Quotes by Chuck Palahniuk

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What is the real purpose behind the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus? They seem like greater steps toward faith and imagination, each with a payoff. Like cognitive training exercises.

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Personal identity seems like it's just such an American archetype, from Holly Golightly re-inventing herself in 'Breakfast At Tiffany's' to Jay Gatsby in 'The Great Gatsby.' It seems like the sort of archetypal American issue. If you're given the freedom to be anything, or be anyone, what do you do with it?

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Find joy in everything you choose to do. Every job, relationship, home... it's your responsibility to love it, or change it.

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Did perpetual happiness in the Garden of Eden maybe get so boring that eating the apple was justified?

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Our Generation has had no Great war, no Great Depression. Our war is spiritual. Our depression is our lives.

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Of the big horror movies of the '70s, you have 'The Omen,' 'The Sentinel,' 'Rosemary's Baby,' 'The Stepford Wives,' 'Burnt Offerings' - these are all romantic fatalist movies where there's a sort of glimmer of hope... but darkness wins.

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The unreal is more powerful than the real, because nothing is as perfect as you can imagine it, because it's 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.

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I love the power of words - no music or special effects - and I want to demonstrate that power.

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Jack Palance was my distant uncle - that's the family gossip. Growing up, my family knew everything about his face getting burned and scarred in the military and how that mutilation led him to become such a famous 'heavy' in films. I prayed for good scars of my own. Not just acne scars.

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If you knew that your life was merely a phase or short, short segment of your entire existence, how would you live? Knowing nothing 'real' was at risk, what would you do? You'd live a gigantic, bold, fun, dazzling life. You know you would. That's what the ghosts want us to do - all the exciting things they no longer can.

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My only writing ritual is to shave my head bald between writing the first and second drafts of a book. If I can throw away all my hair, then I have the freedom to trash any part of the book on the next rewrite.

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Minimalism seems closest to the sophisticated storytelling of movies. Movies have really educated contemporary audiences to be the most intelligent, sophisticated audiences in history. We don't any longer need to have the relationship between one scene and the next explained. We will figure it out ourselves.

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Your life isn't about doing one perfect 'thing' and then falling down dead. It's more like going to church or writing a book. You do it over and over, always trying to be a little bit better. Then you die.

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At the Gates of the Animal Kingdom' by Amy Hempel showed me the lean quality of prose.

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If you don't believe what other people believe, then they'll accuse you of being nihilistic.

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When I first started writing, it was me alone with a computer in my apartment. I hated the time away from other people, and my writing sucked. Now I have a laptop; I can do the most tedious part of my job in a public place.

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Destruction is always an attractive idea. My brother and I used to spend weeks making models of cities so that we could destroy them in 15 minutes. There's a fantastic joy in destroying something that you've meticulously built. Then you're free to build a new thing. Destruction and creation... they're inseparable.

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My parents divorced about the same time the movie 'The Parent Trap' came out, about two twins at camp who scheme to get their parents back together. I had that same fantasy.

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People would ask me to autograph their bodies and then the next time I'd see them on tour they'd have my autograph tattooed. I decided I wouldn't write on people anymore, but I'd give them arms and legs and if they wanted those autographed I'd do that.

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Arguing that God doesn't exist would be like people in the 10th century arguing that germs and microbes didn't exist because they couldn't see them.

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If nothing else, there's comfort in recognising that no matter how much we fail and sin, death will limit our suffering.

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In 'Diary,' the motto really is: 'Where Do You Get Your Inspiration?' It coaches us to be aware of our motives and not just be a reaction to the circumstances around us.

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Sundays tend to be a day where just I do nothing but visit people. It's kind of like trick-or-treating.

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I think a lot of people saw 'Fight Club' and thought, 'Right, here's our next Che Guevara, here's our next Fidel Castro, here's someone who's going to wave the flag.' And I was like, 'No, it's just a book. And if I beat that drum, if I play that song one more time, I won't have a career.'

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

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One thing I really envy about my friends who have kids is that as their children develop, they're able to revisit their own developmental stages and recognise themselves and undo a lot of things they decided.

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Men want to make the best use of time and want to see how something can inform them and give them a stronger sense of power.

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I think in a way, you're doomed, once you can envision something. You're sort of doomed to make it happen. I've found that the moment I can envision leaving a relationship, that's usually the moment that the relationship starts to fall apart.

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Only through destroying myself can I discover the greater power of my spirit.

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Once religion has been dismissed by primarily an intellectual class of people, we lose the really useful social functions of religion... What replaces it might be worse than what we throw away.

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You are not a beautiful, unique snowflake... This is your life, and it's ending one minute at a time.

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Being lonely is not a bad thing for a writer.

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My characters tend to be more dynamic because they're reaching that point in their lives where their old way of being is breaking down. They're conflicted by the idea that they don't know what's next. You could call it Kierkegaard's leap of faith, when you get tired of sort of reinventing yourself on a very superficial level.

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The best fights don't occur between strangers. They occur between friends who trust each other.

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My father used to call me 'bird bones' and, well, the name fits.

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Few things in life seem more sexy than a banned book.

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Discovering the 'impossible' ending to a new book makes me sick with joy and relief.

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I am enormously uncool. I've made a cottage industry of being uncool. And I'm fine with that.

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I used to work in a funeral home to feel good about myself, just the fact that I was breathing.

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Portland in particular is a cheap enough place to live that you can still develop your passion - painting, writing, music. People seem less status-conscious. Even wealthy people buy second-hand clothes and look a little bit homeless.

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My stories always have these twisted happy endings, and the boy always gets the girl.

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A short story is something that you can hold in your mind. You can really analyze how the entire thing works, like a machine.

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I haven't had television since 1991, and it definitely influences me. As a child of the 1970s, I couldn't hold a narrative in my head; I was lucky if I could hold a joke in my head, because every time you turn on television or radio, it wipes the slate clean - at least in my case.

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I dread the promotion part of my job. It's agony, especially compared to the private, at-home joy of writing. But being a grown-up means doing every part of the larger task.

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Any 'artist' makes a living by expressing what others can't - because they're unaware of their feelings, they're too afraid to express those feelings, or they lack the skills to communicate and be understood.

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We're making the same mistakes we made 1,000 years ago. So they must be the right ones. So relax.

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My books didn't fit a marketing niche.

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Mr. Olsen in the fifth grade made me want to be a writer. He said, 'Chuck, you do this really well. And this is much better than setting fires, so keep it up.' That made me a writer.

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With a book, you're guaranteed the audience has a certain skill level and that the audience has to make an ongoing effort to consume this product and that the project is being consumed by just one person at a time. I really want to play to that strength because it's one of the few advantages books still have.

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I used to work as a volunteer in a hospice, but I don't have any nursing skills or cooking skills or anything, so I was what they call an escort. I would take people to the support groups every night, and I would have to sit sort of on the sidelines so I could take them back to hospice at the end of the meeting.

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If there had been zombies on the iceberg when the Titanic hit it, that would have made a much better movie.

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My best advice for writers is: Have your adventures, make your mistakes, and choose your friends poorly - all these make for great stories.

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I write nothing but contemporary romances.

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For me, writing is a kind of coping mechanism.

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Give me rampant intellectualism as a coping mechanism.

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I want my characters to really overuse their coping mechanisms to the point where they break down within 300 pages.

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Your birth is a mistake you'll spend your whole life trying to correct.

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I believe in something. But I don't believe that anything can hold a grudge for long enough to condemn its creation to eternal punishment. Nobody can hold a grudge that long, even God.

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I think, in a way, I invented the term 'fight club' and that these things have always existed, but they never really had a label. Nobody had a language to apply to them. I created that language in two words and I've been paid a great deal of money for inventing two words and labeling something that has always been around.

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My books are always about somebody who is taken from aloneness and isolation - often elevated loneliness - to community. It may be a denigrated community that is filthy and poor, but they are not alone; they are with people.

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I was born in 1962, and it seems that throughout my entire life the world has demanded peace but maintained conflict.

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So many of our enormous emotional crises are lived through the media. They're lived through movies; they're lived through what we watch on television - they're not actual events in our life.

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Nobody's told me anything to date that I've been completely reviled by.

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My goal is more to be remembered. They'll remember this thing and like it in the future. The trick is to stay remembered long enough for that to happen.

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I thought 'Fight Club' was great as David Fincher's version.

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I think America is just so in love with conflict.

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My goal is never to make fun of religion.

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I'm always trying to reach a transcendent point, a romantic point, but reach it in a really unconventional way, a really profane way. To get to that romantic, touching, heartbreaking place, but through a lot of acts of profanity.

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Sticking feathers up your butt does not make you a chicken.

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Every woman is just a different kind of problem.

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To be honest, I hate silence.

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I get a lot of letters from women who insist that 'Fight Club' is not just a guy thing. They insist that women have the same rage and need the same outlet.

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We don't have friends, so we watch 'Friends' on TV.

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I never think I'm making fun of my culture. In fact I'm making fun of myself, because I catch myself doing some very stupid things.

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When I was little, my grandma used to get romance novels, and she would get hundreds of these, and she'd read a dozen a month.

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The only difference between suicide and martyrdom is press coverage.

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If we all lived according to the teachings of Jesus Christ, life would be much simpler.

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Since September 11, 2001, the real world has become too scary for a lot of people to be with - all the time.

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I like to get people moving and jumping. I think it's good to add more emotion and chaos.

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The answer is there is no answer.

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Maybe it's our sins that give God consolation when he finally has to give us cancer.

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The trick to forgetting the big picture is to look at everything close-up.

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My first four books, from 'Fight Club' to 'Choke,' dealt with personal identity issues. The crises the narrators found themselves in were generated by themselves.

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The world of American politics is more contentious than it has ever been in my lifetime.

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People used what they called a telephone because they hated being close together and they were scared of being alone.

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We're so much more likely to feel sympathy for an animal than another person; thus, the best fiction uses animals to define truly humane behavior.

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Men are destroyed for being rebellious, and women destroy themselves by failing to be rebellious. Unless you can make that next jump to either getting along with people or resisting people, you are ultimately destroying yourself.

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The only way to find true happiness is to risk being completely cut open.

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I wanted to write about the moment when your addictions no longer hide the truth from you. When your whole life breaks down. That's the moment when you have to somehow choose what your life is going to be about.

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A good story should make you laugh, and a moment later break your heart.

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I would say any behavior that is not the status quo is interpreted as insanity, when, in fact, it might actually be enlightenment. Insanity is sorta in the eye of the beholder.

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When I first read the story 'Guts' in workshop - my fellow writers that I've been meeting with for almost 20 years - they laughed; they didn't have any kind of shock reaction.

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Fiction is no longer the dominant storytelling device of our time. In the 19th century it worked great, and fiction was the king, but it's not the king any more.

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My grandfather was hit over the head by a crane boom in Seattle. Some of the family claimed he was never a violent, crazy person before that. Some say he was. It depends who you believe.

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People said that 'Fight Club' would be impossible to turn into a movie, but I think David Fincher loved that challenge.

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When the 'Fight Club' movie was going into production, I quit my job so I could write full-time.

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Masochism is a valuable job skill.

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Any real belief in death is just wishful thinking.

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I usually write in my kitchen, which is a large, octagonal room that looks into woods - three big windows look out into the trees.

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A film has to maintain a certain decorum in order to be broadcast to a vast audience.

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You realize you have no control over how you're perceived.

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I have a lot of fans who are in the prison system, where ramen noodles are a kind of staple. Prisoners are always sending me recipes.

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My writing process isn't a very organized thing.

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In books, you can just wallow in dialogue, and you can just wallow in written words. In screenplays, every line has to serve the purpose of the line that's implied before it and the line that's implied after it. Maybe five lines have to do the work of fifty lines.

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In 2008, while the film version of my book 'Choke' was coming to market, my mother was diagnosed with lung cancer. That meant that I had to appear in public to promote a comedy about a son trying to save his dying mother - the plot of Choke - while privately I was caring for my own dying mother. It was torture.

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Romance' is based on my entire creative process. I fall in love with an idea, obsess over it, isolate myself with it, and when I eventually introduce it to my friends, they all tell me that it's stupid.

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That saying, about how you always kill the thing you love, well, it works both ways.

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I try to tell a story the way someone would tell you a story in a bar, with the same kind of timing and pacing.

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I've got two dogs; they're Boston terriers, and they're allowed everywhere.

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My way of being with people is probably incredibly unhealthy, in that I'll be incredibly social, and I won't write a word for maybe a year, and I'll just be with people, going to parties and soaking up stories, and just sort of recharging all of my ideas.

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Maybe we have to break everything to make something better out of ourselves.

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Meeting authors is kind of the death of the characters. That is always heartbreaking.

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If death meant just leaving the stage long enough to change costume and come back as a new character, would you slow down? Or speed up?

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I think my heart always goes out to men at the peak of their celebrity who checked out. There's such an odd, horrible trend in my lifetime for it - Kurt Cobain, David Foster Wallace, Alexander McQueen, Heath Ledger.

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More and more, it feels like I'm doing a really bad impersonation of myself.

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My mom would spy by satellite, turning down the air conditioning, colder and colder, with a tapping keystroke via her wireless connection, chilling that house, that one room, meat locker cold, ski-slope cold, spending a king's ransom on Freon and electric power, trying to make some doomed ten bucks' worth of pretty pink flowers last one more day.

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Parenthood is the opiate of the masses.

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No, Miss Wright didn't want to meet her kid. To her, that relationship was just as important, just as ideal and impossible as it would be to the child. She'd expect that young man to be perfect, smart, and talented, everything to compensate for all the mistakes that she'd made. The whole wasted, unhappy mess of her life.

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Kill me if I ever look that Bad Dude, what are you saying? On the TV? That is you, dude. From like five years ago.

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Disaster is a natural part of my evolution toward tragedy and dissolution.

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Listening, it occurred to Randall that the love people feel for animals is the purest form of love. Loving an animal, a horse, cat, or dog, was always a romantic tragedy. It meant loving something that would die before you. Like that movie with Ali McGraw. There was no future, just the affection of the present moment. You didn't expect a big payoff, someday.

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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.

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The truth is, immigrants tend to be more American than people born here.

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Money gives you permission to just walk away from everything that isn't pretty and perfect. You can't put up with anything less than lovely. You spend your life running, avoiding, escaping.

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Do you respect someone's right to challenge and discover their true potential?How is a gang-bang any different than risking your life to climb mount Everest?

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On a long enough timeline, the survival rate for everyone drops to zero.

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For official record, announce instructor, the state requires no epic hero. No strive achieve personal celebrity of spotlight and applause. Lectures instructor, the state desires best ideal perform as mediocre. No gain attention showboat. No buffoon. Best effort so occur average. Suppress climbing ego. Become ordinary. Invisible.

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With a gun barrel between your teeth, you speak only in vowels.

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If the prodigal son had never left home, the fatted calf would still be alive.

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My parents meant well, but the road to Hell is paved with publicity stunts.

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Why do I do anything?' she says. 'I'm educated enough to talk myself out of any plan. To deconstruct any fantasy. Explain away any goal. I'm so smart I can negate any dream."

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Hotting bottom isn't a weekend retreat, it's not a goddamn seminar. Stop trying to control everuthing and just let go. Let go"

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Churches in the outside world, my brother told me, were just the local stores that sold people lies made up in the distant factories of giant religions."

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I wanted to destroy everything beautiful I'd never have. Burn the Amazon rain forests. Pump chlorofluorocarbons straight up to gobble the ozone. Open the dump valves on supertankers and uncap offshore oil wells. I wanted to kill all the fish I couldn't afford to eat, and smother the French beaches I'd never see. I wanted the whole world to hit bottom."

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Do you remember when you were 10 or 11 years old and you really thought your folks were the best? They were completely omniscient and you took their word for everything. And then you got older and you went through this hideous age when suddenly they were the devil, they were bullies, and they didn't know anything.

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I came to Party Crashing because accidents happen. People you love will die. Nothing you treasure will last forever. And I need to accept and embrace that fact.

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I admire addicts. In a world where everybody is waiting for some blind, random disaster or some sudden disease, the addict has the comfort of knowing what will most likely wait for him down the road. He's taken some control over his ultimate fate, and his addiction keeps the cause of his death from being a total surprise.

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Maybe humans are just the pet alligators that God flushed down the toilet.

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Hey, you created me! I didn't create some loser alter-ego to make myself feel better. Take some responsibility!

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We hear the ambient noise of children singing. We hear lions and tigers roar. Hyenas laugh. Some jungle bird or howler monkey declares its existence, screeching a maniac's gibberish. Our entire world, always doing battle against the silence and obscurity of death.

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Maybe this is why so many serial killers work in pairs. It's nice not to feel alone in a world full of victims or enemies. It's no wonder Waltraud Wagner, the Austrian Angel of Death, convinced her friends to kill with her. It just seems natural. You and me against the world...

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You can kill a lifetime without feeling anything but skin.

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I'm fascinated by the whole issue of arousal addiction, which seems to be mostly a problem for young men.

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Of all the priceless objects left behind, this is what we rescue. These artifacts. Memory cues. Useless souvenirs. Nothing you could auction. The scars left from happiness.

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Going to work just looked crazy. Eating another meal, ever, made about as much sense as planting tulip bulbs in the shadow of a falling atom bomb.

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Every generation wants to be the last. Every generation hates the next trend in music they can't understand. We hate to give up those reins of our culture. To find our own music playing in elevators. The ballad for our revolution, turned into background music for a television commercial. To find our generation's clothes and hair suddenly retro.

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You ever wonder when god's coming back with a lot of barbecue sauce?

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Alternating the thoughtful task of writing with the mindless work of laundry or dish washing will give you the breaks you need for new ideas and insights to occur. If you don't know what comes next in the story... clean your toilet. Change the bed sheets. For Christ sakes, dust the computer. A better idea will come.

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Love me, love me, love me, love me, love me, love me, love me, I'll be anybody you want me to be. Use me. Change me. I can be thin with big breasts and big hair. Take me apart. Make me into anything, but just love me.

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A baby is such a blank slate, like training the understudy for a role you're planning to leave. You truly hope your replacement will do the play justice, but in secret you want future critics to say you played the character better.

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For sure, even the worst blow job is better than, say, sniffing the best rose ... watching the greatest sunset. Hearing children laugh.

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Brandy is so attractive you could chop her head off and put it on blue velvet in the window at Tiffany's and somebody would buy it for a million dollars.

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

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If it is the case that love does survive death, then you may consider this to be a happy ending. Boy meets girl. Boy gets girl. Happily ever after or not.

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These flowers will be rotten in a couple hours. Birds will crap on them. The smoke here will make them stink, and tomorrow a bulldozer will probably run over them, but for right now they are so beautiful.

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Love is bullshit. Emotion is bullshit. I am a rock. A jerk. I'm an uncaring asshole and proud of it.

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Recycling and speed limits are bullshit. They're like someone who quits smoking on his deathbed.

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What I'm always trying to do with every book is to recreate the effect of the stories we heard as children in front of campfires and fireplaces - the ghost stories that engaged us.

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I think we're in an age starved for genuine experiences, instead of cathartic phony experiences through the media, structured, engineered experiences. And those are the fast food, the masturbation of experience. They don't really exhaust any aspect of ourselves; they don't make us any stronger.

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Could you hold the chainsaw a bit closer to your mouth, please?

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No matter what else you came up against, if you could smile and laugh while a monkey did you with chestnuts in a dank concrete basement while somebody took pictures, well, any other situation would be a piece of cake

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Scratch any fortune and you'll find blood only a generation or two back...child labor in mines or mills...Slavery. Drugs. Stock swindles. Wasting nature with clear-cuts, pollution, harvesting to extinction. Monopolies. Disease. War. Every fortune comes out of something unpleasant.

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The old rule about how a thing of beauty is a joy forever, in my experience, even the most beauteous thing is only a joy for about three hours, tops. After that, she'll want to tell you all about her childhood traumas. Part of meeting these jail girls is it's so sweet to look at your watch and know she'll be behind bars in half an hour.

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your handwriting. the way you walk. which china pattern you choose. it's all giving you away. everything you do shows your hand. everything is a self portrait. everything is a diary.

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We've spent so much time judging what other people created that we've created very, very little of our own.

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After you find out all the things that can go wrong, your life becomes less about living and more about waiting.

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We've taken the world apart but we have no idea what to do with the pieces.

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By the time you're thirty, your worst enemy is yourself.

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That quest for something pretty. A cheat. A cliche. Flowers and Christmas lights, it's what we're programmed to love.

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What I mean is sometimes, for an artist, chronic pain can be a gift.

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The first rule of fight club is, you don't talk about fight club.

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And the seventh rule is if this is your first night at fight club, you have to fight.

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But if you tell folks you're a college student, folks are so impressed. You can be a student in anything and not have to know anything. Just say toxicology or marine biokinesis, and the person you're talking to will change the subject to himself. If this doesn't work, mention the neural synapses of embryonic pigeons.

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You know, the condom is the glass slipper of our generation. You slip it on when you meet a stranger. You dance all night, then you throw it away.

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We're consumers. We are by-products of a lifestyle obsession. Murder, crime, poverty, these things don't concern me. What concerns me are celebrity magazines, television with 500 channels, some guy's name on my underwear. Rogaine, Viagra, Olestra...

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From famous artists to building contractors, we all want to leave our signature. Our lasting effect. Your life after death. We all want to explain ourselves. Nobody wants to be forgotten.

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At the last minute, I couldn't wear the Hitler mustache because Tiger Stripe ate it; and then I didn't want to take my kitty and risk his coughing up some big Nazi hairball on someone's front stoop.

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the world is the cradle and your trap.

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We are not special. We are not crap or trash, either. We just are. We just are, and what happens just happens.

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It's easy to attack and destroy an act of creation. It's a lot more difficult to perform one.

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We're so structured and micromanaged, this isn't a world anymore, it's a damn cruise ship.

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The first step - especially for young people with energy and drive and talent, but not money - the first step to controlling your world is to control your culture. To model and demonstrate the kind of world you demand to live in. To write the books. Make the music. Shoot the films. Paint the art.

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Public taste changes and the aesthetic of a culture changes over time, so the idea isn't to appeal to the aesthetic of the moment and what people will like right now; the idea is to somehow keep yourself in the public memory so that as taste evolves it will eventually come to embrace your thing. So, it's about writing to be remembered rather than writing to be liked.

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Potassium cyanide," says the talent wrangler as she leans over to pick up a paper napkin off the floor. "Found naturally in the cassava or manioc roots native to Africa, used to tint architectural blueprints in the form of the deep-blue pigment known as Prussian blue. Hence the shade 'cyan' blue.

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We all die. The goal isn't to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.

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The body ages, grows, passes through near-lunatic phases of reproductive frenzy, but you are born and die essentially the same person.That... that is proof of your deathless soul.

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If I could wake up in a different place, at a different time, could I wake up as a different person?

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I went to sexaholics anonymous for six months. For research. I wanted to see the structure of the groups, how they were conducted, and what the atmosphere was like, and also to be able to describe the people as human beings, rather than as the dirty jokes that they are in our culture.

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Are these things really better than the things I already have? Or am I just trained to be dissatisfied with what I have now?

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People don't want their lives fixed. Nobody wants their problems solved. Their dramas. Their distractions. Their stories resolved. Their messed cleaned up. Because what would they have left? Just the big scary unknown.

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Why is it you feel like a dope if you laugh alone, but that's usually how you end up crying?

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Worker bees can leave. Even drones can fly away. The Queen is their slave.

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In the big factory of perfecting human souls, the Earth was kind of tumbler. The sale as the kind people use to polish rocks. All souls come here to rub the sharp edges off each other. This isn't suffering. It's erosion.

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I still love him so much I'll hide any amount of conjugated estrogen in his food. So much I'll do anything to destroy him.

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Everyone is equal and everyone is forced to participate; you can't just be a spectator.

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I say never be complete, I say stop being perfect, I say let... lets evolve, let the chips fall where they may.

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Give me lust, baby. Flash. Give me malice. Flash. Give me detached existentialist ennui. Flash. Give me rampant intellectualism as a coping mechanism. Flash.

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It's okay to cry as long as you're faking it.

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If your body is a temple, you can pile up too much deferred maintenance. If your body is a temple, mine was a real fixer-upper.

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Those who can forget the past are way ahead of the rest of us.

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If you take my stuff apart, you'll find my choruses of repetitions are picked up almost verbatim from Kurt Vonnegut, and my distanced fracture quality is all from Amy Hempel, who's probably my favourite writer.

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The same way a compact disk isn't responsible for what's recorded on it, that's how we are. You're about as free to act as a programmed computer. You're about as one-of-a-kind as a dollar bill.

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The only reason why we ask other people how their weekend was is so we can tell them about our own weekend.

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The avant-garde in every field consists of the lonely, the friendless, the uninvited. All progress is the product of the unpopular.

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If you ask me, reincarnation is just another way to procrastinate.

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What I did was pour out about a gallon of Chanel Number Five and put a burning wedding invitation to it, and boom, I'm recycling.

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I'm not sure what we're running from. Nobody. Or the future. Fate. Growing up. Getting old. Picking up the pieces. As if running we won't have to get on with our lives.

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Part of her doing suicide intervention is my caseworker has to mix me another gin and tonic.

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So here I am. This is as good as it gets. Take it or leave it.

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Nothing feels as awful as pouring your heart out to some talk therapist, then realizing this so-called professional is actually vastly stupid and you've just professed your most secret secrets to some goon who's wearing one brown sock and one blue sock.

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For the first time in longer than I can remember, I feel peaceful. Not happy. Not sad. Not anxious. Not horny. Just all the higher parts of my brain closing up shop. The cerebral cortex. The cerebellum. That's where my problem is. I'm now simplifying myself. Somewhere balanced in the perfect middle between happiness and sadness. Because sponges never have a bad day.

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I thought why not write a kind of mystery, murder, thriller book, but use romance language where the language plays completely against the very dark subject matter, that very strange murderous plot, but use that Harlequin Romance language.

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I don't do much more than organise other people's ideas and insights and thoughts, and sort of harvest them, and inventory them and present them.

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Las Vegas looks the way you'd imagine heaven must look at night.

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What makes earth feel like hell is our expectation that it should feel like heaven.

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If you love something set it free, but don't be surprised if it comes back with herpes.

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The tiny space, the toilet, two hundred strangers just a few inches away, it's so exciting, the lack of room to maneuver, it helps if you're double-jointed. Use your imagination. Some creativity and a few simple stretching exercises and you can be knock, knock, knockin' on heaven's door. You'll be amazed how time flies.

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In all probability the Human Genome Project will, someday, find that I carry some recessive gene for optimism, because despite all my best efforts I still can't scrape together even a couple days of hopelessness. Future scientists will call it the Pollyanna Syndrome, and if forced to guess, I'd say that mine has been a way-long case history of chasing rainbows.

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Today is the sort of day where the sun only comes up to humiliate you.

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It's not love or anything, but I think I like you, too.

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I want you to invent it. I want you to have that skill. To create your own reality. Your own set of laws. I want to try and teach you that.

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When deep space exploration ramps up, it'll be the corporations that name everything, the IBM Stellar Sphere, the Microsoft Galaxy, Planet Starbucks.

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Nothing of me is original. I am the combined effort of everyone I've ever known.

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You love me. You ignore me. You save my life, then you cook my mother into soap.

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You hear the best stories from ordinary people. That sense of immediacy is more real to me than a lot of writerly, literary-type crafted stories. I want that immediacy when I read a novel.

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As if you cut open a rag doll with a sill name, and found inside:Real intestines, real lungs, a beating heart and blood. A lot of hot, sticky blood.

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If I can't be beautiful, I want to be invisible.

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Everyone smiles with that invisible gun to their head.

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Because after you've crossed some lines, you just keep crossing them. And there's no escaping from constant escape. Distracting ourselves. Avoiding confrontation. Getting past the moment. Jacking off. Television. Denial.

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Get through the moment. Avoid confrontation. Run away. That's pretty much how we get through our own lives, watching television. Smoking crap. Self-medicating. Redirecting our own attention. Jacking off. Denial.

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More than one side? You're Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Jackass!

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Carl Jung called this his shadow work. He said we never see others. Instead we see only aspects of ourselves that fall over them. Shadows. Projections. Our associations.

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I often need physical gesture to balance dialogue. If I write in public, every time I need to know what a character is doing with his hand or foot, I can look up and study people and find compelling gestures that I can harvest. Writing in public gives you that access to a junkyard of details all around you.

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Stop trying to control everything, and just let go..let go

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Make me into anything, but just love me.

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The only biodiversity we're going to have left is Coke versus Pepsi. We're landscaping the whole world one stupid mistake at a time.

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I'm never going to have to work. None of my descendants are ever going to have to work; this is going to make me so much money. It was such a letdown when I realized that wasn't my invention.

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It's only after we've lost everything that we're free to do anything.

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It's not living alone if you keep a rifle under the bed.

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If you haven't already noticed, all my books are about a lonely person looking for some way to connect with other people.In a way, that is the opposite of the American Dream: to get so rich you can rise above the rabble, all those people on the freeway or, worse, the bus.

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Burn the Louvre, and wipe your ass with the Mona Lisa. This way at least, God would know our names.

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We are a nation of physical animals who have forgotten how much we enjoy being that. We are cushioned by this kind of make-believe, unreal world and have no idea what we can survive because we are never challenged or tested.

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A male chauvinist pig isn't born, he's made, and more and more of them are being made by women.

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In good old Colonial Dunsboro, masochism is a valuable job skill. It is in most jobs.

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Everyone thinks their whole life should be at least as much fun as masturbation.

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Self improvement is masturbation...

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Reject the basic assumptions of civilization, especially the importance of material possessions.

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Some of the best ideas I get seem to happen when I'm doing mindless manual labor or exercise. I'm not sure how that happens, but it leaves me free for remarkable ideas to occur.

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It's all mirror, mirror on the wall because beauty is power the same way money is power the same way a gun is power.

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You realize that our mistrust of the future makes it hard to give up the past.

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Hey, even the Mona Lisa is falling apart.

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Leonardo's Mona Lisa is just a thousand thousand smears of paint. Michelangelo's David is just a million hits with a hammer. We're all of us a million bits put together the right way.

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I feel my heart ache, but I've forgotten what that feeling means.

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It's obsequious little nicety-nice girls like me who allow assholes to run the world: Miss Harlot O'Harlots, billionaire phony tree huggers, hypocrite drug-snorting, weed-puffing peace activists who fund the mass-murdering drug cartels and perpetuate crushing poverty in dirt-poor banana republics. It's my petty fear of personal rejection that allows so many true evils to exist. My cowardice enables atrocities.

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Tyler's words coming out of my mouth. I used to be such a nice person.

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No fear. No distractions. The ability to let that which does not matter truly slide.

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About my boss, Tyler tells me, if I'm really angry, I should go to the post office and fill out a change-of-address card and have all his mail forwarded to Rugby, North Dakota.

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There's a big difference between "not caring" or being "nihilistic" about a topic and simply not being enrolled by the drama presented by other people. Just because my characters choose not to react in standard, socially-appropriate ways - that does not mean they don't care. They just reject ordinary dramas.

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I let go. Lost in oblivion. Dark and silent and complete. I found freedom. Losing all hope was freedom.

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Rant said that view of time was set up so folks won't live forever. It's the planned obsolescence we've all agreed to...'Nothing says you have to swallow this,' Rant told me. 'You can always just die.

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If you look at old pictures, Irene Casey is so pretty. Not just young, but pretty the way you look when your face goes smooth, the skin around your eyes and lips relaxed, the pretty you only look when you love the person taking the picture.

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Today is just one of those days the sun comes out to really humiliate you.

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The one you love and the one who loves you are never, ever the same person.

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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.

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Drugs or overeating or alcohol or sex, it was all just another way to find peace. To escape what we know. Our education. Our bite of the apple.

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His computer password is "password.

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People are all over the world telling their one dramatic story and how their life has turned into getting over this one event. Now their lives are more about the past than their future.

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It's pathetic how we can't live with the things we can't understand. How we need everything labeled and explained and deconstructed.

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Really, just looking around, you feel a twinge of pity for the poor souls who succeeded in getting past the Pearly Gates. One can't help but picture the lackluster VIP lounge in Heaven, a kind of nonalcoholic ice-cream social starring Harriet Beecher Stowe and Mahatma Gandhi. Hardly anyone's idea of a "with-it" social register.

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When I see people talking on the internet about me or my work it's almost always more a description of themselves and so I never really think of myself as anything more than just who I always was.

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Ideas come at any moment -- except when you demand them. Most ideas come while I'm physically active, at the gym, with friends, gardening, so I always carry pen and paper. My first draft is always written in longhand. But once the first dozen chapters, more like short stories, are written, then momentum builds until I can't leave the project until it's done.

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We've all been raised on television to believe that one day we'd all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won't. And we're slowly learning that fact. And we're very, very pissed off.

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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.

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It only takes one mistake and nothing else you ever do will matter. No matter how hard you work or how smart you become, you'll always be known for that one poor choice.

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The moment the world declares a person to be immortal, at that moment the person will strive to prove the world wrong. In the face of glowing press releases and reviews the most heralded women starve themselves or cut themselves or poison themselves. Or they find a man who's happy to do that for him.

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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.

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Stop the excessive shopping and masturbation. Quit your job. Start a fight. Prove you're alive. If you don't claim your humanity, you will become a statistic.

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After a good-looking boy gives you rabies two, three times, you'll settle down and marry somebody less exciting for the rest of your life

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The big reason why folks leave a small town,' Rant used to say, 'is so they can moon over the idea of going back. And the reason they stay put is so they can moon about getting out.' Rant meant that no one is happy, anywhere.

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Rant Casey used to say, "No matter what happens, it's always now..." Talk about cryptic. I think what Rant meant was, we live in the present moment of reality, and no matter what's come before, no matter how much we loved a person or a dog, when it attacks us we'll react to that moment of danger.

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To a certain extent everybody has a certain sort of way of being a persona that they learn how to be when they're really little. They figure out that if they're really funny, or really pretty, or if they work really, really hard or are really smart, then that's what's going to get them by. That is what is going to make people like them.

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It's easy to cry when you realize that everyone you love will reject you or die.

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Everything is funnier in retrospect, funnier and prettier and cooler. You can laugh at anything from far enough away.

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The one thing I cannot stand is when I do interviews, when I interview people, and I listen to the tapes and I hear myself talking and sort of stumble and stammer, or I hear the horrible sound of my own voice, or God forbid I see myself on video, there is that complete revulsion with seeing how I occur in the world.

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Dude, the place is filling up," I say. "It feels like we're living in the bottom half of an hourglass." Like somehow we're running out of time.

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The best way to waste your life, ... is by taking notes. The easiest way to avoid living is to just watch. Look for the details. Report. Don't participate

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Only after disaster can we be ressurected

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Love me, I'll be anybody you want me to be. Use me. Change me. I can be thin with big breasts and big hair. Take me apart. Make me into anything, but just love me

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If you tell folks you're a college student, folks are so impressed. You can be a student in anything and not have to know anything. Just say toxicology or marine biokinesis, and the person you're talking to will change the subject to himself. If this doesn't work, mention the neural synapses of embryonic pigeons

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Real discoveries come from chaos

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Imagine books and music and movies being filtered and homogenized. Certified. Approved for consumption. People will be happy to give up most of their culture for the assurance that the tiny bit that comes through is safe and clean. White noise

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The cat looks back at me the way dogs and some cars look when people say they're smiling

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To preserve yourself as the center of the world, to stay your own best authority on everything, your own expert on all topics, infallible, omniscient. Always, every time of the month, forever: Use birth control

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Marla tells me how in the wild you don't see old animals because as soon as they age, animals die. If they get sick or slow down, something stronger kills them. Animals aren't meant to get old. Marla lies down on her bed and undoes the tie on her bathrobe, and says our culture has made death something wrong. Old animals should be an unnatural exception. Freaks

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Stealing drugs, selling drugs, buying clothes, renting luxury cars, taking clothes back, ordering blender drinks, this isn't what I'd call Real Life, not by a long shot.

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Where I'm is one of those stair climbing machines the agent has installed. You climb and climb forever and never get off the ground. You're trapped in your hotel room. It's the mystical sweat love lodge experience of our time, the only sort of Indian vision quest we can schedule into our daily planner.Our StairMaster to Heaven.

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Never, ever say the dildo accidentally turned itself on.

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My one true love. My deformed or mutilated or diseased prince charming. My unhappily ever after. My hideous future. The monstrous rest of my life.

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How torture is torture and humiliation is humiliation only when you choose to suffer.

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Everyone wants to feel special - attain a special status among their pears- but not too special. Most kids want to be special the same way their friends are

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I am the cause of all my upsets. I am my worst enemy.

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We have to show these men and women freedom by enslaving them, and show them courage by frightening them.

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Therefore, when we neglect to fear such a brittle monstrosity, we render it powerless.

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The best way is not to fight it, just go. Don't be trying all the time to fix things. What you run from only stays with you longer. When you fight something, you only make it stronger.

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You have to give up! you have to give up!You have to realize that someday you will die,Until you know that, you are useless!

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And it's funny how when somebody saves you, the first thing you want to do is save other people. All other people. Everybody. The kid never knew the man's name. But he never forgot that smile. "Hero" isn't the first word, but it's the first word that comes to mind.

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Because I can't hit bottom, I can't be saved.

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Like the he-man movie stars who turn out to be queer . . . or the silent-film actors whose voices sound terrible recorded--the audience only wants a limited amount of honesty. [ellipses original]

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It's exhausting, the energy it takes to unknow a truth.

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You can tell people the truth, but they'll never believe you until the event. Until it's too late. In the meantime, the truth will just piss them off and get you in a lot of trouble. So you just walk home.

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I was very invested in love but it was just this long sex thing that could end at any moment because after all, it's about getting off.

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Yes, I kidnapped that Lindberg baby.

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When did the future switch from being a promise to being a threat?

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The future you have, tomorrow, won't be the same future you had, yesterday.

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The future is just wasted on some people.

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At this rate, we'll never get to the future.

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The amazing miracle of death, when one second you're walking and talking, and the next second you're an object.

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She's not wearing makeup so her face just looks like skin.

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The martyrdom of me.

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According lecture, entire effort United States to incite desire, inflict want, inspire demand.

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the disinhibition caused by said brain damage, can also spur the infected individual to seek the pleasure of compulsive, casual sexual activity

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Marla said, "This isn't like when guys sit backward on the toilet and pretend it's a motorcycle. This is a genuine accident.

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I'm an invisible monster. I'm incapable of loving anybody. You don't know which is worse.

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Six hundred and forty fish later, the only thing I know is everything you love will die. The first time you meet someone special, you can count on them one day being dead and in the ground.

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We'll be remembered more for what we destroy than what we create.

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You decide your own level of involvement.

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My stomach hurts, but if it's guilt or impacted stool, I can't tell. Either way, I'm so full of shit.

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If a tree falls in the forest and nobody is there to hear it, doesn't it just lie there and rot?

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Everybody's trying to make every minute of the present last forever. Preserve every second.

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The only thing that makes the present palatable is the fact that the past was, at times, torture.

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It's okay if there isn't a God anymore, but I still want to respect something. I don't want to be the center of my own universe,

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Fathers. Mothers. With all their caring and attention. They will f--- you up, every time.

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Isn't a kid alive who doesn't dream about rewarding her folks, or punishing them.

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I am the child of a lunatic. Not a child of God.

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When we don't know who to hate, we hate ourselves.

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You can only hold a smile for so long, after that it's just teeth.

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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.

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We can spend our lives letting the world tell us who we are. Sane or insane. Saints or sex addicts. Heroes or victims. Letting history tell us how good or bad we are. Letting our past decide our future. Or we can decide for ourselves. And maybe it's our job to invent something better.

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I hate how I don't feel real enough unless people are watching.

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What's burning down is a re-creation of a period revival house patterned after a copy of a copy of a copy of a mock Tudor big manor house. It's a hundred generations removed from anything original, but the truth is aren't we all?

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In capitalist nation, all is decided by money.

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I am nothing, and not even that.

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My secret wish is right now to be romancing this dead girl. A dead girl. Any dead girl. I'm not what you'd call choosy.

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He was the kind of boy any young girl should date while she's still able to recover.

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If you can change the way people think, she said.The way they see themselves.The way they see the world.If you do that, you can change the way people live their lives.And that's the only lasting thing you can create.

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Just for the record, she still loves you. She wouldn't bother to torture you if she didn't.

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Maybe the truth is I really want to like you instead.

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Ok. You fuck me, then snub me. You love me, you hate me. You show me a sensitive side, then you turn into a total asshole. Is this a pretty accurate description of our relationship.

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some soap opera, you know, real people pretending to be fake people with made-up problems being watched by real people to forget their real problems.

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Aim low and you won't be disappointed.

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Honest is how I want to look. The truth doesn't glitter and shine.

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Some people still think knowledge is power.

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Ever since college, I make friends. They get married. I lose friends.

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Parents are like God because you wanna know they're out there, and you want them to think well of you, but you really only call when you need something.

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The club is too loud to talk, so after a couple of drinks, everyone feels like the centre of attention but completely cut off from participating with anyone else. You're the corpse in an English murder mystery.

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I just want one person I can rescue and I want one person who needs me. Who can't live without me. I want to be a hero, but not just one time.

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Almost all the time, you tell yourself you're loving somebody when you're just using them. This only looks like love.

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You know how they say you only hurt the ones you love? Well, it works both ways.

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

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Because supposedly those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it.

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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.

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It's so hard to forget pain, but it's even harder to remember sweetness. We have no scar to show for happiness. We learn so little from peace.

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Our purest form of joy comes when people we envy get hurt. That most genuine form of joy.

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