Top 10 Charles Bukowski Quotes
#10 - BEER SHIT
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“There was nothing really as glorious as a good beer shit—I mean after drinking twenty or twenty-five beers the night before. The odor of a beer shit like that spread all around and stayed for a good hour-and-a-half. It made you realize that you were really alive.”
Ham on Rye, 1982

#09 - AMBITION
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"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?"
Factotum, 1975

#08 - DUEL TO THE DEATH
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"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."
Women, 1978

#07 - THE ROAD AHEAD
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"I could see the road ahead of me. I was poor and I was going to stay poor. But I didn't particularly want money. I didn't know what I wanted. Yes, I did. I wanted someplace to hide out, someplace where one didn't have to do anything. The thought of being something didn't only appall me, it sickened me . . . To do things, to be part of family picnics, Christmas, the 4th of July, Labor Day, Mother's Day . . . was a man born just to endure those things and then die? I would rather be a dishwasher, return alone to a tiny room and drink myself to sleep."
Ham on Rye, 1982

#06 - DRIVEN TO DRINK
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"The nine-to-five is one of the greatest atrocities sprung upon mankind. You give your life away to a function that doesn't interest you. This situation so repelled me that I was driven to drink, starvation, and mad females, simply as an alternative."
Sunlight Here I Am: Interviews & Encounters 1963-1993, 2003

#05 - BORN AGAIN
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"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. It's like killing yourself, and then you're reborn. I guess I've lived about ten or fifteen thousand lives now."
—Interview, London Magazine, December 1974-January 1975

#04 - LONER
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"I was naturally a loner, content just to live with a woman, eat with her, sleep with her, walk down the street with her. I didn't want conversation, or to go anywhere except the racetrack or the boxing matches. I didn't understand t.v. I felt foolish paying money to go into a movie theatre and sit with other people to share their emotions. Parties sickened me. I hated the game-playing, the dirty play, the flirting, the amateur drunks, the bores."
Women, 1978

#03 - SAVE THE WHALE
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"This is a world where everybody’s gotta do something. Ya know, somebody laid down this rule that everybody’s gotta do something, they gotta be something. You know, a dentist, a glider pilot, a narc, a janitor, a preacher, all that . . . Sometimes I just get tired of thinking of all the things that I don’t wanna do. All the things that I don’t wanna be. Places I don’t wanna go, like India, like getting my teeth cleaned. Save the whale, all that, I don’t understand that . . ."
Barfly, 1987

#02 - NOTHING LEFT
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"There's nothing to mourn about death any more than there is to mourn about the growing of a flower. What is terrible is not death but the lives people live or don't live up until their death. They don't honor their own lives, they piss on their lives. They shit them away. Dumb fuckers. They concentrate too much on fucking, movies, money, family, fucking. Their minds are full of cotton. They swallow God without thinking, they swallow country without thinking. Soon they forget how to think, they let others think for them. Their brains are stuffed with cotton. They look ugly, they talk ugly, they walk ugly. Play them the great music of the centuries and they can't hear it. Most people's deaths are a sham. There's nothing left to die."
The Captain Is Out to Lunch and the Sailors Have Taken Over the Ship, 1998

#01 - NATION OF ASSHOLES
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"The problem was you had to keep choosing between one evil or another, and no matter what you chose, they sliced a little bit more off you, until there was nothing left. At the age of 25 most people were finished. A whole god-damned nation of assholes driving automobiles, eating, having babies, doing everything in the worst way possible, like voting for the presidential candidates who reminded them most of themselves. I had no interests. I had no interest in anything. I had no idea how I was going to escape. At least the others had some taste for life. They seemed to understand something that I didn't understand. Maybe I was lacking. It was possible. I often felt inferior. I just wanted to get away from them. But there was no place to go."
Ham on Rye, 1982

User Comments - Add a Comment
Anonymous - 2008-04-17 05:58:34
Sorry fellow. So right aboult one half, but couldn't see the other half.
Anonymous - 2008-04-18 13:16:11
It's poetry at the edge of society, and very readable. Instead of ever jumping, he sat at the edge and drank and wrote about it, as far as I can tell.
John Thomas - 2008-06-15 15:07:14
Eeeww, who is the old chick pretending to be young. Yuk. JT
Another Duncan - 2008-06-15 15:50:14
Beware The Average Man The Average Woman BEWARE Their Love Their Love Is Average, Seeks Average But There Is Genius In Their Hatred There Is Enough Genius In Their Hatred To Kill You, To Kill Anybody. - The Genius of the Crowd
Anonymous - 2008-06-15 16:14:53
Charles Bukowski is a joke.
Ryan Lay - 2008-06-15 18:14:46
a joke that's apparently over your head...
Miklos Sandor Dora - 2008-06-15 18:20:38
> Charles Bukowski is a joke. Yes. Yes, of course. But the real question here is: Do you get it?
jessie - 2008-06-15 18:43:38
“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.” - factotum
abe ironrope - 2008-06-15 19:14:57
oh wow look its the big lebowski isn't he so deep!!! if he hated life so much why didn't he just kill himself?
Omar - 2008-06-15 19:17:29
Its funny to read but kinda pathetic to know that he meant it.
Justin Time - 2008-06-15 19:40:34
Awesome!! He really tells it like it is, but I see some people here just don't get it. I have to buy another one of his books...
Bamboozler - 2008-06-15 20:47:16
He wasn't pathetic at all. At times, he had a pretty good life. His publisher tells the story of when he went to visit Bukowski and found two young Dutch chicks waiting at his door, they said they were there to f*ck the great Bukowski. I can only aspire to such greatness.
dbum - 2008-06-16 00:11:52
he could be the next tony robbins or kevin trudeau
jeff bridges - 2008-06-16 00:46:31
...negative commentary about reality does not make the orator have a crap life but, in fact, may bring him mental peace and clarity. I suspect most prefer to BS themselves through life, their 'heads full of cotton'.
Kelvin C. - 2008-06-17 02:47:31
"Awesome!! He really tells it like it is, but I see some people here just don't get it. I have to buy another one of his books..." Exactly, and after you buy another one of his books go and see his movie. It really makes me laugh to think that people believe that Bukowski bought into his own BS. I love reading his poetry, but I have no illusions about how deep any of it is. He just played the part of someone we would all like to be. A guy who gets chicks, booze, and is a slacker.
Tomi - 2008-06-19 13:38:17
You should understand Charles first then you may comment about him...
Sony.. - 2008-06-19 19:28:54
Damn, I am only 26 and already feel just like this guy. I am bored of everiday life and hate any kind of work..not to mention the problem with alcohol. The problem is I know that unlike this guy Ill have to work my ass off in order to survive. Shit.
fan - 2008-06-23 08:45:50
If the only bit of his work you've read is on this website, stfu. He is real and shameless. He believes humanity has failed more than he has. For the person who asked "why didn't he just kill himself"...if you've read enough to comment, you'd know why. Whether you agree with his "philosophies" on how fucked up the world is or not, he wrote with pure emotion and love for the game. It doesn't get better.
.... okay.,... - 2008-06-27 00:23:18
Everyone feels the way he claims to in his writing at one time or another. He writes what the general public can relate to. He's a genius.... just like everyone else that writes about what we're all already thinking.
oneironaught - 2008-07-04 09:26:54
Sardonic misanthropy is parasitic on the way of life it seeks to disassociate from itself and criticise. For what his work is, its great. One perspective on life has no absolute authority over another. To call it pathetic is to not understand, to deify him is not to think for yourself.
jokes on you - 2008-07-11 22:21:04
you get it or you don't. can't fault you for having an opinion. understand that your life is a dream and means nothing though. we are bacteria, programmed to reproduce. nothing more. a neat trick of biology. he's done a good job of reminding you of it. eloquent to some, jarring and repulsively honest to others and boorish and confusing to the simple. but it doesn't really matter. none of this matters. just be happy you're not dead yet. read as much as possible. enjoy what you can. just don't kid yourself.
Anonymous - 2008-07-20 19:42:31
"Sardonic misanthropy is parasitic on the way of life it seeks to disassociate from itself and criticise." That may be the most poorly constructed, self-important, nerdiest sentence I've ever read.
Katie - 2008-08-10 21:02:05
Charles Bukowski is one of the greatest fiction and poetry writers of all time. Every word out of his mouth (and hands) is golden.
bm - 2008-08-25 06:20:11

If you don't get it, or don't like it, its because you're the ones he is talking about; the ones with brains stuffed with cotton.

walton - 2008-08-26 22:42:10

Why the hell are u people so dismissive....because he had some different view on what life was....shit i feel sorry for him sometimes, but in it is a level of thought and reflection most of you retards just like to complain about because you feel you are above life's real happenings. We have all felt his feelings and thoughts....thats what makes his writing so true to heart. In the scheme of life Bukowski wasn't so far off in his views of reality.

Fuck You - 2008-08-31 06:21:23

The man was down, but not out. I find everything about the man inspiring. Yes, he was a psychotic drunken animal, but who isn't? Just because most of you see his pictures and find him unattractive and read some of his things and don't agree with the negativity doesn't mean he isn't brilliant, it means you're a fucking moron and don't get a single damn thing in this world, see the big picture, we're all gonna die. ;) -M

Ian - 2008-09-02 05:25:08

I can understand upon first glance that most would find this misanthropic. You really have to understand the man to know where he's at. To have lived and lossed like Hank, you begin to appreciate his message. The old bastard did mellow with age. He's writing with reflection of what the young Hank felt. Sometimes you have to understand the differential between Bukowski and Chinaski. I too have worked in the postal industry. Never before have I found words that ring so honest and true.

radicus - 2008-09-13 16:08:39

bukowski was ahead of us all..he saw the desperation in this world and where it was going..thank god he made it out. and we owe him for it. life isnt roses, its not gumdrops, its not the mint on your fucking pillow. life is both beautiful and decrepid at the same time, and he knew it; and he left us with many roadmaps to follow him into the insanity of sanity.

Travis - 2008-09-13 20:18:37

He was tough too.

i did this for you. - 2008-09-17 20:57:15

hes beyond brilliant. hes got so many true words. its how he puts it all together, so well. i get it. i understand it.

asshole - 2008-09-18 09:01:00

I've had two brain surgeries in less then one month and I've never thought much of Bukowski until now. Now I think I've been living like an asshole. I'm going to the library. I think the surgeries changed my tastes or made my life shorter. The last one was a week ago. I'm not even 30.

Anonymous - 2008-09-20 09:53:04

I relate to this guy so much its scary as im only 21 but i feel exactly how he felt about the world and drinking seems to be the only solution albeit short term

Alex - 2008-09-21 12:12:22

He didn't hate his life - he just didn't see the point in a lot of the things most people would consider common-place and expected... I understand not wanting to jump through the predictable hoops. College, marriage, children, job job job work work work. I especially understand not wanting to be labeled. A dentist, a writer, a comedian, a customer service representative. I like that he said "screw that". Hell, I say "screw that". I'm a person and occasionally I work in stores and buildings to make money because I'm not smart enough to write anything interesting, and I'm not talented enough to do anything artistic or exciting that other people would pay money to see or read or watch... and I'd feel guilty taking their money. So I work. Occasionally. Man, I would LOVE to do nothing... to just work every once in a while, then have nothing else going on... to have my time be completely free - that would be beautiful.

gr8tp8ntr - 2008-10-15 21:11:33

My fellow posters..do none of you see through the beauty of these words? Do none of you superficial, self absorbed, fellow human beings see a man who saw through much, wanted to see more and felt most of the human condition? Are you that inane to understand that the feelings and emotions that this great writer shared with the world is only one - only one - man's perception of the conditions that surround us? How dare any one of you to criticize what you have no courage to comment on yourselves.... Thank you Mr. Bukowski, thank you for sharing your pain, your honesty and in the end - your life. Our world is a better place to live - because we see your view of it - your pain it caused you - and I - as a fellow human being wish I could have met you and talked about my life with you.....would have been my chance to maybe pay it forward Mr Bukowski. - Joseph

paul - 2008-10-17 17:09:07

bukowski and hunter thompson, both LEGENDS and both sadly missed. for the people with "minds of cotton" that dont understand, maybe your not supposed too.

Felix - 2008-10-24 10:20:42

You're pathetic.

anonymous - 2008-11-02 17:41:31

are you kidding me? bukowski is the shit.

Eva - 2008-11-06 17:28:56

Brilliant!

jon never post comments unless he's irritated - 2008-11-11 23:42:20

charles bukowski was an author and a poet. literature and poetry are forms of art. just because you don't approve, relate, or appreciate whatever form the art may take and what emotions it will instill, does not at any point, compromise the fact that it is art. it is open for interpretation, but if you cant truly interpret it, then how can you judge it?

Hank Fan - 2008-11-18 22:15:41

Pure and original. No American poet can touch him. Get a life...all you haters

Hank fan - 2008-11-19 23:02:46

The dark is empty; all of our heroes have been wrong

Michael LLoyd - 2008-12-05 21:54:24

I miss youu Hank

wastetime - 2008-12-08 03:37:57

Misogynist alcoholic asshole writer. Sometimes one needs to have a shitty perspective on life to have a good perspective on life.

tony - 2008-12-12 00:23:11

he didnt hated life u fucking morons he loved it, what he disliked was what society has become, modern society has made man a thing to sell itself to consume and to work meaninglessly just for money, he understood it very well, he was poet a drunk a great writer and a real man

Laz - 2008-12-12 21:47:59

He never claimed to be different actually admitted he was the same. He just claimed he had nothing to prove. It's about letting go, deprogramming, true to yourself and fuck-all. His writing was art and how lucky he was that his life was reflected in art. Whether you agree or disagree he still has you talking he still has your attention so he succeeded because that is all any of us do anything for. In closing and in defense of art, religion and love they are property of the individual alone....never should they be judged as that is a form of control you have no right to. Good night and good luck............I need a drink!

pab - 2008-12-13 22:19:19

a poet who saw the underlined golden bars of society ( the rich ) and chose to write human interaction at its truest and basic form brilliant

Jason Peabody - 2008-12-15 01:23:00

I’m going to be hypocritical just for commenting on this thing, but. . . What do all you stupid’s fucks think Bukowski would say to this entire message board? He would curse the ones that didn’t understand, curse the over analytical, curse me for responding to you assholes, curse him self, then get drunk beyond any point that any of us could handle. And I say “us” in the highest form of disgust just because I have to affiliate myself with you idiots for a split second. And trust me I am not declaring my self higher than any of you either, so do not try to pull that card. I know nothing, but enough to now what I have just told you. And all of you "anonymous" douche bags, don't be cowards.

Pablo Orantes - 2008-12-18 13:27:40

People say what they want to say, and we all don't live the way of life of bukowski, but admire him; as we live our own way and say what you wanna is as simple as it gets

dan mccullough - 2008-12-28 10:44:11

If only i could have the mind of such a genius. i want to see life how he saw it. its safe for me to say that he's my top influence for me wanting to be a writer.

m.j.g - 2009-01-02 02:23:02

he is no genius-sorry to say. because if he is that makes me a genius-that of which i am not. sure i love to read his stories-but you see i believe bukowski knew that his life was crap.its easy to feel like the nobody in life-which he was not. his philosophies are thruth rendering-but they are his philosophies,not mine. but i apperciate his just the same, if not more. live by the bottle i will not do-it's to easy.

notnotlickingtoads - 2009-01-04 20:11:43

"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." He suffered, he drank, he created. He could have chosen to just suffer and drink. Before we condemn him- What choices are WE making?

byn - 2009-01-05 14:50:57

the man made the best of what life had given him, and he always did what he wanted. you can't knock a man for that. he's given words to the working class man or woman, the poor, the ugly, the tough and the weak, who've never been able to put into words their everyday lives, whether that was his intention or not. at least that's what he's done for me and i'm glad for his existence and his words.

graham - 2009-01-08 02:41:17

I find Bukowski's comments a hell of a lot more interesting and funny than those written below. He saw a part of life and was able to express it as good or better than anyone else. Saskatchewan, Can.

Anonymous - 2009-01-11 21:07:55

Bukowski suffered from lifelong depression and alcoholism. He wrote about his life and the world as he saw it with incredible honesty. His contribution to contemporary poetry is recognized worldwide as a paradigm shift for the art form. For a man who never aspired to anything he made staggering contributions to mankind. Life doesn't require that we understand it. Whether or not Bukowski "got it" or whether or not people "get him" is completely irrelevant. Bukowski simply described ugliness in a beautiful way. In that way he transformed his own suffering and has touched the lives of millions of people. For those who criticize and judge him I would ask, what contribution are you making to the world you live in? How many lives have you touched? Have you ever turned pain and suffering into art?

hellhound on your trail - 2009-01-22 21:11:27

if you don't dig Bukowski, it's okay, because I know you are still going to die someday, and that makes me smile. :o)

jlm - 2009-01-30 09:15:19

bukowski's work is the raw under-belly of everything, the germ-ridden gutter, the puss-spewing sewer: he exposes what every human being has to contend with as part of this ugly machine of a world. it's not pessimistic, it's just the truth. and i suspect many people, particularly those who detest bukowski's work, do not want to face the truth. i'd rather face it than go through life blind. acute awareness is a kind of euphoria.

wowwie - 2009-02-23 21:53:20

the truth cuts like a knife kids

Steve Beeney - 2009-03-03 12:29:48

"Vanity, vanity. All is vanity" (Solomon). CB was a modern Solomon w/o an editor redacting his words for PR purposes. In interpreting CB, we can err in at least two ways: 1. by saying that he was not telling the truth, and 2. by saying that he told the whole truth. He identified the robot State, the drone mind, the ant-like quality of human society. I resonate to CB on many levels. But I, for one, have to be careful. There are other writers I also respond to in ways that help me find pleasure and get things done that I need to do. The question is the difference between need and want. CB wryly called our attention to the least asked question in America.

JOHN P. HENRY - 2009-03-04 19:56:24

GO GET A REAL JOB BUKOWSKI YOU DRUNKIN' LEFTIST HACK.

donoc91 - 2009-03-06 18:10:38

"if you don't dig Bukowski, it's okay, because I know you are still going to die someday, and that makes me smile. " hahahahahahaha.

Alice - 2009-03-07 13:14:41

I think he's a genius.

i suppose - 2009-03-16 12:58:10

i don't understand why anyone would come on here and dump their excremental hate on here. this is a lovely page dedicated to some photographs and words of mr. Bukowski, who i admire and often times channel. you are entitled to your opinions, you miserable haters, but i pity you, that you must wake up with your despicable selves every morning. -jane

Recyclops - 2009-03-20 15:49:31

By the time he died, Bukowski was one of the most prolific and published American poets. He's been translated in over a dozen languages, his books are the most stolen in public libraries and have to be kept behind the register in a sealed case at many used bookstores to prevent their theft. He is universally scorned by the academic aristocracy but is more widely read around the globe than any of the puff pastry fops that glide through their incestuous ivory towered castles. He outlived most of his contemporary writers and did so without the ease of fame being handed to him early. He lived on his own terms and died a rich man, beating society at its own con-game. Bukowski won. How do you "haters" stack up.

Dave Z. - 2009-04-02 06:00:25

Bukowski stokes my fire. We've all been conditioned to love our oppressor, Consumerism. Now we have to live on a permanently poisoned planet. I've found no positive virtue anywhere in this sophisticated society. My only consolation is knowing I'm not alone. Thank you, Hank.

pretty_girl - 2009-04-16 09:53:08

i'm a 24 year old woman but still i find that i can relate to hank chinaski. he was so real and raw and not afraid to say exactly what was on his mind. in many ways even though his life might not have been ideal for most i still envy him a little bit. post office is probably one of the funniest books i've ever read and ham on rye has a special place in my heart having gone through an awkward adolescence myself. thanks chuck!

uneasy - 2009-04-19 09:20:20

getting uneasy about how to spend the time that's still ahead of you dismissers? well, we all are.

whoever. - 2009-05-01 13:44:39

how about this. stop reading a dead man's gripes with life(though compelling) and feeling nostalgic for a courage you never had, grow a pair, stand up, and punch life in the face with your own fist. it's much more gratifying.

Anna CRO - 2009-05-07 07:31:41

What a great man Bukowski was =)

Indu Shikari - 2009-05-11 22:09:49

Funny thing is that he's right. Life sucks. It has no meaning we're all controlled by society, and we're just puppets, we thing we have full control of our life but it's not true. this goes for all of us, those who try to fight it are drunks, 'dumbasses', and outcasts. Buk was one of them.

Bernard Devilcorn - 2009-05-18 19:55:40

I think getting bogged down arguing about the correctness of Bukowski's observations is to miss the point of his poetry. His gift was the ability to describe complex ideas using just a few words. He could *bottom line* it like no other. Whether you agree with Buk or not, his poems were as short and sweet as they get.

Your mom - 2009-06-16 17:04:30

Yeah guys... If Bukowski was still alive, he'd hated the guts of 90% of you guys and would still be a greater poet and more important and self-confident person that each of you would ever be. He's dead since over 15 years and still people are discussing about him in crappy internet-boards, I don't think that anyone of you is remembered by that mass of people after 15 jears of their death. Stay realistic, Bukowski was one of the greatest writers of the 20th century (perhaps the greatest, in my opinion he was) and you are weeping about his ability to express every-day feelings in a rude, but artistic way and drag it in the mud from your high horse, not even knowing what it feels like to be forced to be like this. C'mon guys, just go and fuck yourselves, mow your lawn in your crappy suburbian paradise with a wife and two kids and stop writing about REAL literature, that saves lives of so much people, when they are alone in the night, drinking and listening to music all for themselves, because they can't relate to 99% of humanity, which is not our fault, but yours. I'm sorry for my (apperantly?) bad English, I'm actually from Germany, 18 years old and don't have much experience in that language, though.

Hanne - 2009-07-02 06:55:04

"> Charles Bukowski is a joke. Yes. Yes, of course. But the real question here is: Do you get it?" I agree ;)

HB - 2009-07-03 13:56:17

"The incredible lightness of being."

Juelz T. - 2009-07-09 18:53:10

Wow. BEAUTIFUL. how did i live this long without ever hearing of this guy??

listsoflaundry - 2009-07-23 14:11:25

you're a fuckin joke

steve - 2009-08-04 20:51:23

go to work save money then move to a diffrent country were are money is wroth more then their's sit on a beach and just drink or skip the whole save money just leave go to a trypical place or what ever u want if your truly so yourself

Spellbinder - 2009-08-12 10:05:21

I love Bukowski. I can't believe I'm doomed to select a potential mate in a world that has people who don't understand his poetry and still manage to speak as if they knew more about life than he would. Sigh. It is what it is. Bukowski was a gem we were oh so lucky to even have exist. Be grateful.

me - 2009-08-12 12:00:41

this guy knows whats up! all of u who doubt this havent seen life for how it really is and what WEVE made it to be...

Virgil - 2009-08-19 09:16:09

Interesting that although he seemed to hate people, life, and himself, he didn't commit suicide--or did he in his own way--apparently enjoying himself during the process?

enterobacteriacea - 2009-09-03 19:42:18

I jack off too much. Makes my penis sore

chris - 2009-09-03 20:57:40

"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?" —Factotum, 1975 I have to admit i held a pretentious view of his writings but when reading these quotes i can now see his uniqueness.

Mike - 2009-09-19 15:48:59

Fifteen years and your still missed, Buk. I've never found anyone who gets close to reality like you did.

Dave - 2009-09-23 04:31:52

In answer to the question: "Why didn't he kill himself?". I believe he wrote in at least one of his books, Ham and Rye, perhaps that he wasn't go out without taking a few of the sorry sonsabitches with him. I could be wrong. If I am mistaken, I hope someone would correct me. Thankyou.

Christine - 2009-10-06 19:26:27

Truly beautiful, he speaks to me with no filters. A pessimistic, certainly. But what would this world be without sweet sorrow?

Jacob Sansom - 2009-10-08 14:41:03

If Bukowski were still alive, he might be even more distraught over how many scumbags, male and female, are walking this earth. So many ignorant dipshits like, the cowardly, "anonymous" here are speaking volumes about how television, magazines and radio have sapped the intelligence right out of their brains and turned them into shit. This is not a bubble-gum pop world. This world we have made, is in some ways, more misled than centuries before us. Our ancestors had a better grip on reality and what is important than we do today. That is very sad to admit, but it is the truth to me. The de-evolution of our species is sickening to me and Bukowski alike. I just happen to be good looking and my father didn't abuse me as a child. hahaha Otherwise, I might have turned out just like him.

A. J. Bays - 2009-10-13 11:46:28

His words smell like my grandma's lincoln when she filled it up with cigar

Hey - 2009-10-13 23:58:56

Bukowski wouldn't of liked anyone of us, so this comment section is useless.

Al Coholic - 2009-10-15 00:02:25

Butt-plugs and anal beads have made their comments and now I, too, have become an insertion by making mine. Bukowski is without a doubt, top 5 to ever put pen to paper only because his views make sense. Ahh yes, my penis is sore also.

dommifer - 2009-10-23 00:01:23

gr8p8nter is a pussy

Ed Torsney - 2009-10-24 12:25:28

Don't waste your wine in the sauce, you might need it for the second course. I'm sure he'd be laughing if he read all these comments - Love you old bastard! Ed

fujimo - 2009-10-25 02:01:13

Well, I am pretty sure that Hank would not give a flying ratshit about the folks who are belittling his works here. And what did you folks, who are so quick to pass judgement, ever write, do, create that gives you the right to judge a man who was so prolific and productive? I am guessing nothing....like he said you waste your time.

Mark Reynolds - 2009-11-02 06:11:09

In answer to the question: "Why didn't he kill himself?"... He did. He had no 'mindcotton' to soften the impact He was no hypocrite...He narrated all the way down...died for our sins... What might have happened to Jesus had he come in our times?...Possibly very much the same thing. I have just enough cotton to keep me 'happy' & still see his point

Crestliner - 2009-11-03 12:36:38

Bukowski is one the greatest writers ever.You need to open your eyes. If you don't like what he wrote or said,then you're one of the people he was talking about.

Anonymous - 2009-11-03 13:28:12

Look at all of you trying to look so deep.. "True Bukowski is a joke, but the question is, do you get it?" You are full of shit

tommy - 2009-11-10 22:17:26

...poor selection of bukowski quotes...really missed the spirit of the guy...the passion in his writing...where are the quotes on love...

Man. - 2009-11-19 20:18:47

He saw life as it was shit in the pisser. thing is he jus told you about it and i love him for that. He didn't exactly do much to change it though.

Tom Jones - 2009-12-06 22:02:18

Purgatory sucks. Chuck says that Steve ralely soulhd leran how to selpl. Al, the answer to your question is yes, Hemmingway really is an asshole.

Mathew J. Faulkner - 2009-12-16 09:45:02

All of you fuck off; regardless of your view. If you wanna do something about bukowski then be a better writer.

awhite84 - 2009-12-26 02:22:36

Genius may be the ability to say a profound thing in a simple way" -Buk. He was a genius. He didn't have a negative outlook. I think he was a realist. He calls humanity on its bullshit. He had an OK life because he saw life for what it is. He understood what matters. So he avoided many of the traps that cause so many people so much misery.

bada zing - 2009-12-30 00:52:12

some people can be completely happy with their 9-5's. its really not so bad. just chill it through. "even when im workin it looks like im chillin". he has a lot of good stuff to say but when it comes to that he doesn't speak for me. cool cat though, for the most part

Kate Thea - 2010-01-03 04:52:16

Bukowski was genius in the saddest form. Passionate and highly intelligent, he could see how truly revolting society is to those who understand its workings. Those who dismiss him as a moronic drunkard are those who do not know the burden of intelligence or the disgust society instills in one who does not want to comply.

Elle Nietzsche - 2010-01-08 08:52:21

I had Chinaski's baby. Of course he's no longer a baby. He's twenty-six. He's studying economics at Berkeley College. He's engaged to a girl from Tucson, AZ. They want to have kids. If they have a boy I said they should name him Charles. Well, enough for now. Thanks all of you for supporting Chinaski's work. Truly, Elle Nietzsche

Person. - 2010-01-14 23:58:54

all of you people who are talking about, interpreting, putting down, silver lining, whatevering charles bukowski's work, do not understand the point of any of it. end.

CW - 2010-01-26 23:30:46

He had a way with words, and a mind that wasn't afraid to use them. He wrote what he thought without concern about what others might think and what suicide prevention hotline they might call. It's a taboo that many won't touch on - stating their discontent and the satisfaction that comes from it... for fear of rejection from someone who doesn't really give a shit about you in the first place.

Anonymous - 2010-02-07 18:17:51

Bukowski understood life for what it truley is about, and probably drank himself into oblivion becuse he was disgusted by the way so many people take life for granted bye pissing it away on things we are programmed to value.

Chach Biscuit - 2010-02-16 02:23:20

I think what the haters resent is that this mentality got him all the success a poet/artist could hope for outside of the margins of mainstream society. It is merely a testament to the fact that sincerity is the backbone of good art.

Ha Ha - 2010-03-01 13:46:47

You're all a bunch of sheep

yes - 2010-03-11 00:03:49

these thoughts are just thoughts that we at times all think. Yes he may have been against what you think is reality but, amazing indeed are the thoughts of simplicity.

Shithead - 2010-03-14 14:41:59

Bukowski was a real man with real thoughts and real feelings. He was smarter than the average bear in that he acted on his real thoughts and feelings. He lived his life full of dread as most of us do but he had the balls to write and talk about it. If you've any brains at all you know everything he wrote is true and that deep down you secretly agree but are afraid to admit it to yourself. Bukowski was fearless and he fearlessly went down his own road and he wrote about it for us.

dan - 2010-03-23 00:23:50

cheers I would dedicate a beer but a case and I might care

Ezzo - 2010-03-25 19:44:42

bukowski had an infinite capacity for being straight forward about how fucked up humanity really is. call him a cynical asshole, he was still a great writer.

J - 2010-03-31 09:57:15

Buk is bigger than any comment from some rat-nosed naysayer, trying to distill a man from a few lines and deciding he's pathetic. Live your life, don't worry about whether he lived his to your standards.

Lindsay D'arcy - 2010-04-04 03:49:57

Bukowski, did not hate life - he simply hated your lives for you... he celebrated his time as a writer, poet and man. The 'cotton heads' here hating him would make him smile - you're dead already just nobody has told you yet!

yo_annonapuss - 2010-04-19 08:14:32

yo, like yer gramma iz like wayz off n that, ; cos like you cant evens, like use a simple word like misanthrope correctly. """"Good day sir""""

Adam S. - 2010-04-24 16:39:12

A mystic, pure and simple......He showed us the light

Matt P. - 2010-04-29 15:42:37

I'm not real sure Bukowski would have even liked what the internet has turned to, just a bunch of idiots yelling into the void (me included.) I agree with a lot of the other posters who have written that Bukowski has nailed the futility a lot of us have felt (or are feeling) at some point in our lives. If you haven't felt this way, then good for you. You have lived an easy and charmed life. For the rest of us, I'll see you at the bar.

freddy - 2010-05-04 12:31:25

Buk was a very insightful and real person. Tough to find in today's world. If you don't like him don't read it...another words go fuck yourself.

Al Anon. - 2010-05-18 18:30:09

I don't think he gave 2 shits what any of us think as far as opinions go. It's just his version of reality, and some of us can relate. But, to me the work cuts with electric clarity, and is full of wicked good humor.

mr chinaski - 2010-05-24 20:27:51

bukowski was full of shit. but, he sure could write...

paul davenport - 2010-05-28 16:12:00

friday night with my dogs. bought some carlsberg because they sponsor the english football team. maybe watch a movie on tcm or an episode of rescue me

Anonymous - 2010-06-10 17:38:11

Every fuckin word bukoski wrote, he wrote knowing that he was right. He´s right and sooner or later everyone will get that. He was a fuckin genious and I can tell for sure that somewhere in hell he types still

genius - 2010-06-17 11:34:14

Bukowski would never leave a comment here nor he would ever read what any of you has to say,including moi. cheers for the Big Bukowski!

elysium - 2010-06-21 18:34:31

abe why don't you go suck a dick

lewis - 2010-06-22 14:59:46

buk is my main man.

Newts - 2010-07-05 12:47:35

He just tells it like it is, in a depressing, yet entertaining way. It's his outlet for his frustrations, his way of saying fuck you to society, to make us realize that we are no better than him, no better than anyone. We're all the same, made up of the same shit, and we all have the same destiny. Haven't you wondered why you're life isn't the paradise you were promised when you we're learning the ropes of life? You we're told you could do anything.. but it's just a lie, there's no angel looking over anyone's shoulder.

anonymous - 2010-07-14 18:30:13

the guy underneath this comment is a stiff

evilme,ohhyeahiknow - 2010-07-20 18:43:38

Woke up this morning and it seemed to me, that every night turns out to be a little more like Bukowski. And yeah, I know he's a pretty good read. But God who'd wanna be? God who'd wanna be such an asshole?

Rupert - 2010-07-23 08:52:24

There are many writers over the centuries who have endeavoured to peer into the human soul from their own inner perspective and pass it on to others who might like to grasp or take a gist, or adore or appreciate the sentiments - Bukowski was one of them, a communicator, who regardless of content, in form communicated clearly. I don't think his work is about whether he is right or wrong, or good or bad, or any of that other waffling of personal parameters ...you may as well reserve judgement for politicians, businesses and corporations as it would be better served and be more productive. Enjoy his language, his prose and inoculative life, for without such individuals, the world would be an evangelical rouse and our perceptions would be measured by the meters of others.

FUCK YOU - 2010-07-23 20:37:18

BUKOWSKI IS TALKING, OR WRITING, ABOUT ALL YOU SHIT FUCKS OUT THERE WHO 'JUST DON'T GET IT' OR THINK HE'S A 'JOKE' YOU'RE ALL THE JOKE AND I THINK IT'S FUNNY, JUST LIKE HE DID. AND STILL DOES.

blue - 2010-07-24 19:25:48

I cried, and felt like " Hey somedy feel the same way I did and he can express this with so much power, hey I'm really not alone feeling this way in this fuck** world "

Frank - 2010-07-30 04:05:34

I think everyone should read Bukowski, particularly the novels. At least give him a shot. Almost everyone I know who has read him on my recommendation has reported liking it. For those of you on Twitter, I found a Bukowski quote account I've been following: http://twitter.com/bukquotes. It's nice to get a bit of the old Buk feel on the Twitter machine. Anyway, read Buk. Do it now.

eggman - 2010-08-02 15:55:12

Chinaski was cool. Now Nick Demske is cool. Read him.

ninjavitis#555 - 2010-08-04 11:22:39

what a horrible human & so vulgar! but the brief lines that shine through, those little slivers of exquisit beauty in prose are what set my soul a flame.

George Shenn - 2010-08-05 19:10:48

I see where he is very good with words. Even though I dont agree most of the things he said, he has a point. Imagine a world where everyone is hiding, doing nothing. Regards from S. Africa

Bukowski Quotes on Twitter - 2010-08-07 23:45:54

Check out the Bukowski Quotes Twitter page, making Twitter a bit more interesting: http://www.twitter.com/bukquotes

Hiclic Itziclinic - 2010-08-29 13:43:42

Noticing and describing these societal processes while always feeling somewhat outside them is actually a profession. Bukowski would have a made a fine Anthropologist--or Sociologist--had he developed those observational skills. However, I'm sorry to say he'd need to drink more to fit into that academic bunch.

Mark - 2010-09-07 22:46:32

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anonymous - 2010-09-22 20:39:19

I'm 15 and recently came across Charles. I have to say, he was truly brillinant. His way of thinking, the way he puts his whole mind onto paper and has us all facinated is just amazing. He saw the world for what it is and wasn't afraid to tell the world. The man was a genius. If you can't comprehend what Charles was, then there's no point in spending your time reading his brilliance.

Rob Howes - 2010-09-29 07:27:26

Life wounds us all. Bukowski was his wounds. He wore them like a badge for all of us to see and reflect on. He had no intention of healing. I love his work simply because in all the blood and gore there are remarkable pearls. I love the contradiction. I love the search.

hannan - 2010-10-01 02:11:06

"if you don't dig Bukowski, it's okay, because I know you are still going to die someday, and that makes me smile. " "hahahahahahaha." sophomoric. the one who laugh. hahahahahahahahahahahahahah :D

garry flood - 2010-10-06 05:37:33

i'd have to say charles would have enjoyed some of the negative posts here,had a good laugh to himself,some people never go crazy,what truely horrible lives they must live,take time out people,piss in the sink,but not on his good name.

Kathleen - 2010-10-08 01:39:15

What inspires me is that he rejected everything we are supposed to do and did exactly what he wanted to. I wouldnt want to live his life... but that doesnt mean it isnt a valid choice, and an exciting dangerous one! I love his work, and i love that he just did what he did.

Phillip G. Inman Sr. - 2010-10-09 20:38:56

Bukowski was a God of literary genius. I do my best to carry on his work. And fail miserably. My drinking now? He would be proud of that.

dosageinbalance - 2010-10-28 18:01:45

that he managed to write at all, in his condition, is brilliant. that he wrote so brilliantly is a magnificent gift to humanity.

garry flood - 2010-10-30 19:15:33

well finding oneself down here in the silt,struggling for reason,and days of glory long since gone,trying to salvage whats left of an ego and spirit,pounded and shattered by lifes steel breeze.

Oedipus - 2010-11-06 23:05:20

good collection

Anna - 2010-11-06 23:37:06

Charles Bukowski was a man who interpreated the world as it was laid bare to him; if you don't understand the joke than maybe your not looking at the world close enough. Perhaps you have fallen for its hypocricy.

Dandy Dan - 2010-11-26 13:53:22

As a writer I dig Charlie, as a person he's fulla shit. The majority of people try their best not to give in to primitive instincts, because if they did we would be living in a world that has less redeeming value than it already has. When Charlie volunteers to help make another person's life 'whole' again through his sacrifices, only then can he can claim the respect he has always longed for. Charlie represents arrested development in a man with talent. He chose to live in the devil's playground where idle thought and the worst of man's instincts were the most he could offer. I can write just like him, but I wouldn't advocate selfishness as a solution to the human condition, regardless of an IMPERFECT world.

not impressed - 2010-11-28 18:27:18

I get it, everyone feels this way at times, one persons trash is etc. Who the fuck cares about wading around in misery, It takes more effort to write about positive life changing tactics, so easy to exploit negativity, LETS ALL BE HERMITS AND CURSE THE WORLD AND ITS GIFTS. not so much.

Willy - 2010-12-06 07:51:41

bare foot (or with socks) on the ground, shoes on the bed.

Lazy Rebel - 2010-12-21 07:38:48

Don't try*

Anonymous - 2011-01-27 00:03:05

"I'm a god damn genius and nobody knows it but me"

georgieboy - 2011-01-27 22:52:32

buk was king.

chuck - 2011-02-05 17:54:28

i see from comments here that some seem to not understand bukowski. hell maybe none of us really do. but i can say this. he was a asshole. he was a drunk. but he did not pull his punches. he was honest and thats just a bit more then most people give.

Beloved sister to a poet who died at 31 in 2006 - 2011-02-10 21:50:53

I just found out Charles Bukowski was his all time favorite poet. My brother was an English Lit Major and wrote a lot of painful poetry when our Mother passed away from cancer when he was only 22. He never talked about it but one poem states "cancer is hate". He wrote many others but I see the reason is the logic of being brilliant and having dealt with a lot of pain in many areas and being straight ass forward in writing. My brother re-dedicated his life just 60 days before dying in a car accident from potential heart problems. After reading this I'm thing Bukowski has died; perhaps they're sharing poetry thoughts and some Black Jack & Coke.

anonym - 2011-02-12 16:04:47

Charles B. Didn't hate(his) life, just the way of life that leads to not having a soul.. Live and create! but share your pain, so maybe you can teach someone else a thing or two.. The smartest people are those who have experienced most pain and been able to learn form it. He did, in his own way.. and therefore had a deeper perspective on life.. Like and old, grumpy dog who knows exactly what he wants and who he wants to spend his time with. Don't overanalyze his work.. His intention was not to mess your life up! Getting you depressed or anything like that.. but only to share his thoughts about small and big puzzels of life..his feelings and moments. In some cases give you/us a little moral speach. thats it.. nothing more, nothing less:)

Christine - 2011-03-15 15:58:14
I'd really like to know does this quote "Opinions are like buttholes. Everyone has one, most of them stink, and no one wants to hear yours." belong to Charles Bukowski?google isn't very helpfull..
not bad! - 2011-04-04 02:12:20
These are a lot of funny quotes, if anyone wants to read more Charles Bukowski Quotes check out http://www.charlesbukowskiquotes.com
Roy - 2011-06-27 19:00:39
I saw that some dumbasses said how Bukowski was a slacker/and someone said how he had a good life because he didn't work. Well dumbfu*ks go read about his life. He lived the rockstar life after he was 60, all his life he worked hard earned jobs like being a postman, worked at bicycle stores all blue-collar jobs. There were times when he lived on one candy bar a day. But, what would you understand about that. You are probably a long-beach brat getting your coffee at it's a Grind with your mother's money. And people who said, he had a pathetic life. Yes he did, but please don't aspire to be like him, I think his main attempt was to warn others that the choices you make can make or break you!
henry miller - 2011-07-06 10:14:41
Fuck a duck, go to france, get laid, and relax you idiot.
K.C. - 2011-07-17 20:22:28
Why would you ever bother to read about a guy on a website and then take the trouble to post about him if you thought he was an idiot?
good samaritan - 2011-08-26 05:15:26
the quote about "buttholes" (the original quote uses "asshole") belongs to Kurt Vonnegut.
Ozzie - 2011-08-29 14:41:18

Bukowski's only merit – the only one he really deserves – is his truthfulness. Apart from that he's shit. There are hundreds of people out there, millions even, that share his view of the pointlessness and perhaps 'silliness' of society and what it has become. They have no say. Bukowski's just the wretched bum who managed to get his voice out. I think you'll find most people love christmas, parties, thanksgiving (if you're American), birthdays and whatnot. If the hosts are idiots, have a go at them, not the event, the 'ritual', itself. All of us, to some extent, recognise the futility of things. But if we were all lazy, womanising, drunk bums, nothing would ever get done. No one could produce and sell the beer Bukowski consumed. Most of what he says is bullshit. Only very rarely does he ever say something profound. I forget who, but someone once said that the really profound, wise and truthful things are said among normal people in normal situations in normal places and are usually forgotten not long after.

Travis Rich - 2011-08-30 08:36:41
Actually, it sounds like about half the people I know... but then he is famous for it and they are not... I like it though... it's pretty real...
Anonymous - 2011-09-16 16:28:46
'I wonder what he'sgoing to do?' I asked. 'I dont know,' said Frank, 'maybe he's going to throw a rock at it.' (Ham On Rye)
nothing like a good beershit - 2011-09-22 09:59:41

if don't like Buk then don't read his writing.read it later and maybe it will become a revelation to you but if not, read your comic books and porn mags and jack off into nothingness instead of throwing your whole goddamned life into nothingness and writing whatever the fuck you want to.

Suzanne - 2011-10-21 04:09:59

Life was nEVER happy for me - then ONE MaGICAL DAy a Man fell Madly in Love with me! Could NOT UNDERSTAnd IT - I was NEVER capable of loving. Well,WHY would he Love me.!!!???? He died 50 years ago - Have 3 LIVING, Beloved Children! What more could I ask of LiFE????

Sal P - 2011-10-25 00:38:32
Bukowski wrote more than you ever will. He was published many more times than you ever will be. And, through it all, he was, ... just himself. Think about that ... about those three facts, before you ever raise a finger to point, criticize... not that he would even give a shit to begin with. Good night.
Anonymous - 2011-11-11 19:04:51
Reading some comments above, proove bukowski right. This guy ozzi what a joke, your are either queer because no real men on earth like x-mass and birthday parties, or you are a women. And a women would surly not appreciate bukowski because hes exposing your solcial game
Zeitgeist - 2011-11-18 01:18:44
The man was a genius, and people like you fools who do not comprehend his works are proof of his art. The world is a slave trade and the only ones free of it are the top 1%. You people think your happy and Charles was sad, Charles was happy in his solitude because he was away from the sheep of the world like yourself. If you do have any brains at all you should read books like "Brave New World" by Auldous Huxley and 1984 by George Orwell, these books were written in the 1930s and are an intellectual prediction of the toll of the industrial revolution on our times,Charles work is an artistic account of very similar issues. And as the great saying goes "Intellectuals say simple things in a complex way,Artists say complex things in a simple way.People hey,how stupid are they?even the supposed educated are unable to read between the lines, for education is not the problem,the problem is low self esteem,gluttony and boredom from the media you al digest creating morons out of unknowing consumers,much like zombie s the living dead,mentally dead.Cmon guys wake up look at the fucked up world we live in!
Anonymous - 2012-01-19 10:43:08
It's funny because in his rants and anger he comes out with some very beautiful phrases. Like ' there's nothing to mourn about death any more than there is to mourn about the growing of a flower.' I adore his work, and whoever it was in the comments that said that females can't 'get' Bukowski is just as close minded as the people he's abusing.
Steve - 2012-01-24 17:36:47

I have read almost all of his work.. He is my favorite writer.. Tells it like it is and then some..To those that leave negative comments, keep it up, proves his work is the same as it has always been, and is timeless..He will forever be for his audience and his alone..A true quitter.. I miss him.. Please make another movie out of one of the books..Post office or Ham on Rye would be the best..Although any would be OK..Was the Woman in the pic Linda???

Bobby - 2012-03-13 16:14:58
A mad fucker, but I guess If we dig deep, we can all find a little of Charles Bukowski deep within.
wahba nahal, Melbourne.Australia - 2012-03-16 02:02:08
It's important to read his life story a good documentary such as Born Into This is very important.... loves the row quality of his writing The Barfly is also a great movie to watch ................................... and their hatred will be perfect like a shining diamond like a knife like a mountain like a tiger like hemlock their finest Art// part from Bukowski's poem
John poet - 2012-03-26 13:13:47

Bukowski was a genius in the rough. I have read him, and now look for him, in places you would never expect to find a genius, in bars, on street corners, on park benches, in flop houses, at race tracks. His keen perception of life drives me to find him and to know him. his writings remain undefeated,written from the rough. The critics, the handicappers have placed hin ninth among the great poets. This nine horse genius still races on, running where he lived and wrote, in the deep rough of life.

Hak - 2012-04-02 08:54:57

Bukowski knew the truth about life. His words speak to me like no others can. I just want to shut myself off from the world but you can't.

Anonymous - 2012-04-03 11:02:40
These quotes don't do him justice. Read the poem 'Freedom' in The Days Run Away Like Wild Horses Over The Hills. Don't bother with this depressing rubbish.
Brad - 2012-04-14 12:37:43
—The Captain Is Out to Lunch and the Sailors Have Taken Over the Ship, 1998 For clarification this is a collection of extracts from the journals of Charles Bukowski, spanning 1991 to 1993. Charles Bukowski died March 9, 1994
twitter.com/#!/girlinldn - 2012-05-03 00:28:04

Infinite love for Buk.

Moody (AJA) - 2012-06-29 19:04:45

The blind will never see the true colour to his words, and this is the only place i feel I can punch a shitload of blind people in the face. Open your eyes kids, Man knew his shit. Especially when it came to a big huge pile of shit. A shit that most of you are living under and abiding by, and dont even realize the stank of its corruption. HINT HINT (SOCIETY). Our survival has become unnatural, and he understood a form of that. Rest in piece Broheim. You have been heard. https://www.facebook.com/groups/455664287785327/

Mozera - 2012-11-23 06:09:21

Probably 90% of the people reading this, including me, is at office working their ass off. Just admit you are just like everybody else and stop acting rebellious. Why do people always want to be seen as special or ' different' all species live in crowds and flocks, when an animal leaves his flock, he dies. But humans always try to be different and don't want to be seen as 'one of the crowd' , why not? All humans are the same and we all work together to keep this freakin' system rolling, when you go screaming 'hey screw you, i'm not like you i'm living my own life' you are just selfish and will die eventually.

Anonymous - 2012-12-16 06:17:10

How true most of these statements are humans just don't think they just act and react totally programmed like robots educated how to think and be if you don't follow suit your not normal

jb - 2012-12-26 23:05:28

If he wasn't the real deal, Marvin Malone would have never published his work.

baba now - 2013-04-19 14:45:11

Umm, a bodhisattva of skid row...

Too Long Ago - 2013-04-23 15:08:27

The moronic comments on this page are exactly why Bukowski said the things he did. In short- if you're born on the fringe of society, you can't necessarily access the better parts of it without having to play the game and in the process come away a brain washed turd. Bukowski always challenged the system and it's denaturizing implications. If you don't get that... Well then maybe you are a sheep.

Mordecai Mcgillicutty - 2013-05-18 23:21:25

He told the ugly truth beautifully.

Jay - 2013-06-03 22:27:15

you cant expect a preppy conformist who was raised to think of cheerleading as a sport and weekly allowance as something you're born with to understand a struggle of someone as amazing and [thank god] out of tune with reality as Bukowski's mind.

frank - 2013-08-02 17:21:31

such a pitty for him that the woman where misinterpitating him, as much as he seemed indeferent towards society, a man, even a drunk, want someone that loves him and understands him, and not threats him like the way they see him being supposingly indifferent

WeowWix - 2013-11-28 07:21:03

So, so, underrated--and outdated.

Anonymous - 2013-12-01 18:50:10

Got dragged into a book shop by my young son and was drawn to a book called ham on rye, don't know why. Had heard of Charles Bukowski but that was as far as it went. Can relate so much to this amazing man.

Scot Jamieson - 2013-12-27 13:37:58

It's what you are against that shows how big you are, and Bukowski was against things so big that we all live inside of them and judging by many of the comments here, things so big they can't even be seen. I, for my two cents worth, feel so much gratitude to Bukowski - and his publishers - for getting the voice of the every-man we all are to say what we all suspect anyway. He could have said different things differently, but the original voice of the little kid who first said, But the Emperor has no clothes, you can hear that in his writings. And the laughs!