Christopher McCandless: [written into book] Happiness only real when shared.
Christopher McCandless: Mr. Franz, I think careers are a 20th century invention and I don't want one.
Christopher 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: When you want something in life, you just gotta reach out and grab it.
Christopher McCandless: I read somewhere how important it is in life not necessarily to be strong... but to feel strong.
Christopher McCandless: The core of man's spirit comes from new experiences.
Christopher McCandless: If we admit that human life can be ruled by reason, then all possibility of life is destroyed.
[first title card]
Title Card: There is a pleasure in the pathless woods; / There is a rapture on the lonely shore; / There is society, where none intrudes, / By the deep sea, and music in its roar; / I love not man the less, but Nature more... / - Lord Byron
Christopher McCandless: I'm going to paraphrase Thoreau here... rather than love, than money, than faith, than fame, than fairness... give me truth.
Christopher McCandless: What if I were smiling and running into your arms? Would you see then what I see now?
Christopher McCandless: The freedom and simple beauty is too good to pass up...
Christopher McCandless: 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: Some people feel like they don't deserve love. They walk away quietly into empty spaces, trying to close the gaps of the past.