Charles Bukowski on style


January 27, 2014 by Ville Raivio

Style is the answer to everything.

A fresh way to approach a dull or dangerous thing

To do a dull thing with style is preferable to doing a dangerous thing without it

To do a dangerous thing with style is what I call art

Bullfighting can be an art

Boxing can be an art

Loving can be an art

Opening a can of sardines can be an art

Not many have style

Not many can keep style

I have seen dogs with more style than men,

although not many dogs have style.

Cats have it with abundance.

When Hemingway put his brains to the wall with a shotgun, that was style.

Or sometimes people give you style

Joan of Arc had style

John the Baptist




García Lorca.

I have met men in jail with style.

I have met more men in jail with style than men out of jail.

Style is the difference, a way of doing, a way of being done.

Six herons standing quietly in a pool of water, or you,

naked, walking out of the bathroom without seeing me.

~ Charles Bukowski in Mockingbird Wish Me Luck, 1972


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"If John Bull turns around to look at you, you are not well dressed; but either too stiff, too tight, or too fashionable".
~ Beau Brummell