The 15 Best Charles Bukowski Quotes

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In honor of what would have been Charles Bukowski’s 94th birthday, here are a few of his best quotes.

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.

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.

Find what you love and let it kill you.

I wanted the whole world or nothing.

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

I am a series of small victories and large defeats and I am as amazed as any other that I have gotten from there to here.

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

You are marvelous the gods wait to delight in you.

She’s mad but she’s magic, there’s no lie in her fire.

The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubt, while the stupid people are full of confidence.

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.

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

I’ve had so many knives stuck into me, when they hand me a flower, I can’t quite make out what it is. It takes time.

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.

Some people never go crazy, what truly horrible lives they must live. Thought Catalog Logo Mark

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