11 years ago, David Fincher blessed us with one of the most visionary and possibly greatest films of all time.
Ranking 11th in IMDB’s Top 250 movies, Fight Club offers us more than we deserve. It’s packed with top class dark humour, brutal and destructive sequences, social commentary on consumerism and masculinity (seriously, it’s full of Freudianism), and the biggest (even, best) twist of all time. Best of all, it gave us one of the most iconic movie characters to ever grace our screens – here’s to you, Tyler Durden.
Now, we know we’re breaking the first rule of Fight Club, but we’re here to give you the film’s top 10 quotes, ranked.
“You’re not your job. You’re not how much money you have in the bank. You’re not the car you drive. You’re not the contents of your wallet. You’re not your f***ing khakis. You’re the all-singing, all-dancing crap of the world.’’ – Tyler Durden
Coming in at first place is the worst (and best) pep talk we may have ever heard. Tyler Durden starts off well, urging us not to be oh-so-materialistic, but before you know it, he’s actually reminding us that we’re way worse than that. Thanks for making us feel special, Tyler
“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! Third rule of Fight Club: someone yells “stop!”, goes limp, taps out, the fight is over. Fourth rule: only two guys to a fight. Fifth rule: one fight at a time, fellas. Sixth rule: No shirts, no shoes. Seventh rule: fights will go on as long as they have to. And the eighth and final rule: if this is your first time at Fight Club, you have to fight.”- Tyler Durden
In second place, we have these set of rules for the most prestigious secret club known to man (obviously). They’re fierce, fair, and spoken by the almighty Brad Pitt. They’re also the most ignored rules ever, because, how can we not talk about Fight Club?!
“It’s only after we’ve lost everything that we’re free to do anything.” – Tyler Durden
Okay so there may be a theme here, Tyler is wise and Tyler is all knowing. Here, he’s addressing societies confinements and urging us to look at life’s bigger picture, and live it with a sense of freedom.
“You met me at a very strange time in my life.” – Narrator
That’s right, coming in in fourth place is the Narrator’s famous line. Edward Norton addresses his current situation with such simplicity and nonchalance that it makes it impossible not to ooze empathy and admiration for him. Sure, the world is quite literally falling around him but he speaks to Marla with such content, and to top it off, the accompanying explosive visuals and soundtrack make it all the more worthwhile. This one sticks with you for sure.
“Bob had b***h tits.” – Narrator
So matter of fact, so ruthless, so true. Norton’s delivery of this hilarious line paired with his wide-eyed and solemn face never fails to amuse. This is just one perfect example of why Fight Club gets it right, every time.
“Listen up, maggots. You are not special. You are not a beautiful or unique snowflake. You’re the same decaying organic matter as everything else.” – Tyler Durden
Talk about being harsh, Tyler. You mean to say that we are all easily offended and not special in our own right? Well, that’s a bit mean…
Still, it’s a very entertaining and gritty quote isn’t it.
“This is your life and it’s ending one minute at a time.” – Narrator
If there’s one thing Fight Club owns, it’s in its persistent reminders that life is too short. It’s just when you put it this way, it really sinks in, right?
“The things you own end up owning you.” – Tyler Durden
Fight Club is a rejection of consumerism and this quote hits the nail on the head as to why. Tyler is calling out the Narrator for his IKEA-filled apartment and lifestyle, all the while whilst living in a desolate and cluttered house, because hey, he wants to live without limits.
“When people think you’re dying, they really, really listen to you, instead of just… Instead of just waiting for their turn to speak?” – Narrator and Marla Singer
At 9th place, there’s a lot to be said about this memorable conversation. The words may have a dark and deeper meaning but it’s also how the characters first begin to bond. Both the Narrator and Marla are seen as sad or lost souls, and it speaks volumes that they only feel heard when attending support groups for catharsis.
“Tomorrow will be the most beautiful day of Raymond K. Hessel’s life. His breakfast will taste better than any meal you and I have ever tasted.” – Tyler Durden
Last but not least, Tyler’s ability to turn a disastrous and violent exchange into a life-lesson is incomprehensible, but it works. Hammering home a point, poor Raymond is left fearing for his life, but Tyler believes he’ll thank him later for giving him the push he needed to wake up tomorrow and achieve his dreams. A scary, but weirdly bittersweet scene.
So there you have it, we’ve taken on the difficult task of breaking down one of the most quotable films into our top ten favourites. We hope you’ve enjoyed this nostalgic trip down memory lane, in honour of mischief, mayhem, and soap.
Let it spur you on to watch Fight Club for the umpteenth (or first) time, and to go quote it some more.