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A Few Great Charles Bukowski Quotes

His headstone features a graphic of a boxer and the Zen-inspired epitaph “Don’t try.”

“I don’t hate people. I just feel better when they’re not around.”

“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.”

“When you drank the world was still out there, but for the moment it didn’t have you by the throat.”

“When you clean up a city you kill it.”

"My readers are the defeated, the demented and the damned — and I am proud of it.”

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