Quotes for "Factotum"

Bukowski, Charles

  • “There, around and around we go. The old merry-go-round.” “Did anybody ever tell you how funny you are?” “No.” “That’s understandable.”
  • The car was gone. First it had lost its reverse gear, which was a challenge I overcame by continually planning ahead as we drove.
  • Then I gave him a look straight out of “Casablanca.” “Got a smoke?”
  • “O.K. When do I start?” “You start now. And, absolutely no smoking. Not up here. If you have to smoke, you come on downstairs, O.K.?” “O.K.” Mr. Henley closed the door. I heard him go down the stairs. I opened the little window and looked out at the world. Then I sat down, relaxed, and smoked a cigarette.
  • Janeway Smithson had been on the job for twenty-five years and was dumb enough to be proud of
  • Janeway Smithson had been on the job for twenty-five years and was dumb enough to be proud of it.
  • So I was very taken with the new girl. Also I was still drinking heavily with Jan which befuddled the brain, gave it a strange airy feeling, made it take strange twists and turns, gave it courage. So the first day she came back with the orders I said, “Hey, let’s touch. I want to kiss you.”
  • She walked away. As she did I noticed she had a slight limp. It figured: the pain and the weight of centuries…
  • “We’re going to make it. You are the wisdom of centuries and I am me. We are meant for each other.”
  • “You’re no pro,” he said. “Try me sometime when I’m not hungover. I’ll run you right off the lot.” “O.K.,” he said, “come in some time sweet and clean and we’ll try it again. I decided right then to never come in sweet and clean.
  • know.” The men began to form a line but with much jostling and cursing. I didn’t get into line. I looked at all my fellow workers dutifully giving their names and addresses. These, I thought, are the men who dance beautifully at parties.
  • The dishwashers were hired at noon. I stepped out of the office. Forty bums stood there. “All right now, we need five good men! Five good ones! No winos, perverts, communists, or child-molestors!
  • “I hate it when he fucks me,” Jan had said. She was now probably saying the same thing about me to him.
  • “I hate it when he fucks me,” Jan had said. She was now probably saying the same thing about me to him.
  • “You look down in the mouth. You all right?” “Lost a woman.” “You’ll have others and lose them too.”