“I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour, the greatest fulfillment
of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a
good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle - victorious.”
“If the miles behind me could be put into words before you… you would
feel my efforts, my struggles, my desires, most of all you would see my
joy…Watch me from afar run the trails and hills and miles upon miles and you
“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 blind,
deaf stone alone, with nothing to help you but your own hands and your own
"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."
"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 conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more dangerous to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man's living spirit is his passion for adventure. 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 Johnson McCandless (Into the Wild movie)
"It should not be denied... that
being footloose has always exhilarated us. It is associated in our minds with
escape from history and oppression and law and irksome obligations, with
absolute freedom, and the road has always led West."
“Rather than love, than money, than
faith, than fame, than fairness... give me truth.”
-Henry David Thoreau
"Some women choose to follow men, and some women choose to follow their dreams. If you're wondering which way to go, remember that your career will never wake up and tell you that it doesn't love you anymore."
“Even if the
whole world turns their back on you, you’ll always have yourself.”
"When a young person is moved by a passion and feels compelled to go on this sort of quest, I think you have to let him. You can't stop him. In our culture we don't have formal rights of passage like in some ancient cultures. Subjecting yourself to risk... may be something you have to go through to be a man or a women."
"I think that any man who really has faith in himself will be dubbed arrogant by his fellows. I think that's what happened to me.
"I respect any man or woman who respects himself sufficiently to tell the truth no matter what or who it might hurt."
-Frank Lloyd Wright