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