Quotes from “Factotum” by Charles Bukowski

Ksyusha Pavlova
Ksyusha Pavlovahas quoted6 years ago
You know, I'm not a clothes man. Clothes bore me. They are terrible things, cons, like vitamins, astrology, pizzas, skating rinks, pop music, heavyweight championship fights, etc.
Pavel Veprev
Pavel Veprevhas quoted8 years ago
That's when I first learned that it wasn't enough to just do your job, you had to have an interest in it, even a passion for it.
davinicet
davinicethas quoted2 years ago
was my turn for a little good luck, not much, but a little. It was true that I didn’t have much ambition, but there ought to be a place for people without ambition, I mean a better place than the one usually reserved. How in the hell could a man enjoy being awakened at 6:30 a.m. 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?
CLsp
CLsphas quoted2 years ago
“People don’t need love. What they need is success in one form or another. It can be love but it needn’t be.”
CLsp
CLsphas quoted2 years ago
My ambition is handicapped by laziness.
Delaney King
Delaney Kinghas quoted3 years ago
Most fucks are really nothing, they are mostly labor, like trying to climb a very steep, muddy hill.
Gleb Kotenko
Gleb Kotenkohas quotedlast month
I’m no preacher but I can tell you this—the lives that people lead are driving them crazy and their insanity comes out in the way they drive.
Gleb Kotenko
Gleb Kotenkohas quotedlast month
Not everybody thought they could be a dentist or an automobile mechanic but everybody knew they could be a writer. Of those fifty guys in the room, probably fifteen of them thought they were writers. Almost everybody used words and could write them down, i.e., almost everybody could be a writer. But most men, fortunately, aren’t writers, or even cab drivers, and some men—many men—unfortunately aren’t anything.
Gleb Kotenko
Gleb Kotenkohas quotedlast month
Now like every American boy I had always been told: catch cancer early. Then you go down to catch it early and they make you wait three weeks for an appointment. That’s the difference between what we’re told and actuality.
Gleb Kotenko
Gleb Kotenkohas quotedlast month
Some jobs were amazingly easy to get. I remember one place I walked in, slouched down in a chair, and yawned. The guy behind the desk asked me: “Yes, what do you want?” “Oh hell,” I answered, “I guess I need a job.” “You’re hired.”
Gleb Kotenko
Gleb Kotenkohas quotedlast month
I always started a job with the feeling that I’d soon quit or be fired, and this gave me a relaxed manner that was mistaken for intelligence or some secret power.
Gleb Kotenko
Gleb Kotenkohas quotedlast month
The sun was tired, and some of the cars went east and some of the cars went west, and it dawned on me that if everybody would only drive in the same direction everything would be solved.
Gleb Kotenko
Gleb Kotenkohas quotedlast month
“The Bible says, ‘Love thy neighbor.’”

“That could mean to leave him alone.

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Gleb Kotenko
Gleb Kotenkohas quotedlast month
“Are you able to work?”

“Are you willing to work?”

“Will you accept employment?”

“Yes! Yes! Yes!” I always said.
Gleb Kotenko
Gleb Kotenkohas quotedlast month
She was used to her four fucks a day
Gleb Kotenko
Gleb Kotenkohas quotedlast month
“A woman is a full-time job. You have to choose your profession.”
Gleb Kotenko
Gleb Kotenkohas quotedlast month
At some point during one of our hellish nights World War II ended.
Gleb Kotenko
Gleb Kotenkohas quotedlast month
“I need a writer. Are you a good one?”

“Every writer thinks he’s a good one.”
Gleb Kotenko
Gleb Kotenkohas quotedlast month
The thought of sitting in front of a man behind a desk and telling him that I wanted a job, that I was qualified for a job, was too much for me. Frankly, I was horrified by life, at what a man had to do simply in order to eat, sleep, and keep himself clothed. So I stayed in bed and drank.
Gleb Kotenko
Gleb Kotenkohas quotedlast month
“Have you ever been in love?”

“Love is for real people.”

“You sound real.”

“I dislike real people.”

“You dislike them?”

“I hate them.”
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