110+ Chuck Palahniuk Quotes On Writing, Absurd And Dark

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Top 10 Chuck Palahniuk Quotes (BEST)

  1. The one you love and the one who loves you are never, ever the same person.
  2. Worker bees can leave. Even drones can fly away. The Queen is their slave.
  3. We all die. The goal isn't to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.
  4. Did perpetual happiness in the Garden of Eden maybe get so boring that eating the apple was justified?
  5. You know, the condom is the glass slipper of our generation. You slip it on when you meet a stranger. You dance all night, then you throw it away.
  6. Love is bullshit. Emotion is bullshit. I am a rock. A jerk. I'm an uncaring asshole and proud of it.
  7. It's so hard to forget pain, but it's even harder to remember sweetness. We have no scar to show for happiness. We learn so little from peace.
  8. If you love something set it free, but don't be surprised if it comes back with herpes.
  9. Nothing of me is original. I am the combined effort of everyone I've ever known.
  10. The trick to forgetting the big picture is to look at everything close-up.

Chuck Palahniuk Short Quotes

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  • Las Vegas looks the way you'd imagine heaven must look at night.
  • All God does is watch us and kill us when we get boring. We must never, ever be boring.
  • Maybe humans are just the pet alligators that God flushed down the toilet.
  • When we don't know who to hate, we hate ourselves.
  • Fathers. Mothers. With all their caring and attention. They will fuck you up, every time.
  • Yes, terrible things happen, but sometimes those terrible things - they save you.
  • Burn the Louvre, and wipe your ass with the Mona Lisa. This way at least, God would know our names.
  • Give me rampant intellectualism as a coping mechanism.
  • Everyone smiles with that invisible gun to their head.
  • Didn't I realize that each of us is a sacred, unique snowflake of special unique specialness?
 quote If you flee from the things your fear, there's no resolution.
If you flee from the things your fear, there's no resolution.

Chuck Palahniuk Quotes On Love

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Make me into anything, but just love me. — Chuck Palahniuk

It's easy to cry when you realize that everyone you love will reject you or die. — Chuck Palahniuk

Love me, love me, love me, love me, love me, love me, love me, I'll be anybody you want me to be. Use me. Change me. I can be thin with big breasts and big hair. Take me apart. Make me into anything, but just love me. — Chuck Palahniuk

 quote We all die. The goal isn't to live forever. The goal is to create something that
We all die. The goal isn't to live forever. The goal is to create something that will.

No matter how much you think you love somebody, you'll step back when the pool of their blood edges up too close. — Chuck Palahniuk

That saying, about how you always kill the thing you love, well, it works both ways. — Chuck Palahniuk

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. — Chuck Palahniuk

I am an invisible monster, and I am incapable of loving anybody. You don't know which is worse. — Chuck Palahniuk

Love is bullshit. Emotion is bullshit. — Chuck Palahniuk

Anybody's true nature is bullshit. There is no human soul. Emotion is bullshit. Love is bullshit. — Chuck Palahniuk

The damaged love the damaged. True fact. — Chuck Palahniuk

Chuck Palahniuk Quotes On Life

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Your past is just a story. And once you realize this it has no power over you. — Chuck Palahniuk

After you find out all the things that can go wrong, your life becomes less about living and more about waiting. — Chuck Palahniuk

You are not a beautiful, unique snowflake... This is your life, and it's ending one minute at a time. — Chuck Palahniuk

You think maybe if you just work harder and faster, you can hold off the chaos, but then one day you’re changing a patio light bulb with a five-year life span and you realize how you’ll only be changing this light maybe ten more times before you’ll be dead. — Chuck Palahniuk

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

Everyone thinks their whole life should be at least as much fun as masturbation. — Chuck Palahniuk

People are all over the world telling their one dramatic story and how their life has turned into getting over this one event. Now their lives are more about the past than their future. — Chuck Palahniuk

I say never be complete, I say stop being perfect, I say let... lets evolve, let the chips fall where they may. — Chuck Palahniuk

This is your life and its ending one moment at a time. — Chuck Palahniuk

It's only after we've lost everything that we're free to do anything. — Chuck Palahniuk

Chuck Palahniuk Quotes On Writing

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The first step - especially for young people with energy and drive and talent, but not money - the first step to controlling your world is to control your culture. To model and demonstrate the kind of world you demand to live in. To write the books. Make the music. Shoot the films. Paint the art. — Chuck Palahniuk

Portland in particular is a cheap enough place to live that you can still develop your passion - painting, writing, music. People seem less status-conscious. Even wealthy people buy second-hand clothes and look a little bit homeless. — Chuck Palahniuk

Writing is like sex, if it's difficult you're not doing it right. — Chuck Palahniuk

That's why I write, because life never works except in retrospect. You can't control life, at least you can control your version. — Chuck Palahniuk

The last story you should write is the most important story. You should start with a story that is just an amusing, entertaining, fun story to write and learn your writing chops with the least important things before you start applying them to the most important things. — Chuck Palahniuk

Real writers write because they love to write. They don't write for public acclaim. — Chuck Palahniuk

I thought why not write a kind of mystery, murder, thriller book, but use romance language where the language plays completely against the very dark subject matter, that very strange murderous plot, but use that Harlequin Romance language. — Chuck Palahniuk

Every character sees the world through a framework of education and experience that they're proud experts about. To write a character, find out what they know best, and THEN you'll know how they'll describe a "hot day." Or a "pretty girl." — Chuck Palahniuk

To see how boring you really are, write a book about soap and cults, and the profits you make will be your only means of subsistence. — Chuck Palahniuk

I always thought I'd write when I retired - when I turned 65. But by the time I was 33, to tell you the truth, I was a little bored with drugs and sex, and I thought I'd do the writing thing. — Chuck Palahniuk

Chuck Palahniuk Quotes On Dark

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I let go. Lost in oblivion. Dark and silent and complete. I found freedom. Losing all hope was freedom. — Chuck Palahniuk

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

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

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. — Chuck Palahniuk

The worst part of writing fiction is the fear of wasting your life behind a keyboard. The idea that, dying, you'll realize you only lived on paper. Your only adventures were make-believe, and while the world fought and kissed, you sat in some dark room masturbating and making money. — Chuck Palahniuk

Crying is right at hand in the smothering dark, closed inside someone else, when you see how everything you can ever accomplish will end up as trash. — Chuck Palahniuk

In light this bright, after so long in the dark, everything we can see is only black and white. Only glaring shape-outlines we have to blink against. — Chuck Palahniuk

Chuck Palahniuk Quotes On People

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There's an opposite to déjà vu. They call it jamais vu. It's when you meet the same people or visit places, again and again, but each time is the first. Everybody is always a stranger. Nothing is ever familiar. — Chuck Palahniuk

We've spent so much time judging what other people created that we've created very, very little of our own. — Chuck Palahniuk

If people thought you were dying, they gave you their full attention. — Chuck Palahniuk

People used what they called a telephone because they hated being close together and they were scared of being alone. — Chuck Palahniuk

The only reason why we ask other people how their weekend was is so we can tell them about our own weekend. — Chuck Palahniuk

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. — Chuck Palahniuk

What people forget is a journey to nowhere starts with a single step, too. — Chuck Palahniuk

Real smarts begin when you quit quoting other people. — Chuck Palahniuk

Everyone holds a certain type of power. For young people, it's their youth, their attractiveness, and their energy. But they're terrified that as those qualities fade, what are they going to replace that form of power with? — Chuck Palahniuk

When you don't share your problems, you resent hearing the problems of other people. — Chuck Palahniuk

Chuck Palahniuk Quotes On Tyler

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"Getting fired," Tyler says, "is the best thing that could happen to any of us. That way, we’d quit treading water and do something with our lives." — Chuck Palahniuk

I know this because Tyler knows this. — Chuck Palahniuk

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. — Chuck Palahniuk

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. — Chuck Palahniuk

Tyler and me at the edge of the roof, the gun in my mouth, I'm wondering how clean this gun is. — Chuck Palahniuk

And if I do fall asleep, Marla has to keep track of Tyler. Where he goes. What he does. So maybe during the day, I can rush around and undo the damage. — Chuck Palahniuk

"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. — Chuck Palahniuk

About my boss, Tyler tells me, if I'm really angry, I should go to the post office and fill out a change-of-address card and have all his mail forwarded to Rugby, North Dakota. — Chuck Palahniuk

I love everything about Tyler Durden, his courage and his smarts. His nerve. Tyler is funny and charming and forceful and independent, and men look up to him and expect him to change their world. Tyler is capable and free, and I am not. — Chuck Palahniuk

What would Tyler Durden do? — Chuck Palahniuk

Chuck Palahniuk Quotes On Live

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Our Generation has had no Great war, no Great Depression. Our war is spiritual. Our depression is our lives. — Chuck Palahniuk

You have a choice. Live or die. Every breath is a choice. Every minute is a choice. To be or not to be. — Chuck Palahniuk

It's pathetic how we can't live with the things we can't understand. How we need everything labeled and explained and deconstructed. — Chuck Palahniuk

We can spend our lives letting the world tell us who we are. Sane or insane. Saints or sex addicts. Heroes or victims. Letting history tell us how good or bad we are. Letting our past decide our future. Or we can decide for ourselves. And maybe it's our job to invent something better. — Chuck Palahniuk

If the living are haunted by the dead, then the dead are haunted by their own mistakes. — Chuck Palahniuk

Dude, the place is filling up," I say. "It feels like we're living in the bottom half of an hourglass." Like somehow we're running out of time. — Chuck Palahniuk

Find out what you're afraid of and go live there. — Chuck Palahniuk

We can spend our lives letting the world tell us who we are…Or we can decide for ourselves. — Chuck Palahniuk

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. — Chuck Palahniuk

If you can change the way people think. The way they see themselves. The way they see the world. If you do that, you can change the way people live their lives. That's the only lasting thing you can create. — Chuck Palahniuk

Chuck Palahniuk Quotes On Death

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Maybe this is why so many serial killers work in pairs. It's nice not to feel alone in a world full of victims or enemies. It's no wonder Waltraud Wagner, the Austrian Angel of Death, convinced her friends to kill with her. It just seems natural. You and me against the world. — Chuck Palahniuk

If death meant just leaving the stage long enough to change costume and come back as a new character...Would you slow down? Or speed up? — Chuck Palahniuk

On a long enough time line, the survival rate for everyone drops to zero. — Chuck Palahniuk

Since change is constant, you wonder if people crave death because it's the only way they can get anything really finished. — Chuck Palahniuk

We hear the ambient noise of children singing. We hear lions and tigers roar. Hyenas laugh. Some jungle bird or howler monkey declares its existence, screeching a maniac's gibberish. Our entire world, always doing battle against the silence and obscurity of death. — Chuck Palahniuk

The first step to eternal life is you have to die. — Chuck Palahniuk

Six hundred and forty fish later, the only thing I know is everything you love will die. The first time you meet someone special, you can count on them one day being dead and in the ground. — Chuck Palahniuk

Life is short, death is forever — Chuck Palahniuk

Nothing shows you the straight line from here to death like a list. — Chuck Palahniuk

This wasn't any mere song and dance; here was a bold, blaring declaration howling itself into the empty face of death. — Chuck Palahniuk

Chuck Palahniuk Famous Quotes And Sayings

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We've all been raised on television to believe that one day we'd all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won't. And we're slowly learning that fact. And we're very, very pissed off. — Chuck Palahniuk

No matter what else you came up against, if you could smile and laugh while a monkey did you with chestnuts in a dank concrete basement while somebody took pictures, well, any other situation would be a piece of cake — Chuck Palahniuk

Everything is a self-portrait. A diary. Your whole drug history’s in a strand of your hair. Your fingernails. The forensic details. The lining of your stomach is a document. The calluses on your hand tell all your secrets. Your teeth give you away. Your accent. The wrinkles around your mouth and eyes. Everything you do shows your hand. — Chuck Palahniuk

Carl Jung called this his shadow work. He said we never see others. Instead we see only aspects of ourselves that fall over them. Shadows. Projections. Our associations. — Chuck Palahniuk

Of all the priceless objects left behind, this is what we rescue. These artifacts. Memory cues. Useless souvenirs. Nothing you could auction. The scars left from happiness. — Chuck Palahniuk

What we call chaos is just patterns we haven’t recognized. What we call random is just patterns we can't decipher. — Chuck Palahniuk

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. — Chuck Palahniuk

Parents are like God because you wanna know they're out there, and you want them to think well of you, but you really only call when you need something. — Chuck Palahniuk

You are not special. You are not a beautiful or unique snowflake. You're the same decaying organic matter as everything else. — Chuck Palahniuk

But if you tell folks you're a college student, folks are so impressed. You can be a student in anything and not have to know anything. Just say toxicology or marine biokinesis, and the person you're talking to will change the subject to himself. If this doesn't work, mention the neural synapses of embryonic pigeons. — Chuck Palahniuk

You are not your job, you're not how much money you have in the bank. You are not the car you drive. You're not the contents of your wallet. You are not your fucking khakis. You are all singing, all dancing crap of the world. — Chuck Palahniuk

You realize that our mistrust of the future makes it hard to give up the past. — Chuck Palahniuk

I admire addicts. In a world where everybody is waiting for some blind, random disaster or some sudden disease, the addict has the comfort of knowing what will most likely wait for him down the road. He's taken some control over his ultimate fate, and his addiction keeps the cause of his death from being a total surprise. — Chuck Palahniuk

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

I wanted to destroy everything beautiful I'd never have. — Chuck Palahniuk

As if you cut open a rag doll with a sill name, and found inside:Real intestines, real lungs, a beating heart and blood. A lot of hot, sticky blood. — Chuck Palahniuk

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

The only difference between a suicide and a martyrdom really is the amount of press coverage. — Chuck Palahniuk

If you don't know what you want, you end up with a lot you don't. — Chuck Palahniuk

Self improvement is masturbation. — Chuck Palahniuk

I think standardization is really the first step to something being commodified. — Chuck Palahniuk

There's a big difference between "not caring" or being "nihilistic" about a topic and simply not being enrolled by the drama presented by other people. Just because my characters choose not to react in standard, socially-appropriate ways - that does not mean they don't care. They just reject ordinary dramas. — Chuck Palahniuk

You can only hold a smile for so long, after that it's just teeth. — Chuck Palahniuk

I don't want to die without any scars. — Chuck Palahniuk

your handwriting. the way you walk. which china pattern you choose. it's all giving you away. everything you do shows your hand. everything is a self portrait. everything is a diary. — Chuck Palahniuk

May I never be complete. May I never be content. May I never be perfect. — Chuck Palahniuk

There are bodies buried everywhere you just have to know where to look. — Chuck Palahniuk

Having nothing to lose is the new wealth. — Chuck Palahniuk

Sticks and stones may break your bones but words can hurt like hell. — Chuck Palahniuk

When you understand, that what you're telling is just a story. It isn't happening anymore. When you realize the story you're telling is just words, when you can just crumble up and throw your past in the trashcan, then we'll figure out who you're going to be. — Chuck Palahniuk

You ever wonder when God's coming back with a lot of barbecue sauce? — Chuck Palahniuk

Why is it you feel like a dope if you laugh alone, but that's usually how you end up crying? — Chuck Palahniuk

Hey, you created me! I didn't create some loser alter-ego to make myself feel better. Take some responsibility! — Chuck Palahniuk

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. — Chuck Palahniuk

I used to work in a funeral home to feel good about myself, just the fact that I was breathing. — Chuck Palahniuk

The police are asking through the bedroom door, why did I make a batch of strawberry daiquiris before I called them? Because we were out of raspberries. Because, can't they see, it just does not matter. Time was not of the essence. — Chuck Palahniuk

First your parents, they give you your life, but then they try to give you their life. — Chuck Palahniuk

Because after you've crossed some lines, you just keep crossing them. And there's no escaping from constant escape. Distracting ourselves. Avoiding confrontation. Getting past the moment. Jacking off. Television. Denial. — Chuck Palahniuk

Our real discoveries come from chaos, from going to the place that looks wrong and stupid and foolish. — Chuck Palahniuk

Are these things really better than the things I already have? Or am I just trained to be dissatisfied with what I have now? — Chuck Palahniuk

What they don't teach you in art school is how your whole life is about discovering who you already were. — Chuck Palahniuk

Think of spoiled cat food and ulcerated cankers and expired donor organs. That's how beautiful she looks. — Chuck Palahniuk

Don't do what you want. Do what you don't want. Do what you're trained not to want. Do the things that scare you the most. — Chuck Palahniuk

When nobody will look at you, you can stare a hole in them. Picking out all the little details you'd never stare long enough to get if they'd even just return your gaze, this, this is your revenge. — Chuck Palahniuk

If you worry about disaster all the time, that's what you're going to get. — Chuck Palahniuk

Every woman is just a different kind of problem. — Chuck Palahniuk

I want out of the labels. I don't want my whole life crammed into a single word. A story. I want to find something else, unknowable, some place to be that's not on the map. A real adventure.' A spinx. A mystery. A blank. Unknown. Undefined. — Chuck Palahniuk

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

If I could wake up in a different place, at a different time, could I wake up as a different person? — Chuck Palahniuk

Actually, watching television and surfing the Internet are really excellent practice for being dead. — Chuck Palahniuk

If you could be either God’s worst enemy or nothing, which would you choose? — Chuck Palahniuk

Everything is funnier in retrospect, funnier and prettier and cooler. You can laugh at anything from far enough away. — Chuck Palahniuk

Life Lessons by Chuck Palahniuk

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  1. Chuck Palahniuk teaches us to be unafraid of exploring the dark side of life and to confront our own fears and anxieties.
  2. His work encourages us to think outside the box and to push the boundaries of what is socially acceptable.
  3. He encourages us to be brave, to challenge authority and to never give up on our dreams.

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