Scribbles

Scribbling on shirt cardboards during two day drunks:

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When love becomes a command, Hatred can become a pleasure.

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if you don’t gamble, you’ll never win

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Beautiful thoughts, and beautiful women never last

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you can cage a tiger but you’re never sure he’s broken. Men are easier.

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if you want to know where God is, ask a drunk.

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there aren’t any angels in the foxholes.

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no pain means the end of feeling; each of our joys is a bargain with the devil.

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the difference between Art and Life is that Art is more bearable.

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I’d rather hear about a live American bum than a dead Greek God.

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there is nothing as boring as the truth.

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The well balanced individual is insane.

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Almost everybody is born a genius and buried an idiot.

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a brave man lack imagination. Cowardice is usually caused by a lack of proper diet.

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sexual intercourse is kicking death in the ass while singing

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when men rule governments, men won’t need governments; until then we are screwed

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an intellectual is a man who says a simple thing in a difficult way; an artist is a man who says a difficult thing in a simple way.

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everytime I go to a funeral I feel as if I had eaten puffed wheat germ

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dripping faucets, farts of passion, flat tires – all are sadder than death.

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if you want to know who your friends are, get yourself a jail sentence

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hospitals are where they attempt to kill you without explaining why. The cold and measured cruelty of the American Hospital is not caused by doctors who are overworked or who have gotten used to, and are bored with death. it is caused by doctors WHO ARE PAID TOO MUCH FOR DOING TOO LITTLE and who are admired by the ignorant, as witchmen with cure, when most of the time they don’t know their own arse-hairs from celery shreds.

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Before a metropolitan daily exposes an evil, it takes its own pulse.

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End of shirt cardboards.

Charles Bukowski
Notes of a Dirty Old Man (1969)

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