Charles Michael Palahniuk is an American novelist and freelance journalist. Palahniuk writes in the genre of transgressional fiction and who is renowned for his novels ‘Fight Club,’ ‘Choke’ and ‘Lullaby.’ Profoundly inspirational Chuck Palahniuk quotes will encourage you to think a little deeper than you usually would and broaden your perspective.
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Famous Chuck Palahniuk Quotes
Game shows are designed to make us feel better about the random, useless facts that are all we have left of our education.
At the time, my life just seemed too complete, and maybe we have to break everything to make something better out of ourselves.
People have to really suffer before they can risk doing what they love.
If I can’t be beautiful, I want to be invisible.
Only after disaster can we be resurrected. It’s only after you’ve lost everything that you’re free to do anything. Nothing is static, everything is evolving, everything is falling apart.
The one you love and the one who loves you are never, ever the same person.
People just can’t stand not knowing something, she says. Especially men can’t stand not climbing every mountain, mapping everywhere. Labeling everything.
When you get famous, dinner isn’t food anymore; it’s twenty ounces of protein, ten ounces of carbohydrates, salt-free, fat-free, sugar-free fuel.
Whether you clean a stain, a fish, a house, you want to think you’re making the world a better place, but really you’re just letting things get worse.
If you watch close, history does nothing but repeat itself.
Parents are like God because you wanna know they’re out there, and you want them to think well of you, but you really only call when you need something.
Honest is how I want to look. The truth doesn’t glitter and shine.
I hate how I don’t feel real enough unless people are watching.
What I want is to be needed. What I need is to be indispensable to somebody. Who I need is somebody that will eat up all my free time, my ego, my attention.
Nothing of me is original. I am the combined effort of everyone I’ve ever known.
Today is just one of those days the sun comes out to really humiliate you.
Kill myself? Thanks, I say. No thanks. Let’s not rush anything here.
All God does is watch us and kill us when we get boring. We must never, ever be boring.
People you love will die. Nothing you treasure will last forever. And I need to accept and embrace that fact.
I guess that would apply to anybody in the world. What I need is a new story about who I am.
Inspirational Chuck Palahniuk Quotes
We remember almost none of our real childhoods, but we remember everything that happened to sitcom families.
In a world where billions believe their deity conceived a mortal child with a virgin human, it’s stunning how little imagination most people display.
The difference between how you look and how you see yourself is enough to kill most people.
I don’t want to die without any scars.
Letting history tell us how good or bad we are. Letting our past decide our future. Or we can decide for ourselves.
Because nothing is as good as you can imagine it. No one is as beautiful as she is in your head.
We’ll be remembered more for what we destroy than what we create.
It’s so hard to forget pain, but it’s even harder to remember sweetness. We have no scar to show for happiness. We learn so little from peace.
Reality means you live until you die…the real truth is nobody wants reality.
I wanted to destroy everything beautiful I’d never have.
This is your life and it’s ending one moment at a time.
It’s only in drugs or death we’ll see anything new, and death is just too controlling.
All human beings search for either reasons to be good, or excuses to be bad.
Most times, it’s just a lot easier not to let the world know what’s wrong.
If you could be either God’s worst enemy or nothing, which would you choose?
The things you used to own, now they own you.
We’ll never be as young as we are tonight.
The first time you meet someone special, you can count on them one day being dead and in the ground.
Crimes to end all crimes, wars and plagues, preached to be the end of the world. Every year of newspaper announcing another new end of the world.
If I could wake up in a different place, at a different time, could I wake up as a different person?
Have your adventures, make your mistakes, and choose your friends poorly, all these make for great stories.
You had to risk your life to get love. You had to get right to the edge of death to ever be saved
A child who is disillusioned abruptly, by his peers or siblings, being ridiculed for his faith and imagination, may choose never to believe in anything tangible or intangible again.
That’s why I write, because life never works except in retrospect.
Everything is a self portrait. Everything is a diary.
I thought we were a real love relationship. I did. I was very invested in love.
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.
This is what church should feel like.
You are not your job, you’re not how much money you have in the bank. You are not the car you drive. You’re not the contents of your wallet.
Hysteria is impossible without an audience. Panicking by yourself is the same as laughing alone in an empty room. You feel really silly.
To merely observe your culture without contributing to it seems very close to existing as a ghost.
Your birth is a mistake you’ll spend your whole life trying to correct.
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.
More and more, it feels like I’m doing a really bad impersonation of myself.
Our real discoveries come from chaos, from going to the place that looks wrong and stupid and foolish.
What people forget is a journey to nowhere starts with a single step, too.
Who I was before the accident is just a story now. Everything before now, before now, before now, is just a story I carry around.
‘The big reason why folks leave a small town,’ Rant used to say, ‘is so they can moon over the idea of going back.’
If nothing else, there’s comfort in recognizing that no matter how much we fail and sin, death will limit our suffering.
May I never be complete. May I never be content. May I never be perfect.
Amazing Chuck Palahniuk Quotes
Every time you don’t throw yourself down the stairs, that’s a choice. Every time you don’t crash your car, you reenlist.
For years now, I’ve wanted to fall asleep. The sort of slipping off, the giving up, the falling part of sleep. Now sleeping is the last thing I want to do.
Some people are just born human, the rest of us, we take a lifetime to get there.
If you don’t claim your humanity you will become a statistic.
You have to be everything regular people aren’t. Where they fail, you have to go all the way.
What you want to think is your salvation.
If you are reading this then this warning is for you. Every word you read of this useless fine print is another second off your life.
And if you can’t learn yourself to love blood family, then you’ll never truly love.
You know how they say you only hurt the ones you love? Well, it works both ways.
Do you ever wish you’d never been born?
I let go. Lost in oblivion. Dark and silent and complete. I found freedom. Losing all hope was freedom.
Everyone wants to feel special – attain a special status among their peers.
What makes earth feel like hell is our expectation that it should feel like heaven.
The best way is not to fight it, just go. Don’t be trying all the time to fix things.
On a long enough timeline, the survival rate for everyone drops to zero.
You are not special. You’re not a beautiful and unique snowflake. You’re the same decaying organic matter as everything else.
Even if crazed zombies grabbed me in some dark hall one night, even if they tore me apart, at least that wouldn’t be the absolute end.
A person had to work hard for it, but a minute of perfection was worth the effort. A moment was the most you could ever expect from perfection.
You realize you have no control over how you’re perceived.
I wanted to give up the idea I had any control. Shake things up. To be saved by chaos. To see if I could cope, I wanted to force myself to grow again. To explode my comfort zone.
Maybe you don’t go to hell for the things you do. Maybe you go to hell for the things you don’t do.
If you don’t know what you want, you end up with a lot you don’t.
You realize that our mistrust of the future makes it hard to give up the past.
You have a choice. Live or die. Every breath is a choice.
A good story should make you laugh, and a moment later break your heart.
No matter how careful you are, there’s going to be the sense you missed something, the collapsed feeling under your skin that you didn’t experience it all.
No matter how much you think you love somebody, you’ll step back when the pool of their blood edges up too close.
People are all over the world telling their one dramatic story and how their life has turned into getting over this one event.
The trick to forgetting the big picture is to look at everything close-up.
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 all die. The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.
There’s that fallen heart feeling that you rushed right through the moments where you should’ve been paying attention. Well, get used to that feeling. That’s how your whole life will feel some day.
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.
What we don’t understand we can make mean anything.
Everyone smiles with that invisible gun to their head.
What if reality is nothing but some disease?
A child who is never coached with Santa Claus may never develop an ability to imagine. To him, nothing exists except the literal and tangible.
I feel my heart ache, but I’ve forgotten what that feeling means.
When we don’t know who to hate, we hate ourselves.
Imagine how you’d feel if your whole life turned into a job you couldn’t stand.
Only after disaster can we be resurrected.
The lower you fall, the higher you’ll fly.