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Charles Bukowski Quotes and Sayings

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To do a dull thing with style-now that's what I call art.
- Charles Bukowski

Genius might be the ability to say a profound thing in a simple way.
- Charles Bukowski

The difference between a democracy and a dictatorship
is that in a democracy you vote first and take orders later;
in a dictatorship you don't have to waste your time voting.
- Charles Bukowski

Humanity, you never had it to begin with.
- Charles Bukowski

 

Bad taste creates many more millionaires than good taste.
- Charles Bukowski

Never get out of bed before noon.
- Charles Bukowski

We have wasted History like a bunch of drunks shooting
dice back in the men's crapper of the local bar.
- Charles Bukowski

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There will always be something to ruin our lives,
it all depends on what or which finds us first.
We are always ripe and ready to be taken.
- Charles Bukowski

It's possible to love a human being if you don't know them too well.
- Charles Bukowski

Joan of Arc had style.
Jesus had style.
- Charles Bukowski

I don't like jail, they got the wrong kind of bars in there.
- Charles Bukowski

If you're losing your soul and you know it,
then you've still got a soul left to lose.
- Charles Bukowski

Some people never go crazy, What truly horrible lives they must live.
- Charles Bukowski

I would be married, but I'd have no wife,
I would be married to a single life.
- Charles Bukowski

You begin saving the world by saving one man at a time;
all else is grandiose romanticism or politics.
- Charles Bukowski

Show me a man who lives alone and has a perpetually clean kitchen,
and 8 times out of 9 I'll show you a man with detestable spiritual qualities.
- Charles Bukowski

If you want to know who your friends are,
get yourself a jail sentence.
- Charles Bukowski

An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way.
An artist says a hard thing in a simple way.
- Charles Bukowski

To the young child, all life is a great adventure -
when did we grow so dull and brittle.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
- Proverb

No matter how dull, or how mean, or how wise a man is,
he feels that happiness is his indisputable right.
- Helen Keller

Death is a very dull, dreary affair,
and my advice to you is to have nothing whatsoever to do with it.
- W. Somerset Maugham

I have tried lately to read Shakespeare,
and found it so intolerably dull that it nauseated me.
- Charles Darwin

Heaven must be an awfully dull place
if your best friends end up elsewhere.
- Anonymous

A lot of presidential memoirs, they say, are dull and self-serving.
I hope mine is interesting and self-serving.
- William J. Clinton

Life repeats itself mindlessly -
unless you become mindful, it will go on repeating like a wheel.
That's why Buddhists call it the wheel of life and death,
the wheel of time.
It moves like a wheel: birth is followed by death,
death is followed by birth;
love is followed by hate, hate is followed by love;
success is followed by failure,
failure is followed by success. Just see!
If you can watch just for a few days,
you will see a pattern emerging, a wheel pattern.
One day, a fine morning, you are feeling so good and so happy,
and another day you are so dull,
so dead that you start thinking of committing suicide.
And just the other day you were so full of life,
so blissful that you were feeling thankful to God,
that you were in a mood of deep gratefulness,
and today there is great complaint
and you don't see the point why one should go on living...
And it goes on and on, but you don't see the pattern.
Once you see the pattern, you can get out of it.
- Osho

Anger makes dull men witty, but it keeps them poor.
- Francis Bacon

Drama is life with the dull bits cut out.
- Alfred Hitchcock

The British cinema had been very dull and conformist.
- Karel Reisz

Without the element of uncertainty, the bringing off of even,
the greatest business triumph would be dull,
routine, and eminently unsatisfying.
- J. Paul Getty

I don't plan to write another science book,
but I don't plan not to.
I do enjoy writing histories, and taking subjects that
are generally dull and trying to make them interesting.
- Bill Bryson

I find we are growing serious, and then we are in great danger of being dull.
- William Congreve

The dull and stupid have a much easier time of it.
- William Kapell

It is respectable to have no illusions,
and safe, and profitable and dull.
- Joseph Conrad

Habit converts luxurious enjoyments into dull and daily necessities.
- Aldous Huxley

Each moment of a happy lover's hour is worth an age of dull and common life.
- Aphra Behn

I have three phobias which, could I mute them,
would make my life as slick as a sonnet,
but as dull as ditch water: I hate to go to bed,
I hate to get up, and I hate to be alone.
- Tallulah Bankhead

I think people tuned in a lot to see Barbara when she
first came here and they just didn't like the show they saw.
I think it was dull.
It was sterile.
- Roone Arledge

What is a diary as a rule? A document useful to the person who keeps it.
Dull to the contemporary who reads it and invaluable to the student,
centuries afterwards, who treasures it.
- Walter Scott

My life's actually been quite dull; it's not all that glamorous.
- Elizabeth Wurtzel

I never was on the dull, tame shore,
But I loved the great sea more and more.
- Barry Cornwall

Somebody must always be doing something new,
or life would get very dull.
- Ninette de Valois

It's important to hold something back,
though, because quite frankly my personal life is pretty
dull and I don't want to bore people with it.
- Matt Lucas

One of the many problems with the American left has
been its image as something rather too solemn,
mirthless, herbivorous, dull, monochrome,
righteous, and boring.
- Christopher Hitchens

It is widely held that too much wine will dull a man's desire.
Indeed it will in a dull man.
- John Osborne

Courtship is to marriage, as a very witty prologue to a very dull play.
- William Congreve

Some of those stories in local newspapers are just
as dull and boring as the stories that I get from on-line services,
which are basically sort of straight news.
- Tabitha Soren

The man must have a rare recipe for melancholy,
who can be dull in Fleet Street.
- Charles Lamb

Without mysteries, life would be very dull indeed.
What would be left to strive for if everything were known?
- Charles de Lint

Perfection is a trifle dull.
It is not the least of life's ironies that this,
which we all aim at, is better not quite achieved.
- W. Somerset Maugham

Mathematics was hard, dull work.
Geography pleased me more.
For dancing I was quite enthusiastic.
- John James Audubon

With dates I like to cater a girl.
We do whatever she likes.
If she was open to what I wanted to do,
it probably wouldn't be a dull date,
because I am a jock.
- Chris Brown

If the individual is a unit in a corporate mass,
his life is not merely brutish and short,
but dull and mechanical.
- Herbert Read

You have to be as fully prepared for the dull game
as you are for the great game,
or else you won't be prepared for the great one.
- Red Barber

An army without culture is a dull-witted army,
and a dull-witted army cannot defeat the enemy.
- Mao Zedong

Display advertising and the movies, though they may dull the wits,
certainly stimulate the eyes.
- John Dos Passos

I maintain that many an inventor, many a diplomat,
many a financier is a sounder philosopher than all
those who practice the dull craft of experimental psychology.
- Oswald Spengler

The long, dull, monotonous years of middle-aged prosperity
or middle-aged adversity are excellent campaigning weather for the devil.
- C. S. Lewis

Just because your ad looks good is no insurance that it will get looked at.
How many people do you know who are impeccably groomed...
but dull?
- William Bernbach

Our live experiences, fixed in aphorisms,
stiffen into cold epigrams.
Our heart's blood, as we write it, turns to mere dull ink.
- F. H. Bradley

What America demands in her black champions is a brilliant,
powerful body and a dull, bestial mind.
- Eldridge Cleaver

A neurotic can perfectly well be a literary genius,
but his greatest danger is always that he will not
recognize when he is dull.
- Louis Auchincloss

Greek philosophy seems to have met with something with
which a good tragedy is not supposed to meet,
namely, a dull ending.
- Karl Marx

Nobody likes to hear it, because it's dull,
but the reason you win or lose is darn near always the same -
pitching.
- Earl Weaver

The jealous are possessed by a mad devil and a dull spirit at the same time.
- Johann Kaspar Lavater

The duty of a toastmaster is to be so dull that the
succeeding speakers will appear brilliant by contrast.
- Clarence Budington Kelland

The idea that seeing life means going from place to
place and doing a great variety of obvious things is
an illusion natural to dull minds.
- Charles Horton Cooley

His life, though none too long, Was never dull:
Of woman,
wine and song Bill had his full.
- Robert Service

Tolerance is a very dull virtue.
It is boring.
Unlike love, it has always had a bad press.
It is negative.
It merely means putting up with people,
being able to stand things.
- E. M. Forster

I have two lovely sons and some good memories,
but I've had a rather tumultuous personal life.
It hasn't been dull; I've been the Hiroshima of love.
- Sylvester Stallone

Living the past is a dull and lonely business;
looking back strains the neck muscles,
causing you to bump into people not going your way.
- Edna Ferber


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