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CHUCK PALAHNIUK QUOTES

Here in your mind you have complete privacy. Here there's no difference between what is and what could be.

CHUCK PALAHNIUK, Choke

It's only after you've lost everything that you're free to do anything.

CHUCK PALAHNIUK, Fight Club

The first step — especially for young people with energy and drive and talent, but not money — the first step to controlling your world is to control your culture. To model and demonstrate the kind of world you demand to live in. To write the books. Make the music. Shoot the films. Paint the art.

CHUCK PALAHNIUK, online lecture, Dec. 5, 2004

All the effort in the world won't matter if you're not inspired.

CHUCK PALAHNIUK, Diary

The murderer, the victim, the witness, each of us thinks our role is the lead.

CHUCK PALAHNIUK, Invisible Monsters

It's so hard to forget pain, but it's even harder to remember sweetness. We have no scar to show for happiness. We learn so little from peace.

CHUCK PALAHNIUK, Diary

What I want is to be needed. What I need is to be indispensable to somebody. Who I need is somebody that will eat up all my free time, my ego, my attention. Somebody addicted to me. A mutual addiction.

CHUCK PALAHNIUK, Choke

Almost all the time, you tell yourself you're loving somebody when you're just using them.

CHUCK PALAHNIUK, Invisible Monsters

Las Vegas looks the way you'd imagine heaven must look at night.

CHUCK PALAHNIUK, Invisible Monsters

I haven't had a TV in 10 years, and I really don't miss it. 'Cause it's always so much more fun to be with people than it ever was to be with a television.

CHUCK PALAHNIUK, San Francisco Bay Guardian, Oct. 30, 2002

The things you own end up owning you.

CHUCK PALAHNIUK, Fight Club

When we don't know who to hate, we hate ourselves.

CHUCK PALAHNIUK, Invisible Monsters

It's pathetic how we can't live with the things we can't understand. How we need everything labeled and explained and deconstructed.

CHUCK PALAHNIUK, Choke

For six months I couldn't sleep. With insomnia, nothing's real. Everything is far away. Everything is a copy of a copy of a copy.

CHUCK PALAHNIUK, Fight Club

The unreal is more powerful than the real. Because nothing is as perfect as you can imagine it. Because it's only intangibles, ideas, concepts, beliefs, fantasies that last. Stone crumbles. Wood rots. People, well, they die.

CHUCK PALAHNIUK, Choke

Without sacrifice, without death, we would have nothing.

CHUCK PALAHNIUK, Fight Club

You still believe in death... that's just so... quaint. Well, sorry to pop your death bubble, but there's no such thing. So make the best of things. Any real belief in death is just wishful thinking. Don't waste good drugs on killing yourself. Share them with friends and have a party. Or send them to me.

CHUCK PALAHNIUK, The Independent Review, Mar. 25, 2004

There is nothing special in the world. Nothing magic. Just physics.

CHUCK PALAHNIUK, Diary

On a long enough timeline, the survival rate for everyone drops to zero.

CHUCK PALAHNIUK, Fight Club

We live and die and anything else is just delusion.

CHUCK PALAHNIUK, Choke

The only difference between a suicide and a martyrdom really is press coverage.

CHUCK PALAHNIUK, Survivor

The same way a compact disk isn't responsible for what's recorded on it, that's how we are. You're about as free to act as a programmed computer. You're about as one-of-a-kind as a dollar bill.

CHUCK PALAHNIUK, Invisible Monsters

It's easy to attack and destroy an act of creation. It's a lot more difficult to perform one.

CHUCK PALAHNIUK, Salon.com Letters, Aug. 26, 2003

What you don't understand you can make mean anything.

CHUCK PALAHNIUK, Diary

When you go out with a drunk, you'll notice how a drunk fills your glass so he can empty his own. As long as you're drinking, drinking is okay. Two's company. Drinking is fun. If there's a bottle, even if your glass isn't empty, he'll pour a little in your glass before he fills his own.

CHUCK PALAHNIUK, Invisible Monsters

Drugs or overeating or alcohol or sex, it was all just another way to find peace. To escape what we know. Our education. Our bite of the apple.

CHUCK PALAHNIUK, Choke

When you don't share your problems, you resent hearing the problems of other people.

CHUCK PALAHNIUK, Invisible Monsters

The trick to forgetting the big picture is to look at everything close-up.

CHUCK PALAHNIUK, Lullaby

The greatest consensus in modern society is our traffic systems. The way a flood of strangers can interact, sharing a path, almost all of them traveling without incident. It only takes one dissenting driver to create anarchy.

CHUCK PALAHNIUK, Rant

Until today, it really pissed me off that I'd become this totally centered Zen Master, and nobody had noticed. Still, I'm doing the little FAX thing. I write little HAIKU things and FAX them around to everyone. When I pass people in the hall at work, I get totally ZEN right in everyone's hostile little FACE.

CHUCK PALAHNIUK, Fight Club

After you find out all the things that can go wrong, your life becomes less about living and more about waiting.

CHUCK PALAHNIUK, Choke

Nobody wants to worship you if you have the same problems, the same bad breath and messy hair and hangnails, as a regular person. You have to be everything regular people arenít. Where they fail, you have to go all the way. Be what people are too afraid to be. Become whom they admire. People shopping for a messiah want quality. Nobody is going to follow a loser.

CHUCK PALAHNIUK, Survivor

Today is the sort of day where the sun only comes up to humiliate you.

CHUCK PALAHNIUK, Fight Club

If a tree falls in the forest and nobody is there to hear it, doesn't it just lie there and rot.

CHUCK PALAHNIUK, Survivor

Did perpetual happiness in the Garden of Eden maybe get so boring that eating the apple was justified?

CHUCK PALAHNIUK, Survivor

The problem with educating stupid people was that they didn't know they were stupid.

CHUCK PALAHNIUK, Phoenix

Parents are like God because you wanna know they're out there, and you want them to think well of you, but you really only call when you need something.

CHUCK PALAHNIUK, Invisible Monsters

You gain power by pretending to be weak.

CHUCK PALAHNIUK, Choke

You can only hold a smile for so long, after that it's just teeth.

CHUCK PALAHNIUK, Invisible Monsters

It's all mirror, mirror on the wall because beauty is power the same way money is power the same way a gun is power.

CHUCK PALAHNIUK, Invisible Monsters

In a world where vows are worthless. Where making a pledge means nothing. Where promises are made to be broken, it would be nice to see words come back into power.

CHUCK PALAHNIUK, Lullaby

Your handwriting. The way you walk. Which china pattern you choose. It's all giving you away. Everything you do shows your hand. Everything is a self-portrait. Everything is a diary.

CHUCK PALAHNIUK, Diary


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