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Cheryl Strayed Quote: “Because when an artist has to assert that her intended audience is all humans rather than those who happen to be of her particular gender or race, what she’s actually having to assert is the breadth and depth of her own humanity.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “Going down, I realized, was like taking hold of the loose strand of yarn on a sweater you’d just spent hours knitting and pulling it until the entire sweater unraveled into a pile of string. 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: “I would suffer. I would suffer. I would want things to be different than they were. The wanting was a wilderness and I had to find my own way out of the woods.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “A lot of people go off and have fun adventures, or hard adventures, and their impulse is to write about them right away. What really makes a difference is having some perspective on what happened.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “I’ve learned so much as both a writer and a human.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “I was working too hard to be afraid.”
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: “I was amazed that what I needed to survive could be carried on my back.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “You don’t have to justify your education by demonstrating its financial rewards. You don’t have to maintain an impeccable credit score. Anyone who expects you to do any of those things has no sense of history or economics or science or the arts.”
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: “You’ve made it so long without your sweet boy and now you can’t take it anymore. But you can. You must.”
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: “No matter what unjust, sad, sucky things have befallen you. Self-pity is a dead-end road. You.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “When I say you don’t have to explain what you’re going to do with your life, I’m not suggesting you lounge around whining about how difficult it is. I’m suggesting you apply yourself in directions for which we have no accurate measurement. I’m talking about work. And love.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “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.”
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: “Reading’s my reward at the end of the day.”
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: “Women are the ones with the cojones,” said Paco as he made a bowl of guacamole. “We guys like to think we’re the ones, but we’re wrong.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “Do you believe in reincarnation?” I asked as we looked together at the intricate drawings, reading bits about them in the paragraph of text on each page. “I don’t,” he said. “I believe we’re here once and what we do matters.”
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: “And now it was official: I loved REI more than I loved the people behind Snapple lemonade.”
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: “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 whole deal about loving truly and for real and with all you’ve got has everything to do with letting those we love see what made us.”
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: “Sometimes you’ll hold on really hard and realize there is no choice but to let go. Acceptance is a small, quiet room.”
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: “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: “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: “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.”
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: “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: “I did not cry. I only breathed. Horribly. Intentionally. And then forgot to breathe.”
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: “Grief doesn’t have a face.”
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: “Fear begets fear. Power begets power. I willed myself to beget power.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “But love doesn’t make a mean drunk not a mean drunk or a narcissist not a narcissist or a jackass not a jackass.”
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: “To us, they are not so much who they are as who they will become.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “I could only be who it seemed I had to be.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “You’re clear that you don’t want to act on your crush, so trust that clarity and be grateful that you have it.”
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.”
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