-the Narrator (from the book)
"Just ask, man."
"What are you talking about?"
"God, three pitchers of beer and you still can't ask."
"You called me 'cos you needed a place to stay."
"Oh hey, no no no..."
"Yes, you did. So just ask. Cut the foreplay and ask."
"Would that be a problem?"
"Is it a problem for you to ask?"
"...can I stay at your place?"
-Tyler and the Narrator
"Do not watch. I can't go when you watch."
-Tyler to the Narrator while "preparing" food at the restaurant
"Losing all hope was freedom."
"This is your life, and it's ending one minute at a time."
"On a long enough timeline, the survival rate of everyone drops to zero."
"Every time the plane banked sharply on takeoff or landing, I prayed for a crash. Anything."
"An exit door procedure at 30,000 feet. Mmm hmm. The illusion of safety."
"It was right in everyone's face. Tyler and I just made it visible. It was on the tip of everyone's tongue. Tyler and I just gave it a name."
"When the fight was over, nothing was solved. But nothing mattered. Afterwards, we all felt saved."
"Tell him, 'The liberator who destroyed my property has realigned my perceptions.'"
"Most people, normal people, will do anything to avoid a fight."
"What did you study, Raymond?"
"Stuff? Were the midterms hard?"
-Tyler and Raymond the convenience store clerk
"Sooner or later, we all became what Tyler wanted us to be."
"Something on your mind, dear?"
-Tyler and the Narrator
"We just had a near-life experience."
-Tyler after a car wreck
"Tyler isn't here. Tyler went away. Tyler gone."
"Hello. I need you to arrest me."
-the Narrator to the police
"We're not killing anyone, man, we're setting them free!"
"Whoa, whoa. Okay, you are now firing a gun at your imaginary friend near 400 gallons of nitroglyceride!!!"
world I see, you're stalking elk through the damn canyon forest around
the ruins of Rockefeller Center. You'll wear leather clothes that will
last you the rest of your life. You'll climb the wrist-thick vines that
wrap the Sears Tower. And when you look down you'll see tiny figures
pounding corn, laying strips of venison in the empty carpool lane of
some abandoned super highway. Feel better, champ."
"I was the warm little center
that the world crowded around."
"Tyler's words coming out of
my mouth. And I used to be such a nice guy."
"All the ways you want to be...
you are by far the most interesting single-serving friend I've ever
philosophy on life is that she might die at any moment. The tragedy,
she said, is that she didn't."
girl who lives there used to be a lovely, charming girl."
chick Marla Singer did not have testicular cancer."
could Tyler of all people think it was a bad thing that Marla Singer
was about to die?"
"If I did
have a tumor, I'd name it Marla."
a member of Project Mayhem has a name. His name is Robert Paulson."
looked the way Meryl Streep's skeleton would look if you made it smile
and walk around the party being extra nice to everybody."
just too... too... too BLOND!"
am Jack's flaming sense of rejection."
pain, without sacrfices, there would be nothing."
soap, we could blow up just about anything."
sixty-nined you. I never answer my phone."
a bridesmaid's dress. Someone loved it intensely for one day, then tossed
you own end up owning you."
have insomnia, you're never really asleep and you're never really awake."
evening I died, and every evening I was born again."
can't think of anything."
like Ozzie and Harriet."
war is a spiritual war. Our great depression is our lives."
does not belong to us. We are not special."
"I am Jack's
inflamed sense of rejection."
"You know that old saying, how
you always hurt the one you love? Well, it works both ways."