Quotes from “Factotum” by Charles Bukowski

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.
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.
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?
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.”
CLsphas quoted2 years ago
My ambition is handicapped by laziness.
Most fucks are really nothing, they are mostly labor, like trying to climb a very steep, muddy hill.
She was desperate and she was choosey at the same time and, in a way, beautiful, but she didn't have quite enough going for her to become what she imagined herself to be.
What'd Picasso say?"
"Well, I asked him. I said, 'Master, what can I do to make my work better?'"
"No shit?"
"No shit."
"What'd he say?"
"He said, 'I can't tell you anything about your work. You must do it all by yourself.'"
Every man is a poet," I said.
fingers and would not let go. Somebody had finally done something interesting. I examined the fabric. It looked as magical as it felt.
I was sitting there pretending to count the incoming pants when suddenly I came across something special. There was electricity in the fabric, it clung to my fin
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.
Look," I said, "these books aren't worth reading let alone arguing about."
And we were also thinking, they all belong to somebody else. Well, what the hell. It didn’t make any difference. In fifteen years they’d weigh 185 pounds and it would be their daughters who were beautiful.
up a drainpipe in Playa Del Rey and your left tit in a trashcan down at Oceanside…

“Then there are guys who fuck you and then chop you up into little pieces. They find part of your asshole stuffed

up a drainpipe in Playa Del Rey and your left tit in a trashcan down at Oceanside…"

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
CLsphas quoted2 years ago
Baby,” I said, “I’m a genius but nobody knows it but me.”
She looked down at me. “Get up off the floor you damn fool and get me a drink.”
Don’t tape my balls to my asshole
Even the most horrible human being on earth deserves to wipe his ass
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