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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The most boring thing in the entire world is nudity. The second most boring thing is honesty.

The only way to find true happiness is to risk being completely cut open.

The tiny space, the toilet, two hundred strangers just a few inches away, it's so exciting, the lack of room to maneuver, it helps if you're double-jointed. Use your imagination. Some creativity and a few simple stretching exercises and you can be knock, knock, knockin' on heaven's door. You'll be amazed how time flies.

The world is the cradle and your trap.

There's a moment in every book when the book turns and it surprises me.

They're just words is all. Powerless. Vocabulary. Dialogue.

This isn?t really death,? Tyler says. ?We?ll be legend. We won?t grow old.? I tongue the barrel into my cheek and say, Tyler, you?re thinking of vampires.

To some of us, the nights are too long. To some, the days.

We all die. The goal isn?t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.

We love drama. We love conflict. We need a devil or we'll create one.

We're the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our Great War's a spiritual war... our Great Depression is our lives.

What we call chaos is just patterns we haven?t recognized. What we call random is just patterns we can't decipher.

When did the future switch from being a promise to a threat?

Where we're standing right now, in the ruins in the dark, what we build could be anything.

The idea that I can't share my problems with other people makes me not give a shit about their problems.

The muffled thunder of dialogue comes through the walls, then a chorus of laughter. Then more thunder. Most of the laugh tracks on television were recorded in the early 1950s. These days, most of the people you hear laughing are dead.

The photographer in my head says: Give me peace. Flash. Give me release. Flash.

The trick to forgetting the big picture is to look at everything close-up. The shortcut to closing a door is to bury yourself in the details. This is how we must look to God. As if everything's fine.

The world of American politics is more contentious than it has ever been in my lifetime.

There's a terrible dark joy when the only person who knows all your secrets is finally dead.

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.

This isn't about guilt or innocence, he says. The dinosaurs weren't morally good or bad, but they're all dead.

Today is the sort of day where the sun only comes up to humiliate you.

We all have some proper noun to blame.

We opened our hearts. Hear me, heal me, save me, believe me.

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