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Chuck Palahniuk Inspirational & Motivational Quotes

  • I think, in a way, I invented the term ‘fight club’ and that these things have always existed, but they never really had a label. Nobody had a language to apply to them. I created that language in two words and I’ve been paid a great deal of money for inventing two words and labeling something that has always been around. – Chuck Palahniuk
  • My private history in terms of people in my life who are dead is very easy to discuss. I don’t feel those people can be threatened or intruded upon now. But I am enormously protective of the people who are currently in my life, my existing friends and family. That is where the curtain is drawn. – Chuck Palahniuk
  • What is the real purpose behind the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus? They seem like greater steps toward faith and imagination, each with a payoff. Like cognitive training exercises. – 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
  • Men are destroyed for being rebellious, and women destroy themselves by failing to be rebellious. Unless you can make that next jump to either getting along with people or resisting people, you are ultimately destroying yourself. – Chuck Palahniuk
  • If you start in the pit of despair with these profane, awful things, even a glimmer of hope or awareness is going to occur that’s much brighter coming from this dark, awful beginning. – Chuck Palahniuk
  • We don’t see a lot of models for male social interaction. There’s sports and barn raisings. – Chuck Palahniuk
  • My grandfather was hit over the head by a crane boom in Seattle. Some of the family claimed he was never a violent, crazy person before that. Some say he was. It depends who you believe. – Chuck Palahniuk
  • When did the future switch from being a promise to a threat? – Chuck Palahniuk
  • A big reason why I started writing is I felt that fiction had stopped evolving. All other entertainments were getting better, constantly, as technology allowed. Movies. Video games. Music. – Chuck Palahniuk
  • My father worked for the railroad, and whenever a train crashed, we would go as a family and steal food from the boxcars. One year we stole a case of butterscotch pudding that was for export to Israel. It took us years to get through. – Chuck Palahniuk
  • I’m always trying to reach a transcendent point, a romantic point, but reach it in a really unconventional way, a really profane way. To get to that romantic, touching, heartbreaking place, but through a lot of acts of profanity. – Chuck Palahniuk
  • My favorite books to give or get are short story collections. And always paperbacks because they are easy to carry as you travel. – Chuck Palahniuk
  • The only way to find true happiness is to risk being completely cut open. – Chuck Palahniuk
  • With a book, you’re guaranteed the audience has a certain skill level and that the audience has to make an ongoing effort to consume this product and that the project is being consumed by just one person at a time. I really want to play to that strength because it’s one of the few advantages books still have. – Chuck Palahniuk
  • The world of American politics is more contentious than it has ever been in my lifetime. – Chuck Palahniuk
  • Once religion has been dismissed by primarily an intellectual class of people, we lose the really useful social functions of religion… What replaces it might be worse than what we throw away. – 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
  • The folks who read my books are so passionate about each one of them that the people making my movies are more afraid of my readership than they are of me. – Chuck Palahniuk
  • Our Generation has had no Great war, no Great Depression. Our war is spiritual. Our depression is our lives. – Chuck Palahniuk
  • Maybe humans are just the pet alligators that God flushed down the toilet. – Chuck Palahniuk
  • The best thing about getting a flu shot is that you never again need to wash your hands. That’s how I see it. – Chuck Palahniuk
  • Find joy in everything you choose to do. Every job, relationship, home… it’s your responsibility to love it, or change it. – Chuck Palahniuk
  • Only through destroying myself can I discover the greater power of my spirit. – Chuck Palahniuk
  • My books are always about somebody who is taken from aloneness and isolation – often elevated loneliness – to community. It may be a denigrated community that is filthy and poor, but they are not alone; they are with people. – Chuck Palahniuk
  • Minimalism seems closest to the sophisticated storytelling of movies. Movies have really educated contemporary audiences to be the most intelligent, sophisticated audiences in history. We don’t any longer need to have the relationship between one scene and the next explained. We will figure it out ourselves. – Chuck Palahniuk
  • When working, my diet degrades to pizza three times a day, because I don’t want to distract myself from anything. – 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
  • My goal is more to be remembered. They’ll remember this thing and like it in the future. The trick is to stay remembered long enough for that to happen. – Chuck Palahniuk
  • Find out what you’re afraid of and go live there. – Chuck Palahniuk
  • Some of the best ideas I get seem to happen when I’m doing mindless manual labor or exercise. I’m not sure how that happens, but it leaves me free for remarkable ideas to occur. – Chuck Palahniuk
  • When I first started writing, it was me alone with a computer in my apartment. I hated the time away from other people, and my writing sucked. Now I have a laptop; I can do the most tedious part of my job in a public place. – 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
  • 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
  • The most boring scenes are the scenes where a character is alone. – Chuck Palahniuk
  • Game shows are designed to make us feel better about the random, useless facts that are all we have left of our education. – Chuck Palahniuk
  • Jack Palance was my distant uncle – that’s the family gossip. Growing up, my family knew everything about his face getting burned and scarred in the military and how that mutilation led him to become such a famous ‘heavy’ in films. I prayed for good scars of my own. Not just acne scars. – Chuck Palahniuk
  • In a way, a lot of my humor comes from presenting things that are dramatic or shocking and then people not having socially appropriate responses, having people denying the drama by failing to react to it, and that’s a really classic form of humor. – 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
  • 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
  • I used to work in a funeral home to feel good about myself, just the fact that I was breathing. – Chuck Palahniuk
  • My teacher Tom Spanbauer, the man who got me started writing in his workshop, used to say: ‘Writers write because they weren’t invited to a party.’ That always struck so true, and people always nod their heads when they hear that. Especially writers. – Chuck Palahniuk
  • If you knew that your life was merely a phase or short, short segment of your entire existence, how would you live? Knowing nothing ‘real’ was at risk, what would you do? You’d live a gigantic, bold, fun, dazzling life. You know you would. That’s what the ghosts want us to do – all the exciting things they no longer can. – Chuck Palahniuk
  • Did perpetual happiness in the Garden of Eden maybe get so boring that eating the apple was justified? – Chuck Palahniuk
  • I think that I am responsible for the death of thousands of things and for the misery of thousands of people, just through the things that I buy and how I live my life, and these are not things that ever deserved to die. – 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
  • Meeting authors is kind of the death of the characters. That is always heartbreaking. – Chuck Palahniuk
  • The best fights don’t occur between strangers. They occur between friends who trust each other. – Chuck Palahniuk
  • People used what they called a telephone because they hated being close together and they were scared of being alone. – Chuck Palahniuk
  • My characters tend to be more dynamic because they’re reaching that point in their lives where their old way of being is breaking down. They’re conflicted by the idea that they don’t know what’s next. You could call it Kierkegaard’s leap of faith, when you get tired of sort of reinventing yourself on a very superficial level. – Chuck Palahniuk
  • If nothing else, there’s comfort in recognising that no matter how much we fail and sin, death will limit our suffering. – Chuck Palahniuk
  • Men want to make the best use of time and want to see how something can inform them and give them a stronger sense of power. – Chuck Palahniuk

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