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“You realize that our mistrust of the future makes it hard to give up the past.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Survivor
“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 only difference between a suicide and a martyrdom really is the amount of press coverage.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Survivor
“Reality means you live until you die...the real truth is nobody wants reality.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Survivor
“You have a choice. Live or die.
Every breath is a choice.
Every minute is a choice.
Every time you don't throw yourself down the stairs, that's a choice. Every time you don't crash your car, you re-enlist.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Survivor
“People don't want their lives fixed. Nobody wants their problems solved. Their dramas. their distractions. Their stories resolved. Their messes cleaned up. Because what would they have left? Just the big scary unknown.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Survivor
“There are only patterns, patterns on top of patterns, patterns that affect other patterns. Patterns hidden by patterns. Patterns within patterns.
If you watch close, history does nothing but repeat itself.
What we call chaos is just patterns we haven't recognized. What we call random is just patterns we can't decipher. what we can't understand we call nonsense. What we can't read we call gibberish.
There is no free will.
There are no variables.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Survivor
“Did perpetual happiness in the Garden of Eden maybe get so boring that eating the apple was justified?”
Chuck Palahniuk, Survivor
“Six hundred and forty fish later, the only thing I know is everything you love will die. The first time you meet someone special, you can count on them one day being dead and in the ground.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Survivor
“Honest is how I want to look. The truth doesn't glitter and shine.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Survivor
“What people forget is a journey to nowhere starts with a single step, too.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Survivor
“It's only in drugs or death we'll see anything new, and death is just too controlling.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Survivor
“People used what they called a telephone because they hated being close together and they were too scared of being alone.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Survivor
“The joke is, we all have the same punchline.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Survivor
“You realize that people take drugs because it's the only real personal adventure left to them in their time-constrained, law-and-order, property-lined world. It's only in drugs or death we'll see anything new, and death is just too controlling.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Survivor
“Every last minute of my life has been preordained and I'm sick and tired of it.
How this feels is I'm just another task in God's daily planner: the Italian Renaissance penciled in for right after the Dark Ages.
...
The Information Age is scheduled immediately after the Industrial Revolution. Then the Postmodern Era, then the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Famine. Check. Pestilence. Check. War. Check. Death. Check. And between the big events, the earthquakes and the tidal waves, God's got me squeezed in for a cameo appearance. Then maybe in thirty years, or maybe next year, God's daily planner has me finished.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Survivor
tags: life
“If a tree falls in the forest and nobody is there to hear it, doesn't it just lie there and rot?”
Chuck Palahniuk, Survivor
“and i can't stand the idea of being alone.
i can't bear the thought of being free.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Survivor
“The problem in this case was you can't be a middle-aged virgin in America without something being wrong with you. People can't conceive of a virtue in someone else that they can't conceive in themselves. Instead of believing you're stronger, it's so much easier to imagine you're weaker.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Survivor
“To stand here and try to fix her life is just a big waste of time. People don't want their lives fixed. Nobody wants their problems solved. Their dramas. Their distractions. Their stories resolved. Their messed cleaned up. Because what would they have left? Just the big scary unknown.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Survivor
“Every breath is a choice. Every minute is a choice. To be or not to be. Every time you don't throw yourself down the stairs, that's a choice. Every time you don't crash your car, you re-enlist.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Survivor
“This is passive-aggression in action.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Survivor
“My whole life is about forgetting. It's my most valuable job skill.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Survivor
“Nothing shows you the straight line from here to death like a list.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Survivor
“The police are asking through the bedroom door, why did I make a batch of strawberry daiquiris before I called them?
Because we were out of raspberries.
Because, can't they see, it just does not matter. Time was not of the essence.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Survivor
“Inside me is the same desperate hope I have watching the ravenous dead and thinking, Oh please, oh please, oh please.

The craving inside of me is to be clutched at by some dead girl. To put my ear to her chest and hear nothing. Even getting munched on by zombies beats the idea that I'm only flesh and blood, skin and bone. Demon or angel or evil spirit, I just need something to show itself. Ghoulie or ghosty or long-legged beastie, I just want my hand held.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Survivor
“Because tanning and steroids are only a problem if you plan to live a long time.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Survivor
“Imagine how you’d feel if your whole life turned into a job you couldn’t stand.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Survivor
“Nobody wants to worship you if you have the same problems, the same bad breath and messy hair and hangnails, as a regular person. You have to be everything regular people aren’t. Where they fail, you have to go all the way. Be what people are too afraid to be. Become whom they admire. People shopping for a messiah want quality. Nobody is going to follow a loser. When it comes to choosing a savior, they won't settle for just a human being.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Survivor
“What you forget when you're planning a hijack by yourself is somewhere along the line, you might need to neglect your hostages just long enough so you can use the bathroom.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Survivor

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