Originally published in 1996, this social satire novel, if controversial, by Chuck Palahniuk still to this day (which is 2016, let me remind you that) retains its relevance in terms of questions brought up therein. We’re talking 20 years of the novel being in circulation. Isn’t that something?
Books like “Fight Club” have a straightforward way of hitting the nail on its head in terms of addressing thorny issues of our mundane lives. It seems that we as a mankind didn’t make any progress towards actually dealing with the mess we’re currently in. Spiritually, socially, financially, morally we are at loss, we are sick and tired of our lives as they are.
You may beg to differ with my opinion above, it’s alright, no hard feelings, I understand.
I am Joe’s Cold Indifference.
Having read “Fight Club” (which is real a page-turner), I decided to put out some great quotes I had come across in reading the book.
At points, language might be strong, it is what it is. Be sure not to faint reading the quotes below. Hey, prude souls, yes you right there, you shouldn’t be reading books like this to begin with. You’ve been warned. Make sure to be holding onto something or sitting with your duff on some hard surface while reading. Things may happen you never imagined could happen.
I am Joe’s Unnecessary Precautiousness.
Sometimes some thoughts are best articulated through adding a tad bit of vulgarity. Quotes from “Fight Club” just as the book itself are case in point, which doesn’t take away any philosophical value from the book.
And by the way, how come you are even reading about “Fight Club”? It could only mean that some folks have been breaking at least the first two rules of Fight Club!
Yes, the quotes are to be found below (at long last, man):
the feeling you get is that you’re one of those space monkeys. You do the little job you’re trained to do. Pull a lever. Push a button. You don’t understand any of it, and then you just die.
Maybe we would become a legend, maybe not. No, I say, but wait. Where would Jesus be if no one had written the gospels?
That old saying, how you always kill the one you love, well, look, it works both ways.
On a long enough time line, the survival rate for everyone will drop to zero.
This is your life, and it’s ending one minute at a time.
One minute was enough, Tyler said, 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.
the things you used to own, now they own you.
“If you don’t know what you want,” the doorman said, “you end up with a lot you don’t.”
Nothing is static. Even the Mona Lisa is falling apart. Since fight club, I can wiggle half the teeth in my jaw. Maybe self-improvement isn’t the answer.
- You do not talk about FIGHT CLUB.
- You DO NOT talk about FIGHT CLUB.
- If someone says “stop” or goes limp, taps out the fight is over.
- Only two guys to a fight.
- One fight at a time.
- No shirts, no shoes.
- Fights will go on as long as they have to.
- If this is your first night at FIGHT CLUB, you HAVE to fight.
My father never went to college so it was really important I go to college. After college, I called him long distance and said, now what? My dad didn’t know. When I got a job and turned twenty-five, long distance, I said, now what? My dad didn’t know, so he said, get married. I’m a thirty-year-old boy, and I’m wondering if another woman is really the answer I need.
What you see at fight club is a generation of men raised by women.
After you’ve been to fight club, watching football on television is watching pornography when you could be having great sex.
The gyms you go to are crowded with guys trying to look like men, as if being a man means looking the way a sculptor or an art director says.
Ever since college, I make friends. They get married. I lose friends.
“It’s only after you’ve lost everything,” Tyler says, “that you’re free to do anything.”
There are a lot of things we don’t want to know about the people we love.
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.
Everyone has something wrong.
You don’t care where I live or how I feel, or what I eat or how I feed my kids or how I pay the doctor if I get sick, and yes I am stupid and bored and weak, but I am still your responsibility.
Maybe we should always assume the worst.
If you know where to look, there are bodies buried everywhere.
“I see the strongest and the smartest men who have ever lived,” he says, his face outlined against the stars in the driver’s window, “and these men are pumping gas and waiting tables.”
“What you end up doing,” the mechanic says, “is you spend your life searching for a father and God.” “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.”
If you’re male and you’re Christian and living in America, your father is your model for God. And if you never know your father, if your father bails out or dies or is never at home, what do you believe about God?
You have a class of young strong men and women, and they want to give their lives to something. Advertising has these people chasing cars and clothes they don’t need. Generations have been working in jobs they hate, just so they can buy what they don’t really need.
We are the middle children of history, raised by television to believe that someday we’ll be millionaires and movie stars and rock stars, but we won’t.
That old saying, about how you always kill the thing you love, well, it works both ways. And it does work both ways.
If you’re male, and you’re Christian and living in America, your father is your model for God. And sometimes you find your father in your career.
Hey, thanks for reading the article!
Did I happen to miss any interesting quotes you believe just absolutely have to be among the quotes of my choice above? Write away in the comments below to your heart’s content.