by Chuck Palahniuk
Rules and Order Quotes in Fight Club
How we cite our quotes: (Chapter. Paragraph)
May I never be complete.
May I never be content.
May I never be perfect.
Deliver me, Tyler, from being perfect and complete. (5.84-5.87)
The intention behind most rules is to give order, to bring things as close to perfection as possible. But our narrator doesn't want that anymore. The rules he has to abide by create an artificially imposed perfection. He wants a perfection of his own.
The first rule about fight club is you don't talk about fight club. (6.6)
Fight club and Project Mayhem may seem to be about total anarchy, but they have a structure. And rule #1? Don't talk about it. (Oops.)
That's the third rule in fight club, when someone says stop, or goes limp, even if he's just faking it, the fight is over. Every time you see this kid, you can't tell him what a great fight he had. (6.14)
How about this one? It looks like fight club is based on personal accomplishment, not recognition by others. It's pretty much the opposite of how Tyler views his current society.