Chuck Palahniuk, fully Charles Michael "Chuck" Palahniuk

Chuck
Palahniuk, fully Charles Michael "Chuck" Palahniuk
1962

American Novelist and Freelance Journalist with movies including Fight Club, Choke, Snuff, Romance

Author Quotes

The problem with every story is you tell it after the fact.

The truth is, immigrants tend to be more American than people born here.

There are a lot of things we don't want to know about the people we love.

There's no escaping fate, it just keeps going. Day and night, the future just keeps coming at you.

This is how it is with insomnia. Everything is so far away, a copy of a copy of a copy. The insomnia distance of everything, you can't touch anything and nothing can touch you

This would be...a book that would be a trapdoor down into some place dark. A place only you could go, alone, when you opened the cover. Because only books have that power.

Tyler gets me a job as a waiter, after that Tyler's pushing a gun in my mouth and saying, the first step to eternal life is you have to die.

We are not special. We are not crap or trash, either. We just are. We just are, and what happens just happens.

We went sailing one time, and he wore a Speedo, and any smart woman should know that means bisexual at least.

What do you do when your entire identity is destroyed in an instant? How do you cope when your whole life story turns out to be wrong?

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.

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.

The liberator who destroys my property is fighting to save my spirit. The teacher who clears all possessions from my path will set me free.

The only biodiversity we're going to have left is Coke versus Pepsi. We're landscaping the whole world one stupid mistake at a time.

The problem with every story is you tell it after the fact. Every play-by-play description on the radio, the home runs and strikeouts, even that's delayed a few minutes. Even live television is postponed a couple seconds. Even Sound and light can only go so fast.

The truth is, wherever you choose to be, it's the wrong place.

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.

There's no way you can get the past right. You can pretend. You can delude yourself, but you can't re-create what's over.

This is just what human beings do-turn objects into people, people into objects. Back and forth. Tit for tat.

Those who can forget the past are way ahead of the rest of us.

Tyler lies back and asks, "If Marilyn Monroe were alive right now, what would she be doing?" I say, goodnight. The headliner hangs down in shreds from the ceiling and Tyler says, "Clawing at the lid of her coffin.

We can spend our lives letting the world tell us who we are ? Or we can decide for ourselves.

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.

What I did was pour out about a gallon of Chanel Number Five and put a burning wedding invitation to it, and boom, I'm recycling.

What you have to consider is the possibility that God doesn't like you. Could be, God hates us. This is not the worst thing that could happen.

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First Name
Chuck
Last Name
Palahniuk, fully Charles Michael "Chuck" Palahniuk
Birth Date
1962
Bio

American Novelist and Freelance Journalist with movies including Fight Club, Choke, Snuff, Romance