Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

by Catherine Chiu

  • Look up into the stars and you’re gone.
  • One minute was enough. A person had to work hard for it, but a minute of perfection was worth the effort. A moment was the most you could ever expect from perfection.
  • All her life she never saw a dead person. There was no real sense of life because she had nothing to contrast it with.
  • Then you’re trapped in your lovely nest, and the things you used to own , now they own you.
  • Maybe self-improvement isn’t the answer. Maybe self-destruction is the answer.
  • Cancer will be like that. There will be mistakes, and maybe the point is not to forget the rest of yourself if one little part might go bad.
  • There are a lot of things we don’t want to know about the people we love.
  • I’m breaking my attachment to physical power and possessions because only through destroying myself can I discover the greater power of my spirit.
  •      “What you have to consider,” he says, “is the possibility that God doesn’t like you.
         Could be, God hates us. This is not the worst thing that can happen.”
         How Tyler saw it was that getting God’s attention for being bad was better than getting no attention at all. Maybe because God’s hate is better than His indifference.
         If you could be either God’s worst enemy or nothing, which would you choose?
         We are God’s middle children, according to Tyler Durden, with no special place in history and no special attention.
         Unless we get God’s attention, we have no hope of damnation or redemption.
         Which is worse, hell or nothing?
         Only if we’re caught and punished can we be saved.
         “Burn the Louvre,” the mechanic says, “and wipe your ass with the Mona Lisa. This way at least, God would know our names.”
         The lower you fall, the higher you’ll fly. The farther you run, the more God wants you back.
  • We want you, not your money. As long as you’re at fight club, you’re not how much money you’ve got in the bank. You’re not your job. You’re not your family, and you’re not who you tell yourself. You’re not your name. You’re not your problems. You’re not your age. You are not your hopes.
  • We don’t have a great war in our generation, or a great depression, but we do, we have a great war of the spirit. We have a great revolution against the culture. The great depression is our lives. We have a spiritual depression.
  • We have to show these men and women freedom by enslaving them, and show them courage by frightening them.
  • Only in death will we have our own names since only in death are we no longer part of the effort. In death we become heroes.
  • That old saying, about how you always kill the thing you love, well, it works both ways.
  • We’re not special.
    We’re not crap or trash, either.
    We just are.
    We just are, and what happens just happens.