-- Charles Bukowski

2 April 2014
Charles Bukowski
2 April 2014

Charles Bukowski

“I remember a long raging letter I got one day from a man who told me I had no right to say that I didn’t like Shakespeare. Too many youth believe me and just not bother to read Shakespeare. I had no right to take this stance. On and on about that. I didn’t answer him. But I will here. Screw you, buddy. And I don’t like Tolstoy either!”

“There’s nothing to mourn about death any more than there is to mourn about the growing of a flower. What is terrible is not death but the lives people live or don’t live up until their death. They don’t honor their own lives, they piss on their lives. They shit them away. Dumb fuckers. They concentrate too much on fucking, movies, money, family, … More fucking. Their minds are full of cotton. They swallow God without thinking, they swallow country without thinking. Soon they forget how to think, they let others think for them. Their brains are stuffed with cotton. They look ugly, they talk ugly, they walk ugly. Play them the great music of the centuries and they can’t hear it. Most people’s deaths are a sham. There’s nothing left to die.”

ROLL THE DICE

if you’re going to try,
go all the way.
otherwise, don’t even start.
if you’re going to try,
go all the way.
this could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives, jobs and maybe your mind.
go all the way.
it could mean not eating for 3 or 4 days. it could mean freezing on a park bench.
it could mean jail, it could mean derision, 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.
do it, do it, do it. do it.
all the way all the way.
you will ride life straight to perfect laughter,
its the only good fight there is.

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