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Favorite quotes from Bukowski

The style of writing of Charles Bukowski has influenced contemporary authors and is often imitated. 
He was born in Germany, where he spent the first two years of his life, after which his parents decided to move to Los Angeles.

He lived a hard and complicated life, with countless family problems under the continuous psychological and physical abuse by his father.

One of the things that amaze me about this great man is that he became famous and wrote his best works in his fifties. For 10 years he worked at the post office in Los Angeles and decided to quit with this letter: "I have one of two choices – stay in the post office and go crazy ... or stay out here and play at writer and starve. I have decided to starve."
We all know his work and master pieces so here are ours favorite quotes:

- You have to die a few times before you can really live.

- That’s the problem with drinking, I thought, as I poured myself a drink. 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.

- An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way.

- I don't hate people. I just feel better when they aren't around.

- It has taken me decades, but I have finally found out how to say “no”.

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

- Feminism was invented so ugly women could integrate themselves into society. 

You can add your favorites in the comments box. :) 


  1. “Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead.”

  2. I love the quote about the drinking, it's from Women, I love that book!