On TV people look at your hair and then they look at your skin, and then they look at your clothes, and by the time they're listening to what you're saying, you're off the screen.

Douglas Coupland

Douglas Coupland

Profession: Author
Nationality: Canadian

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Society indeed conspires to keep you ball and chained.

Unhappiness is something we are never taught about; we are taught to expect happiness, but never a Plan B to use to use when the happiness doesn't arrive.

I tend to look for pathologies everywhere.

The real killers in the business world aren't the ones who aim for the top, it's the ones who aim for two notches below the top.

And any small moments of intense, flaring beauty such as this morning's will be utterly forgotten, dissolved by time like a super-8 film left out in the rain, without sound, and quickly replaced by thousands of silently growing trees.

Those Catholics, they really nab you when you're young. They sear you. They sear you; they do.

Americans are a quarter of a billion people who have almost nothing in common except for the fact they've been told they have lots in common.

Bespoke tailoring: yes! I found this one pair of pants - they're Canali - and brought them into a tailor and said, 'Clone these, dammit.' They just do all the right things. I've got eight pairs in different colors and I never have to think about pants again. The only look otherwise that suits me is, like, the Professor from 'Gilligan's Island.'

And for a while they were happy in their own manner; they had the animal confidence money affords.

Maybe thinking you're supposed to 'have a life' is a stupid way of buying into an untenable 1950s narrative of what life *supposed* to be. How do we know that all of these people with 'no lives' aren't really on the new frontier of human sentience and preceptions?

I grew up in airports and on air bases. I know what flying and airports can be. And most airports make me feel like we're about three per cent better than ants. Especially U.S. airports. They're zoos. All civility is gone.

I think of how people can betray me simply by not caring enough to hide the fact of how little they care.I think of how the person who needs the other person the least in a relationship is the stronger member.

I don't think anyone ever gets over anything in life; they merely get used to it.

We live in an era with no historical precedents. History is no longer useful as a tool in helping us understand current changes.