Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Find out what you’re afraid of and go live there”

March 24th, 2012 by Elisabeth

I don’t know HOW this has happened but I’m a big fan of Chuck Palahnuik’s work and even moreso, some of his quotes.For whatever reason, people who like to read Charles Bukowski’s stuff also tends to appreciate the works of Palahnuik and when I was reading a site about Bukowski’s “Women”, I found out about Palahnuik even though he was already famous for the writing the book, “Fight Club”.”The Contortionist’s Handbook” by Craig Clevenger was an absolute weird and well written book that tends to stick with you in the same fashion as a Palahnuik novel. And if you liked “Fight Club”, might I suggest “Choke”? Not for the masses but who wants that?So here are a few of his more memorable quotes:Maybe we have to break everything to make something better out of ourselves.Give me rampant intellectualism as a coping mechanism.Did perpetual happiness in the Garden of Eden maybe get so boring that eating the apple was justified?No matter how much you think you love somebody, you’ll step back when the pool of their blood edges up too close.I just don’t want to die without a few scars.A minute of perfection was worth the effort. A moment was the most you could ever expect from perfection.My favorite quote of his is the one in my title line, though. To challenge ourselves and to move forward, it’s not going to always be in an easy or safe fashion. That singular line just makes me think. A lot.