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

We'll be remembered more for what we destroy than what we create.

What I want is to be needed. What I need is to be indispensable to somebody. Who I need is somebody that will eat up all my free time, my ego, my attention. Somebody addicted to me. A mutual addiction.

What you have to understand, is your father was your model for God. If you're male and you're Christian and living in America, your father is your model for God. And if you never know your father, if your father bails out or dies or is never at home, what do you believe about God? What you end up doing is you spend your life searching for a father and God. 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 can happen.

When you go out with a drunk, you?ll notice how a drunk fills your glass so he can empty his own. As long as you?re drinking, drinking is okay. Two?s company. Drinking is fun. If there?s a bottle, even if your glass isn?t empty, a drunk, he?ll pour a little in your glass before he fills his own. This only looks like generosity.

The lucky ones are just born dead.

The only funny part about Colonial Dunsboro is maybe it's too authentic, but for all the wrong reasons. This whole crowd of losers and nutcases who hide out here because they can't make it in the real world, in real jobs ? isn't this why we left England in the first place? To establish our own alternate reality. Weren't the Pilgrims pretty much the crackpots of their time? For sure, instead of just wanting to believe something different about God's love, the losers I work with want to find salvation through compulsive behaviors.

The same architect who designed the Seattle fair's futuristic Science Center, with its lacy Gothic arches and spires, Minoru Yamasaki, was hired to design the twin towers of the World Trade Center. Seattle had promised fairgoers a glimpse of the world that would exist in 2001. That year eventually unfolded as something less than the dream we'd imagined.

The voice says, maybe you don't go to hell for the things you do. Maybe you go to hell for the things you don't do. The things you don't finish.

There are worse things than finding your wife and child dead. You can watch the world do it. You can watch your wife get old and bored. You can watch your kids discover everything in the world you've tried to save them from. Drugs, divorce, conformity, disease. All the nice clean books, music, television. Distraction.

These days, most of the people you hear laughing are dead.

This is passive-aggression in action.

To a certain extent everybody has a certain sort of way of being a persona that they learn how to be when they're really little. They figure out that if they're really funny, or really pretty, or if they work really, really hard or are really smart, then that's what's going to get them by. That is what is going to make people like them.

Unless we have that moment of chaos, followed by the emotional release of realization, nothing will be remembered.

We don't have a great war in our generation, or a great depression, but we do, we have a great war of the spirit. We have a great revolution against the culture. The great depression is our lives. We have a spiritual depression.

We'll never be as young as we are tonight.

What if reality is nothing but some disease?

What you see at fight club is a generation of men raised by women.

When you reach the end of your life - trust me, you won't look back and savor the moments you spent alone.

The masochist bullies the sadist into action. The most person person is actually the aggressor. Every day, just you living means the misery and death of plants and animals- and even some people. "Slaughterhouses, factory farms, sweatshops," she says, "like it or not, that's what your money buys."

The only person we'll hate more than each other is ourselves.

The same as real life, there is no happily ever after.

The way you can go to Paris or Beijing, Oyster says, and everywhere there's a McDonald's hamburger, this is the ecological equivalent of franchised life-forms. Every place is the same place. Kudzu. Zebra mussels. Water hyacinths. Starlings. Burger Kings. The local natives, anything unique gets squeezed out.. He says, "We're landscaping the whole world one stupid mistake at a time."

There are worse things you can do to the people you love than kill them. The regular way is just to watch the world do it. Just read the newspaper.

These distraction-oholics. These focus-ophobics."

This is the biggest mistake I could think would save me. I wanted to give up the idea that I had any control. Shake things up. To be saved by chaos. To see if I could cope, I wanted to force myself to grow again. To explode my comfort zone.

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First Name
Chuck
Last Name
Palahniuk, fully Charles Michael "Chuck" Palahniuk
Birth Date
1962
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American Novelist and Freelance Journalist with movies including Fight Club, Choke, Snuff, Romance