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85 Richard Brautigan Quotes That Will Leave You Enthralled

Famous As: Writer, Poet, Novelist
Born On: January 30, 1935
Died On: September 14, 1984
Born In: Tacoma
Died At Age: 49
Richard Brautigan was a prolific American short-story writer, novelist and poet. His thoughts and works often reflected satire, black comedy, magic realism and parody. Some of his best-known works include, ‘In Watermelon Sugar,’ ‘A Confederate General from Big Sur,’ ‘Trout Fishing in America,’ ‘Willard and His Bowling,’ amongst others. Until 1982 he published a number of poetry and prose collection. In 1984 he committed suicide after suffering from years of despair as mentioned by sources. He influenced a number of writers and poets including, ‘Sarah Hall,’ ‘Haruki Muraami,’ ‘Christopher Moore’ and ‘W.P Kinsella.’ Following is a corpus that includes the most sought-after quotations and sayings by Richard Brautigan. Take a look at the widely quoted collection of thoughts and quotes by Richard Brautigan.
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Sometimes life is merely a matter of coffee and whatever intimacy a cup of coffee affords.

Sometimes life is merely a matter of coffee and whatever intimacy a cup of coffee affords.

Richard Brautigan
Love Poem
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It's so nice
to wake up in the morning
all alone
and not have to tell somebody
you love them
when you don't love them
any more.

Love Poem ـــــــــ It's so nice to wake up in the morning all alone and not have to tell somebody you love them when you don't love them any more.

Richard Brautigan
All of us have a place in history. mine is clouds.

All of us have a place in history. mine is clouds.

Richard Brautigan
I have always wanted to write a book that ended with the word 'mayonnaise.

I have always wanted to write a book that ended with the word 'mayonnaise.

Richard Brautigan
Finding is losing something else.
I think about, perhaps even mourn,
what I lost to find this

Finding is losing something else. I think about, perhaps even mourn, what I lost to find this

Richard Brautigan
I drank coffee and read old books and waited for the year to end.

I drank coffee and read old books and waited for the year to end.

Richard Brautigan
I'll tell you about it because I am here and you are distant.

I'll tell you about it because I am here and you are distant.

Richard Brautigan
I'm in a constant process of thinking about things.

I'm in a constant process of thinking about things.

Richard Brautigan
Boo, Forever

Spinning like a ghost
on the bottom of a 
top,
I'm haunted by all
the space that I
will live without
you.

Boo, Forever Spinning like a ghost on the bottom of a top, I'm haunted by all the space that I will live without you.

Richard Brautigan
Money is sad shit

Money is sad shit

Richard Brautigan
In Watermelon Sugar the deeds were done and done again as my life is done in watermelon sugar.

In Watermelon Sugar the deeds were done and done again as my life is done in watermelon sugar.

Richard Brautigan
Probably the closest things to perfection are the huge absolutely empty holes that astronomers have recently discovered in space. If there's nothing there, how can anything go wrong?

Probably the closest things to perfection are the huge absolutely empty holes that astronomers have recently discovered in space. If there's nothing there, how can anything go wrong?

Richard Brautigan
I’ll affect you slowly
as if you were having a picnic in a dream. 
There will be no ants.
It won’t rain.

I’ll affect you slowly as if you were having a picnic in a dream. There will be no ants. It won’t rain.

Richard Brautigan
I had a good-talking candle last night in my bedroom. I was very tired but I wanted somebody to be with me, so I lit a candle and listened to its comfortable voice of light until I was asleep.

I had a good-talking candle last night in my bedroom. I was very tired but I wanted somebody to be with me, so I lit a candle and listened to its comfortable voice of light until I was asleep.

Richard Brautigan
If you are thinking about something that happened a long time ago:
Somebody asked you a question and you did not know the answer.
That is my name.

If you are thinking about something that happened a long time ago: Somebody asked you a question and you did not know the answer. That is my name.

Richard Brautigan
Excuse me, I said. I thought you were a trout stream.
I'm not, she said.

Excuse me, I said. I thought you were a trout stream. I'm not, she said.

Richard Brautigan
The Pill Versus the Springhill Mine Disaster

When you take your pill
it's like a mine disaster.
I think of all the people
	lost inside you.

The Pill Versus the Springhill Mine Disaster When you take your pill it's like a mine disaster. I think of all the people lost inside you.

Richard Brautigan
I feel as if I am an ad
for the sale of a haunted house: 

18 rooms
$37,000
I’m yours
ghosts and all.

I feel as if I am an ad for the sale of a haunted house: 18 rooms $37,000 I’m yours ghosts and all.

Richard Brautigan
My God, ma'am, you're so pretty I'd walk ten miles barefooted on a freezing morning to stand in your shit.

My God, ma'am, you're so pretty I'd walk ten miles barefooted on a freezing morning to stand in your shit.

Richard Brautigan
I saw thousands of pumpkins last night
come floating in on the tide,
bumping up against the rocks and
rolling up on the beaches;
it must be Halloween in the sea

I saw thousands of pumpkins last night come floating in on the tide, bumping up against the rocks and rolling up on the beaches; it must be Halloween in the sea

Richard Brautigan
One day
Time will die
And love will bury it

One day Time will die And love will bury it

Richard Brautigan
He created his own Kool Aid reality and was able to illuminate himself by it.

He created his own Kool Aid reality and was able to illuminate himself by it.

Richard Brautigan
If you get hung up on everybody else's hang-ups, then the whole world's going to be nothing more than one huge gallows.

If you get hung up on everybody else's hang-ups, then the whole world's going to be nothing more than one huge gallows.

Richard Brautigan
All girls should have a poem
written for them even if
we have to turn this God-damn world
upside down to do it.

All girls should have a poem written for them even if we have to turn this God-damn world upside down to do it.

Richard Brautigan
I’m haunted by all
 the space that I
 will live without
 you.

I’m haunted by all the space that I will live without you.

Richard Brautigan
I don't know these people and they aren't my flowers.

I don't know these people and they aren't my flowers.

Richard Brautigan
It's strange how the simple things in life go on while we become more difficult.

It's strange how the simple things in life go on while we become more difficult.

Richard Brautigan
If you will die for me,
I will die for you
and our graves will be like two lovers washing
their clothes together
in a laundromat
If you will bring the soap
I will bring the bleach.

If you will die for me, I will die for you and our graves will be like two lovers washing their clothes together in a laundromat If you will bring the soap I will bring the bleach.

Richard Brautigan
We walked back to iDEATH, holding hands. Hands are very nice things, especially after they have travelled back from making love.

We walked back to iDEATH, holding hands. Hands are very nice things, especially after they have travelled back from making love.

Richard Brautigan
Her sunny side was always up.

Her sunny side was always up.

Richard Brautigan
Elizabeth's voice had a door in it. When you opened that door you found another door, and that door opened yet another door. All the doors were nice and led out of her.

Elizabeth's voice had a door in it. When you opened that door you found another door, and that door opened yet another door. All the doors were nice and led out of her.

Richard Brautigan
I thought about it for awhile, hiding it from the rest of my mind. But I didn't ruin my birthday by secretly thinking about it too hard

I thought about it for awhile, hiding it from the rest of my mind. But I didn't ruin my birthday by secretly thinking about it too hard

Richard Brautigan
Burn all the maps to your body. I'm not here of my own choosing.

Burn all the maps to your body. I'm not here of my own choosing.

Richard Brautigan
I feel horrible. She doesn't
love me and I wander around
the house like a sewing machine
 that's just finished sewing
 a turd to a garbage can lid.

I feel horrible. She doesn't love me and I wander around the house like a sewing machine that's just finished sewing a turd to a garbage can lid.

Richard Brautigan
He learned about life at sixteen, first from Dostoevsky and then from the whores of New Orleans.

He learned about life at sixteen, first from Dostoevsky and then from the whores of New Orleans.

Richard Brautigan
Messy, isn't it?

Messy, isn't it?

Richard Brautigan
Our names were made for us in another century.

Our names were made for us in another century.

Richard Brautigan
We looked like a parade barely moving toward YOU MIGHT GET LOST.

We looked like a parade barely moving toward YOU MIGHT GET LOST.

Richard Brautigan
For fear you will be alone
you do so many things
that aren’t you at all.

For fear you will be alone you do so many things that aren’t you at all.

Richard Brautigan
Somebody should have taken him to a stationary store and pointed out the difference between an envelope and a whore.

Somebody should have taken him to a stationary store and pointed out the difference between an envelope and a whore.

Richard Brautigan
The thought of her hands
touching his hair
makes me want to vomit.

The thought of her hands touching his hair makes me want to vomit.

Richard Brautigan
God-forsaken is beautiful, too.

God-forsaken is beautiful, too.

Richard Brautigan
The smallest snowstorm on record took place an hour ago in my back yard. It was approximately two flakes. I waited for more to fall, but that was it. The entire storm was two flakes.

The smallest snowstorm on record took place an hour ago in my back yard. It was approximately two flakes. I waited for more to fall, but that was it. The entire storm was two flakes.

Richard Brautigan
Someday Time will die, and Love will bury it

Someday Time will die, and Love will bury it

Richard Brautigan
There are spiders living comfortably in my house while the wind howls outside. They aren't bothering anybody. If I were a fly, I'd have second thoughts, but I'm not, so I don't.

There are spiders living comfortably in my house while the wind howls outside. They aren't bothering anybody. If I were a fly, I'd have second thoughts, but I'm not, so I don't.

Richard Brautigan
The bees in my stomach are dead and getting used to it.

The bees in my stomach are dead and getting used to it.

Richard Brautigan
You've got
some 'Star-Spangled'
 nails
in your coffin, kid.
That's what
they've done for you,
 son.

You've got some 'Star-Spangled' nails in your coffin, kid. That's what they've done for you, son.

Richard Brautigan
Just because people love your mind, doesn't mean they have to have your body, too

Just because people love your mind, doesn't mean they have to have your body, too

Richard Brautigan
If I Should Die Before You Do

When
you wake up
from death,
you will find yourself
in my arms,
and
I will be
kissing you,
and 
I 
will be crying.

If I Should Die Before You Do When you wake up from death, you will find yourself in my arms, and I will be kissing you, and I will be crying.

Richard Brautigan
In watermelon sugar the deeds were done and done again as my life is done in watermelon sugar. I will tell you about it because I am here and you are distant.

In watermelon sugar the deeds were done and done again as my life is done in watermelon sugar. I will tell you about it because I am here and you are distant.

Richard Brautigan
There are not too many fables about man's misuse of sunflower seeds.

There are not too many fables about man's misuse of sunflower seeds.

Richard Brautigan
The 1960s:
A lot of people remember hating President Lyndon Baines Johnson and loving Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison, depending on the point of view. God rest their souls.

The 1960s: A lot of people remember hating President Lyndon Baines Johnson and loving Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison, depending on the point of view. God rest their souls.

Richard Brautigan
I daydream about a high school where everybody plays the harmonica: the students, the teachers, the principal, the janitor and the cook in the cafeteria.

I daydream about a high school where everybody plays the harmonica: the students, the teachers, the principal, the janitor and the cook in the cafeteria.

Richard Brautigan
The heart is something else. Nobody knows what's going to happen,' I said

The heart is something else. Nobody knows what's going to happen,' I said

Richard Brautigan
In a Cafe

In a Cafe" I watched a man in a cafe fold a slice of bread as if he were folding a birth certificate or looking at the photograph of a dead lover.

Richard Brautigan
He looked as if he had been beaten to death with a wine bottle, but by doing it with the contents of the bottle.

He looked as if he had been beaten to death with a wine bottle, but by doing it with the contents of the bottle.

Richard Brautigan
She had a voice that made Pearl Harbor seem like a lullaby.

She had a voice that made Pearl Harbor seem like a lullaby.

Richard Brautigan
Everyone has a place in history. Mine is clouds.

Everyone has a place in history. Mine is clouds.

Richard Brautigan
It was not an outhouse resting upon the imagination. It was reality.

It was not an outhouse resting upon the imagination. It was reality.

Richard Brautigan
She wore a loose bathrobe that covered up a body that would have won first prize in a beauty contest for cement blocks.....She had a voice that made pearl harbour sound like a lullaby.

She wore a loose bathrobe that covered up a body that would have won first prize in a beauty contest for cement blocks.....She had a voice that made pearl harbour sound like a lullaby.

Richard Brautigan
Watcha doin? If you're like me, you're doin nothin, but you're doin it so well that everybody thinks you're doin somethin.

Watcha doin? If you're like me, you're doin nothin, but you're doin it so well that everybody thinks you're doin somethin.

Richard Brautigan
Put the coffee on, bubbles, I'm coming home

Put the coffee on, bubbles, I'm coming home

Richard Brautigan
The flies were teaching an advanced seminar in philosophy as they crawled up the crack of my ass

The flies were teaching an advanced seminar in philosophy as they crawled up the crack of my ass

Richard Brautigan
The only thing he likes better than a nice juicy homicide is a sirloin steak smothered with onions.

The only thing he likes better than a nice juicy homicide is a sirloin steak smothered with onions.

Richard Brautigan
In Watermelon Sugar deeds were done

In Watermelon Sugar deeds were done

Richard Brautigan
Moonlight drifts from over
A hundred thousand miles
To fall upon a cemetery

It reads a hundred epitaphs
And then smiles at a nest of
Baby owls

Moonlight drifts from over A hundred thousand miles To fall upon a cemetery It reads a hundred epitaphs And then smiles at a nest of Baby owls

Richard Brautigan
Punitive ghosts like steam-driven tennis courts
haunt the apples in my nonexistent orchard.
I remember when there were just worms out there
and they danced in moonlit cores on warm September
nights.

Punitive ghosts like steam-driven tennis courts haunt the apples in my nonexistent orchard. I remember when there were just worms out there and they danced in moonlit cores on warm September nights.

Richard Brautigan
I always wanted to write a book that ended with the word Mayonnaise.

I always wanted to write a book that ended with the word Mayonnaise.

Richard Brautigan
The old drunk told me about trout fishing. When he could talk, he had a way of describing trout as if they were a precious and intelligent metal.

The old drunk told me about trout fishing. When he could talk, he had a way of describing trout as if they were a precious and intelligent metal.

Richard Brautigan
USED TROUT STREAM FOR SALE. 
MUST BE SEEN TO BE APPRECIATED.

USED TROUT STREAM FOR SALE. MUST BE SEEN TO BE APPRECIATED.

Richard Brautigan
Thousands of graveyards were parked in rows like cars.

Thousands of graveyards were parked in rows like cars.

Richard Brautigan
He looked as if he'd got a lot of pleasure out of going ten rounds with your grandmother and making sure she went the whole distance.

He looked as if he'd got a lot of pleasure out of going ten rounds with your grandmother and making sure she went the whole distance.

Richard Brautigan
When he said this, it was not a form of criticism. It was just a simple observation that led to another bite from the movie on his plate called The Old Man and the Stew.

When he said this, it was not a form of criticism. It was just a simple observation that led to another bite from the movie on his plate called The Old Man and the Stew.

Richard Brautigan
There wasn't a single thing in there that reminded me of my existence.

There wasn't a single thing in there that reminded me of my existence.

Richard Brautigan
One spring afternoon as a child in the strange town of Portland, I walked down to a different street corner, and saw a row of old houses, huddled together like seals on a rock.

One spring afternoon as a child in the strange town of Portland, I walked down to a different street corner, and saw a row of old houses, huddled together like seals on a rock.

Richard Brautigan
I guess some people lived like Reader's Digest, but I hadn't met any and at that time it seemed doubtful that I ever would

I guess some people lived like Reader's Digest, but I hadn't met any and at that time it seemed doubtful that I ever would

Richard Brautigan
By the way, Doc Edwards said. How's that book coming along?
Oh, it's coming along.
Fine. What's it about?
Just what I'm writing down: one word after another.
Good.

By the way, Doc Edwards said. How's that book coming along? Oh, it's coming along. Fine. What's it about? Just what I'm writing down: one word after another. Good.

Richard Brautigan
THE NECESSITY OF APPEARING IN YOUR OWN FACE

There are days when that is the last place
in the world that you want to be but you
have to be there, like a movie, because it
-----features you.

THE NECESSITY OF APPEARING IN YOUR OWN FACE There are days when that is the last place in the world that you want to be but you have to be there, like a movie, because it -----features you.

Richard Brautigan
It's pretty hard to have faith when everybody is trying to lock you up.

It's pretty hard to have faith when everybody is trying to lock you up.

Richard Brautigan
Now it was close to sunset and the earth was beginning to cool off in the manner of eternity and office girls were returning like penguins from Montgomery Street.

Now it was close to sunset and the earth was beginning to cool off in the manner of eternity and office girls were returning like penguins from Montgomery Street.

Richard Brautigan
Let us pretend that my mind is a taxi... and suddenly you are riding in it.

Let us pretend that my mind is a taxi... and suddenly you are riding in it.

Richard Brautigan
You're not fooling anyone by taking your clothes off when you go to bed.

You're not fooling anyone by taking your clothes off when you go to bed.

Richard Brautigan
I read the note and it did not please me and I threw it away, so not even time could find it.

I read the note and it did not please me and I threw it away, so not even time could find it.

Richard Brautigan
Her hand had a lot of strength gained through the process of gentleness.

Her hand had a lot of strength gained through the process of gentleness.

Richard Brautigan