Take a Swing at these Brad Pitt Fight Club Quotes

Saturday, September 24 by Layla Sinclair

If you’re in the mood for an anti-establishment movie, check out these famous Brad Pitt “Fight Club” quotes. The 1999 film based on Chuck Palahniuk’s novel spawned fan websites, philosophical debates, and actual fight club meetings. Brad Pitt plays the psychotically cool Tyler Durden, while Edward Norton takes on the role of his alter ego, remaining unnamed throughout the film. Here are some of the movie’s most famous quotes, which might just inspire you to finally quit that dead end job and start living life. 

“This is your life, and it’s ending one minute at a time.” This “Fight Club” line appears early in the film, as the Narrator recounts his life before meeting Brad Pitt’s character. He works on car recalls, with horrible employers who place money above protecting human lives. The narrator resides in a neatly modeled apartment full of Swiss furniture. Basically, his life sucks. The quote sets the tone for the rest of the film. 

“It’s not after we’ve lost everything that we’re free to do anything.” This famous “Fight Club” quote is delivered by Brad Pitt, who attempts to convince the Narrator that his matching Ikea table pieces will never make him happy. Instead, his possessions and his job duties only limit him. This becomes Tyler’s mantra as he begins to establish the underpinnings of Fight Club. Soon, the Narrator and Tyler are squatting in a broken-down house with no TV or basic plumbing in an attempt to reject consumer society.

“I want you to hit me as hard as you can.” Brad Pitt says this line to the Narrator outside a liquor store one night. This starts Fight Club, which is about man-on-man combat, with not weapons, words, or conniving. The narrator lets loose and the two begi fighting, which prompts other bystanders to ask if they can be let in on the action. Who knew that one way to discover yourself was through fistfights?

“The first rule of Fight Club is you don’t talk about Fight Club. The second rule of Fight Club is you do NOT talk about Fight Club.Brad Pitt’s character sets these ground rules when he establishes Fight Club, an underground meeting place where men can come and fight each other in total secrecy. There are more rules, including the fact that men can only fight one-on-one. The club spirals out of secrecy and soon becomes a sanctuary for disillusioned men reeling from the realities of their dead end lives.

“I see all this potential, and I see squandering, God damn it, an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables, slaves with white collars. Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy s**t we don’t need.” Tyler delivers this speech to his fellow fight club members, which defines his philosophy and the goal of Project Mayhem. All the young men who come to Tyler are working worthless jobs, serving incompetent bosses. Brad Pitt’s character tells them in this “Fight Club” quote that a whole generation is wasting their lives on $8 an hour jobs, earning no respect or recognition, but rather working to simply further the greedy, vapid interests of materialistic companies.

-Layla Sinclair 

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