13 Amazing Chuck Palahniuk Quotes

It’s no secret that Chuck Palahniuk is one of my favorite authors. I did a whole post about it here. I lovelovelove his books, and will read anything he writes pretty much on principal. Hell, I have tattoos from several of his books.

Part of the magic is that he has particular lines and/or moments in books that could make you think for hours. I have spent a fair amount of time reflecting on/crying over some of these.

So! Without further adieu, here are 13 of my favorite Chuck Palahniuk quotes/moments!

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“All God does is watch us and kill us when we get boring. We must never, ever be boring.” 

13 Chuck Palahniuk Quotes

Invisible Monsters

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“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.”

Choke

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“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. You are not your fucking khakis. You are all singing, all dancing crap of the world.” 

Fight Club

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“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. 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.
This is all practice.” 

Invisible Monsters

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“Rant goes, “Really, truly with her whole entire heart, does Echo hate somebody?”
I go, doesn’t Rant mean “love”?
And Rant shrugs and says, “Ain’t it the same thing?”

Rant

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“No, whether a woman is a concubine to fuck or a damsel to redeem, she’s always just some passive object to fulfill a man’s purpose.” 

Snuff

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“Death is a long process,” Archer says. “Your body is just the first part of you that croaks.” Meaning: Beyond that, your dreams have to die. Then your expectations. And your anger about investing a lifetime in learning shit and loving people and earning money, only to have all that crap come to basically nothing. Really, your physical body dying is the easy part. Beyond that, your memories must die. And your ego. Your pride and shame and ambition and hope, all that Personal Identity Crap can take centuries to expire.” 

Damned

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“A girl calls and asks, “Does it hurt very much to die?”
“Well, sweetheart,” I tell her, “yes, but it hurts a lot more to keep living.” 

Survivor
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“No matter how much you think you love somebody, you’ll step back when the pool of their blood edges up too close.” 
13 Chuck Palahniuk Quotes
Invisible Monsters
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“All the effort in the world won’t matter if you’re not inspired.”
Diary
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“The difference between how you look and how you see yourself is enough to kill most people. And maybe the reason vampires don’t die is because they can never see themselves in photographs or mirrors.” 
Haunted
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“In a world where vows are worthless. Where making a pledge means nothing. Where promises are made to be broken, it would be nice to see words come back into power.” 
13 Chuck Palahniuk Quotes
Lullaby
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What about you?

What’s your favorite Palahniuk quote or poem?

16 Delightfully Depressing John Green Quotes

16 Delightfully Depressing John Green Quotes

Is it even possible to not love John Green? I don’t think so.

I loved his writing immediately, starting with Looking For Alaska which I read well out of my teen years and still adored.

And then I fell in love with him as a person, after having stalked some of his social media.

My new reason to love him is Crash Course, a YouTube show put together by John and his brother, Hank. I’ve watched Crash Course Literature in its entirety, and dabbled in others (U.S. History, World History). They even have science ones, if you’re into that shit.

Regardless, all these reasons to love him well make up for the reasons to dislike him, like the ending of The Fault in Our Stars, which caused me to say aloud, “Oh fuck you, John Green.”

Anyway, here are sixteen of my favorite John Green quotes!

 

Looking For Alaska

“You just use the future to escape the present.”
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“It always shocked me when I realized that I wasn’t the only person in the world who thought and felt such strange and awful things.”
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“And then something invisible snapped insider her, and that which had come together commenced to fall apart.”

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“We are all going, I thought, and it applies to turtles and turtlenecks, Alaska the girl and Alaska the place, because nothing can last, not even the earth itself. The Buddha said that suffering was caused by desire, we’d learned, and that the cessation of desire meant the cessation of suffering. When you stopped wishing things wouldn’t fall apart, you’d stop suffering when they did.”

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The Fault in Our Stars

I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.”
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“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”
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Quote by John Green - The Fault in Our Stars

It would be a privilege to have my heart broken by you.”
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“Some tourists think Amsterdam is a city of sin, but in truth it is a city of freedom. And in freedom, most people find sin.”
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An Abundance of Katherines

“What is the point of being alive if you don’t at least try to do something remarkable?”
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“You don’t remember what happened. What you remember becomes what happened.”

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Paper Towns

“What a treacherous thing to believe that a person is more than a person.”
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“It is so hard to leave—until you leave. And then it is the easiest goddamned thing in the world.”
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Quote by John Green - Paper Towns

“As long as we don’t die, this is gonna be one hell of a story.”

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“Isn’t it also that on some fundamental level we find it difficult to understand that other people are human beings in the same way that we are? We idealize them as gods or dismiss them as animals.”

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Will Grayson, Will Grayson

Quote by John Green - Will Grayson, Will Grayson

“Some people have lives; some people have music.”

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“When things break, it’s not the actual breaking that prevents them from getting back together again. It’s because a little piece gets lost – the two remaining ends couldn’t fit together even if they wanted to. The whole shape has changed.”

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And One I Just Like Though It Came From No Book 🙂

“…because nerds like us are allowed to be unironically enthusiastic about stuff… Nerds are allowed to love stuff, like jump-up-and-down-in-the-chair-can’t-control-yourself love it. Hank, when people call people nerds, mostly what they’re saying is ‘you like stuff.’ Which is just not a good insult at all. Like, ‘you are too enthusiastic about the miracle of human consciousness’.”

What About You?

What’s your favorite John Green book/moment/quote?

 

 



 

14 Quotes from Books About War

14 Quotes from Books About War

I have been collecting these for a while, while reading my favorite war novels. Some, like Slaughterhouse-Five, I love and read over and over. Some, like All Quiet on the Western Front, were far too devastating and while I adore them for what they are, I don’t know that I’ll be reading them again.

Today seems as apt as any to share these quotes from books about war:

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“And I asked myself about the present: how wide it was, how deep it was, how much was mine to keep.”
Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Slaughterhouse-Five

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“It is just an illusion here on Earth that one moment follows another one, like beads on a string, and that once a moment is gone, it is gone forever.”
Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Slaughterhouse-Five

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“I’ve always envied people who sleep easily. Their brains must be cleaner, the floorboards of the skull well swept, all the little monsters closed up in a steamer trunk at the foot of the bed.”

David Benioff, City of Thieves 

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“Anything worth dying for … is certainly worth living for.”
Joseph Heller, Catch-22

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“’Why are they going to disappear him?’
‘I don’t know.’
‘It doesn’t make sense. It isn’t even good grammar.’”
Joseph Heller, Catch-22

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“Life’s under no obligation to give us what we expect. We take what we get and are thankful it’s no worse than it is.”
Margaret Mitchell, Gone With the Wind

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“But now, for the first time, I see you are a man like me. I thought of your hand-grenades, of your bayonet, of your rifle; now I see your wife and your face and our fellowship. Forgive me, comrade. We always see it too late. Why do they never tell us that you are poor devils like us, that your mothers are just as anxious as ours, and that we have the same fear of death, and the same dying and the same agony–Forgive me, comrade; how could you be my enemy?”

Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front

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“While it is better to be loved than hated, it is also far better to be hated than ignored.”

Viet Thanh Nguyen, The Sympathizer

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Quote from This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

“I don’t want to repeat my innocence. I want the pleasure of losing it again.”

F. Scott Fitzgerald, This Side of Paradise

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“They carried the sky. The whole atmosphere, they carried it, the humidity, the monsoons, the stink of fungus and decay, all of it, they carried gravity.”
Tim O’Brien, The Things They Carried

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“The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry.”

Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms

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“Like most misery, it started with apparent happiness.”
Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

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“I wanted to tell the book thief many things, about beauty and brutality. But what could I tell her about those things that she didn’t already know? I wanted to explain that I am constantly overestimating and underestimating the human race-that rarely do I ever simply estimate it. I wanted to ask her how the same thing could be so ugly and so glorious, and its words and stories so damning and brilliant.”
Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

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Quote from The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien

“But this too is true: stories can save us.”
Tim O’Brien, The Things They Carried

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Edgar Allan Poe Quotes

13 Creepy and Amazing Edgar Allan Poe Quotes

Edgar Allan Poe was a crazy. We all know this. His poetry does, in my opinion, show an immense capacity for love. (Read Annabel Lee or For Annie.) But most of his short stories are just immensely, delightfully creepy.

He was pretty amazing, too, and it’s worth talking about. He ventured into poetry, fiction, and non-fiction, which is fairly rare.

Certain stanzas of Poe’s poems or lines from his stories can really hit you; make you sit back and think about your life.

Here are 13 quotes in which Poe was the wonderful weirdo we all know and love:

(Don’t worry, none of these are the basics. I tried to go a little lesser known. You won’t see any of the “dream within a dream” stuff.)

 

“Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality.” 

The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket

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Edgar Allan Poe Quote

“I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat.” 

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 “Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.” 
Eleonora

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“I was never really insane except upon occasions when my heart was touched.” 

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“I have absolutely no pleasure in the stimulants in which I sometimes so madly indulge. It has not been in the pursuit of pleasure that I have periled life and reputation and reason. It has been the desperate attempt to escape from torturing memories, from a sense of insupportable loneliness and a dread of some strange impending doom.” 

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“Invisible things are the only realities.” 
Loss of Breath

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“I remained too much inside my head and ended up losing my mind”

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“I would define, in brief, the poetry of words as the rhythmical creation of beauty.”
The Poetic Principle

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“Every poem should remind the reader that they are going to die.”

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Edgar Allan Poe quote The Telltale Heart

I was never kinder to the old man than during the whole week before I killed him.”

The Telltale Heart

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“There was much of the beautiful, much of the wanton, much of the bizarre, something of the terrible, and not a little of that which might have excited disgust.”
The Masque of the Red Death

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“That pleasure which is at once the most pure, the most elevating and the most intense, is derived, I maintain, from the contemplation of the beautiful.”
Poems and Essays

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“In the Heavens above, the angels, whispering to one another, can find, among their burning terms of love, none so devotional as that of ‘Mother.” 

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What about you?

What’s your favorite Poe quote or poem?