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" My parents used to fight a lot, and I think they fought a lot at night, and they would turn the television up to hide the sound of their fighting. "
" The answer is there is no answer. "
" The only difference between suicide and martyrdom is press coverage. "
" I really love idiot, enlightened characters - these characters who fail to engage with the drama of their immediate circumstances; they fail to be reactive and enrolled by drama as it happens around them. "
" My characters tend to be more dynamic because they're reaching that point in their lives where their old way of being is breaking down. They're conflicted by the idea that they don't know what's next. You could call it Kierkegaard's leap of faith, when you get tired of sort of reinventing yourself on a very superficial level. "
" In almost all my work, I try to re-invent Christian images and stories and themes. You'd be amazed by the letters I get from young Christians who recognise this and enjoy it. "
" Give me rampant intellectualism as a coping mechanism. "
" You have no idea what it is like to constantly disappoint people. You see it the moment you meet them. You see in their eyes that they expected something so entirely different, and here they are meeting... you. "
" I wanted to write about the moment when your addictions no longer hide the truth from you. When your whole life breaks down. That's the moment when you have to somehow choose what your life is going to be about. "
" When I was little, my grandma used to get romance novels, and she would get hundreds of these, and she'd read a dozen a month. "
" You have a choice. Live or die. Every breath is a choice. Every minute is a choice. To be or not to be. "
" I don't care what they do with my book so long as the flippin check clears. "
" Do you remember when you were 10 or 11 years old and you really thought your folks were the best? They were completely omniscient and you took their word for everything. And then you got older and you went through this hideous age when suddenly they were the devil, they were bullies, and they didn't know anything. "
" Meeting authors is kind of the death of the characters. That is always heartbreaking. "
" We are not special. We are not crap or trash, either. We just are. We just are, and what happens just happens. "
" Destruction is always an attractive idea. My brother and I used to spend weeks making models of cities so that we could destroy them in 15 minutes. There's a fantastic joy in destroying something that you've meticulously built. Then you're free to build a new thing. Destruction and creation... they're inseparable. "
" My parents divorced about the same time the movie 'The Parent Trap' came out, about two twins at camp who scheme to get their parents back together. I had that same fantasy. "
" Your life isn't about doing one perfect 'thing' and then falling down dead. It's more like going to church or writing a book. You do it over and over, always trying to be a little bit better. Then you die. "
" I will never write a sequel to anything that I will ever write. "
" My books didn't fit a marketing niche. "
" We don't have friends, so we watch 'Friends' on TV. "
" Mr. Olsen in the fifth grade made me want to be a writer. He said, 'Chuck, you do this really well. And this is much better than setting fires, so keep it up.' That made me a writer. "
" David Fincher is a genius. "
" If you don't know what you want, you end up with a lot you don't. "
" Discovering the 'impossible' ending to a new book makes me sick with joy and relief. "
" My grandfather was hit over the head by a crane boom in Seattle. Some of the family claimed he was never a violent, crazy person before that. Some say he was. It depends who you believe. "
" Maybe humans are just the pet alligators that God flushed down the toilet. "
" In a way, a lot of my humor comes from presenting things that are dramatic or shocking and then people not having socially appropriate responses, having people denying the drama by failing to react to it, and that's a really classic form of humor. "
" Anytime my work can coax bodily fluids out of someone, I'm happy. "
" The world of American politics is more contentious than it has ever been in my lifetime. "
" Reality means you live until you die. The real truth is nobody wants reality. "