5 Charles Bukowski Quotes That Teach you How to Live, Create, and Find Your Purpose

Every time I read Bukowski, I have several moments where I have that nervous chuckle because he says these phrases that cut straight through the bullshit. They’re so jarring, irreverent, hilarious, and brutally honest at the same time.

A Deadly Accurate Diagnosis of Society

“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.”

If you know anything about me, you know I use death as a lens to see the world.

Slow Death Personified

“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 goddamned nation of assholes driving automobiles, eating, having babies, doing everything in the worst way possible, like voting for the presidential candidate who reminded them most of themselves.”

When you look in the eyes of the average person in society, maybe in the mirror, you see that hint of sadness combined with just enough passive-aggressive energy to shove those dreams down to the recess of their mind and put on that veneer so people don’t see how broken they are.

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The Right Way to Chase a Dream

“If you’re going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don’t even start. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mind. It could mean not eating for three or four days. It could mean freezing on a park bench. It could mean jail. It could mean derision. […]There is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire. You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. It’s the only good fight there is.” — Charles Bukowski

Why not just do it?

“Find what you love and let it kill you.”

Just For Us Writers

“There’s no way I can stop writing, it’s a form of insanity.”

You have to be a little bit mentally ill to write as much as you need to in order to make a living from it.

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