Motivational Quotes from Chuck Palahniuk

Find joy in everything you choose to do. Every job, relationship, home… it’s your responsibility to love it, or change it.

Chuck Palahniuk

Our Generation has had no Great war, no Great Depression. Our war is spiritual. Our depression is our lives.

Chuck Palahniuk

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

Chuck Palahniuk

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.

Chuck Palahniuk

The trick to forgetting the big picture is to look at everything close-up.

Chuck Palahniuk

If you knew that your life was merely a phase or short, short segment of your entire existence, how would you live? Knowing nothing ‘real’ was at risk, what would you do? You’d live a gigantic, bold, fun, dazzling life. You know you would. That’s what the ghosts want us to do – all the exciting things they no longer can.

Chuck Palahniuk

Sometimes you do something, and you get screwed. Sometimes it’s the things you don’t do, and you get screwed.

Chuck Palahniuk

The only way to find true happiness is to risk being completely cut open.

Chuck Palahniuk

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

Chuck Palahniuk

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.

Chuck Palahniuk

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.

Chuck Palahniuk

Personal identity seems like it’s just such an American archetype, from Holly Golightly re-inventing herself in ‘Breakfast At Tiffany’s’ to Jay Gatsby in ‘The Great Gatsby.’ It seems like the sort of archetypal American issue. If you’re given the freedom to be anything, or be anyone, what do you do with it?

Chuck Palahniuk

If you flee from the things you fear, there’s no resolution.

Chuck Palahniuk

We’re making the same mistakes we made 1,000 years ago. So they must be the right ones. So relax.

Chuck Palahniuk

If you don’t know what you want, you end up with a lot you don’t.

Chuck Palahniuk

I’m always trying to reach a transcendent point, a romantic point, but reach it in a really unconventional way, a really profane way. To get to that romantic, touching, heartbreaking place, but through a lot of acts of profanity.

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

Did perpetual happiness in the Garden of Eden maybe get so boring that eating the apple was justified?

Chuck Palahniuk

People used what they called a telephone because they hated being close together and they were scared of being alone.

Chuck Palahniuk

Everyone smiles with that invisible gun to their head.

Chuck Palahniuk

The best thing about getting a flu shot is that you never again need to wash your hands. That’s how I see it.

Chuck Palahniuk

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

Chuck Palahniuk

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.

Chuck Palahniuk

The bright future is that readers are accepting more varied forms of stories.

Chuck Palahniuk

The best fights don’t occur between strangers. They occur between friends who trust each other.

Chuck Palahniuk

We are not special. We are not crap or trash, either. We just are. We just are, and what happens just happens.

Chuck Palahniuk

We don’t see a lot of models for male social interaction. There’s sports and barn raisings.

Chuck Palahniuk

I know that I’m going to die and that you’re going to die. I can’t do anything about that. But I can explore it through a metaphor and make a kind of funny, dark story about it, and in doing so, really exhaust and research as many aspects of it as I can imagine. And in a way, that does give me some closure.

Chuck Palahniuk

If I can’t be beautiful, I want to be invisible.

Chuck Palahniuk

In 2008, while the film version of my book ‘Choke’ was coming to market, my mother was diagnosed with lung cancer. That meant that I had to appear in public to promote a comedy about a son trying to save his dying mother – the plot of Choke – while privately I was caring for my own dying mother. It was torture.

Chuck Palahniuk

A good story should make you laugh, and a moment later break your heart.

Chuck Palahniuk

The world of American politics is more contentious than it has ever been in my lifetime.

Chuck Palahniuk

I live by fallacy. ‘If I get enough nice Ikea furniture, I’ll be a grown-up.’ Then I catch myself. Or, ‘If I get off by myself, away from the stress of modern life, I’ll be OK.’ Then I catch myself.

Chuck Palahniuk

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.

Chuck Palahniuk

Of the big horror movies of the ’70s, you have ‘The Omen,’ ‘The Sentinel,’ ‘Rosemary’s Baby,’ ‘The Stepford Wives,’ ‘Burnt Offerings’ – these are all romantic fatalist movies where there’s a sort of glimmer of hope… but darkness wins.

Chuck Palahniuk

Sticking feathers up your butt does not make you a chicken.

Chuck Palahniuk

I like to get people moving and jumping. I think it’s good to add more emotion and chaos.

Chuck Palahniuk

Maybe humans are just the pet alligators that God flushed down the toilet.

Chuck Palahniuk

My private history in terms of people in my life who are dead is very easy to discuss. I don’t feel those people can be threatened or intruded upon now. But I am enormously protective of the people who are currently in my life, my existing friends and family. That is where the curtain is drawn.

Chuck Palahniuk

In ‘Diary,’ the motto really is: ‘Where Do You Get Your Inspiration?’ It coaches us to be aware of our motives and not just be a reaction to the circumstances around us.

Chuck Palahniuk

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.

Chuck Palahniuk

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.

Chuck Palahniuk

Think about George Orwell’s three-minute hate from the novel ‘1984’ and how that left everyone sort of exhausted and able to live their boring humdrum lives. If our lives are going to continue being unfulfilled and boring, perhaps we do need some sort of short-term violent chaos incorporated into them, to make them more palatable.

Chuck Palahniuk

I come from generations of farmers.

Chuck Palahniuk

What is the real purpose behind the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus? They seem like greater steps toward faith and imagination, each with a payoff. Like cognitive training exercises.

Chuck Palahniuk

Find out what you’re afraid of and go live there.

Chuck Palahniuk

What we don’t understand we can make mean anything.

Chuck Palahniuk

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.

Chuck Palahniuk

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

Chuck Palahniuk

If I could wake up in a different place, at a different time, could I wake up as a different person?

Chuck Palahniuk

More and more, it feels like I’m doing a really bad impersonation of myself.

Chuck Palahniuk

Every author has to eventually write a food book.

Chuck Palahniuk

My grandfather was hit over the head by a crane boom in Seattle. Some of the family claimed he was never a violent, crazy person before that. Some say he was. It depends who you believe.

Chuck Palahniuk

The only difference between suicide and martyrdom is press coverage.

Chuck Palahniuk

I dread the promotion part of my job. It’s agony, especially compared to the private, at-home joy of writing. But being a grown-up means doing every part of the larger task.

Chuck Palahniuk

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.

Chuck Palahniuk

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

Chuck Palahniuk

Do you remember when you were 10 or 11 years old and you really thought your folks were the best? They were completely omniscient and you took their word for everything. And then you got older and you went through this hideous age when suddenly they were the devil, they were bullies, and they didn’t know anything.

Chuck Palahniuk

The first step to eternal life is you have to die.

Chuck Palahniuk

My teacher Tom Spanbauer, the man who got me started writing in his workshop, used to say: ‘Writers write because they weren’t invited to a party.’ That always struck so true, and people always nod their heads when they hear that. Especially writers.

Chuck Palahniuk

That saying, about how you always kill the thing you love, well, it works both ways.

Chuck Palahniuk

If you take my stuff apart, you’ll find my choruses of repetitions are picked up almost verbatim from Kurt Vonnegut, and my distanced fracture quality is all from Amy Hempel, who’s probably my favourite writer.

Chuck Palahniuk

There’s a moment in every book when the book turns and it surprises me.

Chuck Palahniuk

People would ask me to autograph their bodies and then the next time I’d see them on tour they’d have my autograph tattooed. I decided I wouldn’t write on people anymore, but I’d give them arms and legs and if they wanted those autographed I’d do that.

Chuck Palahniuk

My goal is never to make fun of religion.

Chuck Palahniuk

I don’t think ‘Guts’ could get financed as a movie.

Chuck Palahniuk

I’m trying to make order out of chaos, trying to find some way of rationalising the horrific things that people do or the way the world is.

Chuck Palahniuk

I wouldn’t get nearly as many books written if I lived in New York. The Columbia Gorge is fantastic. When the sun shines, I just want to be outdoors.

Chuck Palahniuk

Anytime my work can coax bodily fluids out of someone, I’m happy.

Chuck Palahniuk

Few things in life seem more sexy than a banned book.

Chuck Palahniuk

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.

Chuck Palahniuk

In a way, a lot of my humor comes from presenting things that are dramatic or shocking and then people not having socially appropriate responses, having people denying the drama by failing to react to it, and that’s a really classic form of humor.

Chuck Palahniuk

When working, my diet degrades to pizza three times a day, because I don’t want to distract myself from anything.

Chuck Palahniuk

It seems that so much writing is being done in the nineteenth-century model, where every connection has to be thoroughly explained.

Chuck Palahniuk

I really love idiot, enlightened characters – these characters who fail to engage with the drama of their immediate circumstances; they fail to be reactive and enrolled by drama as it happens around them.

Chuck Palahniuk

When I first started writing, it was me alone with a computer in my apartment. I hated the time away from other people, and my writing sucked. Now I have a laptop; I can do the most tedious part of my job in a public place.

Chuck Palahniuk

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

Chuck Palahniuk

Any real belief in death is just wishful thinking.

Chuck Palahniuk

In books, you can just wallow in dialogue, and you can just wallow in written words. In screenplays, every line has to serve the purpose of the line that’s implied before it and the line that’s implied after it. Maybe five lines have to do the work of fifty lines.

Chuck Palahniuk

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

Chuck Palahniuk