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70+ Quotes From The Into The Wild Book And Movie

Chris McCandless was a unique figure in American history, as Jon Krakauer documented in his 1996 book Into the Wild, made into a film starring Emile Hirsch in 2007. Inspired by the Transcendentalism of 19th-century author Henry David Thoreau, who lived an austere and simple life in the woods he documented in his book Walden, McCandless also idolized the rugged American author Jack London. McCandless had few possessions and sought enlightenment through a deep connection to nature. When he died in the Alaskan wilderness in 1992, McCandless left behind his most important legacy: the wisdom of a modern person who tried to live up to cl*ssical American ideals. 
The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his p*ssion for adventure.
Christopher McCandless

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I just couldn’t bear the idea of throwing away food since Chris had starved to death.
Carine McCandless


Well, we weren’t gonna get you a brand new Cadillac, Chris. We just want to get you a nice new car that’s safe to drive. And you never know when that thing out there just might blow up.
Billie McCandless

The sea’s only gifts are harsh blows, and occasionally the chance to feel strong. Now I don’t know much about the sea, but I do know that that’s the way it is here. And I also know how important it is in life not necessarily to be strong but to feel strong. To measure yourself at least once. To find yourself at least once in the most ancient of human conditions. Facing the blind deaf stone alone, with nothing to help you but your hands and your own head.
Christopher McCandless

Happiness is only real when shared.
Christopher McCandless

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And I also know how important it is in life not necessarily to be strong but to feel strong. To measure yourself at least once. To find yourself at least once in the most ancient of human conditions. Facing the blind death stone alone, with nothing to help you but your hands and your own head
Christopher McCandless

A lot of people in the valley just love me a lot. Everybody now, I think, in the whole world is just loving me. And I want to have the wisdom to love them back. And that’s about it. So, I really get excited.
Leonard Knight

He had trouble with the whole idea of parents.
Eric Hathaway

A new car? Why would I want a new car? Datsun runs great. Do you think I want some fancy boat? Are you worried what the neighbors might think?
Christopher McCandless

The whole idea was to lose our bearings, to push ourselves into unknown territory.
Gordy Cucullu
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They will think they have bought my respect.
Christopher McCandless

He acted like it was hard for him to be around people.
Gail Borah

Tramping is too easy with all this money. My days were more exciting when I was penniless and had to forage around for my next meal… I’ve decided that I’m going to live this life for some time to come. The freedom and simple beauty of it is just too good to p*ss up.
Christopher McCandless

No phone. No pool. No pets. No cigarettes. Ultimate freedom… No longer to be poisoned by civilization, he flees, and walks alone upon the land to become Lost in the Wild.
Christopher McCandless

You can’t fix it. Most things you can fix, but not that.
Billie McCandless
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Mr. Franz, I think careers are a 20th century invention and I don’t want one.
Christopher McCandless

12 years? Twelve years – to paddle down a river?
Christopher McCandless

You are really good. I mean, you’re like, a hundred thousand times better than like any apple I’ve ever had. I’m not Superman, I’m Supertramp and you’re super apple. You’re so tasty, you’re so organic, so natural. You are the apple of my eye, ha!
Christopher McCandless


I now walk into the wild.
Christopher McCandless

Yeah, a leather tramp. That’s what they call the ones that hoof it, go on foot. Technically we’re rubber tramps.
Jan Burres

If we admit that human life can be ruled by reason, then all possibility of life is destroyed.
Christopher McCandless

The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.
Christopher McCandless

How is it … that a kid with so much comp*ssion could cause his parents so much pain?
Walt McCandless

Strong. You can do anything. You can go anywhere. Money, power is an illusion. It’s up here. You can be here. Me and you.
Christopher McCandless

It’s funny how things happen at particular times. I’ve loved that woman for a lot of years, bro. But, you know, she’s got a story. We’ve been going through this thing, real quiet. So, when we ran into you yesterday, this thing that we’ve been going through real quiet, she’s talking about it. You know what I mean?
Rainey

He was so enthralled by these tales he seemed to forget they were works of fiction.
Jon Krakauer

You’re just living, man. You’re just there, in that moment, in that special place and time. Maybe when I get back, I can write a book about my travels.
Christopher McCandless

I will miss you too, but you are wrong if you think that the joy of life comes principally from the joy of human relationships. God’s place is all around us, it is in everything and in anything we can experience. People just need to change the way they look at things.
Christopher McCandless

So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservation, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality, nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit.
Christopher McCandless

Blow up! Blow up? Are you guys crazy? It’s a great car. I don’t need a new car. I don’t want a new car. I don’t want anything.
Christopher McCandless

Circumstance has no value. It is how one relates to a situation that has value. All true meaning resides in the personal relationship to a phenomenon… what it means to you.
Christopher McCandless

No longer would he answer to Chris McCandless; he was now Alexander Supertramp, master of his own destiny.
Jon Krakauer

I’m going to paraphrase Thoreau here… rather than love, than money, than faith, than fame, than fairness… give me truth
Christopher McCandless

You don’t need human relationships to be happy, God has placed it all around us.
Christopher McCandless


I couldn’t resist stealing up to the edge of doom and peering over the brink.
Jon Krakauer

The freedom and simple beauty is too good to p*ss up…
Christopher McCandless

I need your help. I am injured, near death, and too weak to hike out of here. I am all alone. This is no joke. In the name of God, please remain to save me. I am out collecting berries close by and shall return this evening. Thank you, Chris McCandless.
Christopher McCandless

That poor girl’s about ready to vault herself onto a fencepost.
Rainey

Although he was rash, untutored in the ways of the back country … he wasn’t incompetent—he wouldn’t have lasted 113 days if he were.
Jon Krakauer

I don’t want to know what time it is. I don’t want to know what day it is or where I am. None of that matters.
Christopher McCandless

Society, man! You know, society! Cause, you know what I don’t understand? I don’t understand why people, why every f*cking person is so bad to each other so f*cking often. It doesn’t make sense to me. Judgment. Control. All that, the whole spectrum. Well, it just…
Christopher McCandless

I went to South Dakota. I worked at a grain elevator for this guy named Wayne. He was a really good guy. So, I took the Colorado River all the way down through the Grand Canyon and did rapids, which is by far one of the scariest things I’ve ever done. And I took the Colorado down into Mexico, Golfo, where I got stuck. Salvation Mountain. The Slabs.
Alexander Supertramp

And he was big-time hungry. Hungry, hungry, hungry.
Jan Burres

It should not be denied that being footloose has always exhilarated us. It is *ssociated in our minds with escape from history and oppression and law and irksome obligations. Absolute freedom. And the road has always led west.
Christopher McCandless

Alaska, Alaska? Or city Alaska? Because they do have markets in Alaska. The city of Alaska. Not in Alaska, in the city of Alaska, they have markets.
Wayne


Two years he walks the earth. No phone, no pool, no pets, no cigarettes. Ultimate freedom. An extremist. An aesthetic voyager whose home is the road. Escaped from Atlanta. Thou shalt not return, ’cause “the West is the best.” And now after two rambling years comes the final and greatest adventure. The climactic battle to kill the false being within and victoriously conclude the spiritual pilgrimage. Ten days and nights of freight trains and hitchhiking bring him to the Great White North. No longer to be poisoned by civilization he flees, and walks alone upon the land to become lost in the wild. – Alexander Supertramp May 1992
Christopher McCandless

I read somewhere… how important it is in life not necessarily to be strong… but to feel strong.
Christopher McCandless

What if I were smiling and running into your arms? Would you see then what I see now?
Christopher McCandless

The core of mans’ spirit comes from new experiences
Christopher McCandless

It is … the great triumphant joy of living to the fullest extent in which real meaning is found.
Christopher McCandless

I have had a happy life and thank the Lord. Goodbye and may God bless all!
Christopher McCandless

I had an idea. You know, my mother was an only child and so was my father, and I was their only child, so when I’m gone, I’m the end of the line. My family will be finished. What do you say… you let me adopt you? I could be, say, your grandfather.
Ron Franz

Children can be pretty harsh when it comes to their parents. You planning on seeing yours?
Rainey

Nah, I’m afraid of water. Always have been. Something I’ve gotta get over sometime though, huh? So, I will swim in it if you’ll carry the firewood back to camp.
Alexander Supertramp

When you forgive, you love. And when you love, God’s light shines on you.
Ron Franz

I thought he’d probably get hungry pretty quick and just walk out to the highway.
Jim Gallien

When you want something in life, you just gotta reach out and grab it.
Christopher McCandless

I don’t need money. Makes people cautious.
Alexander Supertramp

Some people feel like they don’t deserve love. They walk away quietly into empty spaces, trying to close the gaps of the past.
Christopher McCandless


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