Charles Bukowski


The genius of the crowd







There is enough treachery, hatred, violence,

absurdity in the average human being

To supply any given army on any given day.


And the best at murder are those who preach against it.

And the best at hate are those who preach love

And the best at war – finally – are those who preach peace


Those who preach God need God

Those who preach peace do not have peace.

Those who preach love do not have love



Beaware the preachers

Beware the knowers.

Beware those who are always reading books

Beware those who either detest poverty or are proud of it beware


Those quick to praise for they need praise in return


Beware those quick to censure:

They are afraid of what they do not know


Beware those who seek constant crowds;

they are nothing alone



Beware the average man, the average woman

beware their love

Their love is average,

seeks average


But there is genius In their hatred

There is enough genius in their hatred to kill you,

to kill anybody.



Not Wanting Solitude

Not Understanding Solitude


They will attempt to destroy anything

that differs from their own


Not being able to create art

They will not understand art



They will consider their failure, as creators

Only as a failure of the world


Not being able to love fully

they will believe your love incomplete


and then they will hate you

And their hatred will be perfect


Like A Shining Diamond

Like A Knife

Like A Mountain

Like A Tiger

Like Hemlock


Their finest art.



Charles Bukowski – The genius of the crowd





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