Chuck Palahniuk Quotes

Chuck Palahniuk Quotes: People don't want their lives fixed. Nobody wants their problems solved. Their dramas. Their distractions. Their stories resolved. Their messed cleaned up. Because what would they have left? Just the big scary unknown.
That quest for something pretty. A cheat. A cliche. Flowers and Christmas lights, it's what we're programmed to love.
Life's greatest comfort is being able to look over your shoulder and see people worse off, waiting in line behind you.
For official record, announce instructor, the state requires no epic hero. No strive achieve personal celebrity of spotlight and applause. Lectures instructor, the state desires best ideal perform as mediocre. No gain attention showboat. No buffoon. Best effort so occur average. Suppress climbing ego. Become ordinary. Invisible.
The only thing that separates us from the animals...is we have pornography.
Give me rampant intellectualism as a coping mechanism.
Maybe we should always assume the worst.
People fall so in love with their pain, they can't leave it behind. The same as the stories they tell. We trap ourselves.
I haven't had a TV in 10 years, and I really don't miss it. 'Cause it's always so much more fun to be with people than it ever was to be with a television.
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.
Be famous. Be a big social experiment in getting what you don't want. Find value in what we've been taught is worthless. Find good in what the world says is evil. I'm giving you my life because I want the whole world to know you. I wish the whole world would embrace what it hates. Find what you're afraid of most and go live there.
He was the kind of boy any young girl should date while she's still able to recover.
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.
It's funny how you never think about the women you've had. It's always the ones who get away that you can't forget.
With every lecture, you're forced to look again at every choice you've made over the lesson-by-lesson chain of your entire life. And after all these years, you see how little you have to work with, how limited your life and education have been. How scant was your courage and curiosity. Not to mention your expectations.
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.
I want you to invent it. I want you to have that skill. To create your own reality. Your own set of laws. I want to try and teach you that.
The only place where you can really surprise or shock the reader, or make someone laugh, is on the lower righthand corner - the very last panel - so as you turn the page, the payoff is in the upper lefthand panel. To pace every story so that there's a setup and a payoff at the page turn was a huge challenge; it's a part of the medium and you really have to learn what can be done in the medium.
I used to work in a funeral home to feel good about myself, just the fact that I was breathing.
How I feel is cheap and used, dirty and humiliated. Dirty and tricked and thrown away.