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Chuck Palahniuk – 38 Quotes

 

38 Quotes by Chuck Palahniuk

 

I have a lot of money.

– Chuck Palahniuk


When did the future switch from being a promise to a threat?

– Chuck Palahniuk


The most boring scenes are the scenes where a character is alone.

– Chuck Palahniuk


The only way to find true happiness is to risk being completely cut open.

– Chuck Palahniuk


Maybe humans are just the pet alligators that God flushed down the toilet.

– Chuck Palahniuk


Only through destroying myself can I discover the greater power of my spirit.

– Chuck Palahniuk


Reality means you live until you die. The real truth is nobody wants reality.

– Chuck Palahniuk


Maybe it’s our sins that give God consolation when he finally has to give us cancer.

– Chuck Palahniuk


All God does is watch us and kill us when we get boring. We must never, ever be boring.

– Chuck Palahniuk


The world of American politics is more contentious than it has ever been in my lifetime.

– Chuck Palahniuk


Why is it you feel like a dope if you laugh alone, but that’s usually how you end up crying?

– Chuck Palahniuk


I used to work in a funeral home to feel good about myself, just the fact that I was breathing.

– Chuck Palahniuk


If I could wake up in a different place, at a different time, could I wake up as a different person?

– Chuck Palahniuk


You are not a beautiful, unique snowflake… This is your life, and it’s ending one minute at a time.

– Chuck Palahniuk


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

– Chuck Palahniuk


Our Generation has had no Great war, no Great Depression. Our war is spiritual. Our depression is our lives.

– Chuck Palahniuk


It’s funny how you never think about the women you’ve had. It’s always the ones who get away that you can’t forget.

– Chuck Palahniuk


People used what they called a telephone because they hated being close together and they were scared of being alone.

– Chuck Palahniuk


Game shows are designed to make us feel better about the random, useless facts that are all we have left of our education.

– Chuck Palahniuk


Since change is constant, you wonder if people crave death because it’s the only way they can get anything really finished.

– Chuck Palahniuk


Every time I write something, I think, this is the most offensive thing I will ever write. But no. I always surprise myself.

– Chuck Palahniuk


Find joy in everything you choose to do. Every job, relationship, home… it’s your responsibility to love it, or change it.

– Chuck Palahniuk


If death meant just leaving the stage long enough to change costume and come back as a new character, would you slow down? Or speed up?

– Chuck Palahniuk


My goal is more to be remembered. They’ll remember this thing and like it in the future. The trick is to stay remembered long enough for that to happen.

– Chuck Palahniuk


If anything I try to write something that would be more difficult to film. I tend to see film as competition and would like instead to do what books do best.

– Chuck Palahniuk


Some of the best ideas I get seem to happen when I’m doing mindless manual labor or exercise. I’m not sure how that happens, but it leaves me free for remarkable ideas to occur.

– Chuck Palahniuk


If you start in the pit of despair with these profane, awful things, even a glimmer of hope or awareness is going to occur that’s much brighter coming from this dark, awful beginning.

– Chuck Palahniuk


I believe in something. But I don’t believe that anything can hold a grudge for long enough to condemn its creation to eternal punishment. Nobody can hold a grudge that long, even God.

– Chuck Palahniuk


You hear the best stories from ordinary people. That sense of immediacy is more real to me than a lot of writerly, literary-type crafted stories. I want that immediacy when I read a novel.

– Chuck Palahniuk


I really love idiot, enlightened characters – these characters who fail to engage with the drama of their immediate circumstances they fail to be reactive and enrolled by drama as it happens around them.

– Chuck Palahniuk


I wanted to write about the moment when your addictions no longer hide the truth from you. When your whole life breaks down. That’s the moment when you have to somehow choose what your life is going to be about.

– Chuck Palahniuk


I’m always trying to reach a transcendent point, a romantic point, but reach it in a really unconventional way, a really profane way. To get to that romantic, touching, heartbreaking place, but through a lot of acts of profanity.

– Chuck Palahniuk


I try to forget about the expectation that’s out there and the audience listening for the next thing so that I’m not trying to please them. I’ve spent a huge amount of time not communicating with those folks and denying that they exist.

– Chuck Palahniuk


I think in a way, you’re doomed, once you can envision something. You’re sort of doomed to make it happen. I’ve found that the moment I can envision leaving a relationship, that’s usually the moment that the relationship starts to fall apart.

– Chuck Palahniuk


Personal identity seems like it’s just such an American archetype, from Holly Golightly re-inventing herself in ‘Breakfast At Tiffany’s’ to Jay Gatsby in ‘The Great Gatsby.’ It seems like the sort of archetypal American issue. If you’re given the freedom to be anything, or be anyone, what do you do with it?

– Chuck Palahniuk


Minimalism seems closest to the sophisticated storytelling of movies. Movies have really educated contemporary audiences to be the most intelligent, sophisticated audiences in history. We don’t any longer need to have the relationship between one scene and the next explained. We will figure it out ourselves.

– Chuck Palahniuk


Do you remember when you were 10 or 11 years old and you really thought your folks were the best? They were completely omniscient and you took their word for everything. And then you got older and you went through this hideous age when suddenly they were the devil, they were bullies, and they didn’t know anything.

– Chuck Palahniuk


I think, in a way, I invented the term ‘fight club’ and that these things have always existed, but they never really had a label. Nobody had a language to apply to them. I created that language in two words and I’ve been paid a great deal of money for inventing two words and labeling something that has always been around.

– Chuck Palahniuk


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