Fight Club was a film that was so weird, that it was brilliant. Now nearly 20 years old, the idea of the film is still refreshing to watch. It was a perfect execution of a concept which was unheard of at that time. Here are 10 iconic lines from the film:-
1) I let go. Lost in oblivion…dark and silent and complete. I found freedom. Losing all hope was freedom.
When the Narrator meets Bob for the first time, he cries as he is moved by Bob’s honesty. He feels liberated. This scene is very important to the story as it depicts the reason why the narrator started going to these open talk sessions.
2) What do you do for a living?
Tyler: Why? So you can pretend like you’re interested?
Probably one of the lines that you’re bound to hear on a flight. The narrator isn’t really interested in the profession of Tyler, but to keep the conversation going he pulls up this card. Tyler’s reply is symbolic of what everyone might think about that question but are afraid to openly say.
3)I say never be complete; I say stop being perfect; I say let’s evolve., let the chips fall where they may.
After the narrator’s house had caught fire, he called up Tyler to have a nice talk along with some beer to ease the pain. The narrator believed his life was almost complete because he owned every piece of furniture he dreamed about. Tyler enlightened him about the consumerism that is eating up life. The ideal of being complete is false and one should be able to evolve with time.
4) Things You Own End Up Owning You!
The narrator felt better as he thought insurance will cover all the loss he faced in the house fire, but Tyler reminds him that there are better things to worry about unless he still wants to remain a ‘consumer’.
5)We’re a generation of men raised by women. I’m wondering if another woman is really the answer we need
Study. Get a job. Get married, have kids and then die. It’s probably the path that every man is told to follow by his parents. But as Tyler said, probably marriage isn’t the answer to all problems in life.
6)You have to consider the possibility that God does not like you, never wanted you, and in all probability, he HATES you. It’s not the worst thing that can happen.
While the narrator’s hand was burning, Tyler was giving away another lesson of life. The narrator tries to calm himself by remembering the cave that he was told about in the open talk session but Tyler dismisses it by saying these are the things that people who believe in premature enlightenment think about. One should never be over dependent on the idea of God.
7) It’s only after we’ve lost everything that we’re free to do anything.
Tyler shows narrator the exact same burn mark. The fear of losing often makes our self belief weaker. It makes us unable to do the things we considered possible at one point of time.
8) You are not special. You’re not a beautiful and unique snowflake. You’re the same decaying organic matter as everything else. We’re all part of the same compost heap. We’re all singing, all dancing crap of the world.
Probably the most important life lesson from Tyler. As he recruits fight club members for Project Mayhem, he shapes them into an army. No one is born special in life. One needs to do something extraordinary to be remembered and till that time, you just another human being.
9)Hitting bottom isn’t a weekend retreat, it’s not a goddamn seminar. Stop trying to control everything and just let go. Let go
Tyler reveals that he was the one that blew up narrator’s condo. Hitting an all time low taught the narrator about many different aspects of life. He actually understood that life is more than just momentary satisfactions.
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