May 23, 2022

14 Charles Bukowski Quotes that will Take your Breath Away.


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Every now and then, I feel the need to read a bunch of quotes that take my breath away.

Not books, not blogs—just pure quotes.

Bukowski, of course, almost always takes my breath away. I find so much emotion and authenticity in his work. His creativity and beautiful, imaginative mind make me want to read more.

Whether you like Bukowski or not, I think you should seriously read these quotes:

“If it doesn’t come bursting out of you in spite of everything, don’t do it.” 

“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.” 

“I have gotten so used to melancholia that I greet it like an old friend.”

“Being alone never felt right. Sometimes it felt good, but it never felt right.” 

“But isn’t there always one good thing to look back on? Think of how many cups of coffee we drank together.” 

You just rebel against everything. How are you going to survive? I don’t know. I’m already tired.” 

“Nobody can save you but yourself and you’re worth saving. It’s a war not easily won but if anything is worth winning then this is it.” 

“Some men never die and some men never live but we’re all alive tonight.” 

“They simply never understand, do they, that sometimes solitude is one of the most beautiful things on earth?” 

“A love like that was a serious illness, an illness from which you never entirely recover.” 

“Almost everybody is born a genius and buried an idiot.” 

I wasn’t lonely. I experienced no self-pity. I was just caught up in a life in which I could find no meaning.” 

“No matter how little a man has he will find that he will always settle for less.” 

Experience can dull. With most men experience is a series of mistakes; the more experience you have the less you know.” 



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