Sunday, December 27, 2009

16. Mr Palahniuk

There are few authors who can write a single sentence that makes you shiver. Even fewer who can write several. Chuck Palahniuk ends each paragraph with one.
No book since 1984 so aptly describes a dystopian reality, however unintentionally.

My top 10 Chuck quotes:

10. "Your heart is my piƱata."
9. "Another thing is no matter how much you think you love somebody, you'll step back when the pool of their blood edges up too close."
8. "Besides, it happens fast for some people and slow for some, accidents or gravity, but we all end up mutilated."
7. "Just remember, the same as a spectacular Vogue magazine, remember that no matter how close you follow the jumps: Continued on page whatever. 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."
6. "More and more it feels like I'm doing a really bad impersonation of myself."
5. "I want out of the labels. I don't want my whole life crammed into a single word. A story. I want to find something else, unknowable, some place to be that's not on the map. A real adventure.'
A sphinx. A mystery. A blank. Unknown. Undefined."
4. "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."
3. "Let’s look in the mirror. Really look at your face. Look at your eyes, your mouth. This is what you think you know best."
2. "The only way to find true happiness is to risk being completely cut open."
1. "Find out what you're afraid of and go live there."

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