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The villain is the person who knows the most but cares the least.
Art and love are the same thing: It’s the process of seeing yourself in things that are not you.
The essays are very solipsistic and self-absorbed, I'm totally conscious of that. To me, book writing is fun, and I basically just write about things that are entertaining to myself.
Anybody who says they are a good liar obviously is not, because any legitimately savvy liar would always insist they're honest about everything.
Seeing no resolution to my existential recognition of loss, I decide to eat lunch.
I love the way music inside a car makes you feel invisible; if you plan the stereo at max volume, it's almost like the other people can't see into your vehicle. It tints your windows, somehow.
First, you must love yourself. And if you do that convincingly enough, others will love you too much.
People who talk about their dreams are actually trying to tell you things about themselves they’d never admit in normal conversation.
The most wretched people in the world are those who tell you they like every kind of music 'except country.' People who say that are boorish and pretentious at the same time.
Sarcasm is when you tell someone the truth by lying on purpose.
We are always dying, all the time. That's what living is; living is dying, little by little. It is a sequenced collection of individualized deaths.
Important things are inevitably cliche, but nobody wants to admit that.
It is very easy for me to imagine in 200 years, people looking back at chemotherapy as proof that people of the 20th century were insane and just morons.
Without a soundtrack, human interaction is meaningless.
Every relationship is fundamentally a power struggle, and the individual in power is whoever likes the other person less.
Observing someone without context amplifies the experience. The more we know, the less we are able to feel.
Booze is the greatest of all equalizers. Rich drunks and poor drunks both pass out the same way.
This made her remember why people take up walking: It is because they no longer have anywhere to go.
It has always been my belief that people are remembered for the sum of their accomplishments but defined by their singular failure.
It's peculiar what you remember when you're not trying.
The essays are different because ultimately it's things I'm interested in, and I'm really just writing about myself and using those subjects as a prism.
This is what being alive feels like, you know? The place doesn't matter. You just live.
We all believe that we are a certain kind of person, but we never know until we do something that proves otherwise, or until we die.
If I knew I was going to die at a specific moment in the future, it would be nice to be able to control what song I was listening to; this is why I always bring my iPod on airplanes.
Being interesting has been replaced by being identifiable.
I honestly believe that people of my generation despise authenticity, mostly because they're all so envious of it.
I once loved a girl who almost loved me, but not as much as she loved John Cusack.
The worst thing you can do to anybody trying to be creative is to demand participation in their vision.
Everybody is wrong about everything, just about all the time.
It is important to have questionable friends you can trust unconditionally.
We assume that all statements must be mild inversions of the truth, because it's too weird to imagine people who aren't casually lying, pretty much all the time.
Book writing is a little different because, in my case, my editor is a year younger than me and basically has the same sensibility as me.
Unless you're Shannon Hoon (of Blind Melon), dying is the only thing that guarantees a rock star will have a legacy that stretches beyond temporary relevance.
The strength of your memory dictates the size of your reality
People can demand someone they've never met be arrested and thrown in jail forever because they know it's never going to happen and they're never going to see this person.
Saying you like "Piano Man" doesn't mean you like Billy Joel; it means you're willing to go to a piano bar if there's nothing else to do
If you don't have a job, you don't have a fear of losing it. You fear having to get one.
Styx and The Stones may break my bones but 'More than Words' will never hurt me
But it goes without saying that Michael Jordan could never date Pamela Anderson. That would cause the apocalypse.
Who Am I? Or (Perhaps More Accurately) Who Else Could Be Me?
Every time I learn the truth about something, I’m disappointed
Somewhere, at some point, somehow, somebody decided that death equals credibility.
It feels so exhausting to be so bad at something I loved so much.
When I'm walking around, I'm usually drinking pop, so I can't have a mask on. That's why I couldn't be a surgeon.
In the Far East, it's very normal for people to wear masks in flu season. I don't know if I'd ever do that, though, because I don't like having things on my face.
When I think about the future, I'm not necessarily arguing it's going to be better or worse. I'm just saying it's going to be different.
It's possible this whole "Why do Latinos love Morrisey?" question will haunt us forever. Fortunately, Canadian academics are on the case.
My mind and gut are never simpatico: Every time I think somebody likes me, she doesn't; every time I think somebody doesn't like me, she does. This has never changed and I'm certain it never will.
The Sims is an escapist vehicle for people who want to escape to where they already are, which is why I thought this game was made precisely for me.
Sometimes I think children are the worst people alive. And even if they're not- even if some smiling toddler is as pure as Evian- it's only a matter of time.