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Cheryl Strayed Quote: “How strange and glorious it was to be anchored to nothing, to be free, in some particular way, for the first time in my life.”
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’m going to be mad at you for the rest of my life.”
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: “At a certain point we get to decide who it is we allow to influence us.”
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: “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.”
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: “Our minds are small, but our hearts are big.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “Don’t worry about it too much. You’re green, but you’re tough. And tough is what matters the most out here. Not just anyone could do what you’re doing.”
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.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “Perhaps being among the undesecrated beauty of the wilderness meant I, too, could be undesecrated... the wilderness had a clarity that included me.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “Rise to the occasion of your one and only heart.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “Just as I’d seemed to be doing okay after my mom died. Grief doesn’t have a face.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “It felt ancient. Knowing. Utterly and profoundly indifferent to me.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “I’d entered the city the way one enters any grand love affair: with no exit plan.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “In mijn dagelijkse pre-PCT-leven hield ik al van boeken, maar tijdens de voettocht kregen ze een diepere betekenis. ZE vormden de wereld waarin ik mezelf kon laten gaan wanneer de realiteit te eenzaam, hard of moeilijk werd om te verdragen.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “If someone is being unkind or petty or jealous or distant or weird, you don’t have to take it in. You don’t have to turn it into a big psychodrama about your worth. That behavior so often is not even about you. It’s about the person who’s being unkind or petty or jealous or distant or weird. If this were summed up on a bumper sticker, it would say: Don’t own other people’s crap. The world would be a better place if we all did that.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “She loved us more than all the named things in the world.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “It felt now as if I’d never known them and I couldn’t know them again. It seemed to me that whatever had existed back in the place where I’d grown up was so far away now, impossible to retrieve.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “Maybe it was ridiculous to go on a date with someone I’d barely spoken to and whose main appeal was that he was good-looking and he liked Wilco. I’d certainly done such things with men based on far less.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “The people in my life were like the BandAids that had blown away in the desert wind that first day on the trail. They scattered and then they were gone.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “It was April in Minneapolis and snowing, the flakes coming down in thick swirls enchanting the city.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “Hard as I fought for it to be otherwise, finally I had to admit it too: without my mother, we weren’t what we’d been; we were four people floating separately among the flotsam of our grief, connected by only the thinnest rope.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “There are stories hidden in the language we use, whether we’re conscious of them or not. They tell the truth of our hearts and minds.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “The only place I could reach her. In me.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “You get to define the terms of your life. You get to negotiate and articulate the complexities and contradictions of your feelings...”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “You did things you didn’t hope to do. You have not always been your best self. This means that you’re like the rest of us.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “A terrible thing happened to you, but you mustn’t let it define your life.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “We have to be whole people to find whole love, even if we have to make it up for a while.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “I’d been a girl forever, after all, familiar with and reliant upon the powers my very girlness granted me.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “Because there is something worse than the I-can’t-live-without-her heartbreak hellspace you’re in right now, Afraid. It’s spending your life with a partner who, at her or his deepest core, does not want to be with you. It’s accepting a reluctant half love for fear that’s all you can get or deserve. It’s dangling eternally in doubt. It’s believing that a lie will keep you safe and the truth is where the danger lies.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “Inhabit the beauty that lives in your beastly body and strive to see the beauty in all the other beasts.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “I hope you will be surprised and knowing at once. I hope you’ll always have love. I hope you’ll have days of ease and a good sense of humor.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “Do you know what boundaries are? The best, sanest people on the planet do.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “You don’t have to be broken for me. I didn’t have to be broken for him, even though parts of me were. I could be every piece of myself and he’d love me still. My appeal did not rely on my weakness or my need. It relied on everything I was and wanted to be.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “But the people who don’t give up are the people who find a way to believe in abundance rather than scarcity. They’ve taken into their hearts the idea that there is enough for all of us, that success will manifest itself in different ways for different artists, that keeping the faith is more important than cashing the check, that being genuinely happy for someone who got something you hope to get makes you genuinely happier too.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “There’s nothing you can tell Sugar that doesn’t strike her as beautiful and human. Which is why men and women write to her about intimacies they can’t share with anyone else, unspeakable urges, insoluble grief. She understands that attention is the first and final act of love, and that the ultimate dwindling resource in the human arrangement isn’t cheap oil or potable water or even common sense, but mercy.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “Ultimatums have negative connotations for many because they’re often used by bullies and abusers, who tend to be comfortable pushing their partners’ backs against a wall, demanding that he or she choose this or that, all or nothing. But when used by emotionally healthy people with good intentions, ultimatums offer a respectful and loving way through an impasse that will sooner or later destroy a relationship on its own anyway.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “There are some things you can’t understand yet. Your life will be a great and continuous unfolding. It’s good you’ve worked hard to resolve childhood issues while in your twenties, but understand that what you resolve will need to be resolved again. And again. 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: “Your ultimatum is simple. It’s fair. And it’s stating your own intentions, not what you hope theirs will be.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “Letting go of expectation when it comes to one’s children is close to impossible. The entire premise of our love for them has to do with creating, fostering, and nurturing people who will outlive us. To us, they are not so much who they are as who they will become.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “Most things will be okay eventually, but not everything will be. Sometimes you’ll put up a good fight and lose.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “These things are your becoming.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “Be brave. Be authentic. Practice saying the word “love” to the people you love so when it matters the most to say it, you will.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “The narratives we create in order to justify our actions and choices become in so many ways who we are. They are the things we say back to ourselves to explain our complicated lives.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “Bring the man you aspire to be, the one who already has the love he longs for. Play every piece of yourself and play it with all you’ve got until you’re not playing anymore. That’s what Cary Grant did. The lonely boy who lost his mom in the fog of his father’s deceit found himself in the magic of wanting to be. His name was Archibald Leach.”
Cheryl Strayed Quote: “One thing I never forgot from my Latin class is that a language that is descended from another language is called a daughter language. It was the beginning of the next era of my life, like this is of yours.”
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