Chuck Palahniuk Quotes
'At the Gates of the Animal Kingdom' by Amy Hempel showed me the lean quality of prose.
'Romance' is based on my entire creative process. I fall in love with an idea, obsess over it, isolate myself with it, and when I eventually introduce it to my friends, they all tell me that it's stupid.
A big reason why I started writing is I felt that fiction had stopped evolving. All other entertainments were getting better, constantly, as technology allowed. Movies. Video games. Music.
A film has to maintain a certain decorum in order to be broadcast to a vast audience.
A good story should make you laugh, and a moment later break your heart.
A minute of perfection was worth the effort. A moment was the most you could ever expect from perfection.
A short story is something that you can hold in your mind. You can really analyze how the entire thing works, like a machine.
All God does is watch us and kill us when we get boring. We must never, ever be boring.
Any 'artist' makes a living by expressing what others can't - because they're unaware of their feelings, they're too afraid to express those feelings, or they lack the skills to communicate and be understood.
Any real belief in death is just wishful thinking.
Anytime my work can coax bodily fluids out of someone, I'm happy.
Arguing that God doesn't exist would be like people in the 10th century arguing that germs and microbes didn't exist because they couldn't see them.
As a lower-class kid, I was raised to think success would be owning stuff. Having that great job, too. Now I find my parents' dream was wrong. You never really own anything. And you're never really finished as a person.
As we grow older I always think, why didn't I do more when I was young, why didn't I risk more?
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.
At the age of 31, I realized, 'Oh my God, I may die like everyone else.'
Being lonely is not a bad thing for a writer.
Crap has always happened, crap is happening, and crap will continue to happen.
David Fincher is a genius.
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.
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February 21, 1962
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