2/3/11

Words of Wisdom From Charles Bukowski

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

“Do you hate people? I don’t hate them…I just feel better when they’re not around.”

“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.”

“My ambition is handicapped by laziness.”

“We’re all going to die, all of us, what a circus! That alone should make us love each other but it doesn’t. We are terrorized and flattened by trivialities, we are eaten up by nothing.”

“An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way.”

“If you’re losing your soul and you know it, then you’ve still got a soul left to lose.”

“Real loneliness is not necessarily limited to when you are alone.”

“Sex is kicking death in the ass while singing.”

“Sometimes you climb out of 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.”

“There is always one woman to save you from another and as that woman saves you she makes ready to destroy.”

“Pain is strange. A cat killing a bird, a car accident, a fire…. Pain arrives, BANG, and there it is, it sits on you. It’s real. And to anybody watching, you look foolish. Like you’ve suddenly become an idiot. There’s no cure for it unless you know somebody who understands how you feel, and knows how to help.”

“Love is all right for those who can handle the psychic overload. It’s like trying to carry a full garbage can on your back over a rushing river of piss.”