Chuck Palahniuk Quotes & Wallpapers

Chuck Palahniuk
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Everybody's still miserable in the same way they've always been miserable, and more and more of my friends - especially my male friends - find themselves taking anti-anxiety, psychotropic drugs. It seems like everybody I know is wondering if they're really who they are, or once the prescription runs out, will they become someone different? Chuck Palahniuk

I think we're in an age starved for genuine experiences, instead of cathartic phony experiences through the media, structured, engineered experiences. And those are the fast food, the masturbation of experience. They don't really exhaust any aspect of ourselves; they don't make us any stronger. Chuck Palahniuk

Love is bullshit. Emotion is bullshit. I am a rock. A jerk. I'm an uncaring asshole and proud of it. Chuck Palahniuk

I can become someone else, not out of pressure and desperation, but merely because a new life sounds fun or interesting or joyful. Chuck Palahniuk

The liberator who destroys my property is fighting to save my spirit. The teacher who clears all possessions from my path will set me free. Chuck Palahniuk

Trust me, the being-dead part is much easier than the dying part. If you can watch much television, then being dead will be a cinch. Actually, watching television and surfing the Internet are really excellent practice for being dead. Chuck Palahniuk

Everybody's trying to make every minute of the present last forever. Preserve every second. Chuck Palahniuk

Everyone has something wrong. And for a while, her heart just sort of flat lined. Chuck Palahniuk

A shadow of a reflection of an image of an illusion. Chuck Palahniuk

You know that old phrase 'Those who don't remember the past are condemned to repeat it'? Well, I think those who remember the past are even worse off. Chuck Palahniuk

Where every day doesn't start with an alarm clock and end with the television. Chuck Palahniuk

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

No matter how much you love someone, you still want to have you own way. Chuck Palahniuk

It's weird to think the place where we're standing will only be a point in the sky. Chuck Palahniuk

No matter what happens, it's always now. Chuck Palahniuk

You are permanent, but this life is not. Chuck Palahniuk

Daytime television, you can tell who's watching by the three kinds of commercials. Either it's clinics for drying out drunks. Or it's law firms who want to settle injury suits. Or it's schools offering mail-order vocational degrees to make you a bookkeeper. A private detective. Or a locksmith. If you're watching daytime television, this is your new demographic. You're a drunk. Or a cripple. Or an idiot. Chuck Palahniuk

This is' really death," Tyler says. "We"ll be legend. We wo' grow old." I tongue the barrel into my cheek and say, Tyler, you're thinking of vampires. Chuck Palahniuk

I suppose it's comfort, perhaps a sense of self-control, doing worse things to yourself than the world will ever dare inflict. Chuck Palahniuk

Shotgunning anybody in this room would be the moral equivalent of killing a car, a Barbie doll, a vacuum cleaner. We're all such products. Chuck Palahniuk

Each wedding picture was less of a memento than a scar. Proof of some horror movie scenario Katherine Kenton has survived. Chuck Palahniuk

I often need physical gesture to balance dialogue. If I write in public, every time I need to know what a character is doing with his hand or foot, I can look up and study people and find compelling gestures that I can harvest. Writing in public gives you that access to a junkyard of details all around you. Chuck Palahniuk

So if reality is all a spell, and you don't really want what you think you want... If you have no free will. You don't really know what you know. You don't really love who you only think you love. What do you have left to live for? Chuck Palahniuk

Some people are just born human, the rest of us, we take a lifetime to get there. 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

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 it up and throw your past in the trashcan, then we'll figure out who you're going to be. Chuck Palahniuk

My writing process isn't a very organized thing. The actual writing part is a tiny part of my life. I often write in public. I bring my laptop or write freehand in notebooks. Then, I'll read through them while I exercise or walk the dog. The very last thing I do is the sitting alone at the computer part. Chuck Palahniuk

As a child of the 1970s, I couldn't hold a narrative in my head; I was lucky if I could hold a joke in my head, because every time you turn on television or radio, it wipes the slate clean - at least in my case. After I gave up television, I found I could carry longer and longer stories or ideas in my head and put them together until I was carrying an entire short story. That's pretty much when I started writing. 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 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 is' empty, a drunk, he"ll pour a little in your glass before he fills his own. This only looks like generosity. Chuck Palahniuk

Your folks are god, you love them and you want to make them happy but you still want to make up your own rules. Chuck Palahniuk

When we don't know who to hate, we hate ourselves. Chuck Palahniuk

I am Jack's complete lack of surprise. I am Jack's Broken Heart. Chuck Palahniuk

Give me lust, baby. Flash. Give me malice. Flash. Give me detached existentialist ennui. Flash. Give me rampant intellectualism as a coping mechanism. Flash. Chuck Palahniuk

Sorry, mom. Sorry, God. Chuck Palahniuk

All the effort in the world won't matter if you're not inspired. Chuck Palahniuk

Parenthood is the opiate of the masses. Chuck Palahniuk

More and more, it feels like I'm doing a really bad impersonation of myself. Chuck Palahniuk

I think in a way, you're doomed, once you can envision something. You're sort of doomed to make it happen. I've found that the moment I can envision leaving a relationship, that's usually the moment that the relationship starts to fall apart. Chuck Palahniuk

Beginning with Santa in infancy, and ending with the Tooth Fairy as the child acquires adult teeth. Or, plainly put, beginning with all the possibility of childhood, and ending with an absolute trust in the national currency. Chuck Palahniuk

I'm not sure what we're running from. Nobody. Or the future. Fate. Growing up. Getting old. Picking up the pieces. As if running we won't have to get on with our lives. Chuck Palahniuk

They assume she was once gorgeously beautiful. Because now she looks so-bad. Chuck Palahniuk

Personal identity seems like it's just such an American archetype, from Holly Golightly re-inventing herself in 'Breakfast At Tiffany's' to Jay Gatsby in 'The Great Gatsby.' It seems like the sort of archetypal American issue. If you're given the freedom to be anything, or be anyone, what do you do with it? Chuck Palahniuk

Crap has always happened, crap is happening, and crap will continue to happen. Chuck Palahniuk

Maybe it's our sins that give God consolation when he finally has to give us cancer. Chuck Palahniuk

We're so much more likely to feel sympathy for an animal than another person; thus, the best fiction uses animals to define truly humane behavior. Chuck Palahniuk

Portland is quickly becoming one of those lovely, lush Third World countries where kinda-rich people retire with their money. Chuck Palahniuk

Horror stories give us a way of exhausting our emotions around social issues, like a woman's right to an abortion, which I always thought was the core of 'Rosemary's Baby,' or the backlash against feminism which I always thought was the core to 'Stepford Wives.' Chuck Palahniuk

Reality means you live until you die. The real truth is nobody wants reality. Chuck Palahniuk

The bright future is that readers are accepting more varied forms of stories. Chuck Palahniuk

David Fincher is a genius. Chuck Palahniuk

Of the big horror movies of the '70s, you have 'The Omen,' 'The Sentinel,' 'Rosemary's Baby,' 'The Stepford Wives,' 'Burnt Offerings' - these are all romantic fatalist movies where there's a sort of glimmer of hope... but darkness wins. Chuck Palahniuk

My writing process isn't a very organized thing. Chuck Palahniuk

If you take my stuff apart, you'll find my choruses of repetitions are picked up almost verbatim from Kurt Vonnegut, and my distanced fracture quality is all from Amy Hempel, who's probably my favourite writer. Chuck Palahniuk

When I first read the story 'Guts' in workshop - my fellow writers that I've been meeting with for almost 20 years - they laughed; they didn't have any kind of shock reaction. Chuck Palahniuk

Discovering the 'impossible' ending to a new book makes me sick with joy and relief. Chuck Palahniuk

Every generation wants to be the last. Chuck Palahniuk

So often with beginning writers, the story that they want to start with is the most important story of their life - my molestation, my this, my horrible drug addiction - they want to tell that most important story, and they don't have the skills to tell it yet, so it ends up becoming a comedy. A powerful story told poorly becomes funny, it just makes people laugh behind their hands. Chuck Palahniuk

The only biodiversity we're going to have left is Coke versus Pepsi. We're landscaping the whole world one stupid mistake at a time. Chuck Palahniuk

Hope is something really tough and tenacious you have to give up. It's an addiction to break. Chuck Palahniuk

Our purest form of joy comes when people we envy get hurt. That most genuine form of joy. Chuck Palahniuk

You've thrown down the gauntlet. You've brought my wrath down upon your house. Now, to prove that I exist I must kill you. As the child outlives the father, so must the character bury the author. If you are, in fact, my continuing author, then killing you will end my existence as well. Small loss. Such a life, as your puppet, is not worth living. But... If I destroy you and your dreck script, and I still exist... then my existence will be glorious, for I will become my own master. Chuck Palahniuk

What do you do when your entire identity is destroyed in an instant? How do you cope when your whole life story turns out to bw wrong? Chuck Palahniuk

There's an old saying: 'No piece of writing is ever finished, it's just abandoned.' But my own rule is: No piece of work is done until you want to kill everyone involved in the publishing process, especially yourself. Chuck Palahniuk

People die', she says. 'People tear down houses. But furniture, fine, beautiful furniture, it just goes on and on, surviving everything.' She says, 'Armoires are the cockroaches of our culture. Chuck Palahniuk

The feeling is less like an ending than just another starting point. Chuck Palahniuk

they should let some people into the library by prescription only Chuck Palahniuk

Our culture has made us all the same. No one is truly white or black or rich, anymore. We all want the same. Individually, we are nothing. Chuck Palahniuk

Ever since college, I make friends. They get married. I lose friends. Chuck Palahniuk

I remember selling my first short story and thinking, Oh my god, I sold something for fifty dollars! That gives me the authority to say I'm a writer and to actually write more things! It legitimized the activity. Chuck Palahniuk

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