Here's a collection of some of the most fun and inspirational words of wisdom on life, love, and that darned society we all live in, from the brilliant poet, writer, and cult icon, Charles Bukowski.
"Find what you love and let it kill you."
"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."
"I wanted the whole world or nothing."
"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."
"This is very important – to take leisure time. Pace is the essence. Without stopping entirely and doing nothing at all for great periods, you’re gonna lose everything…just to do nothing at all, very, very important. And how many people do this in modern society? Very few. That’s why they’re all totally mad, frustrated, angry and hateful."
"Everything you own must be able to fit inside one suitcase; then your mind might be free."
"Some people never go crazy, What truly horrible lives they must live."
"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."
"Never get out of bed before noon."
"You have to die a few times before you can really live."
"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 like what you do, some people hate what you do, but most people simply don’t give a damn."
"What matters most is how well you walk through the fire."
"If you’re going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don’t even start. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mind. It could mean not eating for three or four days. It could mean freezing on a park bench. It could mean jail. It could mean derision. It could mean mockery–isolation. Isolation is the gift. All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it. And, you’ll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds. And it will be better than anything else you can imagine. If you’re going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire. You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. It’s the only good fight there is."
"If it doesn’t come bursting out of you in spite of everything, don’t do it."
"Great art is horseshit, buy tacos."