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“What makes earth feel like hell is our expectation that it should feel like heaven.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Damned
“No, it’s not fair, but what makes earth feel like Hell is our expectation that it should feel like Heaven. Earth is earth. Dead is dead. You’ll find out for yourself soon enough. It won’t help the situation for you to get all upset.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Damned
“Hope is something really tough and tenacious you have to give up. It’s an addiction to break.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Damned
“Death is a long process," Archer says. "Your body is just the first part of you that croaks." Meaning: Beyond that, your dreams have to die. Then your expectations. And your anger about investing a lifetime in learning shit and loving people and earning money, only to have all that crap come to basically nothing. Really, your physical body dying is the easy part. Beyond that, your memories must die. And your ego. Your pride and shame and ambition and hope, all that Personal Identity Crap can take centuries to expire.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Damned
tags: dying
“Help me give up my addiction to Hope.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Damned
“Actually, watching television and surfing the Internet are really excellent practice for being dead.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Damned
“If the living are haunted by the dead, then the dead are haunted by their own mistakes.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Damned
“Life is short, death is forever”
Chuck Palahniuk, Damned
“How miserably hypocritical, you might say, but no sooner am I offered a chance to flee Hell than I yearn to stay. Few families hold their relations as closely as do prisons. Few marriages sustain the high level of passion that exists between criminals and those who seek to bring them to justice. It’s no wonder the Zodiac Killer flirted so relentlessly with the police. Or that Jack the Ripper courted and baited detectives with his - or her - coy letters. We all wish to be pursued. We all long to be desired.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Damned
“No, it's not fair, but what makes earth feel like Hell is our expectation that it should feel like Heaven.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Damned
“All the demons of Hell formerly reigned as gods in previous cultures. No it's not fair, but one man's god is another man's devil. As each subsequent civilization became a dominant power, among its first acts was to depose and demonize whoever the previous culture had worshipped. The Jews attacked Belial, the god of the Babylonians. The Christians banished Pan and Loki anda Mars, the respective deities of the ancient Greeks and Celts and Romans. The Anglican British banned belief in the Australian aboriginal spirits known as the Mimi. Satan is depicted with cloven hooves because Pan had them, and he carries a pitchfork based on the trident carried by Neptune. As each deity was deposed, it was relegated to Hell. For gods so long accustomed to receiving tribute and loving attention, of course this status shift put them into a foul mood.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Damned
“I can become someone else, not out of pressure and desperation, but merely because a new life sounds fun or interesting or joyful.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Damned
“It's obsequious little nicety-nice girls like me who allow assholes to run the world: Miss Harlot O'Harlots, billionaire phony tree huggers, hypocrite drug-snorting, weed-puffing peace activists who fund the mass-murdering drug cartels and perpetuate crushing poverty in dirt-poor banana republics. It's my petty fear of personal rejection that allows so many true evils to exist. My cowardice enables atrocities.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Damned
“Reread that Bronte book all you want, but Jane Eyre's never going to get gender-reassignment surgery or train to become a kick-ass ninja assassin.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Damned
“It's not true that your life flashes before your eyes when you die. At least, not all of it. Some of your life might flash. Other portions of your life it might take you years and years to recall. That, I think, is the function of Hell: It's a place of remembering. Beyond that, the purpose of Hell is not so much to forget the details of our lives as it is to forgive them.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Damned
“My parents meant well, but the road to Hell is paved with publicity stunts.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Damned
“The truth is, Archer tells me, you stay in Hell until you forgive yourself. "You fucked up. Game over," he says, "so just relax.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Damned
“If you ask me, most people have children just as their own enthusiasm about life begins to wane.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Damned
“The greatest weapon any warrior can carry into battle is absolute certainty of her eternal soul.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Damned
“It's my petty fear of personal rejection that allows so many true evils to exist. My cowardice enables atrocities.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Damned
“If you ask me, people in hell just scream to hear their own voice and to pass time.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Damned
“You’ve thrown down the gauntlet. You’ve brought my wrath down upon your house. Now, to prove that I exist I must kill you. As the child outlives the father, so must the character bury the author. If you are, in fact, my continuing author, then killing you will end my existence as well. Small loss. Such a life, as your puppet, is not worth living.
But… If I destroy you and your dreck script, and I still exist… then my existence will be glorious, for I will become my own master.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Damned
“I might be a touch of a sadist and a little bit jejune... but at least I'm not a victim, not any longer. I hope. I hope, therefore I am.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Damned
“The first time we meet another person an insidious little voice in our heads says, "I might wear eyeglasses or be chunky around the hips or a girl, but at least I'm not Gay or Black or a Jew." Meaning: I may be me- but at least I have the good sense not to be YOU.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Damned
“A woman eats to feed her pussy." Meaning: Anything we do to excess is in compensation for not getting a minimum amount of sexual gratification.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Damned
tags: food, sex
“Really, just looking around, you feel a twinge of pity for the poor souls who succeeded in getting past the Pearly Gates. One can't help but picture the lackluster VIP lounge in Heaven, a kind of nonalcoholic ice-cream social starring Harriet Beecher Stowe and Mahatma Gandhi. Hardly anyone's idea of a "with-it" social register.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Damned
“According to Babette, 98.3 percent of lawyers end up in Hell. That's in contrast to the 23 percent of farmers who are eternally damned. Some 45 percent of retail business owners are Hellbound, and 85 percent of computer software writers. Perhaps a trace number of politicians ascend to Heaven, but statistically speaking, 100 percent of them are cast into the fiery pit. As are essentially 100 percent of journalists and redheads.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Damned
“As the child outlives the father,so must the character bury the author.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Damned
“I know that when a supersexy older girl with hips and breasts and nice hair wants to take off your glasses and to paint you a smoky eye she's merely trying to enroll you in a beauty contest she's already won. It's a kind of slummy, condescending gesture, like when rich people ask poor people where they summer. To me, this smacks of a blatant, insensitive "let them eat cake" type of chauvinism.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Damned
“In Hell, you'd be foolish to count on people displaying high standards of honesty. The same goes for earth.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Damned

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