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Have you ever read something that it just hit right in your heart and you could feel your heart racing. Charles Bukowski was one such author who has touched the hearts of millions of readers with his flamboyant style of writing.

Charles Bukowski- A Timeless Writer:

Charles who was often termed as a brat, sluggish, alcohol lover who hated everybody even the famous authors. Nobody could have ever thought that such a person will create wonderful art.  When you see people, you look at their faces, their features, their grace but this man was vulnerable he dug deep into the crevasses of humankind and knitted beautiful poetry.

No fancy words, no lucid language and chasm but a dash of reality to show us the things that we have concealed beautifully. His work tells us that there is depth in each person which we can only see if we try to reach there. A person is much more than flesh.

Critics Opinion on the author: 

While some critics commented on his language and style, others
satirized the machismo attitude through his routine use of sex, alcohol abuse, and violence.

Stephen Kessler in the San Francisco Review of Books stated, “Without trying to make himself look good, much less heroic, Bukowski writes with a nothing-to-lose truthfulness which sets him apart from most other ‘autobiographical’ novelists and poets”. Adding, “Firmly in the American tradition of the maverick, Bukowski writes with no apologies from the frayed edge of society.”

So let’s warm up our hearts a little and pour some love to those who are feeling a little down in the dumps by going through some of Charles Bukowski’s remarkable quotes.

On Art- 

“An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way.”

“Poetry is what happens when nothing else can.”

“It’s better to do a dull thing with style than a dangerous thing without it.”

“In my work, as a writer, I only photograph, in words, what I see.”

“Writers are desperate people and when they stop being desperate they stop being writers.”

“Some moments are nice, some are nicer, some are even worth writing about.”

“If I stop writing I am dead. And that’s the only way I’ll stop: dead.”

On Love-

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

“If you have the ability to love, love yourself first.”

“It’s possible to love a human being if you don’t know them too well.”

“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.”

On Life- 

“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.”

“How the hell could a person enjoy being awakened at 6:30AM, by an alarm clock, leap out of bed, dress, force-feed, shit, piss, brush teeth and hair, and fight traffic to get to a place where essentially you made lots of money for somebody else and were asked to be grateful for the opportunity to do so?”

“Some people never go crazy, What truly horrible lives they must live.”

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

“If you’re losing your soul and you know it, then you’ve still got a soul left to lose.”

“You have to die a few times before you can really live.”

“I wasn’t lonely. I experienced no self-pity. I was just caught up in a life in which I could find no meaning.”

On Society-

“People are strange: they are constantly angered by trivial things, but on a major mattesr like totally wasting their lives, they hardly seem to notice.”

“I guess the only time most people think about injustice is when it happens to them.”

“I didn’t have any friends at school, didn’t want any. I felt better being alone. I sat on a bench and watched the others play and they looked foolish to me.”

“I have one problem, I don’t hate people. They disgust me and I want to get away from them. I do not have hatred. I have an escape mechanism.”

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Pragati Chauhan

I am a soulful woman who loves to conjure up my thoughts and write. I thoroughly enjoy creating art and expressing myself through words. I believe words have a certain kind of melody that can be understood by everybody.

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