong with the cunt, I'm just saying, you always imagine - some extra magic when you're looking at the outside portion of the female. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#117. People don't need love. What they need is success in one form or another. It can be love but it needn't be. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#118. Love needs too much help, he said.
hate takes care of itself. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#119. For a man of 55 who didn't get laid
until he was 23 and not very often until he was 50 I think that I should stay listed via Pacific Telephone
until I get as much as the average man has had #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#120. I like to change liquor stores frequently because the clerks got to know your habits if you went in night and day and bought huge quantities. I could feel them wondering why I wasn't dead yet and it made me uncomfortable. They probably weren't thinking any such thing, but then a man gets paranoid when he has 300 hangovers a year. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#121. There was something about funerals. It made you see things better. A funeral a day and I'd be rich. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#122. I guess I´m too used to sitting in a small room and making
words do a few things. I see enough of humanity at the
racetracks, the supermarkets, gas stations, freeways, cafes,
etc. This can´t be helped. But I feel like kicking myself in
the ass when I go to gatherings, even if the drinks are free.
It never works for me. I´ve got enough clay to play with.
People empty me. I have to get away to refill. I´m what´s best
for me, sitting here slouched, smoking a beedie and watching
this creen flash the words. Seldom do you meet a rare or
interesting person. It´s more than galling, it´s a fucking
constant shock. It´s making a god-damned grouch out of me.
Anybody can be a god-damned grouch and most are. Help! #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#123. 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. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#124. With me, my main vision for life was to avoid as many people as possible. The less people I saw the better I felt. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#125. Maybe when I get in the grave, things will be beautiful. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#126. It was a joy! Words weren't dull, words were things that could make your mind hum. If you read them and let yourself feel the magic, you could live without pain, with hope, no matter what happened to you. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#127. But they were all tricks.They were very dull. There were pages and pages of words that didn't say anything.Or if they did say something they took too long to say it and by the time they said it you already were too tired to have it matter at all.
you al re ady we re #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#128. Love is a form of prejudice. I have too many other prejudices. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#129. To do things, simple things, to be part of family picnics, Christmas, the 4th of July, Labor Day, Mother's Day ... was a man born just to endure those things and then die? #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#130. The knife cuts into the
sun.
the plate
breaks.
the cat yawns. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#131. GRATE ART IS HORSESHIT, BUY TACOS. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#132. I feel strangely normal. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#133. welcome to my wormy hell.
the music grinds off-key.
fish eyes watch from the wall.
this is where the last happy shot was
fired.
the mind snaps closed
like a mind snapping
closed.
we need to discover a new will and a new
way.
we're stuck here now
listening to the laughter of the
gods.
my temples ache with the fact of
the facts.
I get up, move about, scratch
myself.
I'm a pawn.
I am a hungry prayer.
my wormy hell welcomes you.
hello, hello there. come in, come on in!
plenty of room here for us all,
sucker.
we can only blame ourselves so
come sit with me in the dark.
it's half-past
nowhere
everywhere. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#134. There is moss on the walls and the stain of thought and failure and waiting #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#135. Lighting new cigarettes,
pouring more
drinks.
It has been a beautiful
fight.
Still
is. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#136. What's wrong with assholes, baby? #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#137. Being a common laborer all my life at poor and underpaid jobs, I had worked with more black men, known more black men, drank with more black men, fought with more black men than any theoretical liberal with books jammed between the ears. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#138. Two bulls fighting for the cow. And a bony one at that. But in America the loser oftentimes got the cow. Mother instinct? Better wallet? Longer dick? God knows what. ... #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#139. I talked to Miriam. She says you paint and write, you're an artist"
"at rare times I'm an artist; at most other times I'm nothing #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#140. Bullfighting can be an art Boxing can be an art Loving can be an art Opening a can of sardines can be an art #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#141. A day of minor profit or prophet led to a night of drunkenness. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#142. people so tired
mutilated
either by love or no love. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#143. A cat is only itself, representative of the strong forces of life that won't let go. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#144. I decided to put on my new suit and go out and find a woman, a beautiful one, of course, to support a man of my still-hidden talents. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#145. The truth, however, was that there was very little greatness. It was almost nonexistent, invisible. But you could be sure that the worst writers had the most confidence, the least self-doubt. Anyway, writers were to be avoided, and I tried to avoid them, but it was almost impossible. They hoped for some sort of brotherhood, some kind of togetherness. None of it had anything to do with writing, none of it helped at the typewriter. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#146. I'm not a guru. I wish you wouldn't pose these things at me, man. Ask me about women or something. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#147. sometimes I hate you,"
she said. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#148. Not being able to love fully
they will believe your love incomplete
and then they will hate you
and their hatred will be perfect #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#149. 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. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#150. Some men are crazy," I said, moving toward the door.
"What do wou mean?"
"I mean, some men are in love with their wives. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#151. We are all museums of fear. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#152. I found the best thing
I could do
was just to type away
at my own work
and let the dying
die
as they always have. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#153. We don't even ask happiness, just a little less pain. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#154. If I'm an ass, I should say so. If I don't, somebody else will. If I say it first, that disarms them. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#155. You get so alone at times that it just makes sense. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#156. I'm sorry, I said, I'm really sorry.
I stood up in a cafe and screamed
I'm in love,
and now you've made a fool of me ... #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#157. At the age of 25 most people were finished. A whole god-damned nation of assholes driving automobiles, eating, having babies, doing everything in the worst way possible, like voting for the presidential candidate who reminded them most of themselves. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#158. The streets were full of insane & dull people. Most of them lived in nice houses and didn't seem to work, and you wondered how they did it. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#159. It was going to be alright. At last. For a while. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#160. Writers are nothing but beggars with a good line. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#161. Escape from the black widow spider is a miracle as great as art. what a web she can weave slowly drawing you to her she'll embrace you then when she's satisfied she'll kill you still in her embrace and suck the blood from you. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#162. I remembered my New Orleans days, living on two five-cent candy bars a day for weeks at a time in order to have leisure to write. But starvation, unfortunately, didn't improve art. It only hindered it. A man's soul was rooted in his stomach. A man could write much better after eating a porterhouse steak and drinking a pint of whiskey than he could ever write after eating a nickel candy bar. The myth of the starving artist was a hoax. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#163. The empty, the angry, the lonely, the tricked, we are all museums of fear. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#164. It seemed better to delay thinking. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#165. Hey you, dragging the halo-
how about a holiday in the islands of grief?

Tongue is the word I wish to have with you.
Your eyes are so blue they leak.

Your legs are longer than a prisoner's
last night on death row.
I'm filthier than the coal miner's bathtub
and nastier than the breath of Charles Bukowski.

You're a dirty little windshield.

I'm standing behind you on the subway,
hard as calculus. My breath
be sticking to your neck like graffiti.

I'm sitting opposite you in the bar,
waiting for you to uncross your boundaries.

I want to rip off your logic
and make passionate sense to you.

I want to ride in the swing of your hips.

My fingers will dig in you like quotation marks,
blazing your limbs into parts of speech.

But with me for a lover, you won't need
catastrophes. What attracted me in the first place
will ultimately make me resent you.

I'll start telling you lies,
and my lies will sparkle,
become the bad stars you chart your life by.

I'll stare at other women so blatantly
you'll hear my eyes peeling,

because sex with you is like Great Britain:
cold, groggy, and a little uptight.

Your bed is a big, soft calculator
where my problems multiply.

Your brain is a garage
I park my bullshit in, for free.

You're not really my #Quote by Jeffrey McDaniel
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#166. Generally, a writer of force is anywhere from 20 years to 200 years ahead of his generation. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#167. People always talked about the good clean smell of fresh sweat. They had to make excuses for it. They never talked about the good clean smell of fresh shit. There was nothing really as glorious as a good beer shit - I mean after drinking twenty or twenty-five beers the night before. The odor of a beer shit like that spread all around and stayed for a good hour-and-a-half. It made you realize that you were really alive. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#168. Genius could be the ability to say a profound thing in a simple way, or even to say a simple thing in a simpler way. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#169. Life itself is not the miracle.
that pain should be so constant,
that's the miracle - #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#170. I know it's impossible to explain this to you. I carry this terrible aching hell in my heart. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#171. Fay had a spot of blood on the left side of her mouth and I took a wet cloth and wiped it off. Women were meant to suffer; no wonder they asked for constant declarations of love. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#172. I'd rather stick my head up an elephant's cunt #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#173. And love is a word used too much and much too soon. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#174. We don't need new governments
new revolutions
we don't need new men
new women
we don't need new ways
we just need to care. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#175. Some men hope for revolution but when you revolt and set up your new government you find your new government is still the same old Papa, he has only put on a cardboard mask. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#176. Don't talk to me or bother me and I won't bother you. All right? #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#177. I've never met another man I'd rather be. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#178. Slavery was never abolished, it was only extended to include all the colors. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#179. Her eyes always had a frantic, lost look. He could never cure her eyes of that. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#180. Isolation is a gift. Everything else is just a test of your endurance. You will be alone with the Gods. Your nights will flame with fire. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#181. I'm more interested in humanity in general than pussy in the exact. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#182. Dying in a a war never stopped wars from happening. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#183. Days like this, like your day today.
maybe the rain on the window trying to
get through to you. What do you see today?
what is it? where are you?
the best days are sometimes the first,
sometimes the middle and even sometimes the last #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#184. Neal would just go on driving, neither grim or happy or sardonic, just there - doing the movements. I understood. it was necessary. it was his bull ring, his racetrack. it was holy and necessary #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#185. 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. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#186. Run with the hunted. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#187. There may not be a hell, but those who judge may create one. I think people are over-taught. They are over-taught everything. You have to find out by what happens to you, how you will react. I'll have to use a strange term here ... "good." I don't know where it comes from, but I feel that there's an ultimate strain of goodness born in each of us. I don't believe in God, but I believe in this "goodness" like a tube running through our bodies. It can be nurtured. It's always magic, when on a freeway packed with traffic, a stranger makes room for you to change lanes ... it gives you hope. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#188. Drink from the well of yourself and begin again. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#189. Only the boring get bored #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#190. The whole world is a sack of shit ripping open. I can´t save it. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#191. Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#192. Hey baby, when I write, I'm the hero of my shit. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#193. I believe that to be the world's greatest living
writer
there must be something
terribly wrong with you.
I don't even want to be the world's greatest
dead writer.
just being dead would be fair
enough. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#194. Love poem to a stripper 50 years ago I watched the girls shake it and strip at The Burbank and The Follies and it was very sad and very dramatic as the light turned from green to purple to pink and the music was loud and vibrant, now I sit here tonight smoking and listening to classical music but I still remember some of their names: Darlene, Candy, Jeanette and Rosalie. Rosalie was the best, she knew how, and we twisted in our seats and made sounds as Rosalie brought magic to the lonely so long ago. now Rosalie either so very old or so quiet under the earth, this is the pimple-faced kid who lied about his age just to watch you. you were good, Rosalie in 1935, good enough to remember now when the light is yellow and the nights are slow. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#195. No pain means the end of feeling; each of our joys is a bargain with the devil. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#196. Tell him to seek the stars and he will kill himself with climbing. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#197. I'd decided the campus was just a place to hide. There were some campus freaks who stayed on forever. The whole college scene was soft. They never told you what to expect out there in the real world. They just crammed you with theory and never told you how hard the pavements were. A college education could destroy an individual for life. Books could make you soft. When you put them down, and really went out there, then you needed to know what they never told you. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#198. Never bring a lot of money to where a poor man lives. He can only lose what little he has. On the other hand it is mathematically possible that he might win whatever you bring with you. What you must do, with money and the poor, is never let them get too close to one another. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#199. The best thing about the bedroom was the bed. I liked to stay in bed for hours, even during the day with covers pulled up to my chin. It was good in there, nothing ever occurred in there, no people, nothing. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
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#200. and love was lightning and remembrance #Quote by Charles Bukowski

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