There were so many thought-provoking zingers in Choke (read my review here), it didn’t feel fair to pick just one. Scroll down for some of the raddest (IMHO) lines from Chuck Palahniuk’s provocative novel. Any favorites of yours that I left out?
You gain power by pretending to be weak. By contrast, you make people feel so strong. You save people by letting them save you.
It’s ok to cry as long as you’re faking it.
I used rebellion as a way to hide out. We use criticism as a fake participation.
Language, she said, was just our way to explain away the wonder and the glory of the world. To deconstruct. To dismiss. She said peope can’t deal with how beautiful the world really is. How it can’t be explained and understood.
“Anything you can acquire,” she says, “is only another thing you’ll lose.”
Unless I’m scamming for money, I’d rather people hate me than feel sorry for me.
On the radio, they talk about where to find traffic, a two-car accident on the bypass, a stalled tractor-trailer on the airport freeway. After I fill the gas tank, I just find and accident and get in line. Just to feel like I’m part of something.
We can spend our lives letting the world tell us who we are. Sane or insane. Saints or sex addicts. Heros 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.