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Charles Bukowski (16 August 1920 – 9 March 1994) was a Los Angeles, California poet and novelist sometimes mistakenly associated with Beat Generation writers because of alleged similarities of style and attitude. Bukowski's writing was heavily influenced by the geography and atmosphere of his home city of Los Angeles. He wrote more than fifty books and countless smaller pieces. He is often mentioned as an influence by contemporary authors and his style is frequently imitated.

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1. “‘Any damn fool can beg up some kind of job; it takes a wise man to make it without working.’”

—Charles Bukowski

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Source: listed chronologically, Post Office (1971)

2. “‘I'm no preacher but I can tell you this-the lives that people lead are driving them crazy and their insanity comes out in the way they drive.’”

—Charles Bukowski

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Source: listed chronologically, Factotum (1975) Ch. 72, Janeway Smithson

3. “‘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.’”

—Charles Bukowski

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Source: listed chronologically, Post Office (1971)

4. “‘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

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Source: listed chronologically, Factotum (1975) Ch. 52

5. “I've given you my time. It's all I've got to give - it's all any man has. And for a pitiful buck and a quarter an hour... my time so that you can live in your big house on the hill and have all the things that go with it. If anybody has lost anything on this deal, on this arrangement... I've been the loser.”

—Charles Bukowski

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Source: listed chronologically, Factotum (1975) Ch. 49, Henry Chinaski

6. “‘Every man is a poet’”

—Charles Bukowski

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7. “‘They wouldn't fire me. Even the salesmen liked me. They were robbing the boss out the back door but I didn't say anything. That was their little game. It didn't interest me. I wasn't much of a petty thief. I wanted the whole world or nothing.’”

—Charles Bukowski

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Source: listed chronologically, Post Office (1971)

8. “We're all going to die, all of us, what a circus! That alone should make us love each other but it doesn't. We are terrorized and flattened by trivialities, we are eaten up by nothing.”

—Charles Bukowski

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Source: listed chronologically, The Captain is Out to Lunch and the Sailors have taken over the Ship (1998)

9. “The free soul is rare, but you know it when you see it - basically because you feel good, very good, when you are near or with them.”

—Charles Bukowski

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Source: listed chronologically, Tales of ordinary madness (1967-83)

10. “‘I squeezed Fay’s hand, kissed her on the forehead. She closed her eyes and seemed to sleep then. She was not a young woman. Maybe she hadn’t saved the world but she had made a major improvement. Ring one up for Fay.’”

—Charles Bukowski

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11. “It was true that I didn't have much ambition, but there ought to be a place for people without ambition, I mean a better place than the one usually reserved. How in the hell could a man enjoy being awakened at 6:30 a.m. by an alarm clock, leap out of bed, dress, force-feed, shit, piss, brush teeth and hair, and fight traffic to get to a place where essentially you made lots of money for somebody else and were asked to be grateful for the opportunity to do so?”

—Charles Bukowski

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Source: listed chronologically, Factotum (1975) Ch. 55

12. “It began as a mistake.”

—Charles Bukowski

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Source: listed chronologically, Post Office (1971)

13. “If you want to know who your friends are, get yourself a jail sentence.”

—Charles Bukowski

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Source: listed chronologically, Notes of a Dirty Old Man (1969)

14. “An intellectual is a man who says a simple thing in a difficult way; an artist is a man who says a difficult thing in a simple way.”

—Charles Bukowski

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Source: listed chronologically, Notes of a Dirty Old Man (1969)

15. “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.”

—Charles Bukowski

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Source: listed chronologically, Factotum (1975) Ch. 31

16. “My ambition is handicapped by my laziness.”

—Charles Bukowski

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Source: listed chronologically, Factotum (1975) Ch. 45, Manny

17. “It's 4:30 in the morning, it's always 4:30 in the morning.”

—Charles Bukowski

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Source: listed chronologically Rooming House Madrigals (1954)

18. “I didn't even have a uniform, just a cap. I wore my regular clothes. The way my shackjob Betty and I drank there was hardly money for clothes.”

—Charles Bukowski

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Source: listed chronologically, Post Office (1971)

19. “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: cranks, imbeciles, the demented, the vengeful, sadists, killers. Modern society had created its own kind and they feasted on each other. It was a duel to the death--in a cesspool.”

—Charles Bukowski

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Source: listed chronologically, Women (1978)

20. “People with no morals often considered themselves more free, but mostly they lacked the ability to feel hate or love.”

—Charles Bukowski

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Source: listed chronologically, Women (1978)

21. “Show me a man who lives alone and has a perpetually clean kitchen, and eight times out of nine I'll show you a man with detestable spiritual qualities.”

—Charles Bukowski

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Source: listed chronologically, Tales of ordinary madness (1967-83)

22. “‘Baby,’ I said. ‘I'm a genius but nobody knows it but me.’”

—Charles Bukowski

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Source: listed chronologically, Factotum (1975) Ch. 31

23. “‘Someday,’ I told Jan, ‘when they demonstrate that the world has four dimensions instead of just three, a man will be able to go for a walk and just disappear. No burial, no tears, no illusions, no heaven or hell. People will be sitting around and they'll say, 'What happened to George?' And somebody will say, 'Well, I don't know. He said he was going out for a pack of cigarettes.’”

—Charles Bukowski

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Source: listed chronologically, Factotum (1975) Ch. 42

24. “Nothing is worse than to finish a good shit, then reach over and find the toilet paper container empty. Even the most horrible human being on earth deserves to wipe his ass.”

—Charles Bukowski

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Source: listed chronologically, Factotum (1975) Ch.65

25. “There were always men looking for jobs in America. There were always all these usable bodies. And I wanted to be a writer. Almost everybody was a writer. Not everybody thought they could be a dentist or an automobile mechanic but everybody knew they could be a writer. Of those fifty guys in the room, probably fifteen of them thought they were writers. Almost everybody used words and could write them down, i.e., almost everybody could be a writer.But most men, fortunately, aren't writers, or even cab drivers, and some men - many men - unfortunately aren't anything.”

—Charles Bukowski

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Source: listed chronologically, Factotum (1975) Ch. 73

26. “I was glad I wasn't in love, that I wasn't happy with the world. I like being at odds with everything. People in love often become edgy, dangerous. They lose their sense of perspective. They lose their sense of humor. They become nervous, psychotic bores. They even become killers.”

—Charles Bukowski

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Source: listed chronologically, Women (1978)

27. “Morals were restrictive, but they were grounded on human experience.”

—Charles Bukowski

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28. “Many a good man has been put under the bridge by a woman.”

—Charles Bukowski

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29. “Once a woman turns against you, forget it. They can love you, then something turns in them. They can watch you dying in a gutter, run over by a car, and they'll spit on you.”

—Charles Bukowski

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30. “LSD, yeah, the big parade – everybody's doin' it now. Take LSD, then you are a poet, an intellectual. What a sick mob. I am building a machine gun in my closet now to take out as many of them as I can before they get me.”

—Charles Bukowski

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Source: listed chronologically, Letters in a letter to Steven Richmond (Published in Charles Bukowski: Locked in the Arms of a Crazy Life by Howard Sounes)

31. “‘For those who believe in God, most of the big questions are answered. But for those of us who can't readily accept the God formula, the big answers don't remain stonewritten. We adjust to new conditions and discoveries. We are pliable. Love need not be a command or faith a dictum. I am my own God. We are here to unlearn the teachings of the church, state and our educational system. We are here to drink beer. We are here to kill war. We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us.’”

—Charles Bukowski

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Source: listed chronologically, Interviews "The Meaning of Life: The Big Picture", Life Magazine (December 1988)

32. “Van Gogh writing his brother for paints Hemingway testing his shotgun Celine going broke as a doctor of medicine the impossibility of being human Shakespeare a plagiarist Beethoven with a horn stuck into his head against deafness the impossibility the impossibility Nietzsche gone totally mad the impossibility of being human all too human this breathing in and out out and in these punks these cowards these champions these mad dogs of glory moving this little bit of light toward us impossibly.”

—Charles Bukowski

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Source: listed chronologically "Beasts Bounding Through Time" (1986)

33. “I've never met another man I'd rather be.”

—Charles Bukowski

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Source: listed chronologically Bukowski: Born Into This (2002)

34. “The difference between a brave man and a coward is a coward thinks twice before jumping in the cage with a lion. The brave man doesn't know what a lion is. He just thinks he does.”

—Charles Bukowski

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Source: listed chronologically, Notes of a Dirty Old Man (1969)

35. “I was given the job of milking the cows, finally, and it got me up earlier than anybody. But it was kind of nice, pulling at those cows' tits (pg. 172).”

—Charles Bukowski

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Source: listed chronologically, Tales of ordinary madness (1967-83)

36. “But I couldn't help thinking, god, all these mailmen do is drop in letters and get laid. This is the job for me, oh yes yes yes.”

—Charles Bukowski

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Source: listed chronologically, Post Office (1971)

37. “‘MR. JONSTONE IS A FINE MAN!’ ‘Don't be silly, he's an obvious sadist,’ I said. ‘How long have you been in the Post Office?’ ‘Three weeks.’ ‘MR. JONSTONE HAS BEEN WITH THE POST OFFICE FOR 30 YEARS!’ ‘What does that have to do with it?’ ‘I said, MR. JONSTONE IS A FINE MAN!’ I believe the poor fellow actually wanted to kill me. ...‘All right,’ I said, ‘Jonstone is a fine man. Forget the whole... thing.’ Then I walked out and took the next day off. Without pay, of course.”

—Charles Bukowski

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Source: listed chronologically, Post Office (1971)

38. “I thought about taking a shower but I could see the headlines: MAILMAN CAUGHT DRINKING THE BLOOD OF GOD AND TAKING A SHOWER, NAKED, IN A ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH. ...I found out later that mail for the church was delivered to the parish house around the corner. But now, or course, I knew where to... shower when I'm down and out.”

—Charles Bukowski

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Source: listed chronologically, Post Office (1971)

39. “It was the poor part of town—small houses and courts with mailboxes full of spiders, mailboxes hanging by one nail, old women inside rolling cigarettes and chewing tobacco and humming to their canaries and watching you, an idiot lost in the rain.”

—Charles Bukowski

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40. “‘Wouldn't you like to come in and have a cup of tea and dry off?’ ‘Lady, don't you realize that we don't even have time to pull up our shorts?’ ‘Pull up your shorts?’ ‘YES, PULL UP OUR SHORTS!’ I screamed at her and walked off into the wall of water.”

—Charles Bukowski

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41. “‘Look, you're small-town. I've had over 50 jobs, maybe a hundred. I've never stayed anywhere long. What I am trying to say is, there is a certain game played in offices all over America. The people are bored, they don't know what to do, so they play the office-romance game. Most of the time it means nothing but the passing of time. Sometimes they do manage to work off a screw or two on the side. But even then, it is just an offhand pasttime, like bowling or t.v. or a New Year's Eve party. You've got to understand that it doesn't mean anything and then you won't get hurt. Do you understand what I mean?’”

—Charles Bukowski

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42. “I got into bed, opened the bottle, worked the pillow into a hard knot behind my back, took a deep breath, and sat in the dark looking out of the window. It was the first time I had been alone for five days. I was a man who thrived on solitude; without it I was like another man without food or water. Each day without solitude weakened me. I took no pride in my solitude; but I was dependent on it. The darkness of the room was like sunlight to me. I took a drink of wine.”

—Charles Bukowski

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43. “‘You have a very strange face,’ she said. ‘You're not really ugly.’ ‘Number four shipping clerk, working his way up.’ ‘Have you ever been in love?’ ‘Love is for real people.’ ‘You sound real.’ ‘I dislike real people.’ ‘You dislike them?’ ‘I hate them.’ We drank some more, not saying much. It continued to snow. Gertrude turned her head and stared into the crowd of people. Then she looked at me. ‘Isn't he handsome?’ ‘Who?’ ‘That soldier over there. He's sitting alone. He sits so straight. And he's got all his medals on.’ ‘Come on, let's get out of here.’”

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44. “That was all a man needed: hope. It was a lack of hope that discouraged a man. 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.”

—Charles Bukowski

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45. “I had first learned that I was an idiot in the school yard. I was taunted and poked at and jeered, as were the other one or two idiots. My only advantage over the other one or two, two idiots. My only advantage over the other one or two, who were beaten and chasen, was that I was sullen. When surrounded I was not terrified. They never attacked me but would finally turn on one of the others and beat them as I watched.”

—Charles Bukowski

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46. “The bus ran along a very narrow strip of cement that stood up out of the water with no guard-rail, no nothing; that's all there was to it. The bus driver leaned back and we roared along over this narrow cement strip surrounded by water and all the people in the bus, the twenty-five or forty or fifty-two people trusted him, but I never did. Sometimes it was a new driver, and I thought, how do they select these sons of bitches? There's deep water on both sides of us and with one error of judgement he'll kill us all. It was ridiculous. Suppose he had an argument with his wife that morning? Or cancer? Or visions of God? Bad teeth? Anything. He could do it. Dump us all. I knew that if I was driving that I would consider the possibility or desirability of drowning everybody. And sometimes, after just such considerations, possibility turns into reality. For each Joan of Arc there is a Hitler perched at the other end of the teeter-totter. The old story of good and evil. But none of the bus drivers ever dumped us. They were thinking instead of car payments, baseball scores, haircuts, vacations, enemas, family visits. There wasn't a real man in the whole shitload.”

—Charles Bukowski

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47. “I had lumps all over my body, dizzy spells, I was spitting blood, and I had gone there only to be given an appointment for three weeks later. Now like every American boy I had always been told: catch cancer early. Then you go down to catch it early and they make you wait three weeks for an appointment. That's the difference between what we're told and actuality.”

—Charles Bukowski

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48. “Janeway Smithson was a little, insane, grey-haired bantam rooster of a man. He loaded five or six of us in one cab, and we rolled down to the bed of the L.A. River. Now in those days the L.A. River was a fake - there was no water, just a wide, flat, dry cement runway. The bums lived down there by the hundreds in little cement alcoves under the bridges and overpasses. Some of them even had potted plants in front of their places. All they needed to live like kings was canned heat (Sterno) and what they picked out of the nearby garbage dump. They were tan and relaxed and most of them looked a hell of a lot healthier than the average Los Angeles business man. Those guys down there had no problems with women, income tax, landlords, burial expenses, dentists, time payments, car repairs, or with climbing into a voting booth and pulling the curtain closed.”

—Charles Bukowski

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49. “When I went to the Yellow Cab Company I passed the Cancer Building and I remembered that there were worse things than looking for a job you didn't want.”

—Charles Bukowski

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50. “I was drawn to all the wrong things: I liked to drink, I was lazy, I didn't have a god, politics, ideas, ideals. I was settled into nothingness; a kind of non-being, and I accepted it. I didn't make for an interesting person. I didn't want to be interesting, it was too hard. What I really wanted was only a soft, hazy space to live in, and to be left alone. On the other hand, when I got drunk I screamed, went crazy, got all out of hand. One kind of behavior didn't fit the other. I didn't care.”

—Charles Bukowski

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51. “Nothing was ever in tune. People just blindly grabbed at whatever there was: communism, health foods, zen, surfing, ballet, hypnotism, group encounters, orgies, biking, herbs, Catholicism, weight-lifting, travel, withdrawal, vegetarianism, India, painting, writing, sculpting, composing, conducting, backpacking, yoga, copulating, gambling, drinking, hanging around, frozen yogurt, Beethoven, Bach, Buddha, Christ, TM, H, carrot juice, suicide, handmade suits, jet travel, New York City, and then it all evaporated and fell apart. People had to find things to do while waiting to die. I guess it was nice to have a choice.”

—Charles Bukowski

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52. “on the radio I heard the news of that day at least 6 times, I was well versed in world affairs. the remainder of the stations played a thin, sick music. the classical stations refused to come in clearly and when they did it was a stale repetition of standard and tiresome works. I turned the radio off. a strange whirling began in my head—it circled behind the forehead, clockwise... I began to wonder, is this what happens when one goes mad?”

—Charles Bukowski

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53. “I was still proud of that moment back then when Jed handed me that pint and I drained a third of it with all the disciples watching. damn, there was no way it seemed we could ever lose but we did. and it took me 3 or 4 decades to move on just a little. and Jed, if you are still here tonight, (I forgot to tell you then) here's a thanks for that drink.”

—Charles Bukowski

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54. “there's a bluebird in my heart that wants to get out but I'm too tough for him, I say, stay in there, I'm not going to let anybody see you. ...I only let him out at night sometimes when everybody's asleep. ...he's singing a little in there, I haven't quite let him die ...and it's nice enough to make a man weep, but I don't weep,do you?”

—Charles Bukowski

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55. “a woman can drop out of your life and forget you real fast. a woman can't go anywhere but UP after leaving you, honey.”

—Charles Bukowski

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Source: listed chronologically, The Last Night of the Earth Poems (1992) "pulled down shade"

56. “there were these people on the ground, they were reaching up their arms and trying to pull me down but they couldn't do it. I felt like pissing on them. they were so jealous. all they had to do was to work their way slowly up to it as I had done. such people think success grows on trees. you and I, we know better.”

—Charles Bukowski

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57. “Sometimes I felt that I didn’t even know who I was. All right, I’m Nicky Belane. But check this. Somebody could yell out, ‘Hey, Harry! Harry Martel!’ and I’d most likely answer, ‘Yeah, what is it?’ I mean, I could be anybody, what does it matter?”

—Charles Bukowski

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Source: listed chronologically, Pulp (1994)

58. “Man was born to die. What did it mean? Hanging around and waiting. Waiting for the ‘A train.’ Waiting for a pair of big breasts on some August night in a Vegas hotel room. Waiting for the mouse to sing. Waiting for the snake to grow wings. Hanging around.”

—Charles Bukowski

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59. “Hell was what you made it.”

—Charles Bukowski

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60. “Sex was a trap, a snare. It was for animals.”

—Charles Bukowski

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61. “Something was always after a man. It never relented. No rest, ever.”

—Charles Bukowski

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62. “... don't wait for the good woman. She doesn't exist. There are women who can make you feel more with their bodies and their souls but these are the exact women who will turn the knife into you right in front of the crowd. Of course, I expect this, but the knife still cuts. The female loves to play man against man, and if she is in a position to do it there is not one who will not resist. The male, for all his bravado and exploration, is the loyal one, the one who generally feels love. The female is skilled at betrayal. and torture and damnation. Never envy a man his lady. Behind it all lays a living hell.”

—Charles Bukowski

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Source: listed chronologically, Letters in a letter to Steven Richmond (Published in Charles Bukowski: Locked in the Arms of a Crazy Life by Howard Sounes)

63. “I think that everything should be made available to everybody, and I mean LSD, cocaine, codeine, grass, opium, the works. Nothing on earth available to any man should be confiscated and made unlawful by other men in more seemingly powerful and advantageous positions. More often than not Democratic Law works to the advantage of the few even though the many have voted; this, of course, is because the few have told them how to vote. I grow tired of 18th century moralities in a 20th century space-atomic age. If I want to kill myself I feel that should be my business. If I go out and hold up gas stations at night to pay for my supply it is because the law inflates a very cheap thing into an escalated war against my nerves and my soul.”

—Charles Bukowski

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Source: listed chronologically, Interviews "This Floundering Old Bastard is the Best Damn Poet in Town", interview by John Thomas, in LA Free Press (1967)

64. “If I'm an ass, I should say so. If I don't, somebody else will. If I say it first, that disarms them.”

—Charles Bukowski

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Source: listed chronologically, Interviews Interview with Robert Wennersten (1974)

65. “I found out that Hollywood is more crooked, dumber, crueler, stupider than all the books I've read about it. They didn't go deeply enough into how it lacks art, and soul, and heart— how it's really a piece of crap. There are too many hands directing, there're too many fingers in the pot, and they're all kind of ignorant about what they're doing. They're greedy, and they're vicious. So you don't get much of a movie.”

—Charles Bukowski

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Source: listed chronologically, Interviews Interview included in the documentary Bukowski: Born Into This. Discussing the movie adaptation of Barfly and his novel Hollywood.

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