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.'

I often stood in front of the mirror alone, wondering how ugly a person could get. Charles Bukowski
Beauty is nothing, beauty won’t stay. You don’t know how lucky you are to be ugly, because if people like you, you know it’s for something else. Charles Bukowski
What a weary time those years were -- to have the desire and the need to live but not the ability. Charles Bukowski
Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must live. Charles Bukowski
You begin saving the world by saving one man at a time all else is grandiose romanticism or politics. Charles Bukowski
The shortest distance between two points is often unbearable. Charles Bukowski
The way to create art is to burn and destroy ordinary concepts and to substitute them with new truths that run down from the top of the head and out of the heart. Charles Bukowski
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. Charles Bukowski
I don’t hate people. I just feel better when they are not around. Charles Bukowski
Censorship is the tool of those who have the need to hide actualities from themselves and from others. Their fear is only their inability to face what is real, and I can't vent any anger against them; I only feel this appalling sadness. Somewhere in their upbringing, they were shielded against the total facts of our existence. Charles Bukowski