Chuck Palahniuk Quotes

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Born: February 21, 1962, Pasco, Washington, USA
Birth Country: USA
Occupation: Author

1.
All God does is watch us and kill us when we get boring. We must never, ever be boring.
- Chuck Palahniuk

2.
Did perpetual happiness in the Garden of Eden maybe get so boring that eating the apple was justified?
- Chuck Palahniuk

3.
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

4.
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

5.
Find joy in everything you choose to do. Every job, relationship, home... it's your responsibility to love it, or change it.
- Chuck Palahniuk

6.
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

7.
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

8.
I have a lot of money.
- Chuck Palahniuk

9.
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

10.
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

11.
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

12.
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

13.
I used to work in a funeral home to feel good about myself, just the fact that I was breathing.
- Chuck Palahniuk

14.
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

15.
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

16.
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

17.
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

18.
If I could wake up in a different place, at a different time, could I wake up as a different person?
- Chuck Palahniuk

19.
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

20.
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

21.
Maybe humans are just the pet alligators that God flushed down the toilet.
- Chuck Palahniuk

22.
Maybe it's our sins that give God consolation when he finally has to give us cancer.
- Chuck Palahniuk

23.
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

24.
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

25.
Only through destroying myself can I discover the greater power of my spirit.
- Chuck Palahniuk

26.
Our Generation has had no Great war, no Great Depression. Our war is spiritual. Our depression is our lives.
- Chuck Palahniuk

27.
People used what they called a telephone because they hated being close together and they were scared of being alone.
- Chuck Palahniuk

28.
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

29.
Reality means you live until you die. The real truth is nobody wants reality.
- Chuck Palahniuk

30.
Since change is constant, you wonder if people crave death because it's the only way they can get anything really finished.
- Chuck Palahniuk

31.
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

32.
The most boring scenes are the scenes where a character is alone.
- Chuck Palahniuk

33.
The only way to find true happiness is to risk being completely cut open.
- Chuck Palahniuk

34.
The world of American politics is more contentious than it has ever been in my lifetime.
- Chuck Palahniuk

35.
When did the future switch from being a promise to a threat?
- Chuck Palahniuk

36.
Why is it you feel like a dope if you laugh alone, but that's usually how you end up crying?
- Chuck Palahniuk

37.
You are not a beautiful, unique snowflake... This is your life, and it's ending one minute at a time.
- Chuck Palahniuk

38.
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

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