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Ham on Rye

Charles Bukowski

Top 10 Best Quotes

“What a weary time those years were -- to have the desire and the need to live but not the ability.”

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

“I had noticed that both in the very poor and very rich extremes of society the mad were often allowed to mingle freely.”

“It was a joy! Words weren't dull, words were things that could make your mind hum. If you read them and let yourself feel the magic, you could live without pain, with hope, no matter what happened to you.”

“The best thing about the bedroom was the bed. I liked to stay in bed for hours, even during the day with covers pulled up to my chin. It was good in there, nothing ever occurred in there, no people, nothing.”

“The problem was you had to keep choosing between one evil or another, and no matter what you chose, they sliced a little more off you, until there was nothing left. At the age of 25 most people were finished. A whole goddamned nation of assholes driving automobiles, eating, having babies, doing everything in the worst way possible, like voting for the presidential candidate who reminded them most of themselves.”

“Everything else just kept picking and picking, hacking away. And nothing was interesting, nothing. The people were restrictive and careful, all alike. And I've got to live with these fuckers for the rest of my life, I thought.”

“I often stood in front of the mirror alone, wondering how ugly a person could get.”

“You are thirty minutes late." "Yes." "Would you be thirty minutes late to a wedding or a funeral?" "No." "Why not, pray tell?" "Well, if the funeral was mine I'd have to be on time. If the wedding was mine it would be my funeral.”

“I knew I was strong, and maybe like they said, "crazy." But I had this feeling inside of me that something real was there.”

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