Top 10 Charles Bukowski Quotes

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#10 – BEER SHIT

“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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

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Terry Pratchett Quotes

 

  • Build a man a fire, and he’ll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he’ll be warm for the rest of his life.
  • Everything starts somewhere, although many physicists disagree.
  • Fantasy is an exercise bicycle for the mind. It might not take you anywhere, but it tones up the muscles that can. Of course, I could be wrong.
  • Five exclamation marks, the sure sign of an insane mind.
  • Genius is always allowed some leeway, once the hammer has been pried from its hands and the blood has been cleaned up.
  • He was the sort of person who stood on mountaintops during thunderstorms in wet copper armour shouting "All the Gods are bastards."
  • In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this.
  • In the beginning there was nothing, which exploded.
  • It is often said that before you die your life passes before your eyes. It is in fact true. It’s called living.
  • It’s not worth doing something unless you were doing something that someone, somewere, would much rather you weren’t doing.
  • Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it.
  • Most gods throw dice, but Fate plays chess, and you don’t find out til too late that he’s been playing with two queens all along.
  • Only in our dreams are we free. The rest of the time we need wages.
  • Sometimes it is better to light a flamethrower than curse the darkness.
  • Sooner or later we’re all someone’s dog.
  • Taxation is just a sophisticated way of demanding money with menaces.
  • The intelligence of the creature known as a crowd, is the square root of the number of people in it.
  • The pen is mightier than the sword if the sword is very short, and the pen is very sharp.
  • The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.
  • The truth may be out there, but lies are inside your head.
  • They say a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but it’s not one half so bad as a lot of ignorance.
  • Writing is the most fun you can have by yourself.
  • You can’t trample infidels when you’re a tortoise. I mean, all you could do is give them a meaningful look.

If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal

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Call me an anarchist or whatever, who cares, but I’ve completely lost faith in what we call "democracy" these days… No matter what we do, nothing ever changes, unless it is for the worse. People in power only care about getting more power and money, and any sense of responsibility towards voters is completely gone after they are elected. It’s a nice illusion for the masses though, to think that we live in a "free" society, just because we get to vote. But for how long will this go by unnoticed? I think we’re approaching our limit of being served BS as a society.

or not…

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