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  • #1
    Chuck Palahniuk
    “It's only after we've lost everything that we're free to do anything.”
    Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club

  • #2
    J.K. Rowling
    “If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.”
    J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

  • #3
    Richard Yates
    “It's a disease. Nobody thinks or feels or cares any more; nobody gets excited or believes in anything except their own comfortable little God damn mediocrity.”
    Richard Yates, Revolutionary Road

  • #4
    Chuck Palahniuk
    “You realize that our mistrust of the future makes it hard to give up the past.”
    Chuck Palahniuk, Survivor

  • #5
    Chuck Palahniuk
    “I don't want to die without any scars.”
    Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club

  • #6
    Chuck Palahniuk
    “You can only hold a smile for so long, after that it's just teeth.”
    Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters

  • #7
    Augusten Burroughs
    “Like cubic zirconia, I only look real. I'm an imposter. The fact is, I am not like other people.”
    Augusten Burroughs, Dry

  • #8
    Augusten Burroughs
    “Like every child, I adored her. Until I formed a brain and got to know her.”
    Augusten Burroughs, Possible Side Effects

  • #9
    Charles Frazier
    “When everything is immediately available and infinitely reproducible, nothing is valuable.”
    Charles Frazier

  • #10
    Dodie Smith
    “There is only one page left to write on. I will fill it with words of only one syllable. I love. I have loved. I will love.”
    Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle

  • #11
    Charles Frazier
    “It is a bad idea to live too long. Few carry it off well.”
    Charles Frazier, Thirteen Moons
    tags: age

  • #12
    Ernest Hemingway
    “Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.”
    Ernest Hemingway, The Garden of Eden

  • #13
    Peter De Vries
    “Sometimes I write drunk and revise sober, and sometimes I write sober and revise drunk. But you have to have both elements in creation — the Apollonian and the Dionysian, or spontaneity and restraint, emotion and discipline.”
    Peter De Vries, Reuben, Reuben

  • #14
    Richard Yates
    “I'm only interested in stories that are about the crushing of the human heart.”
    Richard Yates

  • #15
    Richard Yates
    “People did change, and a change could be a bloom as well as a withering...”
    Richard Yates, Revolutionary Road

  • #16
    David Sedaris
    “We were not a hugging people. In terms of emotional comfort it was our belief that no amount of physical contact could match the healing powers of a well made cocktail.”
    David Sedaris, Naked

  • #17
    Anthony Bourdain
    “Don't touch my dick, don't touch my knife.”
    Anthony Bourdain, Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly

  • #18
    Ernest Hemingway
    “Isn't it pretty to think so.”
    Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises

  • #19
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “In the beginning, God created the earth, and he looked upon it in His cosmic loneliness.

    And God said, "Let Us make living creatures out of mud, so the mud can see what We have done." And God created every living creature that now moveth, and one was man. Mud as man alone could speak. God leaned close to mud as man sat up, looked around, and spoke. Man blinked. "What is the purpose of all this?" he asked politely.

    "Everything must have a purpose?" asked God.

    "Certainly," said man.

    "Then I leave it to you to think of one for all this," said God.

    And He went away.”
    Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle

  • #20
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “Science is magic that works.”
    Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle

  • #21
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “ knowing what your limitations are...Maturity is a bitter disappointment for which no remedy exists, unless laughter can be said to remedy anything.”
    Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle

  • #22
    “Try to be happy within the context of the life we are actually living. Happiness is not a situation to be longed for or a convergence of lucky happenstance. Through the power of our own minds, we can help ourselves.”
    Wayne Coyne

  • #23
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.”
    Kurt Vonnegut, Mother Night

  • #24
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “Of all the words of mice and men, the saddest are, "It might have been.”
    Kurt Vonnegut

  • #25
    Chuck Palahniuk
    “Each holiday tradition acts as an exercise in cognitive development, a greater challenge for the child. Despite the fact most parents don't recognize this function, they still practice the exercise.

    Rant also saw how resolving the illusions is crucial to how the child uses any new skills.

    A child who is never coached with Santa Claus may never develop an ability to imagine. To him, nothing exists except the literal and tangible.

    A child who is disillusioned abruptly, by his peers or siblings, being ridiculed for his faith and imagination, may choose never to believe in anything- tangible or intangible- again. To never trust or wonder.

    But a child who relinquishes the illusions of Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy, that child may come away with the most important skill set. That child may recognize the strength of his own imagination and faith. He will embrace the ability to create his own reality. That child becomes his own authority. He determines the nature of his world. His own vision. And by doing so, by the power of his example, he determines the reality of the other two types: those who can't imagine, and those who can't trust. ”
    Chuck Palahniuk, Rant

  • #26
    J.K. Rowling
    “Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?”
    J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

  • #27
    Christopher Hitchens
    “Owners of dogs will have noticed that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they will think you are god. Whereas owners of cats are compelled to realize that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they draw the conclusion that they are gods.”
    Christopher Hitchens, The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever

  • #28
    Chuck Palahniuk
    “What makes earth feel like hell is our expectation that it should feel like heaven.”
    Chuck Palahniuk, Damned

  • #29
    Richard Yates
    “Intelligent, thinking people could take things like this in their stride, just as they took the larger absurdities of deadly dull jobs in the city and deadly dull homes in the suburbs. Economic circumstances might force you to live in this environment, but the important thing was to keep from being contaminated. The important thing, always, was to remember who you were.”
    Richard Yates, Revolutionary Road

  • #30
    Richard Yates
    “Being alone has nothing to do with how many people are around.”
    Richard Yates, Revolutionary Road

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