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Cheryl Strayed Quote: “Can I convince the person about whom I’m crazy to be crazy about me? The short answer is no. The long answer is no.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “I considered my options. There were only two and they were essentially the same. 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: “Don’t lament so much about how your career is going to turn out. You don’t have a career. You have a life. Do the work. Keep the faith. Be true blue. You are a writer because you write. Keep writing and quit your bitching. Your book has a birthday. You don’t know what it is yet.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “Travel by foot. There is so much you can’t identify at top speed.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “Trust yourself. It’s Sugar’s golden rule. Trusting yourself means living out what you already know to be true.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “But the reality is we often become our kindest, most ethical selves only by seeing what it feels like to be a selfish jackass first.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “My concept of an advice giver had been a therapist or a know-it-all, and then I realized nobody listens to the know-it-alls. You turn to the people you know, the friend who has been in the thick of it or messed up – and I’m that person for sure.”
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: “This is how you get unstuck. You reach.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “It was a world I’d never been to and yet had known was there all along, one I’d staggered to in sorrow and confusion and fear and hope. A world I thought would both make me into the woman I knew I could become and turn me back into the girl I’d once been.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “Ask yourself: What is the best I can do? And then do that.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “That place of true healing is a fierce place. It’s a giant place. It’s a place of monstrous beauty and endless dark and glimmering light. And you have to work really, really, really hard to get there, but you can do it.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “The most important thing for aspiring writers is for them to give themselves permission to be brave on the page, to write in the presence of fear, to go to those places that you think you can’t write – really that’s exactly what you need to write.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “Trust that all you’ve learned was worth learning, no matter what answer you have or do not have about what practical use it has in your life. Let whatever mysterious starlight that guided you this far guide you onward into the crazy beauty that awaits.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “My connection with him and his gloriously unfractured life only seemed to increase my pain. It wasn’t his fault. Being with him felt unbearable, but being with anyone else did too. The only person I could bear to be with was the most unbearable person of all: my mother.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “Forgiveness bellows from the bottom of the canoe. There are doubts, dangers, unfathomable travesties. There are stories you’ll learn if you’re strong enough to travel there. One of them might cure you.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “The most terrible and beautiful and interesting things happen in life. For some of you, those things have already happened. Whatever happens to you belongs to you. Make it yours. Feed it to yourself even if it feels impossible to swallow. Let it nurture you, because it will.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “My mother’s last word to me clanks inside me like an iron bell that someone beats at dinnertime: love, love, love, love, love.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “Blood is thicker than water, my mother had always said when I was growing up, a sentiment I’d often disputed. But it turned out that it didn’t matter whether she was right or wrong. They both flowed out of my cupped palms.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “When the path reveals itself, follow it.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “That was my father: the man who hadn’t fathered me. It amazed me every time. Again and again and again. Of all the wild things, his failure to love me the way he should have had always been the wildest thing of all. But on that night as I gazed out over the darkening land fifty-some nights out on the PCT, it occurred to me that I didn’t have to be amazed by him anymore. There were so many other amazing things in this world.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “Or just close your eyes and remember everything you already know. Let whatever mysterious starlight that guided you this far guide you onward into whatever crazy beauty awaits.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “I was amazed that what I needed to survive could be carried on my back. And, most surprising of all, that I could carry it. That I could bear the unbearable. These realizations about my physical, material life couldn’t help but spill over into the emotional and spiritual realm. That my complicated life could be made so simple was astounding.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “Men’s stories are seen as universal, women’s as particular. What women are up against is the battle to not be marginalized.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “This is not the moment to wilt into the underbrush of your insecurities. You’ve earned the right to grow.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “If you want to read anything nasty about me, just go to the backpacker websites. There’s this kind of elitist branch where they really believe that I had no business going backpacking.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “Aside from marrying my husband and having my children, hiking the PCT was the best thing I ever did. The hike very literally forced me to put one foot in front of the other at a time when emotionally I didn’t think I could do that.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “Until we as a gender refuse to wear any shoe that would be uncomfortable to walk a mile in, we’re perfectly screwed.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “Go because you want to go. Because wanting to leave is enough.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “My mother saved hundreds of animals in her life. Wherever she encountered and injured or needy or abandoned animal, she brought it home.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “He was the most ordinary man in all the world, and yet in her memory he’d become luminous, like the prince in a fairy tale.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “People do support themselves as artists and writers, so there’s no need to be all doom and gloom about it. You just have to push forward. You have to follow your vision and hope for the best. You have to write for love.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “To love and be loved. That is the meaning of life.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “Accept that this experience taught you something you didn’t want to know. Accept that sorrow and strife are part of even a joyful life. Accept that it’s going to take a long time for you to get that monster out of your chest. Accept that someday what pains you now will surely pain you less.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “Walk without a stick into the darkest woods. Believe that the fairy tale is true.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “So on one hand, because the wilderness was familiar to me, it really helped me be brave. But it still was scary sometimes. I had to say to myself: “Chances are, you’re not going to be mauled by a bear.””
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “But as you are surely aware, forgiveness doesn’t mean you let the forgiven stomp all over you once again. Forgiveness means you’ve found a way forward that acknowledges harm done and hurt caused without letting either your anger or your pain rule your life or define your relationship with the one who did you wrong.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “Transformation doesn’t ask that you stop being you. It demands that you find a way back to the authenticity and strength that’s already inside of you. You only have to bloom.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “Art isn’t anecdote. It’s the consciousness we bring to bear in our lives.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “My grief is tremendous but my love is bigger.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “There’s always a sunrise and always a sunset and it’s up to you to choose to be there for it,’ said my mother. ‘Put yourself in the way of beauty.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “I never got to be in the driver’s seat of my own life,” she’d wept to me once, in the days after she learned she was going to die. “I always did what someone else wanted me to do. I’ve always been someone’s daughter or mother or wife. I’ve never just been me.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “Boundaries teach people how to treat you and they teach you how to respect yourself. Every last one of us can do better than give up.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “Nobody’s going to do your life for you.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “There’s a crazy lady living in your head. I hope you’ll be comforted to hear that you’re not alone. Most of us have an invisible inner terrible someone who says all sorts of nutty stuff that has no basis in truth.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “That was my father: the man who hadn’t fathered me. It amazed me every time. Again and again and again. Of all the wild things, his failure to love me the way he should have had always been the wildest thing of all.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “I had to go on without my mother, even though I was suffering terribly, grieving her.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “The particularity of our problems can be made bearable only through the recognition of our universal humanity. We suffer uniquely, but we survive the same way.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “I taught workshops at universities. I wrote for magazines. This took time and insane amounts of juggling, but it’s how I earned a living.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “What is one boot without the other boot? It is nothing. It is useless, an orphan forevermore, and I could take no mercy on it.”
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