12 Quotes From Author Chuck Palahniuk

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12 Quotes From Author Chuck Palahniuk

12 Quotes From Author Chuck Palahniuk

Chuck Palahniuk hit fame and fortune after his late 90s novel, Fight Club, was turned into a cult film. Palahniuk is one of the busiest authors working today, seemingly pumping out a book a year, each one just as depraved and darkly comedic as the last.

Here are some thoughts from Palahniuk, who is never one to shy away from what he thinks…

1. “The unreal is more powerful than the real, because nothing is as perfect as you can imagine it, because it’s 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.”

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2. “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.”

3. “Destruction is always an attractive idea. My brother and I used to spend weeks making models of cities so that we could destroy them in 15 minutes. There’s a fantastic joy in destroying something that you’ve meticulously built. Then you’re free to build a new thing. Destruction and creation… they’re inseparable.”

4. “For me and my entire generation, we took on this kind of sarcastic, ironic, snarkiness because it seemed the most extreme reaction to the earnestness of hippies.”

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5. “The act of writing is a way of tricking yourself into revealing something that you would never consciously put into the world. Sometimes I’m shocked by the deeply personal things I’ve put into books without realizing it.”

6. “If there had been zombies on the iceberg when the Titanic hit it, that would have made a much better movie.”

7. “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.”

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8. “I wanted to write about the moment when your addictions no longer hide the truth from you. When your whole life breaks down. That’s the moment when you have to somehow choose what your life is going to be about.”

9. “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?”

10. “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.”

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11. “Sometimes the very best way to deal with unpleasant things is to depict them in ways that allow people to laugh at them and destroy the power of unsayable things, rather than refusing to acknowledge them.”

12. “We’re so much more likely to feel sympathy for an animal than another person; thus, the best fiction uses animals to define truly human behavior.”

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