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20 Of The Most Badass Charles Bukowski Quotes

This article was last updated on February 1, 2022

You probably have heard about Charles Bukowski, if you haven’t well you missed out a lot. Charles Bukowski is one of America’s best-known contemporary writers of poetry and prose, and, many would claim, its most influential and imitated poet. His words are meaningful, which is why we decided to compile a list of Charles Bukowski quotes for you.

In his honor, here are his best sayings!

20 Badass Charles Bukowski Quotes

1) “The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts. While the stupid ones are full of confidence.” – Charles Bukowski

2) “Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must live.” – Charles Bukowski

3)  “Find what you love and let it kill you.” – Charles Bukowski

4) “I wasn’t much for a petty thief. I wanted the whole world or nothing.” – Charles Bukowski

5) “You’ve to die a few times before you actually live.” – Charles Bukowski

6) “Genius might be the ability to say a profound thing in a simple way.” – Charles Bukowski

7) “Real loneliness is not necessarily limited to when you are alone.” – Charles Bukowski

8) “The less I needed, the better I felt.” – Charles Bukowski

9) “What matters most is how well you walk through the fire.” – Charles Bukowski

5 Insightful Charles Bukowski Quotes

10) “You have to die a few times before you can really live.” – Charles Bukowski

11) “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. ” – Charles Bukowski

12) “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.”  – Charles Bukowski

13) “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.”  – Charles Bukowski

14) “We must… We must bring our own light to the darkness” – Charles Bukowski

15) “An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way.” ― Charles Bukowski

16) “A love like that was a serious illness, an illness from which you never entirely recover.” ― Charles Bukowski

17) “Beauty is nothing, beauty won’t stay. You don’t know how lucky you are to be ugly, because if people like you, you know it’s for something else.” ― Charles Bukowski

18) “People are strange: They are constantly angered by trivial things, but on a major matter like totally wasting their lives, they hardly seem to notice.” ― Charles Bukowski

19) “The trouble with a mask is it never changes.” ― Charles Bukowski

20) “Our disappointment sits between us.” ― Charles Bukowski

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