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Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “The little boy smiled back at all the angry faces glaring in at him. And the little boy blew kisses.”

The little boy smiled back at all the angry faces glaring in at him. And the little boy blew kisses.

— Chuck Palahniuk



Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “The gyms you go to are crowded with guys trying to look like men, as if being a man means looking the way a sculptor or an art director says.”

The gyms you go to are crowded with guys trying to look like men, as if being a man means looking the way a sculptor or an art director says.

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “Ultimately, everyone is acting out of what they feel is the best choice. In a way, they’re all trying to improve the world. And I think that those basic choices make the world a better place.”

Ultimately, everyone is acting out of what they feel is the best choice. In a way, they’re all trying to improve the world. And I think that those basic choices make the world a better place.

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “Disaster is a natural part of my evolution toward tragedy and dissolution.”

Disaster is a natural part of my evolution toward tragedy and dissolution.

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “I would say any behavior that is not the status quo is interpreted as insanity, when, in fact, it might actually be enlightenment. Insanity is sorta in the eye of the beholder.”

I would say any behavior that is not the status quo is interpreted as insanity, when, in fact, it might actually be enlightenment. Insanity is sorta in the eye of the beholder.

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “He was the kind of boy any young girl should date while she’s still able to recover.”

He was the kind of boy any young girl should date while she’s still able to recover.

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “You cannot be the person they know and the great, glorious person you want to become. Not at the same time.”

You cannot be the person they know and the great, glorious person you want to become. Not at the same time.

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “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.”

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


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “We are a nation of physical animals who have forgotten how much we enjoy being that. We are cushioned by this kind of make-believe, unreal world and have no idea what we can survive because we are never challenged or tested.”

We are a nation of physical animals who have forgotten how much we enjoy being that. We are cushioned by this kind of make-believe, unreal world and have no idea what we can survive because we are never challenged or tested.

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “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.”

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


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “There’s always the chance you could die right in the middle of your life story.”

There’s always the chance you could die right in the middle of your life story.

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “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.”

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


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “The avant-garde in every field consists of the lonely, the friendless, the uninvited. All progress is the product of the unpopular.”

The avant-garde in every field consists of the lonely, the friendless, the uninvited. All progress is the product of the unpopular.

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “The photographer in my head says: Give me peace. Flash. Give me release. Flash.”

The photographer in my head says: Give me peace. Flash. Give me release. Flash.

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “The laws that keep us safe, these same laws condemn us to boredom.”

The laws that keep us safe, these same laws condemn us to boredom.

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “A minute of perfection was worth the effort. A moment was the most you could ever expect from perfection.”

A minute of perfection was worth the effort. A moment was the most you could ever expect from perfection.

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “You spend your entire life becoming God and then you die.”

You spend your entire life becoming God and then you die.

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “Yeah. Well. Whatever. You can’t teach God anything.”

Yeah. Well. Whatever. You can’t teach God anything.

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “History is filled with brilliant people who wanted to fix things and just made them worse.”

History is filled with brilliant people who wanted to fix things and just made them worse.

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “Could you hold the chainsaw a bit closer to your mouth, please?”

Could you hold the chainsaw a bit closer to your mouth, please?

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “If the living are haunted by the dead, then the dead are haunted by their own mistakes.”

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

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “Picture anybody growing up so stupid he didn’t know that hope is just another phase you’ll grow out of.”

Picture anybody growing up so stupid he didn’t know that hope is just another phase you’ll grow out of.

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “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?”

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


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “I disconnect the telephone to keep the outside world in it’s correct place.”

I disconnect the telephone to keep the outside world in it’s correct place.

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “To some of us, the nights are too long. To some, the days.”

To some of us, the nights are too long. To some, the days.

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “Most times, it’s just a lot easier not to let the world know what’s wrong.”

Most times, it’s just a lot easier not to let the world know what’s wrong.

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “Idiot people like Angel Delaporte who look for a supernatural reason for ordinary events, those people drive Misty nuts.”

Idiot people like Angel Delaporte who look for a supernatural reason for ordinary events, those people drive Misty nuts.

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “Katherine Kenton remains among the generation of women who feel that the most sincere form of flattery is the male erection.”

Katherine Kenton remains among the generation of women who feel that the most sincere form of flattery is the male erection.

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “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.”

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


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “People have to really suffer before they can risk doing what they love.”

People have to really suffer before they can risk doing what they love.

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “Sometimes you do something, and you get screwed. Sometimes it’s the things you don’t do, and you get screwed.”

Sometimes you do something, and you get screwed. Sometimes it’s the things you don’t do, and you get screwed.

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “You can kill a lifetime without feeling anything but skin.”

You can kill a lifetime without feeling anything but skin.

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “After long enough, everyone in the world will be you enemy.”

After long enough, everyone in the world will be you enemy.

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “My life has been about living like a monk and looking like a priest so that people will come up to me and tell me their most appalling stories. They have to make their confession to somebody, and it might as well be me.”

My life has been about living like a monk and looking like a priest so that people will come up to me and tell me their most appalling stories. They have to make their confession to somebody, and it might as well be me.

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “We have pain and hate and love and joy and war in the world because we want them.”

We have pain and hate and love and joy and war in the world because we want them.

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “If it comes down to a choice between being unloved and being vulnerable and sensitive and emotional, then you can just keep your love.”

If it comes down to a choice between being unloved and being vulnerable and sensitive and emotional, then you can just keep your love.

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “The girl traced the outline of her lover’s shadow so she would always have a record of how he looked...”

The girl traced the outline of her lover’s shadow so she would always have a record of how he looked...

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “Regret, Daisy knew, was the only confirmation of a well-lived life. If you didn’t occasionally go too far, you weren’t going anywhere.”

Regret, Daisy knew, was the only confirmation of a well-lived life. If you didn’t occasionally go too far, you weren’t going anywhere.

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “The money is in television. Books are not the dominant medium of our time, so fewer people will create them. In a sad way, books have become a form of “comfort food” we expect to lull us to sleep.”

The money is in television. Books are not the dominant medium of our time, so fewer people will create them. In a sad way, books have become a form of “comfort food” we expect to lull us to sleep.

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “There are bodies buried everywhere you just have to know where to look.”

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

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “Part of her doing suicide intervention is my caseworker has to mix me another gin and tonic.”

Part of her doing suicide intervention is my caseworker has to mix me another gin and tonic.

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “That’s how a scary story works. It echoes some ancient fear. It re-creates some forgotten terror. Something we’d like to think we’ve grown beyond. But it can still scare us to tears. It’s something you’d hoped was healed.”

That’s how a scary story works. It echoes some ancient fear. It re-creates some forgotten terror. Something we’d like to think we’ve grown beyond. But it can still scare us to tears. It’s something you’d hoped was healed.

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “That’s what I love about fire, how it would kill me as quick as anybody else. How it can’t know I’m its mother. It’s so beautiful and powerful and beyond feeling anything for anybody, that’s what I love about fire.”

That’s what I love about fire, how it would kill me as quick as anybody else. How it can’t know I’m its mother. It’s so beautiful and powerful and beyond feeling anything for anybody, that’s what I love about fire.

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “This is our world now, and those ancient people are dead.”

This is our world now, and those ancient people are dead.

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “On the other side of the handrail, the hallway’s gray marble floor looks as if we’ve climbed a stairway through the clouds.”

On the other side of the handrail, the hallway’s gray marble floor looks as if we’ve climbed a stairway through the clouds.

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “Sometimes the past seems too big for the present to hold.”

Sometimes the past seems too big for the present to hold.

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “Honest is how I want to look. The truth doesn’t glitter and shine.”

Honest is how I want to look. The truth doesn’t glitter and shine.

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “I’m never going to have to work. None of my descendants are ever going to have to work; this is going to make me so much money. It was such a letdown when I realized that wasn’t my invention.”

I’m never going to have to work. None of my descendants are ever going to have to work; this is going to make me so much money. It was such a letdown when I realized that wasn’t my invention.

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “No matter what happens, it’s always now.”

No matter what happens, it’s always now.

— Chuck Palahniuk


Chuck Palahniuk Quote: “It’s because we’re so trapped in our culture, in the being of being human on this planet with the brains we have, and the same two arms and legs everybody has. We’re so trapped that any way we could imagine to escape would be just another part of the trap. Anything we want, we’re trained to want.”

It’s because we’re so trapped in our culture, in the being of being human on this planet with the brains we have, and the same two arms and legs everybody has. We’re so trapped that any way we could imagine to escape would be just another part of the trap. Anything we want, we’re trained to want.

— Chuck Palahniuk

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