August 16, 2013

Happy 93rd Birthday, Charles Bukowski

August 16, 2013


In honor of what would've been Charles Bukowski's 93rd birthday, I've put together a collective of his greatest, most memorable quotes.

Bukowski was a German-born American author, prolific poet, novelist and short story writer. His novels and short stories, along with some of his poems, received high praises around the 1970s-1980s. Some of which are still being taught in school to this day. To name a few are Ham On Rye (1982), Post Office (1971), Factotum (1975), and Tales of Ordinary Madness (1967). Bukowski's writing influence derived from the cultural, social and economic ambience from the ordinary lives of poor Americans, the act of writing, alcohol, relationships with women and the drudgery of work. He leaned toward unconventional genres such as dirty realism and transgressive fiction as his literary focus, which separated his writing from others.

Charles Bukowski had that kind of mind that made you realize how terrifiying it can be and it showed well through his writing, becoming a literary hero for many. He finished his last novel Pulp (1994) shortly prior his death.

"What matters most is how well you walk through the fire."

“Anything is a waste of time unless you are fucking well or creating well or getting well or looming toward a kind of phantom-love-happiness.”

"Sometimes you climb out 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."

“Drinking is another way of thinking, another way of living. It gives you two lives instead of one.”

“The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts, while the stupid ones are full of confidence.”

"For all things will kill you, both slowly and fastly, but it’s much better to be killed by a lover."

"We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that death will tremble to take us."

“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.”

“I remember awakening one morning and finding everything smeared with the color of forgotten love.”

“Love is a form of prejudice. You love what you need, you love what makes you feel good, you love what is convenient.”

“When you drank the world was still out there, but for the moment it didn’t have you by the throat.”

“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.”

“They’re more like a mild nervous affliction with nowhere to go.”

“The free soul is rare, but you know it when you see it - basically because you feel good, very good, when you are near or with them.”

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

"I will remember our kisses, our lips raw with love and how you gave me everything you had and how I offered you what was left of me, and I will remember small room, the feel of you, the light in the window, your records, your books."



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