Chuck Palahniuk, fully Charles Michael "Chuck" Palahniuk

Palahniuk, fully Charles Michael "Chuck" Palahniuk

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

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We're all trapped. It's always 1734. All of us, we're stuck in the same time capsule, the same as those television shows where the same people are marooned on the same desert island for thirty seasons and never age or escape. They just wear more makeup. In a creepy way, those shows are maybe too authentic.

What makes earth feel like hell is our expectation that it should feel like heaven.

When a regular person gets sick, they take an aspirin. When a writer gets sick, they take notes....

When you're an addict, you can go without feeling anything except drunk or stoned or hungry. Still, when you compare this to other feelings, to sadness, anger, fear, worry, despair, and depression, well, an addiction no longer looks so bad. It looks like a very viable option.

The government says Rant's alive because they need a villain. The kids say he's alive because they need a hero.

The more people die, the more things stay the same.

The on?ly thing I know is ev?ery?thing you love will die.

The strength of film is its accessibility and immediacy. But the strength of books is that freedom to really depict anything you want because people are going to be reading it in private. So, I'm always trying to write with the immediacy and the constant motion of film but I'm also trying to write with the complete freedom of subject matter that books have.

The whole idea of men creating perfect robot women for their own pleasure, it happens every day. The most "beautiful" women you see in public, none of them are for real. They're just men perpetuating their perverted stereotypes of women. Just the oldest story in the world. There's a penis on every page of Cosmopolitan magazine if you know where to look.

There was no real sense of life because she had nothing to contrast it with.

These stories are ghosts, bringing people back from the dead. Just for a moment. For a visit. Every story is a ghost.

This is the worst problem with living history museums. They always leave the best parts out. Like typhus. And opium. And scarlet letters. Shunning. Witch-burning.

To preserve yourself as the center of the world, to stay your own best authority on everything, your own expert on all topics, infallible, omniscient. Always, every time of the month, forever: Use birth control.

Until you find something to fight for, you settle for something to fight against.

We just had a near-life experience!

We're consumers. We are by-products of a lifestyle obsession. Murder, crime, poverty, these things don't concern me. What concerns me are celebrity magazines, television with 500 channels, some guy's name on my underwear. Rogaine, Viagra, Olestra...

What matters, Sister Vigilante says, is, people need a monster they can believe in. A true horrible enemy. A demon to define themselves against. Otherwise, it's just us versus us.

When ancient Greeks had a thought, it occurred to them as a god or goddess giving an order. Apollo was telling them to be brave. Athena was telling them to fall in love. Now people hear a commercial for sour cream potato chips and rush out to buy them, but now they call this free will. At least the Greeks were being honest.

When you're thinking about the rest of your life, you're never really thinking more than a couple years down the road.

The greatest consensus in modern society is our traffic systems. The way a flood of strangers can interact, sharing a path, almost all of them traveling without incident. It only takes one dissenting driver to create anarchy.

The more things you own, the more they own you.

The only thing I shy away from is non-consensual violence. I can't write a story where someone is a simple victim because it's boring.

The things you own end up owning you.

The whole world is a disaster waiting to happen.

There will always be an underground.

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