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American novelist, Chuck Palahniuk, of ‘Fight Club’ fame, once spoke about a short story he had penned, titled ‘Guts’. This brief piece was written with the intention of including it in a novel named ‘Haunted’. Every week, Palahniuk would meet up with other writer friends and read out his creations. When he first wrote ‘Guts’, he wanted to generate fear of the most mundane of all things, including “carrots, candles, swimming pools. Microwave popcorn. Bowling balls.” However, that particular Tuesday evening at the writers’ workshop, nobody was scared; people were in fact laughing after they had heard Chuck’s story, ‘Guts’. It revolved around three people’s separate nightmarish experiences while masturbating.

The same story was read again later, but this time to the public, at ‘Powell’s City of Books’ in Portland, Oregon. On this instance however, the reaction Palahniuk received was way too different. The faces of the listeners had turned grey even before he could finish his tale. It was only after he was done signing books for fans that the gruesome news reached the talented writer. Two young men had fainted during the reading session and were recovering, with absolutely no memory of what had happened before and after the mishap.

Though the novelist dismissed the incident as a mere fluke, he was horrified when the following day at another book reading event, a man and a woman had passed out after listening to his story. And this continued as the next afternoon, two more men fell unconscious. On further observation, it was discovered, that people fainted the moment he read the words 'corn and peanuts'. This went on till Chuck Palahniuk could no longer read the entire story in public, and ‘Guts’ became a tale that no one wanted to read during bedtime.

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?

- Invisible Monsters , Chuck Palahniuk

The things you used to own, now they own you.

- Fight Club , Chuck Palahniuk

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

- Diary , Chuck Palahniuk

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

- Fight Club , Chuck Palahniuk

This is your life and its ending one moment at a time.

- Fight Club , Chuck Palahniuk

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

- Invisible Monsters , Chuck Palahniuk

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.

- Choke , Chuck Palahniuk

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

- Invisible Monsters , Chuck Palahniuk

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

- Invisible Monsters , Chuck Palahniuk

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

- Survivor , Chuck Palahniuk

A minute of perfection was worth the effort. A moment was the most you could ever expect from perfection.

- Fight Club , Chuck Palahniuk

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

- Survivor , Chuck Palahniuk

Every woman is just a different kind of problem.

- Chuck Palahniuk

Everyone smiles with that invisible gun to their head.

- Fight Club , Chuck Palahniuk

Find out what you're afraid of and go live there.

- Chuck Palahniuk

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

- Invisible Monsters , Chuck Palahniuk

I just don't want to die without a few scars.

- Fight Club , Chuck Palahniuk

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

- Invisible Monsters , Chuck Palahniuk

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

- Chuck Palahniuk

The lower you fall, the higher you'll fly.

- Fight Club , Chuck Palahniuk

Where would Jesus be if no one had written the gospels?

- Chuck Palahniuk

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

- Invisible Monsters , Chuck Palahniuk

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

- Fight Club , Chuck Palahniuk

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

- Choke , Chuck Palahniuk

You can kill a lifetime without feeling anything but skin.

- Chuck Palahniuk

The muffled thunder of dialogue comes through the walls, then a chorus of laughter. Then more thunder. Most of the laugh tracks on television were recorded in the early 1950s. These days, most of the people you hear laughing are dead.

- Chuck Palahniuk

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