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Cheryl Strayed Quote: “Grief is tremendous, but love is bigger. You are grieving because you loved truly. The beauty in that is greater than the bitterness of death. Allowing this into your consciousness will not keep you from your suffering, but it will help you survive the next day.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “The people who don’t give up are the people who find a way to believe in abundance rather than scarcity.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “The complicated thing about friends is that sometimes they are totally wrong about us and sometimes they are totally right and it’s almost always only in retrospect that we know which is which.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “Writing is part intuition and part trial and error, but mostly it’s very hard work.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “I love music and listen to music all the time, but I didn’t realize how much my body needed music. I needed it more than sex.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “There isn’t a thing to eat down there in the rabbit hole of your bitterness except your own desperate heart.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “Love is our essential nutrient. Without it, life has little meaning. It’s the best thing we have to give and the most valuable thing we receive. It’s worthy of all the hullabaloo.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “This is not “how your story ends”. It’s simply where it takes a turn you didn’t expect.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “The obliterated place is equal parts destruction and creation. The obliterated place is pitch black and bright light. It is water and parched earth. It is mud and it is manna. The real work of deep grief is making a home there.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “You have to say I am forgiven again and again until it becomes the story you believe about yourself.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “I was trying to find a new home in the world.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “You don’t have a right to the cards you believe you should have been dealt. You have an obligation to play the hell out of the ones you’re holding.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “Real love moves freely in both directions. Don’t waste your time on anything else.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “Being so alone and so silent for so long gave me the opportunity to see how our brains actually work. I think of that so often in my regular life, as I’m always interacting with people or with my computer or phone.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “My whole life sort of ended when my mom died.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “Stop asking yourself what you want, what you desire, what interests you. Ask yourself instead: What has been given to me? Ask: What do I have to give back? Then give it.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “You will come to know things that can only be known with the wisdom of age and the grace of years. Most of those things will have to do with forgiveness.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “Writing is hard for every last one of us – straight white men included. Coal mining is harder. Do you think miners stand around all day talking about how hard it is to mine for coal? They do not. They simply dig.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “He kissed me hard and I kissed him back harder, like it was the end of an era that had lasted all of my life.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “I could go back in the direction I had come from, or I could go forward in the direction I intended to go.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “I felt something growing in me that was strong and real.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “We aren’t poor,” my mother said, again and again. “Because we’re rich in love.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “Be present for your own life.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “Alone had always felt like an actual place to me, as if it weren’t a state of being, but rather a room where I could retreat to be who I really was.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “Hello, fear. Thank you for being here. You’re my indication that I’m doing what I need to do.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “My mother’s death put me in touch with my most savage self. As I’ve grown up and come to terms with her death and accepted it, the pieces of her that I keep don’t exist materially.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “I had problems a therapist couldn’t solve; grief that no man in a room could ameliorate.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “I was a pebble. I was a leaf. I was the jagged branch of a tree. I was nothing to them and they were everything to me.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “That my complicated life could be made so simple was astounding.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “In my perception, the world wasn’t a graph or formula or an equation. It was a story.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “I’d walk and think about my entire life. I’d find my strength again, far from everything that had made my life ridiculous.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “The wanting was a wilderness and I had to find my own way out of the woods.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “One thing any backpacker will tell you is that it’s tedious and monotonous. You’re bored sometimes, so you really have to make the fun in your head.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “Obviously memoir is subjective truth: It is my memory, my perspective, that’s the beauty. But I still wanted to be as factual as I could.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “What if I forgave myself? What if I forgave myself even though I’d done some things I shouldn’t have? What if I was sorry, but if I could go back in time I wouldn’t do anything different from what I’d done? What if yes was the right answer instead of no? What if all those things I shouldn’t have done were what got me here? What if I was never redeemed? What if I already was?”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “That’s how we find our way outward and onward. By holding onto beauty hardest. By cradling it like the cure that it is. By making it realer than anything ever was. The rest is just monsters and ghosts.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “You go on by doing the best you can. You go on by being generous. You go on by being true. You go on by offering comfort to others who can’t go on. You go on by allowing the unbearable days to pass and allowing the pleasure in other days. You go on by finding a channel for your love and another for your rage.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “I walked all those miles, I learned all those lessons. It’s as if my new life was the gift I got at the end of a long struggle.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “The universe, I’d learned, was never, ever kidding.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “I am, as they say, the classic starving artist.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “Wanting to leave is enough.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “Hiking the PCT was the maddening effort of knitting that sweater and unraveling it over and over again. As if everything gained was inevitably lost.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “Forgiveness doesn’t sit there like a pretty boy in a bar. Forgiveness is the old fat guy you have to haul up a hill.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “There is a path toward the light. The one that goes blink, blink, blink inside your chest when you know what you’re doing is right. Listen to it. Trust it. Let it make you stronger than you are.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “There are so many things to be tortured about, sweet pea. So many torturous things in this life. Don’t let the man who doesn’t love you be one of them.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “The thing about hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, the thing that was so profound to me that summer – and yet also, like most things, so very simple – was how few choices I had and how often I had to do the thing I least wanted to do. How there was no escape or denial. No numbing it down with a martini or covering it up with a roll in the hay.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “Of all the things I’d been skeptical about, I didn’t feel skeptical about this: the wilderness had a clarity that included me.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “It seemed to me the way it must feel to people who cut themselves on purpose. Not pretty, but clean. Not good, but void of regret. I was trying to heal. Trying to get the bad out of my system so I could be good again. To cure me of myself.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “That’s what fathers do if they don’t heal their wounds. They wound their children in the same place.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “He hadn’t loved me well in the end, but he’d loved me well when it mattered.”
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