Quotes from You Get So Alone at Times That it Just Makes Sense

Charles Bukowski ·  320 pages

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“Lighting new cigarettes,
pouring more
drinks.

It has been a beautiful
fight.

Still
is.”
― Charles Bukowski, quote from You Get So Alone at Times That it Just Makes Sense


“Now something so sad has hold of us that the breath leaves and we can't even cry.”
― Charles Bukowski, quote from You Get So Alone at Times That it Just Makes Sense


“it seemed to me that I had never met
another person on earth
as discouraging to my happiness
as my father.
and it appeared that I had
the same effect upon
him.”
― Charles Bukowski, quote from You Get So Alone at Times That it Just Makes Sense


“the courage it took to get out of bed each
morning
to face the same things
over and over
was
enormous.”
― Charles Bukowski, quote from You Get So Alone at Times That it Just Makes Sense


“I don't remember going to bed, but in the morning, there I was.”
― Charles Bukowski, quote from You Get So Alone at Times That it Just Makes Sense


“I knew it would be you”
― Charles Bukowski, quote from You Get So Alone at Times That it Just Makes Sense


“Beasts bounding through time.

Van Gogh writing his brother for paints
Hemingway testing his shotgun
Celine going broke as a doctor of medicine
the impossibility of being human
Villon expelled from Paris for being a thief
Faulkner drunk in the gutters of his town
the impossibility of being human
Burroughs killing his wife with a gun
Mailer stabbing his
the impossibility of being human
Maupassant going mad in a rowboat
Dostoevsky lined up against a wall to be shot
Crane off the back of a boat into the propeller
the impossibility
Sylvia with her head in the oven like a baked potato
Harry Crosby leaping into that Black Sun
Lorca murdered in the road by the Spanish troops
the impossibility
Artaud sitting on a madhouse bench
Chatterton drinking rat poison
Shakespeare a plagiarist
Beethoven with a horn stuck into his head against deafness
the impossibility the impossibility
Nietzsche gone totally mad
the impossibility of being human
all too human
this breathing
in and out
out and in
these punks
these cowards
these champions
these mad dogs of glory

moving this little bit of light toward
us
impossibly”
― Charles Bukowski, quote from You Get So Alone at Times That it Just Makes Sense


“it doesn't matter if Prince Charles falls off his horse
or that the hummingbird is so seldom
seen
or that we are too senseless to go
insane.

coffee. give us more of that NOTHING
coffee.”
― Charles Bukowski, quote from You Get So Alone at Times That it Just Makes Sense


“I was their bar freak, they needed me
to make themselves feel
better.
just like, at times, I needed that
graveyard.”
― Charles Bukowski, quote from You Get So Alone at Times That it Just Makes Sense


“No Help of that

There is a place in the heart that will never be filled a space. And even during the best moments and the greatest times we will know it We will know it more that ever. There is a place in the heart that will never be filled and we will wait and wait in that place.”
― Charles Bukowski, quote from You Get So Alone at Times That it Just Makes Sense


“and even the trees we walked
under
seemed
less than
trees
and more like everything
else.”
― Charles Bukowski, quote from You Get So Alone at Times That it Just Makes Sense


“lay down. lay down like an animal and wait.”
― Charles Bukowski, quote from You Get So Alone at Times That it Just Makes Sense


“the area dividing the brain and the soul
is affected in many ways by
experience –
some lose all mind and become soul:
insane.
some lose all soul and become mind:
intellectual.
some lose both and become:
accepted.”
― Charles Bukowski, quote from You Get So Alone at Times That it Just Makes Sense


“sometimes when everything seems at
its worst
when all conspires
and gnaws
and the hours, days, weeks
years
seem wasted –
stretched there upon my bed
in the dark
looking upward at the ceiling
i get what many will consider an
obnoxious thought:
it’s still nice to be
Bukowski.”
― Charles Bukowski, quote from You Get So Alone at Times That it Just Makes Sense


“she slammed the door and
was gone.

I looked at the closed door
and at the doorknob
and strangely
I didn't feel
alone.”
― Charles Bukowski, quote from You Get So Alone at Times That it Just Makes Sense


About the author

Charles Bukowski
Born place: in Andernach, Germany
Born date August 16, 1920
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