Chuck Palahniuk
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"Charles Michael "Chuck" Palahniuk" is an American novelist and freelance journalist, who describes his work as transgressional fiction.

He is the author of the award-winning novel Fight Club (novel)/Fight Club, which also was made into a Fight Club/feature film. He maintains homes in the states of Oregon and Washington.

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The lower you fall, the higher you'll fly.

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?

We're the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our Great War's a spiritual war... our Great Depression is our lives.

Someone bent on suicide won't have much sense of humor left.

On a long enough timeline. The survival rate for everyone drops to zero.

When we don't know who to hate, we hate ourselves.

We just had a near-life experience!

Masochism is a valuable job skill.

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.

Which is worse: Hell or nothing?

When you don't share your problems, you resent hearing the problems of other people.

All God does is watch us and kill us when we get boring. We must never, ever be boring.

People are all over the world telling their one dramatic story and how their life has turned into getting over this one event. Now their lives are more about the past than their future.

The idea that I can't share my problems with other people makes me not give a shit about their problems.

Why is it you feel like a dope if you laugh alone, but that's usually how you end up crying?

Don't do what you want. Do what you don't want. Do what you're trained not to want. Do the things that scare you the most.

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.

On game shows, some people will take the trip to France, but most people will take the washer dryer pair.

Your birth is a mistake you'll spend your whole life trying to correct.

Your heart is my piñata.

Hysteria is only possible with an audience.

It happens fast for some people and slow for some, accidents or gravity, but we all end up mutilated.

We all die. The goal isn't to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.

The unreal is more powerful than the real, because nothing is as perfect as you can imagine it. because its only intangible ideas, concepts, beliefs, fantasies that last. stone crumbles. wood rots. people, well, they die. but things as fragile as a thought, a dream, a legend, they can go on and on.

Game shows are designed to make us feel better about the random, useless facts that are all we have left of our education.

With a gun stuck in your mouth and the barrel of the gun between your teeth, you can only talk in vowels.

Who you are moment to moment is just a story.

The one you love and the one who loves you are never, ever the same person.

The only reason why we ask other people how their weekend was is so we can tell them about our own weekend.

The most boring thing in the entire world is nudity. The second most boring thing is honesty.

It's not living alone if you keep a rifle under the bed.

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

The best way is not to fight it, just go. Don't be trying all the time to fix things. What you run from only stays with you longer. When you fight something, you only make it stronger.

When nobody will look at you, you can stare a hole in them. Picking out all the little details you'd never stare long enough to get if she'd ever just return your gaze, this, this is your revenge.

If you could be God's worst enemy or nothing, which would you choose?

Being tired isn't the same as being rich, but most times it's close enough.

Nothing of me is original. I am the combined effort of everybody I've ever known.

Your parents, they give you your life, but then they try to give you their life.

The things you own end up owning you.

No fear. No distractions. The ability to let that which does not matter truly slide.

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

You can't base your life on the past or the present. You have to tell me about your future.

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