Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

by Catherine Chiu

  • No longer would he answer to Chris McCandless; he was now Alexander Supertramp, master of his own destiny.
  • It is the experiences, the memories, the great triumphant joy of living
    to the fullest extent in which real meaning is found.
  • If the day and the night are such that you greet them with joy, and life emits a fragrance like flowers and sweet scented herbs, is more elastic, more starry, more immortal — that is your success. All nature is your congratulation, and you have cause momentarily to bless yourself.
    – “Walden, or Life in the Woods” by Henry David Thoreau
  • It is true that many creative people fail to make mature personal relationships, and some are extremely isolated.
    – “Solitude: A Return to the Self” by Anthony Storr
  • Unlike most of us, he was the sort of person who insisted on living out his beliefs.
  • At least they tried to follow their dreams. That’s what was great about them. They tried. Not many do.
  • He believed doing well was all mental, a simple manner of harnessing whatever energy was available.
  • It’s just a matter of deciding to do it.
  • For children are innocent and love justice, while most of us are wicked and naturally prefer mercy.
    – by G.K. Chesterton
  • . . . he is insane because when he loved you, you didn’t notice.
    – “The Dead Father” by Donald Barthelme
  • Wilderness appeared to those bored or disgusted with man and his works. It not only offered an escape from society but also was an ideal stage for the Romantic individual to exercise the cult that he frequently made of his own soul. The solitude and total freedom of the wilderness created a perfect setting for either melancholy or exultation.
    – “Wilderness and the American Mind” by Roderick Nash
  • It is easy, when you are young, to believe that what you desire is no less than what you deserve, to assume that if you want something badly enough, it is your God-given right to have it.
  • Circumstance has no value. It is how one relates to a situation that has value. All true meaning resides in the personal relationship to a phenomena, what it means to you.
  • To begin with, love of one’s neighbor, which is the supreme form of vital energy. Once it fills the heart of man it has to overflow and spend itself. And then the two basic ideals of modern man — without them he is unthinkable — the idea of free personality and the idea of life as a sacrifice.
    – “Doctor Zhivago” by Boris Pasternak
  • Happiness only real when shared.