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Invisible Monsters

by Chuck Palahniuk

            It’s funny, but when you think about it even the biggest tragic fire is just a sustained chemical reaction.  The oxidation of Joan of Arc. -pg 15

 

            …no matter how much you think you love somebody, you’ll step back when the pool of their blood edges up too close. -pg 15

 

            And married people always think love is the answer. -35

 

            Hysteria is impossible without an audience.  -50

 

            The future is just wasted on some people.  -100

 

            When did the future switch from being a promise to being a threat.  -100

 

            When we don’t know who to hate we hate ourselves.  -104

 

            Nothing of me is original.  I am the combined effort of everybody I’ve ever known.  -104

 

            Game shows are designed to make us feel better about the random, useless facts that are all we have left of our education. -103

 

            Your being born makes your parents God.  You owe them your life, and they can control you.  Then puberty makes you Satan, just because you want something better. -175

 

            … your folks are like God.  You love them and want to make them happy, but you still want to make up your own rules. -203

 

            First your parents, they give you your life, but then they try to give you their life.  -210

 

            If I can’t be beautiful, I want to be invisible.  -214

 

            The world is your cradle and your trap.  -219

 

            Your past is just a story.  And once you realize this it has no power over you.  -adapted

 

            “New carpet,” Denver [Manus] says, “will exude poisonous formaldehyde for up to two years after it’s been laid.”

            Brandy says, “I know that feeling” -230

 

            Everybody here thinks the whole story is about them.  Definitely that goes for everybody in the world.  -272

 

            I wanted the everyday reassurance of being mutilated.  The way a crippled deformed birth-defected disfigured girl can drive her car with the windows open and not car how the wind makes her hair look, that’s the kind of freedom I was after.

            I was tired of staying a lower life form just because of my looks.  Trading on them.  Cheating.  Never getting anything real accomplished, but getting the attention and recognition anyway.  Trapped in a beauty ghetto is how I felt.  Stereotyped.  Robbed of my motivation.

            In this way, Shane, we are very much brother and sister.  This is the biggest mistake I could think would save me.  I wanted to give up the idea that I had any control  Shake things up.  To be saved by chaos.  To  see if I could cope, I wanted to force myself to grow again.  To explode my comfort zone. -286

 

            This makeover would make piercing and tattoos and brandings look so lame, all those little fashion revolts so safe that they themselves only become fashionable.  Those little paper tiger attempts to reject looking good that only end up reinforcing it.  -287