"No matter how careful you are, there's going to be the sense you missed something, the collapsed feeling under your skin that you didn't experience it all. There's that fallen heart feeling that you rushed right through the moments where you should've been paying attention."
"... the only way to find true happiness is to risk being completely cut open."
"When did the future switch from being a promise to being a threat?"
"People are all over the world telling their one dramatic story and how their life has turned into getting over this one event. Now their lives are more about their past than their future."
"A knife, it felt like a knife, and I'd discovered that despite everything that's happened, I still had an endless untapped potential for getting hurt."
"The best way is not to fight it, just go. Don't be trying all the time to fix things. What you run from only stays with you longer. When you fight something, you only make it stronger."
"I'm only doing this because it's just the biggest mistake I can think to make. It's stupid and destructive, and anybody you ask will tell you I'm wrong. That's why I have to go through with it. (...) Don't you see? Because we are so trained to do life the right way. To not make mistakes. (...) I figure, the bigger the mistake looks, the better chance I'll have to break out and live a real life."
"It's because we're so trapped in our culture, in the being of being human on this planet with the brains that we have, and the same two arms and two legs everybody has. We're so trapped that any way we could imagine to escape would be just another part of the trap. Anything we want, we're trained to want."
"... piercings and tattoos and brandings (...), all those little fashion revolts so safe that they themselves only become fashionable. Those little paper tiger attempts to reject looking good that only end up enforcing it."
- by Chuck Palahniuk