Quotes by Chuck Palahniuk

The first step - especially for young people with energy and drive and talent, but not money - the first step to controlling your world is to control your culture. To model and demonstrate the kind of world you demand to live in. To write the books. Make the music. Shoot the films. Paint the art.
– Chuck Palahniuk
The trick to forgetting the big picture is to look at everything close-up.
– Chuck Palahniuk
What we don't understand we can make mean anything.
– Chuck Palahniuk
When did the future switch from being a promise to a threat?
– Chuck Palahniuk
Where would Jesus be if no one had written the gospels?
– Chuck Palahniuk
You are not a beautiful, unique snowflake... This is your life, and it's ending one minute at a time.
– Chuck Palahniuk
You gain power by pretending to be weak. By contrast, you make people feel strong. You save people by letting them save you. All you have to do is be fragile and grateful. So stay the underdog. People really need somebody they feel superior to. So stay downtrodden. People need somebody they can send a check at Christmas. So stay poor. Charity isn't the right word, but it's the first word that comes to mind.
– Chuck Palahniuk
You have a choice. Live or die. Every breath is a choice. Every minute is a choice. To be or not to be.
– Chuck Palahniuk
The best way to waste your life, is by taking notes. The easiest way to avoid living is to just watch. Look for the details. Report. Don't participate.
– Chuck Palahniuk
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.
– 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
Your heart is my pinata.
– Chuck Palahniuk
Your birth is a mistake you'll spend your whole life trying to correct.
– Chuck Palahniuk
People have to really suffer before they can risk doing what they love.
– Chuck Palahniuk
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.
– Chuck Palahniuk
The lower you fall, the higher you'll fly.
– Chuck Palahniuk
We all die. The goal isn't to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.
– Chuck Palahniuk
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. Somebody addicted to me. A mutual addiction.
– Chuck Palahniuk
Maybe we have to break everything to make something better out of ourselves.
– Chuck Palahniuk
Only through destroying myself can I discover the greater power of my spirit.
– Chuck Palahniuk