Tyler Durden Quotes

Monday, July 25 by Travis Petersen

1999's "Fight Club" has become one of the most appreciated cult films of the late 1990s, offering a philosophy on life that many identified with illustrated by Brad Pitt's Tyler Durden quotes. Tyler Durden is the id to main character Edward Norton's Narrator, urging him to break out of his stale, IKEA life and job and get back in touch with the animal in man. There are many Tyler Durden quotes associated with the film, some of which are so well-known as to be pop culture touchstones. Here are some of the more memorable Tyler Durden quotes from "Fight Club."

  1. "Welcome to Fight Club. The first rule of Fight Club is you do not talk about Fight Club. The second rule of Fight Club is you DO NOT talk about Fight Club!" From the trailer of the film, hooking viewers in, to its placement early on in the film, this is likely the most well-known of all the Tyler Durden quotes in the film. He goes on to list other rules of the Fight Club he's created, but these are the ones that stick in the memory, ironically because word spreads and Fight Clubs sprout up throughout the country over the course of the movie.
  2. "Only after disaster can we be resurrected." This powerful example of the film's Tyler Durden quotes sums up the philosophy of Tyler Durden, that through destruction, throwing off the bonds of social norms, we can be free. It's hard to tell if the filmmakers agree with this philosophy or not, as they revel in the anarchic violence of the film's story but also try to show another message as well. Viewers of the film can interpret it in a number of ways.
  3. "Hey, you created me. I didn't create some loser alter-ego of myself to make myself feel better. Take some responsibility." In the film's major twist, it is revealed that the Tyler Durden quotes and actions are actually the result of Edward Norton's character creating a tough, free, manly version of himself in his mind and then acting out through that personality. As the Tyler Durden part of him starts to take over, it taunts him with this funny line.
  4. "All the ways you wish you could be, that's me." This final example of the film's many Tyler Durden quotes sums up the fantasy nature of his character, long before it is revealed that he is a figment of the narrator's imagination. In this character, many people find that about themselves, which is perhaps why the film is so popular, and powerful.
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