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“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
“The one you love and the one who loves you are never, ever the same person.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters
“All God does is watch us and kill us when we get boring. We must never, ever be boring.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters
“It's only after we've lost everything that we're free to do anything.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club
“We all die. The goal isn't to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.”
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
“Nothing of me is original. I am the combined effort of everyone I've ever known.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters
“I don't want to die without any scars.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club
“The only way to find true happiness is to risk being completely cut open.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters
“This is your life and its ending one moment at a time.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club
“You realize that our mistrust of the future makes it hard to give up the past.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Survivor
“The unreal is more powerful than the real. Because nothing is as perfect as you can imagine it. Because its only intangible ideas, concepts, beliefs, fantasies that last. Stone crumbles. Wood rots. People, well, they die. But things as fragile as a thought, a dream, a legend, they can go on and on. If you can change the way people think. The way they see themselves. The way they see the world. You can change the way people live their lives. That's the only lasting thing you can create.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Choke
“No matter how careful you are, there's going to be the sense you missed something, the collapsed feeling under your skin that you didn't experience it all. There's that fallen heart feeling that you rushed right through the moments where you should've been paying attention.
Well, get used to that feeling. That's how your whole life will feel some day.
This is all practice.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters
“You know how they say you only hurt the ones you love? Well, it works both ways.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club
“When we don't know who to hate, we hate ourselves.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters
“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, Invisible Monsters
“You are not your job, you're not how much money you have in the bank. You are not the car you drive. You're not the contents of your wallet. You are not your fucking khakis. You are all singing, all dancing crap of the world.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club
“If you love something set it free, but don't be surprised if it comes back with herpes.”
Chuck Palahniuk
“A girl calls and asks, "Does it hurt very much to die?"
"Well, sweetheart," I tell her, "yes, but it hurts a lot more to keep living.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Survivor
“The things you used to own, now they own you.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club
“Ok. You fuck me, then snub me. You love me, you hate me. You show me a sensitive side, then you turn into a total asshole. Is this a pretty accurate description of our relationship.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club
“Just for the record, the weather today is calm and sunny, but the air is full of bullshit.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Diary
“Today is the sort of day where the sun only comes up to humiliate you.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club
“You are not special. You're not a beautiful and unique snowflake. You're the same decaying organic matter as everything else. We're all part of the same compost heap. We're all singing, all dancing crap of the world.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club
“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
“At the time, my life just seemed too complete, and maybe we have to break everything to make something better out of ourselves.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club
“When did the future switch from being a promise to being a threat?”
Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters
“We can spend our lives letting the world tell us who we are. Sane or insane. Saints or sex addicts. Heroes or victims. Letting history tell us how good or bad we are. Letting our past decide our future. Or we can decide for ourselves. And maybe it's our job to invent something better.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Choke
“Don't do what you want. Do what you don't want. Do what you're trained not to want. Do the things that scare you the most.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters
“Have your adventures, make your mistakes, and choose your friends poorly -- all these make for great stories.”
Chuck Palahniuk

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