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Jon Krakauer Quote: “Short form media is reductionist by nature.”
Jon Krakauer Quote: “Heaven, for me, is one focused project – it’s like a weird form of autism.”
Jon Krakauer Quote: “Driving west out of Atlanta, he intended to invent an utterly new life for himself, one in which he would be free to wallow in unfiltered experience. To symbolize the complete severance from his previous life, he even adopted a new name. No longer would he answer to Chris McCandless; he was now Alexander Such ertramp, master of his own destiny.”
Jon Krakauer Quote: “Most climbers aren’t in fact deranged, they’re just infected with a particularly virulent strain of the Human Condition.”
Jon Krakauer Quote: “I love being outdoors, being in the mountains and the desert, and my wife enjoys that too. That’s one of the things that sustain our relationship.”
Jon Krakauer Quote: “As a means of motivating people to be cruel or inhumane-as a means of inciting evil, to borrow the vocabulary of the devout-there may be no more potent force than religion.”
Jon Krakauer Quote: “When I start any book, I have no idea what I’m going to do.”
Jon Krakauer Quote: “If the day and the night are such that you greet them with joy, and life emits a fragrance like flowers and sweet-scented herbs, is more elastic, more starry, more immortal, – that is your success. All nature is your congratulation, and you have cause momentarily to bless yourself. The greatest gains and values are farthest from being appreciated. We easily come to doubt if they exist. We soon forget them. They.”
Jon Krakauer Quote: “Westerberg’s latter conjecture, as it turned out, was a fairly astute analysis of the relationship between Chris and Walt McCandless. Both father and son were stubborn and high-strung. Given Walt’s need to exert control and Chris’s extravagantly independent nature, polarization was inevitable.”
Jon Krakauer Quote: “In climbing, having confidence in your partners is no small concern. One climber’s actions can affect the welfare of the entire team. The consequences of a poorly tied knot, a stumble, a dislodged rock, or some other careless deed are as likely to be felt by the perpetrator’s colleagues as the perpetrator. Hence it’s not surprising that climbers are typically wary of joining forces with those whose bona fides are unknown to them. But.”
Jon Krakauer Quote: “At that stage of my youth, death remained as abstract a concept as non-Euclidean geometry or marriage. I didn’t yet appreciate its terrible finality or the havoc it could wreak on those who’d entrusted the deceased with their hearts.”
Jon Krakauer Quote: “Nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future.”
Jon Krakauer Quote: “To the desert go prophets and hermits; through deserts go pilgrims and exiles. Here the leaders of the great religions have sought the therapeutic and spiritual values of retreat, not to escape but to find reality.”
Jon Krakauer Quote: “But at times I wondered if I had not come a long way only to find that what I really sought was something I had left behind.”
Jon Krakauer Quote: “Mountains make poor receptacles for dreams.”
Jon Krakauer Quote: “There is nothing glamorous or romantic about war. It’s mostly about random pointless death and misery.”
Jon Krakauer Quote: “Narcissists erupt with self-righteous indignation whenever they believe others are breaking rules, acting unfairly, or getting more than their fair share of the pie. They have no compunction about breaking the rules themselves, however, because they know they’re special and the rules don’t apply to them.”
Jon Krakauer Quote: “Chris would use the spiritual aspect to try to motivate us. “He’d tell us to think about all the evil in the world, all the hatred, and imagine ourselves running against the forces of darkness, the evil wall that was trying to keep us from running our best. He believed that doing well was all mental, a simple matter of harnessing whatever energy was available.”
Jon Krakauer Quote: “With enough determination, any bloody idiot can get up this hill,” Hall observed. “The trick is to get back down alive.”
Jon Krakauer Quote: “By fixing my sights on one summit after another, I managed to keep my bearings through some thick postadolescent fog. Climbing mattered. The danger bathed the world in a halogen glow that caused everything – the sweep of the rock, the orange and yellow lichens, the texture of the clouds – to stand out in brilliant relief. Life thrummed at a higher pitch. The world was made real.”
Jon Krakauer Quote: “The pursuit of knowledge, he maintained, was a worthy objective in its own right and needed no external validation.”
Jon Krakauer Quote: “In trying to understand McCandless, I inevitably came to reflect on other, larger subjects as well: the grip wilderness has on the American imagination, the allure high-risk activities hold for young men of a certain mind, the complicated, highly charged bond that exists between fathers and sons. The result of this meandering inquiry is the book now before you.”
Jon Krakauer Quote: “He must have been very brave and very strong, at the end, not to do himself in.”
Jon Krakauer Quote: “Danger has always held a certain allure. That, in large part, is why so many teenagers drive too fast and drink too much and take too many drugs, why it has always been so easy for nations to recruit young men to go to war.”
Jon Krakauer Quote: “This forms the nub of a dilemna that every Everest climber eventually comes up against: in order to succeed you must be exceedingly driven, but if you’re too driven you’re likely to die.”
Jon Krakauer Quote: “I don’t think he ever hung out with any of the employees after work or anything. When he talked, he was always going on about trees and nature and weird stuff like that. We all thought he was missing a few screws.”
Jon Krakauer Quote: “Antarctica has this mythic weight. It resides in the collective unconscious of so many people, and it makes this huge impact, just like outer space. It’s like going to the moon.”
Jon Krakauer Quote: “And he never quit in the middle of something. If he started a job, he’d finish it. It was almost like a moral thing for him. He was what you’d call extremely ethical. He set pretty high standards for himself.”
Jon Krakauer Quote: “Every minute you remain at this altitude and above,” he cautioned, “your minds and bodies are deteriorating.” Brain cells were dying. Our blood was growing dangerously thick and sludgelike.”
Jon Krakauer Quote: “The plain truth is that I knew better but went to Everest anyway. And in doing so I was a party to the death of good people, which is something that is apt to remain on my conscience for a very long time.”
Jon Krakauer Quote: “You are wrong if you think Joy emanates only or principally from human relationships.”
Jon Krakauer Quote: “And my emotions were similarly amplified: The highs were higher; the periods of despair were deeper and darker. To a self-possessed young man inebriated with the unfolding drama of his own life, all of this held enormous appeal.”
Jon Krakauer Quote: “Unlike Muir and Thoreau, McCandless went into the wilderness not primarily to ponder nature or the world at large but, rather, to explore the inner country of his own soul.”
Jon Krakauer Quote: “If you want to get more out of life, Ron, you must lose your inclination for monotonous security and adopt a helter-skelter style of life that will at first appear to you to be crazy. But once you become accustomed to such a life you will see its full meaning and its incredible beauty.”
Jon Krakauer Quote: “I came to understand that I had baffled and infuriated my father at least as much as he had baffled and infuriated me. I saw that I had been selfish and unbending and a giant pain in the ass. He’d built a bridge of privilege for me, a hand-paved trestle to the good life, and I repaid him by chopping it down and crapping on the wreckage.”
Jon Krakauer Quote: “There were many, many fine reasons not to go, but attempting to climb Everest is an intrinsically irrational act – a triumph of desire over sensibility. Any person who would seriously consider it is almost by definition beyond the sway of reasoned argument.”
Jon Krakauer Quote: “He read a lot. He used a lot of big words. I think maybe part of what got him into trouble was that he did too much thinking. Sometimes he tried too hard to make sense of the world, to figure out why people were bad to each other so often. A couple of times I tried to tell him it was a mistake to get too deep into that kind of stuff, but Alex got stuck on things. He always had to know the absolute right answer before he could go on to the next thing.”
Jon Krakauer Quote: “He never suspected that in so doing, he was crossing his Rubicon.”
Jon Krakauer Quote: “Once Everest was determined to be the highest summit on earth, it was only a matter of time before people decided that Everest needed to be climbed.”
Jon Krakauer Quote: “When McCandless came into his world, however, the boy undermined the old man’s meticulously constructed defenses. Franz relished being with McCandless, but their burgeoning friendship also reminded him how lonely he’d been. The boy unmasked the gaping void in Franz’s life even as he helped fill it. When McCandless departed as suddenly as he’d arrived, Franz found himself deeply and unexpectedly hurt.”
Jon Krakauer Quote: “I have always been unsatisfied with life as most people live it. Always I want to live more richly and intensely.”
Jon Krakauer Quote: “An extended stay in the wilderness inevitably directs one’s attention outward as much as inward, and it is impossible to live off the land without developing both a subtle understanding of, and a strong emotional bond with, that land and all it holds.”
Jon Krakauer Quote: “From elementary school through high school, my siblings and I were hectored to excel in every class, to win medals in science fairs, to be chosen princess of the prom, to win election to student government. Thereby and only thereby, we learned, could we expect to gain admission to the right college, which in turn would get us into Harvard Medical School: life’s one sure path to meaningful success and lasting happiness.”
Jon Krakauer Quote: “At such moments something resembling happiness actually stirs in your chest, but it isn’t the sort of emotion you want to lean on very hard.”
Jon Krakauer Quote: “I’m going to repeat that: Without the support of our Sherpas none of us has any chance of climbing the mountain.”
Jon Krakauer Quote: “You are still going to live a long time, Ron, and it would be a shame if you did not take the opportunity to revolutionize your life and move into an entirely new realm of experience. You.”
Jon Krakauer Quote: “For children are innocent and love justice, while most of us are wicked and naturally prefer mercy. G. K. CHESTERTON.”
Jon Krakauer Quote: “I didn’t doubt the potential value of paying attention to subconscious cues... problem was, my inner voice resembled Chicken Little: it was screaming that I was about to die, but it did that almost every time I laced up my climbing boots.”
Jon Krakauer Quote: “By design McCandless came into the country with insufficient provisions, and he lacked certain pieces of equipment deemed essential by many Alaskans: a large-caliber rifle, map and compass, an ax. This has been regarded as evidence not just of stupidity but of the even greater sin of arrogance.”
Jon Krakauer Quote: “There are no true answers, just shades of grey, coincidence, and circumstance.”
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