Chuck Palahniuk

We're making the same mistakes we made 1,000 years ago. So they must be the right ones. So relax.Chuck Palahniuk

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No matter how much you think you love somebody, you'll step back when the pool of their blood edges up too close.Chuck Palahniuk

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People don't want their lives fixed. Nobody wants their problems solved. Their dramas. Their distractions. Their stories resolved. Their messed cleaned up. Because what would they have left? Just the big scary unknown.Chuck Palahniuk

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When did the future switch from being a promise to a threat?Chuck Palahniuk

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You have no idea what it is like to constantly disappoint people. You see it the moment you meet them. You see in their eyes that they expected something so entirely different, and here they are meeting... you.Chuck Palahniuk

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In 'Diary,' the motto really is: 'Where Do You Get Your Inspiration?' It coaches us to be aware of our motives and not just be a reaction to the circumstances around us.Chuck Palahniuk

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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

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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

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My goal is to create a metaphor that changes our reality by charming people into considering their world in a different way.Chuck Palahniuk

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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

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Nobody's told me anything to date that I've been completely reviled by.Chuck Palahniuk

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I'm trying to make order out of chaos, trying to find some way of rationalising the horrific things that people do or the way the world is.Chuck Palahniuk

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Where would Jesus be if no one had written the gospels?Chuck Palahniuk

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The only way to find true happiness is to risk being completely cut open.Chuck Palahniuk

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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

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Maybe humans are just the pet alligators that God flushed down the toilet.Chuck Palahniuk

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Do you remember when you were 10 or 11 years old and you really thought your folks were the best? They were completely omniscient and you took their word for everything. And then you got older and you went through this hideous age when suddenly they were the devil, they were bullies, and they didn't know anything.Chuck Palahniuk

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You can tell a more over-the-top incredible story if you use a nonfiction form.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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At school I was lazy. But I started working when I was 15, washing dishes at a local truck stop restaurant. I was really, really bored with school, and I wanted to get a job as fast as I could. School was just so easy. There was just no challenge to it.Chuck Palahniuk

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We don't see a lot of models for male social interaction. There's sports and barn raisings.Chuck Palahniuk

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Think about George Orwell's three-minute hate from the novel '1984' and how that left everyone sort of exhausted and able to live their boring humdrum lives. If our lives are going to continue being unfulfilled and boring, perhaps we do need some sort of short-term violent chaos incorporated into them, to make them more palatable.Chuck Palahniuk

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I think it's more important to write something that brings men back to reading than it is to write for people who already read. There's a reason men don't read, and it's because books don't serve men. It's time we produce books that serve men.Chuck Palahniuk

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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

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The trick to forgetting the big picture is to look at everything close-up.Chuck Palahniuk

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You are not a beautiful, unique snowflake... This is your life, and it's ending one minute at a time.Chuck Palahniuk

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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

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

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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

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Our Generation has had no Great war, no Great Depression. Our war is spiritual. Our depression is our lives.Chuck Palahniuk

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