by Chuck Palahniuk
Love Quotes in Fight Club
How we cite our quotes: (Chapter. Paragraph)
That old saying, how you always kill the one you love, well, look, it works both ways. (1.16)
Um, we definitely haven't heard this saying before, but it makes us look at the relationships in Fight Club in a different way. If you love the one you kill, that means our narrator truly loves the Tyler side of his personality. Also, it's a good thing he simply likes Marla or she would be dead, too. Of course, she wants to die, so maybe that's a bad thing.
We have sort of a triangle thing going here. I want Tyler. Tyler wants Marla. Marla wants me. (1.36)
Here's a saying we have heard—"If you can't love yourself, how the hell you gonna love somebody else?" And this is why our narrator wants Tyler so bad. He just wants to be able to love himself.
This isn't about love as in caring. This is about property as in ownership. (1.37)
The characters in Fight Club don't have a very positive view of love. It's pretty clear that they see it as a controlling force. And by their reactions to society, we know they don't appreciate being controlled one bit.