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10 Fight Club Quotes That Perfectly Reflect Reality

Updated on May 13, 2020
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Fight Club and Its Immeasurable Relevance

What makes Fight Club such an epic and memorable film? Other than Brad Pitt's washboard abs, it's Chuck Palahniuk's uncanny ability to display the ups and downs of reality in a way that grips your attention, making you think long and hard about any principles you might have. And after a quarter of a century, Palahniuk's vision remains relevant more than ever.

Here are some of the most striking Fight Club quotes that will get you back up when life throws a sucker punch.

The Narrator Quotes

The narrator is perhaps the most intriguing character in Fight Club, especially in the beginning of the movie. He starts out as a corporate slave, spending most of his day following a dull life just like any office worker. Seemingly unsatisfied with everything going on in his life, the narrator summons Tyler Durden, his ambitious and cunning alter ego.

A lingering identity crisis is a running theme in the film, with Tyler embracing pain and danger in ways that the narrator can only dream of. He has a nihilistic view, insisting that everyone will die and there's nothing that can be done about it. In the end, he takes matters into his own hands and decides to kill himself.

1. The Narrator's struggles with his inner being is evident from the beginning of the film. This line only serves to highlight what he feels—toiling every day at work and feeling discontent in the end. One's lifetime is limited, and the Narrator reminds us constantly that everyone's time will come at one point or another.

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2. It's strange to say that you only love the ones you hurt, but this is precisely what the Narrator wants to convey. Perhaps it describes the violent nature of Fight Club, where members get hurt but show a deep understanding and respect for each other.

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3. This line depicts the Narrator's thoughts about human existence and the society we live in. As he operates that photocopier at the office he works at, we see the first appearance of Tyler as the word "copy" is uttered. Tyler disappears in a flash, a mere copy of the Narrator and his grieving mind.

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Tyler Durden Quotes

Tyler Durden is the living embodiment of the narrator's "death drive." Despite being the narrator's alter ego, Tyler can be considered more "real," considering that he's referred to by name whenever interacting with other characters. Overflowing with ambitions, Tyler leads the fight club to several missions, each one more dangerous than the last. While Tyler is the source of much of the testosterone that oozes in this movie, he's balanced out by the narrator's repressed masculinity. When the narrator shoots himself in the head, it's unclear whether Tyler lives on to carry out his desires or his machismo dies as well.

4. Undoubtedly one of Tyler's most powerful messages. As the Narrator's masochistic alter ego, Tyler believes that in order to fully understand yourself, you must experience being in a fight. Living life without any scars is akin to living life without purpose.

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5. This serves as an extension to the above quote. It's interesting to think how we need to sacrifice a part of ourselves to get what we want. Earn more money? Spend more time at work. Spend more time with family and friends? Take a day off at work. Win a brawl? Deal with pain and gut it out.

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6. Materials things are merely an illusion of happiness. Buying things is just that—a demonstration of your buying power but doesn't equate to any sense of accomplishment. And sooner or later, you'll realize how these things build the foundations of your own prison, one which proves very difficult to escape from.

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7. This quote could be referring to one's identity rather than material things. There comes a point where you might reach the lowest of the lows, beyond losing your material possessions, and this marks the time when you can transform into a different person as you're finally free from your own ego.

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Marla Singer Quotes

Despite being dominated by male characters, Fight Club's most mysterious character can very well be Marla Singer. It's interesting to look at Marla's choice of words when describing herself: infectious human waste and won't commit to anything. Such honesty proves refreshing, compelling viewers to learn more about her personality. Just like the narrator, Marla feels hopeless, though the reasons aren't clear. She tries to cope up by attending cancer support groups where she meets the narrator. This marks the beginning of an unusual relationship between the two, with the narrator describing Marla as her "power animal." Delving into all aspects of his life, Marla influences the narrator much more than he realizes.

8. Just as Cinderella transforms into a whole new character upon wearing the glass slipper, Marla undergoes her own transformation in this scene. She wears a bridesmaid's dress, which someone used for one day before tossing it, she explains.

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9. This is a reference to "Candy Stripers, which are young volunteer workers at a hospital. They're usually assigned mundane tasks, leaving them with plenty of time to interact with patients. Marla tells this to the Narrator after ruining his participation in support groups.

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10. Is this Marla describing herself? As things are about to get intimate between herself and Tyler, Marla stands in front of a mirror and tells a story about her dress. She realizes that the same fate awaits her.

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Iconic Lines That Will Never Die

Without question, Fight Club has left us with a plethora of unforgettable quotes. Most of them give us a slap in the face, but perhaps that's just what we need to finally get some reality check.

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