Author Chuck Palahniuk's cult classic novel Fight Club has been a beacon for minimalists. It's a bold and ballsy book that challenges our complacency, our routines, our attachment to material things, and our very perception of our existence.
No holds are barred. No feelings are spared. What's left after you peel away the layers of all your pre-conceived societially-accepted ideological crap? Pure squeaky, shiny enlightenment. Here are some of the best pearls of wisdom from Fight Club.
"This is your life and it's ending one minute at a time."
"You decide your own level of involvement."
"Reject the basic assumptions of civilization, especially the importance of material possessions."
"You are not your job, you're not how much money you have in the bank. You are not the car you drive. You're not the contents of your wallet. You are not your f#@%ing khakis."
"At the time, my life just seemed too complete, and maybe we have to break everything to make something better out of ourselves."
"The liberator who destroys my property is fighting to save my spirit. The teacher who clears all possessions from my path will set me free."
"You have a class of young men and women, and they want to give their lives to something. Advertising has these people chasing cars and clothes they don't need. Generations have been working in jobs they hate, just so they can buy what they don't really need."
"What kind of dining set defines me as a person?"
"A house full of condiments and no real food. If you don't know what you want, you end up with a lot you don't."
"You buy furniture. You tell yourself, this is the last sofa I will ever need in my life. Buy the sofa, then for a couple years you're satisfied that no matter what goes wrong, at least you've got your sofa issue handled. Then the right set of dishes. Then the perfect bed. The drapes. The rug. Then you're trapped in your lovely nest, and the things you used to own, now they own you."
"For thousands of years, human beings had screwed up and trashed and crapped on this planet, and now history expected me to clean up after everyone. I have to wash out and flatten my soup cans. And account for every drop of used motor oil. And I have to foot the bill for nuclear waste and buried gasoline tanks and landfilled toxic sludge dumped a generation before I was born."
"Nothing is static. Everything is evolving. Everything is falling apart."
"You are not special. You are not a beautiful or unique snowflake. You're the same decaying organic matter as everything else."
"Getting fired is the best thing that could happen to any of us. That way, we’d quit treading water and do something with our lives."
"My father never went to college so it was really important I go to college. After college, I called him long distance and said, now what? My dad didn't know. When I got a job and turned twenty-five, long distance, I said, now what? My dad didn't know, so he said, get married. I'm a thirty-year-old boy, and I'm wondering if another woman is really the answer I need."
"Quit your job. Start a fight. Prove you're alive. If you don't claim your humanity, you will become a statistic."
"I say let me never be complete, I say may I never be content, I say deliver me from Swedish furniture, I say deliver me from clever arts, I say deliver me from clear skin and perfect teeth, I say you have to give up! I say evolve, and let the chips fall where they may!"
"If you died right now, how would you feel about your life?"
"A moment was the most you could ever expect from perfection."
"You wake up, and that’s enough."