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Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “Not everything is about money. You didn’t even say, hello. You are not your sad little wallet.”

Not everything is about money. You didn’t even say, hello. You are not your sad little wallet.

— Chuck Palahniuk



Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “Now is the autumn of our ennui.”

Now is the autumn of our ennui.

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “In a world where billions believe their deity conceived a mortal child with a virgin human, it’s stunning how little imagination most people display.”

In a world where billions believe their deity conceived a mortal child with a virgin human, it’s stunning how little imagination most people display.

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “To merely observe your culture without contributing to it seems very close to existing as a ghost.”

To merely observe your culture without contributing to it seems very close to existing as a ghost.

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “As a lower-class kid, I was raised to think success would be owning stuff. Having that great job, too. Now I find my parents’ dream was wrong. You never really own anything. And you’re never really finished as a person.”

As a lower-class kid, I was raised to think success would be owning stuff. Having that great job, too. Now I find my parents’ dream was wrong. You never really own anything. And you’re never really finished as a person.

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “There’s a terrible dark joy when the only person who knows all your secrets is finally dead.”

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

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “According to Plato, we don’t learn anything. Our soul has lived so many lives that we know everything. Teachers and education can only remind us of what we already know.”

According to Plato, we don’t learn anything. Our soul has lived so many lives that we know everything. Teachers and education can only remind us of what we already know.

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “Imagine books and music and movies being filtered and homogenized. Certified. Approved for consumption. People will be happy to give up most of their culture for the assurance that the tiny bit that comes through is safe and clean. White noise.”

Imagine books and music and movies being filtered and homogenized. Certified. Approved for consumption. People will be happy to give up most of their culture for the assurance that the tiny bit that comes through is safe and clean. White noise.

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “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.”

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 Quote: “Because nothing is as good as you can imagine it. No one is as beautiful as she is in your head. Nothing is as exciting as your fantasy.”

Because nothing is as good as you can imagine it. No one is as beautiful as she is in your head. Nothing is as exciting as your fantasy.

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “The government says Rant’s alive because they need a villain. The kids say he’s alive because they need a hero.”

The government says Rant’s alive because they need a villain. The kids say he’s alive because they need a hero.

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “As an artist you organize your life so that you get a chance to paint, a window of time, but that’s no guarantee you’ll create anything worth all your effort. You’re always haunt by the idea you’re wasting your life.”

As an artist you organize your life so that you get a chance to paint, a window of time, but that’s no guarantee you’ll create anything worth all your effort. You’re always haunt by the idea you’re wasting your life.

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “In truth, the degree of anyone’s success depends on how often they can say the word yes and hear the word no.”

In truth, the degree of anyone’s success depends on how often they can say the word yes and hear the word no.

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “A knife, it felt like a knife, and I’d discovered that despite everything that’s happened, I still had an endless untapped potential for getting hurt.”

A knife, it felt like a knife, and I’d discovered that despite everything that’s happened, I still had an endless untapped potential for getting hurt.

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “And the seventh rule is if this is your first night at fight club, you have to fight.”

And the seventh rule is if this is your first night at fight club, you have to fight.

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “Going to work just looked crazy. Eating another meal, ever, made about as much sense as planting tulip bulbs in the shadow of a falling atom bomb.”

Going to work just looked crazy. Eating another meal, ever, made about as much sense as planting tulip bulbs in the shadow of a falling atom bomb.

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “I tiger can smile A snake will say it loves you Lies make us evil.”

I tiger can smile A snake will say it loves you Lies make us evil.

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “My stories tend to bring people from isolation into community – with at least one other person, usually with a whole community of people – so that they find themselves accepted back by a world that they kind of fled from.”

My stories tend to bring people from isolation into community – with at least one other person, usually with a whole community of people – so that they find themselves accepted back by a world that they kind of fled from.

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “Cassie Wright knows, the moment you make yourself available to any man, he starts to take you for granted.”

Cassie Wright knows, the moment you make yourself available to any man, he starts to take you for granted.

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “Help me give up my addiction to Hope.”

Help me give up my addiction to Hope.

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “Anytime my work can coax bodily fluids out of someone, I’m happy.”

Anytime my work can coax bodily fluids out of someone, I’m happy.

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “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.”

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


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “You tell yourself that noise is what defines silence. Without noise, silence would not be golden. Noise is the exception.”

You tell yourself that noise is what defines silence. Without noise, silence would not be golden. Noise is the exception.

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “These stories are ghosts, bringing people back from the dead. Just for a moment. For a visit. Every story is a ghost.”

These stories are ghosts, bringing people back from the dead. Just for a moment. For a visit. Every story is a ghost.

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “Young people want mirrors. Older people want art.”

Young people want mirrors. Older people want art.

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “This is the greatest momemt of your life and your out missing it.”

This is the greatest momemt of your life and your out missing it.

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “Griping isn’t the same as creating something. Rebelling isn’t rebuilding. Ridiculing isn’t replacing. We’ve taken the world apart but we have no idea what to do with the pieces.”

Griping isn’t the same as creating something. Rebelling isn’t rebuilding. Ridiculing isn’t replacing. We’ve taken the world apart but we have no idea what to do with the pieces.

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “Suicide is very contagious.”

Suicide is very contagious.

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “Make me into anything, but just love me.”

Make me into anything, but just love me.

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “It’s funny how the beauty of art has so much more to do with the frame than the artwork itself.”

It’s funny how the beauty of art has so much more to do with the frame than the artwork itself.

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “More and more people are defining themselves not by what they are about, but by what they are against, what they are overcoming, the thing that is wrong with them.”

More and more people are defining themselves not by what they are about, but by what they are against, what they are overcoming, the thing that is wrong with them.

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “Some people still think knowledge is power.”

Some people still think knowledge is power.

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “My inventory of people who can save me is down to just me.”

My inventory of people who can save me is down to just me.

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “We kind of deny the stages of life.”

We kind of deny the stages of life.

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “From famous artists to building contractors, we all want to leave our signature. Our lasting effect. Your life after death. We all want to explain ourselves. Nobody wants to be forgotten.”

From famous artists to building contractors, we all want to leave our signature. Our lasting effect. Your life after death. We all want to explain ourselves. Nobody wants to be forgotten.

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “I’m not so much a good friend as I’m the savior who wants you to worship him forever.”

I’m not so much a good friend as I’m the savior who wants you to worship him forever.

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “And if you can find any way out of our culture, then that’s a trap too. Just wanting to get out of the trap reinforces the trap.”

And if you can find any way out of our culture, then that’s a trap too. Just wanting to get out of the trap reinforces the trap.

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “My books are always about someone obtaining a power to replace the previous sort of power that they held.”

My books are always about someone obtaining a power to replace the previous sort of power that they held.

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “For the most part my friends can always be more entertaining than the tube ever can be.”

For the most part my friends can always be more entertaining than the tube ever can be.

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “Leonardo’s Mona Lisa is just a thousand thousand smears of paint. Michelangelo’s David is just a million hits with a hammer. We’re all of us a million bits put together the right way.”

Leonardo’s Mona Lisa is just a thousand thousand smears of paint. Michelangelo’s David is just a million hits with a hammer. We’re all of us a million bits put together the right way.

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “By the time you read this, you’ll be older than you remember.”

By the time you read this, you’ll be older than you remember.

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “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.”

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


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “Almost all the time, you tell yourself you’re loving somebody when you’re just using them. This only looks like love.”

Almost all the time, you tell yourself you’re loving somebody when you’re just using them. This only looks like love.

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “You realize you have no control over how you’re perceived.”

You realize you have no control over how you’re perceived.

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “This is the worst problem with living history museums. They always leave the best parts out. Like typhus. And opium. And scarlet letters. Shunning. Witch-burning.”

This is the worst problem with living history museums. They always leave the best parts out. Like typhus. And opium. And scarlet letters. Shunning. Witch-burning.

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “Writing is like sex, if it’s difficult you’re not doing it right.”

Writing is like sex, if it’s difficult you’re not doing it right.

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “Optimism is the first symptom that any disease is fatal.”

Optimism is the first symptom that any disease is fatal.

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “This is less teaching than damage control. You may as well paint a house that’s on fire.”

This is less teaching than damage control. You may as well paint a house that’s on fire.

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “Everybody’s trying to make every minute of the present last forever. Preserve every second.”

Everybody’s trying to make every minute of the present last forever. Preserve every second.

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “I write because it’s a way of presenting something without having to be there.”

I write because it’s a way of presenting something without having to be there.

— Chuck Palahniuk

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