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“Some people are just born human, the rest of us, we take a lifetime to get there.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Rant
“Anymore, no one's mind is their own.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Lullaby
“Fuck off with your sofa units and strine green stripe patterns, I say never be complete, I say stop being perfect, I say let... lets evolve, let the chips fall where they may.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club
“For thousands of years, human beings had screwed up and trashed and crapped on this planet, and now history expected me to clean up after everyone. I have to wash out and flatten my soup cans. And account for every drop of used motor oil. And I have to foot the bill for nuclear waste and buried gasoline tanks and landfilled toxic sludge dumped a generation before I was born.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club
“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
“I'm not straight, and I'm not gay. I'm not bisexual. I want out of the labels. I don't want my whole life crammed into a single word. A story. I want to find something else, unknowable, some place to be that's not on the map. A real adventure.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters
“Most people would never admit it, but they'd been bitching since they were born. As soon as their head popped out into that bright delivery-room light, nothing had been right. Nothing had been as comfortable or felt so good. Just the effort it took to keep your stupid physical body alive, just finding food and cooking it and dishwashing, the keeping warm and bathing and sleeping, the walking and bowel movements and ingrown hairs, it was all getting to be too much work.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Haunted
“At this rate, we'll never get to the future.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters
“There's an opposite to déjà vu. They call it jamais vu. It's when you meet the same people or visit places, again and again, but each time is the first. Everybody is always a stranger. Nothing is ever familiar.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Choke
“It's because we're so trapped in our culture, in the being of being human on this planet with the brains we have, and the same two arms and legs everybody has. We're so trapped that any way we could imagine to escape would be just another part of the trap. Anything we want, we're trained to want.”
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“Am I sleeping? Have I slept at all? This is insomnia.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club
“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.”
Chuck Palahniuk
“Me with nothing left to lose, plotting my big revenge in the spotlight. Give me violent revenge fantasies as a coping mechanism.”
Chuck Palahniuk
“This woman is Pocahontas. She is Athena and Hera. Lying in this messy, unmade bed, eyes closed, this is Juliet Capulet. Blanche DuBois. Scarlett O'Hara. With ministrations of lipstick and eyeliner I give birth to Ophelia. To Marie Antoinette. Over the next trip of the larger hand around the face of the bedside clock, I give form to Lucrezia Borgia. Taking shape at my fingertips, my touches of foundation and blush, here is Jocasta. Lying here, Lady Windermere. Opening her eyes, Cleopatra. Given flesh, a smile, swinging her sculpted legs off one side of the bed, this is Helen of Troy. Yawning and stretching, here is every beautiful woman across history.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Tell-All
“How much can you know about yourself if you've never been in a fight?”
Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club
“The voice says, maybe you don't go to hell for the things you do. Maybe you go to hell for the things you don't do. The things you don't finish.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Lullaby
“and i can't stand the idea of being alone.
i can't bear the thought of being free.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Survivor
“That’s the American Dream: to make your life into something you can sell.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Haunted
“We all have this moment, when your folks first see you as someone not growing up to be them.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Rant
“She's not wearing makeup so her face just looks like skin.”
Chuck Palahniuk
“Most guys will fight to know you. Some guys will deny you're a real person, and some will just ignore you."
The zealot. The atheist. The agnostic.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters
“Sobriety is okay enough," Denny says, "but someday, I'd like to live a life based on doing good stuff instead of just not doing bad stuff. You know?”
Chuck Palahniuk, Choke
“Just each of us being me, me, me first. The murderer, the victim, the witness each of us thinks our role is the lead.
Probably that goes for anybody in the world.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters
“Self improvement is masturbation...”
Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club
“The truth is, wherever you choose to be, it's the wrong place.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Diary
“Our Generation has had no Great war, no Great Depression. Our war is spiritual. Our depression is our lives.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club
“Nothing happened, and nothing kept happening.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Haunted
“If Marilyn Monroe was alive right now, what would she be doing?'

Clawing at the roof of her coffin.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club
tags: humor
“I mean, I'm just tired of being wrong all the time just because I'm a guy. I mean how many times can everybody tell you that you're the oppressive, prejudiced enemy before you give up and become the enemy.
I mean a male, chauvinist pig isn't born, hes made, and more and more of them are being made by women. After long enough you just roll over and accept the fact that you're a sexist, bigoted, insensitive, crude, cretinist cretin. Women are right. You're wrong.
You get used to the idea.
You live down to expectations.
Even if the shoe doesn't fit, you'll shrink to fill it.
I mean, in a world without god aren't mothers the new god? The last sacred unassailable position. Isn't motherhood the last perfect magical miracle? But a miracle that isn't possible for men, and maybe men say they're glad not to give birth, all the pain and blood, but really that's just so much sour grapes. For sure, men can't do anything near as incredible. Upper body strength, abstract thought, phalluses - any advantage men appear to have are pretty token.
You can't even hammer a nail with a phallus.
Women are already born so far ahead ability - wise. The day a men can give birth, that's when we can start talking about equal rights.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Asfixia
“I used rebellion as a way to hide out. We use criticism as a fake participation.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Choke


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