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Cheryl Strayed Quote: “The good things aren’t a movie. There isn’t enough to make a reel. The good things are a poem, barely longer than a haiku. There.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “It is impossible for you to go on as you were before, so you must go on as you never have.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “A glorious something else awaits.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “You don’t have to get a job that makes others feel comfortable about what they perceive as your success. You don’t have to explain what you plan to do with your life. You don’t have to justify your education by demonstrating its financial rewards.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “The body knows. When your heart sinks. When you feel sick to your gut. When something blossoms in your chest. When your brain gloriously pops. That’s your body telling you the One True Thing. Listen to it.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “If you had to give one piece of advice to people in their twenties, what would it be? To go to a bookstore and buy ten books of poetry and read them each five times. Why? Because the truth is inside.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “We do not have the right to feel helpless. We must help ourselves. After destiny has delivered what it delivers, we are responsible for our lives.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “When going on a date with someone they met online, the number-one fear that straight women have is going on a date with a serial killer. The number-one fear straight men have is going on a date with a fat woman. That says everything.”
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.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “I had diverged, digressed, wandered, and become wild. I didn’t embrace the word as my new name because it defined negative aspects of my circumstances or life, but because even in my darkest days – those very days in which I was naming myself – I saw the power of the darkness. Saw that, in fact, I had strayed and that I was a stray and that from the wild places my straying had brought me, I knew things I couldn’t have known before.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “My solo three-month hike on the Pacific Crest Trail had many beginnings. There was the first, flip decision to do it, followed by the second, more serious decision to actually do it, and then the long third beginning, composed of weeks of shopping and packing and preparing to do it. There was the quitting my job as a waitress and finalizing my divorce and selling almost everything I owned and saying goodbye to my friends and visiting my mother’s grave one last time.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “Saying it’s hard is ultimately a justification to do what seems like the easiest thing to do – have the affair, stay at that horrible job, end a friendship over a slight, keep loving someone who treats you terribly.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “Every now and then I could see myself – truly see myself – and a sentence would come to me, thundering like a god into my head, and as I saw myself then in front of that tarnished mirror what came was the woman with the hole in her heart.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “You can’t replicate walking 94 days through the wilderness by yourself with a really heavy pack until you do it.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “Fear, to a great extent, is born of a story we tell ourselves, and so I chose to tell myself a different story from the one women are told. I decided I was safe. I was strong. I was brave. Nothing could vanquish me. Insisting on this story was a form of mind control, but for the most part, it worked. Every time I heard a sound of unknown origin or felt something horrible cohering in my imagination, I pushed it away. I simply did not let myself become afraid. Fear begets fear. Power begets power.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “I’d stopped being grandiose. I’d lowered myself to the notion that the absolute only thing that mattered was getting that extra beating heart out of my chest. Which meant I had to write my book. My very possibly mediocre book. My very possibly never-going-to-be-published book. My absolutely nowhere-in-league-with-the-writers-I’d-admired-so-much-that-I-practically-memorized-their-sentences book.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “Be the captain. You are the captain. Take the ball and run.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “What’s important is that you make the leap. Jump high and hard with intention and heart.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “It’s still true that literary works by women, gays, and writers of color are often framed as specific, rather than universal, small rather than big, personal or particular rather than socially significant.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “And every last one of us can do better than give up.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “Perhaps by now I’d come far enough that I had the guts to be afraid.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “It was only after her death that I realized who she was: the apparently magical force at the center of our family who’d kept us all invisibly spinning in the powerful orbit around her.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “You go on by finding a channel for your love and another for your rage.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “And you may not be able to see this yet, but perhaps there will come a time – it could be years from now – when you’ll need to get on your horse and ride into battle and you’re going to hesitate. You’re going to falter. To heal the wound your father made, you’re going to have to get on that horse and ride into battle like a warrior.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “When you say you experience my writing as sacred, what you are touching is the divine place within me that is my mother. Sugar is the temple I built in my obliterated place.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “Every time I set foot on that trail, I feel grateful for the PCTA for doing the work it does to protect and preserve it.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “Run toward the darkness, sweet peas, and shine.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “There are stories you’ll learn if you’re strong enough to travel there. One of them might cure you.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “She was. She was imperfect. She made mistakes. But she was her best self more often than it’s reasonable for any human to be.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “Accept that someday what pains you now will surely pain you less.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “It was the thing that had grown in me that I’d remember years later, when my life became unmoored by sorrow. The thing that would make me believe that hiking the Pacific Crest Trail was my way back to the person I used to be. On.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “We don’t reach the mountaintop from the mountaintop. We start at the bottom and climb up. Blood is involved.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “Will you do it later or will you do it now?”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “Strategic and coy are for jackasses. Be brave. Be authentic.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “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: “Addiction is a tunnel that wakes you up in the middle of the night. Everything else happens out here in the light.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “Withholding distorts reality.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “I didn’t exactly want to get divorced. I didn’t exactly not want to. I believed in almost equal measure both that divorcing Paul was the right thing to do and that by doing so I was destroying the best thing I had. By then my marriage had become like the trail in that moment when I realized there was a bull in both directions. I simply made a leap of faith and pushed on in the direction where I’d never been.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “We are obligated to the people we care about and who we allow to care about us, whether we say we love them or not. Our main obligation is to be forthright – to elucidate the nature of our affection when such elucidation would be meaningful or clarifying.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “You cannot convince people to love you.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “The only way you’ll find out if you “have it in you” is to get to work and see if you do. The only way to override your “limitations, insecurities, jealousies, and ineptitude” is to produce. You have limitations. You are in some way inept. This is true of every writer, and it’s especially true of writers who are twenty-six. You will feel insecure and jealous. How much power you give those feelings is entirely up to you.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “The amount that she loved us was beyond her reach. It could not be quantified or contained. It was the ten thousand named things in the Tao Te Ching’s universe and then ten thousand more.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “Fear of being alone is not a good reason to stay.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “I looked up at the blue sky, feeling, in fact, a burst of energy, but mostly feeling my mother’s presence, remembering why it was that I’d thought I could hike this trail.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “Allow your acceptance of that to be a transformative experience. You do that by simply looking it square in the face and then moving on. You don’t have to move fast or far. You can go just an inch. You can mark your progress breath by breath.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “Withholding distorts reality. It makes the people who do the withholding ugly and small-hearted. It makes the people from whom things are withheld crazy and desperate and incapable of knowing what they actually feel. So release yourself from that. Don’t be strategic or coy. Strategic and coy are for jackasses. Be brave. Be authentic.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “One of the worst things about losing my mother at the age I did was how very much there was to regret.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “Bravery is acknowledging your fear and doing it anyway.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “It’s folly to measure your success in money or fame. Success is measured only by your ability to say yes to these two questions: Did I do the work I needed to do? Did I give it everything I had?”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “Romantic love is not a competitive sport.”
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