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Cheryl Strayed Quotes
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Cheryl Strayed Quote: “Water fell from the sky and dripped from the branches, streaming down the gully of the trail. I walked beneath the enormous trees, the forest canopy high above me, the bushes and low-growing plants that edged the trail soaking me as I brushed past. Wet and miserable as it was, the forest was magical – Gothic in its green grandiosity, both luminous and dark, so lavish in its fecundity that it looked surreal, as if I were walking through a fairy tale rather than the actual world.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “The narratives we create in order to justify our actions and choices become in so many ways who we are.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “I’ve given you everything,” she insisted again and again in her last days. “Yes,” I agreed. She had, it was true. She did. She did. She’d come at us with maximum maternal velocity. She hadn’t held back a thing, not a single lick of her love.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “The truth was, in spite of all that, she’d been a spectacular mom. I knew it as I was growing up. I knew it in the days that she was dying. I knew it now. And I knew that was something. That it was a lot. I had plenty of friends who had moms who – no matter how long they lived – would never give them the all-encompassing love that my mother had given me.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “There are no composite characters or events in this book. I occasionally omitted people and events, but only when that omission had no impact on either the veracity or the substance of the story.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “When you’re speaking in the truest, most intimate voice about your life, you are speaking with the universal voice.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “I never had a mind for math. I simply couldn’t hold the formulas and numbers in my head. It was logic that made little sense to me. In my perception, the world wasn’t a graph or formula or an equation. It was a story.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “There are so many torturous things in this life. Don’t let a man who doesn’t love you be one of them.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “Of all the things that convinced me that I should not be afraid while on this journey, of all the things I’d made myself believe so I could hike the PCT, the death of my mother was the thing that made me believe the most deeply in my safety: nothing bad could happen to me, I thought. The worst thing already had.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “No matter what unjust, sad, sucky things have befallen you. Self-pity is a dead-end road. You.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “Foot speed was a profoundly different way of moving through the world than my normal modes of travel. Miles weren’t things that blazed dully past. They were long, intimate straggles of weeds and clumps of dirt, blades of grass and flowers that bent in the wind, trees that lumbered and screeched. They were the sound of my breath and my feet hitting the trail one step at a time and the click of my ski pole. The PCT had taught me what a mile was. I was humble before each and every one.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “Someone who isn’t embarrassed by our emotions, or her own, who recognizes that life is short and that all we have to offer, in the end, is love.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “I’d loved books in my regular, pre-PCT life, but on the trail, they’d taken on even greater meaning. They were the world I could lose myself in when the one I was actually in became too lonely or harsh or difficult to bear.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “The Dream of a Common Language by Adrienne Rich; Motherless Daughters by Hope Edelman; As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner; The Ten Thousand Things by Maria Dermout; My First Summer in the Sierra by John Muir; The Land of Little Rain by Mary Austin; The Pacific Crest Trailside Reader by Rees Hughes and Corey Lewis; Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer; Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls; A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson; Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “Each and every one of them had the courage to say, This is who I am even if you’ll crucify me for it.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “It only had to do with how it felt to be in the wild. With what it was like to walk for miles for no reason other than to witness the accumulation of trees and meadows, mountains and deserts, streams and rocks, rivers and grasses, sunrises and sunsets. The experience was powerful and fundamental. It seemed to me that it had always felt like this to be a human in the wild, and as long as the wild existed it would always feel this way.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “You will regret the small thing you didn’t say for the rest of your life.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “A perfect couple is a wholly private thing. No one but the two people in the perfect relationship know for certain whether they’re in one. Its only defining quality is that it’s composed of two people who feel perfectly right about sharing their lives with each other, even during the hard times.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “The standard you should apply in deciding whether or not to have an active relationship with him is the same one you should apply to all the relationships in your life: you will not be mistreated or disrespected or manipulated.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “It was really over, I thought. There was no way to go back, to make it stay. There was never that.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “His life is like your life and my life and all the lives of all the people who are reading these words right now. It’s a roiling stew of fear and need and desire and love and the hunger to be loved. And mostly, it’s the latter.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “The PCT had taught me what a mile was.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “It’s not about becoming a movie star. It’s about the down-in-the-dirt art of inhabiting the person you aspire to be while carrying on your shoulders the uncertain and hungry man you know you are.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “As difficult and maddening as the trail could be, there was hardly a day that passed that didn’t offer up some form of what was called trail magic in the PCT vernacular – the unexpected and sweet happenings that stand out in stark relief to the challenges of the trail.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “Uncertain as I was as I pushed forward, I felt right in my pushing, as if the effort itself meant something. That perhaps being amidst the undesecrated beauty of the wilderness meant I too could be undesecrated, regardless of the regrettable things I’d done to others or myself or the regrettable things that had been done to me. 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: “You asked me when is the right time to tell your lover that you love her and the answer is when you think you love her. That’s also the right time to tell her what your love for her means to you. If you continue using avoidance as the main tactic in your romantic relationships with women, you’re going to stunt not only your happiness, but your life.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “And now it was official: I loved REI more than I loved the people behind Snapple lemonade.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “Reading’s my reward at the end of the day.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “Eddie sat on my other side, but I could not look at him. If I looked at him we would both crumble like dry crackers. I thought about my older sister, Karen, and my younger brother, Leif. About my husband, Paul, and about my mother’s parents and sister, who lived a thousand miles away. What they would say when they knew. How they would cry. My prayer was different now: A year, a year, a year. Those two words beat like a heart in my chest.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “At a certain point we get to decide who it is we allow to influence us.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “I did not cry. I only breathed. Horribly. Intentionally. And then forgot to breathe.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “What if I forgave myself? I thought. What if I forgave myself even though I’d done something I shouldn’t have? What.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “My mom was dead. My mom was dead. My mom was dead. Everything I ever imagined about myself had disappeared into the crack of her last breath.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “To us, they are not so much who they are as who they will become.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “I have breathed my way through so many people I felt wronged by; through so many situations I couldn’t change. Sometimes while doing this I have breathed in acceptance and breathed out love. Sometimes I’ve breathed in gratitude and out forgiveness. Sometimes I haven’t been able to muster anything beyond the breath itself, my mind forced blank with nothing but the desire to be free of sorrow and rage.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “It’s wrong that this is required of you. It’s wrong that your son died. It will always be wrong.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “As close as we’d been when we were together, we were closer in our unraveling, telling each other everything at last, words that seemed to us might never have been spoken between two human beings before, so deep we went, saying everything that was beautiful and ugly and true.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “I didn’t wake from these dreams crying. I woke shrieking. Paul grabbed me and held me until I was quiet. He wetted a washcloth with cool water and put it over my face. But those wet washcloths couldn’t wash the dreams of my mother away. Nothing did. Nothing would. Nothing could ever bring my mother back or make it okay that she was gone. Nothing would put me beside her the moment she died. It broke me up. It cut me off. It tumbled me end over end.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “I never did make that Thanksgiving dinner. By the time Thanksgiving rolled around eight months after my mom died, my family was something I spoke of in the past tense.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “I had not lived a sheltered life. I’d had my share of hardships and sorrows. I thought I knew how the world worked, but this I could not believe. I thought that if it was known that bad things were happening to children, those bad things would be stopped. But that is not the sort of society we live in, I realized. There is no such society.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “Maybe I was more alone than anyone in the whole wide world. Maybe that was okay.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “I’d entered the city the way one enters any grand love affair: with no exit plan.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “We are here to build the house.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “I’m also reminded of how those words no longer belong only to me; how, when we identify with what another has said or written, we use those words as an articulation of our own inner voices, not only as a celebration of theirs.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “Be brave. Write what’s true for you. Write what you think. What about what confuses you and compels you. Write about the crazy, hard, and beautiful. Write what scares you. Write what makes you laugh and write what makes you weep. What what makes you feel ashamed or proud. Writing is risk and revelation. There’s no need to show up at the party if you’re only going to stand around with your hands in your pockets and stare at the drapes.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “I never found a way to write about it until I wrote this letter to you, Ruler, when I realized it was a story you needed to hear. Not how the kittens suffered during those weeks they were wandering inside the dark building with no way out – though surely there’s something there too – but how they saved themselves. How frightened those kittens were, and yet how they persisted. How when two strangers offered up their palms, they stepped in.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “I had diverged, digressed, wandered, and become wild.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “These are not pretty things, but they are true things.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “I could only be who it seemed I had to be.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “Don’t stay when you know you should go or go when you know you should stay. Don’t fight when you should hold steady or hold steady when you should fight.”
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