Described as a “laureate of American lowlife” by TIME in 1986, Henry Charles Bukowski is one of those writers whose appeal is, as they say, “timeless.”

With his works combining a little bit of everything that is good about the world along with the bad, it’s no wonder that we can connect to any of his works at any given time.

His writing was influenced by the social, cultural, and economic ambience of his home city of Los Angeles. His work addresses the ordinary lives of poor Americans, the act of writing, alcohol, relationships with women, and the drudgery of work. Bukowski wrote thousands of poems, hundreds of short stories and six novels, eventually publishing over 60 books.

These are some quotes from Bukowski that are ‘everything in between’: