Charles Bukowski Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Charles Bukowski quotes, Charles Bukowski sayings, and Charles Bukowski proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Having nothing to struggle against they have nothing to struggle for. Charles Bukowski
Drinking is an emotional thing. It joggles you out of the standardism of everyday life, out of everything being the same. It yanks you out of your body and your mind and throws you against the wall. I have the feeling that drinking is a form of suicide where you're allowed to return to life and begin all over the next day. Charles Bukowski
In New York you've got to have all the luck. Charles Bukowski
Drinking is an emotional thing. It joggles you out of everyday life, out of everything being the same. It yanks you out of your body and your mind and throws you against the wall. I have the feeling that drinking is a form of suicide where you're allowed to return to life and begin all over the next day. It's like killing yourself, and then you're reborn. I guess I've lived about ten or fifteen thousand lives now. Charles Bukowski
We are like roses that have never bothered to bloom when we should have bloomed and it is as if the sun has become disgusted with waiting. Charles Bukowski
What matters most is how well you walk through the fire. Charles Bukowski
Animals never worry about heaven or hell. Neither do I. Maybe that's why we get along. Charles Bukowski
Some moments are nice, some are nicer, some are even worth writing about. Charles Bukowski
If you're losing your soul and you know it, then you've still got a soul left to lose. Charles Bukowski
and our few good times will be rare because we have the critical sense, and are not easy to fool with laughter Charles Bukowski
I guess the only time most people think about injustice is when it happens to them Charles Bukowski
If something bad happens you drink in an attempt to forget; if something good happens you drink in order to celebrate; and if nothing happens you drink to make something happen. Charles Bukowski
The difference between Art and Life is that Art is more bearable. Charles Bukowski
It was like a church in there as only the truly lost sit in bars on Tuesday mornings at 8:00 a.m. Charles Bukowski
Genius might be the ability to say a profound thing in a simple way. Charles Bukowski
Almost everyone is born a genius and buried an idiot. Charles Bukowski
Being alone never felt right. sometimes it felt good, but it never felt right. Charles Bukowski
I loved you like a man loves a woman he never touches, only writes to, keeps little photographs of. Charles Bukowski
What a weary time those years were, to have the desire and the need to live but not the ability. Charles Bukowski
Love is a fog that burns with the first daylight of reality. Charles Bukowski
Fiction is an improvement on life. Charles Bukowski
The hangover was brutal but he didn't mind. It told him he had been somewhere else, some place good. Charles Bukowski
Existence was not only absurd, it was plain hard work. Charles Bukowski
News travels fast in places where nothing much ever happens. Charles Bukowski
There are times when those eyes inside your brain stare back at you. Charles Bukowski
There are times when those eyes inside your brain stare back at you. 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
Everything you own must be able to fit inside one suitcase; then your mind might be free. Charles Bukowski
Courts are places where the ending is written first and all that precedes is simply vaudeville. Charles Bukowski
Being alone never felt right. sometimes it felt good, but it never felt right. Charles Bukowski