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People are pretty forgiving when it comes to other people's families.
by Doug Coupland

People are pretty forgiving when it comes to other people's families.
The only family that ever horrifies you is your own.
- Doug Coupland

Related topics: Family

Handmade presents are scary because they reveal that
you have too much free time.
- Doug Coupland

If cats were double the size they are now,
they'd probably be illegal.
- Doug Coupland

It's very strange that most people don't care if their
knowledge of their family history only goes back three generations.
- Doug Coupland

 

You can't get mad at weather because weather's not about you.
Apply that lesson to most other aspects of life.
- Doug Coupland

If our subconscious was attractive, we wouldn't have
to bury it down deep within us.
- Doug Coupland

Being asked what animal you'd like to be is a trick question;
you're already an animal.
- Doug Coupland

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Most people have no idea how to politely answer a phone.
The English do, and it's been their only major business
advantage for the past two centuries.
- Doug Coupland

The capacity for not feeling lonely can carry a very real price,
that of feeling nothing at all.
- Doug Coupland

You spend a much larger part of your life being old,
not young.
- Doug Coupland

High school is such a shared experience in North American culture.
- Doug Coupland

If God drives a car, He'd drive a 1973 Ford LTD Brougham
sedan with a claret-colored vinyl roof,
with oxblood leather upholstery and an opera window.
- Doug Coupland

Sometimes failure isn't an opportunity in disguise,
it's just you.
- Doug Coupland

Flying dreams mean that you're doing the right thing with your life.
- Doug Coupland

You can never become rich unless you like rich people.
- Doug Coupland

If you don't change, then what's the point of anything happening to you?
- Doug Coupland

Christmas makes everything twice as sad.
- Doug Coupland

Sometimes it feels as if everything in life is just
something we haul into the grave.
- Doug Coupland

When you crop the photo, you tell a lie.
- Doug Coupland

I find it hard to believe that human beings are the
crowning achievement of life on earth.
Something better than us has to come along.
- Doug Coupland

Where does personality end and brain damage begin?
- Doug Coupland

We want our idols to be dead because it makes death a much less scary place.
- Doug Coupland

We decided that the French could never write user-friendly
software because they're so rude.
- Doug Coupland

You can't fake creativity, competence,
or sexual arousal.
- Doug Coupland

Your body isn't just a body.
It's an ecosystem.
- Doug Coupland

There's nothing cure or funny or lovable about being cheap.
It's a total turn-off.
- Doug Coupland

Blame is just a lazy person's way of making sense of chaos.
- Doug Coupland

A ring is a halo on your finger.
- Doug Coupland

Gap clothing allows you to look like you're from nowhere and anywhere.
- Doug Coupland

Sometimes the best lighting of all is a power failure.
- Doug Coupland

Figure out what it is in life you don't do well,
and then don't do it.
- Doug Coupland

Feeling unique is no indication of uniqueness.
- Doug Coupland

I think the killers get far too much attention.
- Doug Coupland

If nothing else, we simply get used to being alive.
- Doug Coupland

Tofu hot dogs are actually scarier than real hot dogs.
It's like wanting the worst possible meat product without
even the thrill of it actually being meat.
- Doug Coupland

Is there anything in the world more annoyingly creepy
than an unspoken dress code?
- Doug Coupland

The person who needs the other person the least in
a relationship is the stronger member.
- Doug Coupland

We're rapidly approaching a world comprised entirely of jail and shopping.
- Doug Coupland

When we constantly ask for miracles,
we're unraveling the fabric of the world.
A world of continuous miracles would not be a world,
it would be a cartoon.
- Doug Coupland

There's a lot to be said for having a small manageable dream.
- Doug Coupland

God is what keeps us together after the love is gone.
- Doug Coupland

Royalty is either going to do very well with cloning,
or it's going to disappear completely.
- Doug Coupland

Earth was not built for six billion people all running
around and being passionate about things.
The world was built for about two million people foraging for roots and grubs.
- Doug Coupland

Nature is one great big wood-chipper.
Sooner or later, everything shoots out the other end in a spray of blood,
bones and hair.
- Doug Coupland

Failure is authentic, and because it's authentic,
it's real and genuine, and because of that,
it's a pure state of being.
- Doug Coupland

Everybody has basically the same family,
it's just reconfigured slightly differently from one to the next.
- Doug Coupland

If your life had lyrics, would they be any good?
- Doug Coupland

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.
- Doug Coupland

Nothing very very good and nothing very very bad ever
lasts for very very long.
- Doug Coupland

Never loan a book to someone if you expect to get it back.
Loaning books is the same as giving them away.
- Doug Coupland

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.
- Doug Coupland

I've got 911 on speed dial.
- Doug Coupland

In our heads we're all about 33 years old.
- Doug Coupland

It also allows you to look as though you're not particularly from the present,
future or past, either.
- Doug Coupland

I know it's not cat food, but what exactly is it that
they put inside of tinned ravioli?
- Doug Coupland

If human beings had genuine courage,
they'd wear their costumes every day of the year,
not just on Halloween.
- Doug Coupland

Forget sex or politics or religion, loneliness is the
subject that clears out a room.
- Doug Coupland

If a building looks better under construction than it does when finished,
then it's a failure.
- Doug Coupland

Too much free time is certainly a monkey's paw in disguise.
Most people can't handle a structureless life.
- Doug Coupland

I think that in the future, clocks won't say three o'clock anymore.
They'll just get right to the point and rename three o'clock 'Pepsi.'
- Doug Coupland

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.
- Doug Coupland

If you're not a tree hugger, then you're a what,
a tree hater?
- Doug Coupland

Human beings are the only animal that thinks they change
who they are simply by moving to a different place.
Birds migrate, but it's not quite the same thing.
- Doug Coupland

It's weird when people start sentences with 'frankly' -
as if their other sentences don't count.
- Doug Coupland

Forget about being world famous, it's hard enough just
getting the automatic doors at the supermarket to acknowledge our existence.
- Doug Coupland

Florida isn't so much a place where one goes to reinvent oneself,
as it is a place where one goes if one no longer wished to be found.
- Doug Coupland

The modern economy isn't about the redistribution of wealth,
it's about the redistribution of time.
- Doug Coupland

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

People will always choose more money over more sex.
- Doug Coupland

Depression is when you have lots of love,
but no one's taking.
- Doug Coupland

A bland smile is like a green light at an intersection,
it feels good when you get one, but you forget it the moment you're past it.
- Doug Coupland


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