Idézetek Charles Bukowski
„For those who believe in God, most of the big questions are answered. But for those of us who can't readily accept the God formula, the big answers don't remain stonewritten. We adjust to new conditions and discoveries. We are pliable. Love need not be a command or faith a dictum. I am my own God. We are here to unlearn the teachings of the church, state and our educational system. We are here to drink beer. We are here to kill war. We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us.“
"The Meaning of Life: The Big Picture", Life Magazine (December 1988)
— Charles Bukowski, könyv Notes of a Dirty Old Man
Forrás: Notes of a Dirty Man (Zápisky starého prasáka)
Forrás: The Roominghouse Madrigals: Early Selected Poems, 1946-1966
— Charles Bukowski, könyv The People Look Like Flowers at Last
Forrás: The People Look Like Flowers at Last
— Charles Bukowski, könyv Ham on Rye
Forrás: Ham on Rye
„The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts while the stupid one are full of confidence.“
Változat: The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts, while the stupid ones are full of confidence.
„Things get bad for all of us, almost continually, and what we do under the constant stress reveals who/what we are.“
Forrás: What Matters Most is How Well You Walk Through the Fire
Változat: she’s mad, but she’s magic.
„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.“
— Charles Bukowski, könyv Women
— Charles Bukowski, könyv Post Office
Változat: I wasn't much of a petty thief. I wanted the whole world or nothing."
Forrás: Post Office (1971)
Kontextus: They wouldn't fire me. Even the salesmen liked me. They were robbing the boss out the back door but I didn't say anything. That was their little game. It didn't interest me. I wasn't much of a petty thief. I wanted the whole world or nothing.