6 Quotes From Fight Club That Will Hit You In The Gut

Chuck Palahniuk's badass and rawest truth about life

Shreya Badonia
5 min readMar 14, 2022


Stag at Sharkey’s (1909) by George Wesley Bellows. From The Cleveland Museum of Art. Enhanced by rawpixel.

Chuck Palahniuk is the darkest author I have read. His rawness and contemporary narrative amaze me. It makes me embarrassed and alerts me at the same time.

Fight Club, his widely successful book written in the 90s, has still managed to keep the cult alive all these years.

There are so many gems in the book that make you question your life. I am sharing 6 quotes from the book that woke the hell out of me.

"I let go. Lost in oblivion. Dark and silent and complete. I found freedom. Losing all hope was freedom."

As an aspiring entrepreneur, I am thinking about building my business 24x7. Unfortunately, this madness has made me fall back on my designing career and the content creation I have been doing.

The constant pressure and urge to do something with my life doesn't let me live in peace. I often feel about not having these ambitions, not having this hope — so I could peacefully just like my peers.

Even when I don't see results, hope keeps me going. It makes me focus on the bigger vision.

When you don’t have hope, you have no fear.

When your biggest fear comes true, you have no hope. When you don't have hope, you have no fear — you live life peacefully.

Hope is having expectations from the future. Hope is a comfort that is not real. And hope is what keeps us hooked with the unreal.

Hope sidelines the reality.

"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."

My Naani (maternal grandmother) passed away recently. There were 200+ people who came to say the final goodbye, including her former students and 20 years old colleagues.

Nobody cared about her bank balance or her brilliant career. All people talked about how kind she was and how she…



Shreya Badonia

I write about the Creator Economy + self-mastery in the digital world. 💎 https://shreyasls.substack.com/