While just on Douglas Coupland’s site I discovered his page of Couplandisms.
If you have a minute, peruse them.
These are my favorites:
“There’s much to be said for feeling numb. Time passes more quickly. You eat less, and because numbness encourages laziness, you do fewer things, good or bad, and the world’s probably a better place for it.”
“Every human being you see in the course of a day has a problem that’s sucking up at least 70 percent of his or her radar.”
“Only losers make decisions when things are bad. The time to rejig your life is the time when it’s seemingly smooth.”
“You can’t fake creativity, competence, or sexual arousal.”
“If I think too much about all of those Chinese factories where all the stuff in a Wal-Mart is made, I get that woozy feeling you get when you see ducks covered in crude oil.”
“Christmas makes everything twice as sad.”
“Flying dreams mean that you’re doing the right thing with your life.”
“Forget about being world famous, it’s hard enough just getting the automatic doors at the supermarket to acknowledge our existence.”
“A man in a bookstore buys a book on loneliness and every woman in the store hits on him. A woman buys a book on loneliness and the store clears out.”
(I distinctly remember writing this last one down after first reading it in one of his books.)