Bukowski | 40x50cm | Graphite on paper

If it doesn’t come bursting out of you in spite of everything, don’t do it.

Unless it comes unasked out of your heart and your mind and your mouth and your gut, don’t do it.


If you’re doing it for money or fame, don’t do it.


If you’re doing it because you want women in your bed,
 don’t do it.

If it’s hard work just thinking about doing it,
 don’t do it.

If you have to wait for it to roar out of you, 
then wait patiently.

If it never does roar out of you,
 do something else.



Unless it comes out of your soul like a rocket, 

unless being still would drive you to madness or suicide or murder, don’t do it.

Unless the sun inside you is burning your gut, don’t do it.

When it is truly time,
 and if you have been chosen, It will do it by itself

and it will keep on doing it until you die 

or it dies in you.

There is no other way.



And there never was.

Charles Bukowski

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I always cursed my life..With anxiety and fury that I couldn’t hold back.. and hatred.. But when I stopped and looked up at the sky, I realized how small I was and an infinite world spread before me.. A sunbeam illuminated my significant form. It was as if a kind of shower of light washed away my sins. For the first time in my life, I’ve felt grateful to have been born. I felt blessed.. at the very end.. I was finally able to forgive myself. Good bye.. my loved ones.

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