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Haunted Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk
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“People fall so in love with their pain, they can’t leave it behind. The same as the stories they tell. We trap ourselves.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Haunted
“The difference between how you look and how you see yourself is enough to kill most people. And maybe the reason vampires don’t die is because they can never see themselves in photographs or mirrors.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Haunted
“To some of us, the nights are too long. To some, the days. ”
Chuck Palahniuk, Haunted
“If we can forgive what’s been done to us . . .
If we can forgive what we’ve done to others . . . If we can leave all of our stories behind. Our being villains or victims. Only then can we maybe rescue the world.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Haunted
“The world will always punish the few people with special talents the rest of us don’t recognize as real.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Haunted
“A motion picture, or music, or television, they have to maintain a certain decorum in order to be broadcast to a vast audience. Other forms of mass media cost too much to produce a risk reaching only a limited audience. Only one person. But a book. . . . A book is cheap to print and bind. A book is as private and consensual as sex. A book takes time and effort to consume - something that gives a reader every chance to walk away. Actually, so few people make the effort to read that it's difficult to call books a "mass medium." No one really gives a damn about books. No one has bothered to ban a book in decades.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Haunted
“Yes, terrible things happen, but sometimes those terrible things- they save you.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Haunted
“A book is as private and consensual as sex.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Haunted
“If we can forgive what has been done to us . . .

If we can forgive what we've done to others . . .

If we can leave all of our stories behind. Our being
villians or victims.

Only then can we maybe rescue the world.

But we still sit here, waiting to be saved. While we're
still victims, hoping to be discovered while we suffer.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Haunted
“Some stories, you use up. Others use you up.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Haunted
“When we die, these are the stories still on our lips. The stories we’ll only tell strangers, someplace private in the padded cell of midnight. These important stories, we rehearse them for years in our head but never tell. These stories are ghosts, bringing people back from the dead. Just for a moment. For a visit. Every story is a ghost.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Haunted
“The truth is . . . you think what people want you to think.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Haunted
“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
“That’s the American Dream: to make your life into something you can sell.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Haunted
“Nothing happened, and nothing kept happening.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Haunted
“Without animals, there would be no humanity. In a world of just people, people will mean nothing . . .”
Chuck Palahniuk, Haunted
“Kids, she says. When they’re little, they believe everything you tell them about the world. As a mother, you’re the world almanac and the encyclopedia and the dictionary and the Bible, all rolled up together. But after they hit some magic age, it’s just the opposite. After that, you’re either a liar or a fool or a villain.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Haunted
“Pretty much always. We need to tell the story of our life to someone.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Haunted
“You cannot be the person they know and the great, glorious person you want to become. Not at the same time.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Haunted
“The air will always be to filled with something. Your body too sore or tired. Your father too drunk. Your wife too cold. You will always have some excuse not to live your life.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Haunted
“As young people we want something to slow us down and keep us trapped in one place long enough to look below the surface of the world. That disaster is a car crash or a war. To make us sit still. It can be getting cancer or getting pregnant. The important part is how it seems to catch us by surprise. That disaster stops us from living the life we'd planned as children - a life of constant dashing around.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Haunted
“Think of a rock polisher, one of those drums, goes round and round, rolls twenty-four/seven, full of water and rocks and gravel. Grinding it all up. Round and round. Polishing those ugly rocks into gemstones. That’s the earth. Why it goes around. We’re the rocks. And what happens to us—the drama and pain and joy and war and sickness and victory and abuse—why, that’s just the water and sand to
erode us. Grind us down. To polish us up, nice and bright.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Haunted
“An important part of building a new culture was allowing people to complain about their past. At first, the more they complained, the worse the past would seem. But by venting, people could start to resolve the past. By bitching and bitching and bitching, they could exhaust the drama of their own horror stories. Grow bored. Only then could they accept a new story for their lives. Move forward.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Haunted
“How can you possibly believe he really loves you?” Miss Sneezy looks from the Mother to the Saint to Mr. Whittier’s hand.“You have no choice,” Mr. Whittier tells her. “If you need to be loved.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Haunted
“That’s how a scary story works. It echoes some ancient fear. It re-creates some forgotten terror. Something we’d like to think we’ve grown beyond. But it can still scare us to tears. It’s something you’d hoped was healed.”
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“You digest and absorb your life by turning it into stories,' he says, 'the same way this theater seems to digest people.' With one hand, he points to a carpet stain, this dark stain sticky and growing mold, branched with arms and legs.
Other events—the ones you can’t digest—they poison you. Those worst parts of your life, those moments you can’t talk about, they rot you from the inside out. Until you’re Cassandra’s wet shadow on the ground. Sunk in your own yellow protein mud.
But the stories that you can digest, that you can tell—you can take control of those past moments. You can shape them, craft them. Master them. And use them to your own good. Those are stories as important as food. Those are stories you can use to make people laugh or cry or sick. Or scared. To make people feel the way you felt. To help exhaust that past moment for them and for you. Until that moment is dead.
Consumed. Digested. Absorbed.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Haunted
“Our purest form of joy comes when people we envy get hurt. That most genuine form of joy.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Haunted
“Going to work just looked crazy. Eating another meal, ever, made about as much sense as planting tulip bulbs in the shadow of a falling atom bomb. ”
Chuck Palahniuk, Haunted
“I fainted....and you ate my ass?

You fed me my own ass?”
Chuck Palahniuk, Haunted
“We’d turn our lives into a terrible adventure. A true-life horror story with a happy ending. A trial we’d survive to talk about.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Haunted

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