25 Quotes from Chuck Palahniuk

Chuck Palahniuk is quickly becoming my favorite author. His words are powerfully thought provoking and incredibly funny. I highly recommend reading Fight Club. If you are worried about making a commitment to a book at this time, see the movie first, it was almost as good. Enjoy some of my favorite quotes of his.

1. “Hysteria is only possible with an audience.”

2. “Your birth is a mistake you’ll spend your whole life trying to correct.”

3. “We all die. The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.”

4. “You know, the condom is the glass slipper of our generation. You slip it on when you meet a stranger. You dance all night, then you throw it away. The condom, I mean. Not the stranger.”

5. “Sticking feathers up your butt does not make you a chicken.”

6. “If you don’t know what you want, you end up with a lot you don’t”

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

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

9. “More and more, it feels like I’m doing a really bad impersonation of myself.”

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

11. “This is your life, and it’s ending one minute at a time.”

12. “Recycling and speed-limits are bullshit, they’re like someone who quits smoking on their deathbed”

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

14. “That saying, about how you always kill the thing you love, well, it works both ways.”

15. “The only difference between suicide and martyrdom is press coverage.”

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

17. “When did the future switch from being a promise to a threat?”

18. “You have a choice. Live or die. Every breath is a choice. Every minute is a choice. To be or not to be.”

19. “Being tired isn’t the same as being rich, but most times it’s close enough.”

20. “This is why I loved the support groups so much. If people thought you were dying, they gave you their full attention.”

21. “We’re the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our Great War’s a spiritual war… our Great Depression is our lives.”

22. “On a long enough timeline. The survival rate for everyone drops to zero.”

23. “With a gun stuck in your mouth and the barrel of the gun between your teeth, you can only talk in vowels.”

24. “The things you own end up owning you.”

25. “The best way to waste your life, … is by taking notes. The easiest way to avoid living is to just watch. Look for the details. Report. Don’t participate.”


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