Quotes By Choke

“What I want is to be needed. What I need is to be indispensable to somebody. Who I need is somebody that will eat up all my free time, my ego, my attention. Somebody addicted to me. A mutual addiction.”

“We can spend our lives letting the world tell us who we are. Sane or insane. Saints or sex addicts. Heroes or victims. Letting history tell us how good or bad we are. Letting our past decide our future. Or we can decide for ourselves. And maybe it's our job to invent something better.”

“I admire addicts. In a world where everybody is waiting for some blind, random disaster or some sudden disease, the addict has the comfort of knowing what will most likely wait for him down the road. He's taken some control over his ultimate fate, and his addiction keeps the cause of his death from being a total surprise.”

“More and more, it feels like I'm doing a really bad impersonation of myself.”

“I feel my heart ache, but I've forgotten what that feeling means.”

“Because nothing is as good as you can imagine it. No one is as beautiful as she is in your head. Nothing is as exciting as your fantasy.”

“Without access to true chaos, we'll never have true peace. Unless everything can get worse, it won't get any better.”

“Just keep asking yourself: What would Jesus not do?”

“My first time I jacked off, I thought I'd invented it. I looked down at my sloppy handful of junk and thought, This is going to make me rich.”

“It's pathetic how we can't live with the things we can't understand. How we need everything labeled and explained and deconstructed.”

“For the first time in longer than I can remember, I feel peaceful. Not happy. Not sad. Not anxious. Not horny. Just all the higher parts of my brain closing up shop. The cerebral cortex. The cerebellum. That's where my problem is. I'm now simplifying myself. Somewhere balanced in the perfect middle between happiness and sadness. Because sponges never have a bad day.”

“Because nothing is as perfect as you can imagine it.”

“You gain power by pretending to be weak.”

“We've spent so much time judging what other people created that we've created very, very little of our own.”

“After you find out all the things that can go wrong, your life becomes less about living and more about waiting.”

“We've taken the world apart but we have no idea what to do with the pieces.”

“At some point, your memories, your stories, your adventures, will be the only things you'll have left.”

“Here in your mind you have complete privacy. Here there's no difference between what is and what could be.”

“Torture is torture and humiliation is humiliation only when you choose to suffer.”

“people had been working for so many years to make the world a safe, organized place. nobody realized how boring it would become. with the whole world property-lined and speed-limited and zoned and taxed and regulated, with everyone tested and registered and addressed and recorded. nobody had left much room for adventure, except maybe the kind you could buy. on a roller coaster. at a movie. still, it would always be that kind of faux excitement. you know the dinosaurs aren't going to eat the kids. the test audiences have outvoted any chance of even a major faux disaster. and because there's no possibility of real disaster, real risk, we're left with no chance for real salvation. real elation. real excitement. Joy. Discovery. Invention.

the laws that keep us safe, these same laws condemn us to boredom.

without access to true chaos, we'll never have true peace.”

“Sex pretty much cures everything.”

“You can’t fool people into loving you.”

“Those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it.”

“If you're going to read this, don't bother.”

“Anything you can aquire is only another thing you'll lose.”

“You had to risk your life to get love. You had to get right to the edge of death to ever be saved.”

“I wish I had the courage not to fight and doubt everything... I wish, just once, I could say, 'This. This is good enough. Just because I choose it.”

“There's an opposite to déjà vu. They call it jamais vu. It's when you meet the same people or visit places, again and again, but each time is the first. Everybody is always a stranger. Nothing is ever familiar.”

“Why do I do anything?' she says. 'I'm educated enough to talk myself out of any plan. To deconstruct any fantasy. Explain away any goal. I'm so smart I can negate any dream.”