Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters Nothing of me is original. I am the combined effort of everyone I’ve ever known.
R D Ronald This faulty light fitting at the front door with the dangerously flickering bulb looks rather festive. Who says I don’t do Christmas?
Irvine Welsh I’m not running away, I’m moving on.
Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities Cities, like dreams, are made of desires and fears, even if the thread of their discourse is secret, their rules are absurd, their perspectives deceitful, and everything conceals something else.
Greg Levin, The Exit Man She had become an integral part of my life—just not the part with all the death.
Hubert Selby Jr, Requiem for a Dream He didn’t know what was defeating him, but he sensed it was something he could not cope with, something that was far beyond his power to control or even at this point in time comprehend.
Penelope Lively, How it all Began When you are able to be with a person and there is no need to talk, something has happened.
Monica Drake, Clown Girl The only value of wasted time is knowledge.
Monica Drake, Clown Girl I asked the cardiologist why an electrocardiogram was called an EKG, instead of an ECG.
He said, “Nazis. Nazis invented the machine.”
After he left, I found a napkin on my breakfast tray and wrote that down: EKG = Nazis.
R D Ronald, The Zombie Room Decker smiled and shrugged off their laughter. The humour was only barbed if you sat on the outside, and now he was one of them.
Sylvia Plath Perhaps when we find ourselves wanting everything, it is because we are dangerously close to wanting nothing.
Monica Drake, Clown Girl The Buddhists say if you meet somebody and your heart pounds, your hands shake, your knees go weak, that’s not the one. When you meet your ‘soul mate’ you’ll feel calm. No anxiety, no agitation.
Ken Kesey, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest But it’s the truth even if it didn’t happen.
Patrick Süskind, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer Not a visible enthusiasm but a hidden one, an excitement burning with a cold flame.
Craig Clevenger, The Contortionist’s Handbook A person’s life story is equal to what they have plus what they want most in the world, minus what they’re actually willing to sacrifice for it.
Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.
Cormac McCarthy, The Road There is no God and we are his prophets.
Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities Arriving at each new city, the traveler finds again a past of his that he did not know he had: the foreignness of what you no longer are or no longer possess lies in wait for you in foreign, unpossessed places.
Charles Bukowski, Barfly I don’t hate them…I just feel better when they’re not around.
J G Ballard Unhappy parents teach you a lesson that lasts a lifetime.
R D Ronald, The Elephant Tree That’s why Twinkle likes the place so much, Scott thought, looking around at the faded wood veneer tables, and the faded souls drinking at them. Misery was soaked through the place like the old beer soaked through its carpets.
Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead;
I lift my eyes and all is born again.
R D Ronald, The Elephant Tree The craggy lines that made up the character in his face now seemed like scars of defeat, inflicted on him over time.
Vladimir Nabokov Do not be angry with the rain; it simply does not know how to fall upwards.
William S Burroughs I don’t care if people hate my guts; I assume most of them do. The important question is whether they are in a position to do anything about it.
Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita It was love at first sight, at last sight, at ever and ever sight.
Charles Bukowski The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts, while the stupid ones are full of confidence.
Denis Johnson, Jesus’ Son And therefore I looked down into the great pity of a person’s life on this earth. I don’t mean that we all end up dead, that’s not the great pity. I mean that he couldn’t tell me what he was dreaming, and I couldn’t tell him what was real.
Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange When a man cannot choose, he ceases to be a man.
J G Ballard, Crash I wanted to rub the human race in its own vomit, and force it to look in the mirror.
Henry Miller To be joyous is to be a madman in a world of sad ghosts.
Hunter S Thomson, Hells Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga The Edge… There is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over.
Henry Miller Develop an interest in life as you see it; the people, things, literature, music – the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself.
Anthony Burgess, Homage To QwertYuiop: Essays To be left alone is the most precious thing one can ask of the modern world.
Donna Tartt, The Secret History I suppose at one time in my life I might have had any number of stories, but now there is no other. This is the only story I will ever be able to tell.
Monica Drake, Clown Girl When life sucks, throw yourself into art.
Henry Miller, Stand Still Like the Hummingbird Let me be, was all I wanted. Be what I am, no matter how I am.
Katherine Dunn, Geek Love The truth is always an insult or a joke, lies are generally tastier. We love them. The nature of lies is to please. Truth has no concern for anyone’s comfort
Patrick Süskind, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer He succeeded in being considered totally uninteresting. People left him alone. And that was all he wanted.
Penelope Lively, Moon Tiger Giving presents is one of the most possessive things we do, did you realize that? It’s the way we keep a hold on other people. Plant ourselves in their lives.
Greg Levin, In Wolves Clothing That’s one of the drawbacks of good narcotics—they often cause you to say cheerful things.
Henry Miller The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.
Greg Levin, Sick to Death We’d be dead. Big deal. Death’s not such a long drop these days. Not for us.
Charles Bukowski, Factotum My ambition is handicapped by laziness
Charles Bukowski Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead.
Ken Kesey, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest He knows that you have to laugh at the things that hurt you just to keep yourself in balance, just to keep the world from running you plumb crazy.
Bret Easton Ellis, American Psycho All it comes down to is this: I feel like shit but look great.
Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl There’s something disturbing about recalling a warm memory and feeling utterly cold.
enis Johnson, Jesus’ Son There was a part of her she hadn’t yet allowed to be born because it was too beautiful for this place
Bret Easton Ellis, Less Than Zero Disappear here
Vicki Hendricks, Miami Purity I’d rather wear bare skin than raw silk any day.
Hubert Selby Jr, Requiem for a Dream I suspect there will never be a requiem for a dream, simply because it will destroy us before we have the opportunity to mourn it’s passing.
Gillian Flynn, Dark Places I was not a lovable child, and I’d grown into a deeply unlovable adult. Draw a picture of my soul, and it’d be a scribble with fangs.
Greg Levin, In Wolves Clothing In this job, you learn to ignore the urge to comfort those you’re protecting.
R D Ronald I’m not into this whole “move with the times” thing. I reckon we should just decide on a year and stick with it.
R D Ronald Today I plan to smile a lot, only so people who know me will be freaked the fuck out.
Rupert Thomson, The Five Gates of Hell She looked the way a rose petal looks when you crush it between finger and thumb.
Kola Boof, The Sexy Part of the Bible But somehow, once you start playing behind the steering wheel of God, you realize just how powerful it is to be the imagination driving the natural world (64).
William S Burroughs There is no intensity of love or feeling that does not involve the risk of crippling hurt. It is a duty to take this risk, to love and feel without defense or reserve.
Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters The only way to find true happiness is to risk being completely cut open.
Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl It’s humbling, to become the very thing you once mocked.
Greg Levin, The Exit Man One week I’m helping to end a life, the next I’m stepping in to save one. Seemingly dichotomous acts, but actually one in the same.
Henry Miller, Tropic of Cancer Everybody says sex is obscene. The only true obscenity is war.
Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl Tampon commercial, detergent commercial, maxi pad commercial, windex commercial – you’d think all women do is clean and bleed.
Douglas Coupland, The Gum Thief I don’t deserve a soul, yet I still have one. I know because it hurts.
Greg Levin, The Exit Man Suicide should come with a warning label: ‘Do not try this alone.’
Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl Sleep is like a cat: It only comes to you if you ignore it.
William S Burroughs Nobody owns life, but anyone who can pick up a frying pan owns death.
Ken Kesey, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest They can’t tell so much about you if you got your eyes closed.
Bret Easton Ellis Our lives are not all interconnected. That theory is a crock. Some people truly do not need to be here.
Ken Kesey, Kesey’s Garage Sale It isn’t by getting out of the world that we become enlightened, but by getting into the world…by getting so tuned in that we can ride the waves of our existence and never get tossed because we become the waves.
Italo Calvino Melancholy is sadness that has taken on lightness.
Douglas Coupland I don’t think anyone ever gets over anything in life; they merely get used to it.
Craig Clevenger, The Contortionist’s Handbook It’s taken me years of practice to learn how to act natural.
Denis Johnson, Jesus’ Son Sometimes what I wouldn’t give to have us sitting in a bar again at 9:00 a.m. telling lies to one another, far from God.
Jeet Thayil, Narcopolis We’re waiting for a glance or a word, some acknowledgement that we are here.
William S Burroughs A paranoid is someone who knows a little of what’s going on. A psychotic is a guy who’s just found out what’s going on.
Italo Calvino, If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller What harbor can receive you more securely than a great library?
Craig Clevenger, Dermaphoria Everything in the universe is everything else. A man is a killer is a saint is a monkey is a cockroach is a goldfish is a whale, and the Devil is just the angel who asked for More.
Chuck Palahniuk, Choke 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.
Irvine Welsh, Porno You can’t lie to your soul.
J G Ballard Fiction is a branch of neurology: the scenarios of nerve and blood vessels are the written mythologies of memory and desire.
Greg Levin, Sick to Death Over the previous six months, there was only one thing Gage had become more efficient at than killing… and that was dying.
Gillian Flynn, Dark Places I have a meanness inside me, real as an organ. Slit me at my belly and it might slide out, meaty and dark, drop on the floor so you could stomp on it.
Douglas Coupland, Hey Nostradamus In the end, I think the relationships that survive in this world are the ones where two people can finish each other’s sentences. Forget drama and torrid sex and the clash of opposites. Give me banter any day of the week.
J G Ballard, Running Wild In a totally sane society, madness is the only freedom.
Henry Miller, Tropic of Cancer I have found God, but he is insufficient.
Greg Levin, Sick to Death He never praised me whenever I’d hit a home run in little league, but I kill a few people and all of the sudden I’m his idol.
Katherine Dunn, Geek Love They thought to use and shame me but I win out by nature, because a true freak cannot be made. A true freak must be born.
Henry Miller Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate, or despise, serves to defeat us in the end.
Monica Drake, The Folly of Loving Life I thought I was old, back then. I thought I was grown up. I didn’t know all my big mistakes were up ahead of me, still to come. Always.
Greg Levin, In Wolves Clothing There’s nothing better than being the bad guy. Long enough to do some good.
Henry Miller, The Books in My Life A book lying idle on a shelf is wasted ammunition.
Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart. I am, I am, I am.
Denis Johnson, Tree of Smoke She had nothing in this world but her two hands and her crazy love for Jesus, who seemed, for his part, never to have heard of her.
R D Ronald I don’t “lol”. I tried it once but it just didn’t agree with me.
J G Ballard, Crash After being bombarded endlessly by road-safety propaganda it was almost a relief to find myself in an actual accident.
Rupert Thomson, The Five Gates of Hell That’s what birthdays were. Days when you found out where you stood. Who was on your side and who wasn’t. Nothing to do with how old you were.
Hunter S Thomson Sex without love is as hollow and ridiculous as love without sex.
Irvine Welsh Some people are easier to love when you don’t have to be around them.