Chuck Palahniuk Quotes & Wallpapers

Chuck Palahniuk
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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
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Some people are just born human, the rest of us, we take a lifetime to get there. Chuck Palahniuk
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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
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Where every day doesn't start with an alarm clock and end with the television. Chuck Palahniuk
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Unless we have that moment of chaos, followed by the emotional release of realization, nothing will be remembered. Chuck Palahniuk
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No matter how much you love someone, you still want to have you own way. Chuck Palahniuk
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It's weird to think the place where we're standing will only be a point in the sky. Chuck Palahniuk
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No matter what happens, it's always now. Chuck Palahniuk
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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
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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
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Each wedding picture was less of a memento than a scar. Proof of some horror movie scenario Katherine Kenton has survived. Chuck Palahniuk
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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
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You are permanent, but this life is not. Chuck Palahniuk
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Love is bullshit. Emotion is bullshit. I am a rock. A jerk. I'm an uncaring asshole and proud of it. Chuck Palahniuk
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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
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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
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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
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Everybody's trying to make every minute of the present last forever. Preserve every second. Chuck Palahniuk
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Everyone has something wrong. And for a while, her heart just sort of flat lined. Chuck Palahniuk
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A shadow of a reflection of an image of an illusion. Chuck Palahniuk
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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
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They assume she was once gorgeously beautiful. Because now she looks so-bad. Chuck Palahniuk
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More and more, it feels like I'm doing a really bad impersonation of myself. Chuck Palahniuk
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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
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All the effort in the world won't matter if you're not inspired. Chuck Palahniuk
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Parenthood is the opiate of the masses. Chuck Palahniuk
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Every generation wants to be the last. Chuck Palahniuk
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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
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Crap has always happened, crap is happening, and crap will continue to happen. Chuck Palahniuk
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Maybe it's our sins that give God consolation when he finally has to give us cancer. Chuck Palahniuk
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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
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Portland is quickly becoming one of those lovely, lush Third World countries where kinda-rich people retire with their money. Chuck Palahniuk
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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
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Reality means you live until you die. The real truth is nobody wants reality. Chuck Palahniuk
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The bright future is that readers are accepting more varied forms of stories. Chuck Palahniuk
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David Fincher is a genius. Chuck Palahniuk
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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
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My writing process isn't a very organized thing. Chuck Palahniuk
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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
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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
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Discovering the 'impossible' ending to a new book makes me sick with joy and relief. Chuck Palahniuk
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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When we don't know who to hate, we hate ourselves. Chuck Palahniuk
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I am Jack's complete lack of surprise. I am Jack's Broken Heart. Chuck Palahniuk
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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
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Sorry, mom. Sorry, God. Chuck Palahniuk
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Nevertheless, if you ask me, most people have children just as their own enthusiasm about life begins to wane. A child allows us to revisit the excitement we once felt about, well... everything. A generation later, our grandkids bump up our enthusiasm yet again. Reproducing is a kind of booster shot to keep us loving life. Chuck Palahniuk
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The only person we'll hate more than each other is ourselves. Chuck Palahniuk
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It is a hundred-year-old witch book, bound in human skin and probably written in ancient cum...YOU lick it! Chuck Palahniuk
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Anybody's true nature is bullshit. There is no human soul. Emotion is bullshit. Love is bullshit. Chuck Palahniuk
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More and more, the hardest part of crying is when I can't stop. Chuck Palahniuk
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If you died right now, how would you feel about your life? Chuck Palahniuk
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No, it's not fair, but what makes Earth feel like Hell is our expectation that it should feel like Heaven. Earth is earth. Dead is dead. You'll find out for yourself soon enough. It won't help the situation for you to get all upset. Chuck Palahniuk
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Rant said that view of time was set up so folks won't live forever. It's the planned obsolescence we've all agreed to...'Nothing says you have to swallow this,' Rant told me. 'You can always just die. Chuck Palahniuk
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Because tanning and steroids are only a problem if you plan to live a long time. Chuck Palahniuk
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In good old Colonial Dunsboro, masochism is a valuable job skill. It is in most jobs. Chuck Palahniuk
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Proof that no investment is yours forever. Chuck Palahniuk
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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
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Any time some well-meaning person forces you to demonstrate you have no talent and rubs your nose in the fact you're a failure at the only dream you ever had, take another drink. Chuck Palahniuk
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