Christopher McCandless aka Alexander Supertramp in Modern-Day

Hitchhikers
Chris McCandless Quotes
The following quotes by Chris McCandless are attributed to him by Jon Krakauer in Into the Wild book, through letters and postcards to friends, and excerpted from Chris McCandless' journal entries.

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

— Read more about this reference by Chris McCandless from ashort story called Bear Meat by Primo Levi

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

"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." — Chris McCandless "Surely all Americans have the right to give their money only to those causes which they support. But what kind of society has this created? A society where the ignorant reign. A society where enlightened must hold their tongues. A nation whose politicians must profess half-hearted devotion to an ancient fable or face the disastrous consequences of speaking their true mind." Chris McCandless writing on religious fanaticism in The Emory Wheel student newspaper, October 1987 "Some people feel like they don't deserve love. They walk away quietly into empty spaces, trying to close the gaps of the past." — Chris McCandless "The core of mans' spirit comes from new experiences." — Chris McCandless "If we admit that human life can be ruled by reason, then all possibility of life is destroyed." — Chris McCandless "Rather than love, than money, than faith, than fame, than fairness... give me truth."
— Chris expanded on the original quote by Henry David Thoreau

"Mr. Franz I think careers are a 20th century invention and I don't want one." — Chris McCandless in Into the Wild movie, speaking to Ronald Franz.

It might be a very long time before I return South. Arrived here 2 days ago. but Nature more." — Sharon Olds. Please return all mail I receive to the sender. written weeks before he died "I have had a happy life and thank the Lord.. that being footloose has always exhilarated us. you are going to do things you cannot imagine you would ever do. Might be a very long time before I return South... don't do it— she's the wrong woman. It was very difficult to catch rides in the Yukon Territory. give me Truth. I now walk into the wild." — Chris McCandless. Goodbye and may God bless all!" — Chris McCandless' journal from Alaska McCandless Quotes associated with Into the Wild movie and/or read by Christopher "There is pleasure in the pathless woods. South Dakota. There is society where none intrudes. he's the wrong man. There is rapture on the lonely shore.. May 1937 ." — Lord Byron "Rather than Love."Greetings from Fairbanks! This is the last you shall hear from me Wayne. I now walk into the wild. But I finally got here. than Fame. By the deep sea and the music in its roar.. and the road has always led West. It is associated in our minds with escape from history and oppression and law and irksome obligations.henceforth will learn to accept my errors." — Chris McCandless' journal from Alaska.. in postcard sent to Wayne Westerberg in Carthage. than Money. I want you to know your a great man." — Wallace Stegner "I want to go up to them and say Stop. If this adventure proves fatal and you don't ever hear from me again. I love not man the less. with absolute freedom. however great they be.. from Alaska ".." — Henry David Thoreau "It should not be denied.

the chance to feel strong. the possibility of life is destroyed. People just need to change the way they look at things. Ron Franz: Yeah.. than fairness. 2003. Christopher McCandless: I'm going to paraphrase Thoreau here. to measure yourself at least once. give me truth. They walk away quietly into empty spaces." Leo Tolstoy. You know I am.. Christopher McCandless: I will miss you too. outside the restaurant) "If we admit that human life can be ruled by reason.. is mostly to shed weakness — From "Wise Men in Their Bad Hours" by poet Robinson Jeffers (As quoted by Louis L'Amour in his memoir.. God's light shines through you. Chris reads this to his sister.. occasionally.. than faith. a book Chris had with him in Alaska) Christopher McCandless: I read somewhere. And when you love. But there is some kind of bigger thing that we can all appreciate and it sounds to me you don't mind calling it God. But when you forgive. Now.. I don't know much about the sea. Carine." — Leo Tolstoy ". And I know you have problems with the church too. Christopher McCandless: Some people feel like they don't deserve love. secluded life in the country with the possibility of being useful to people. how important it is in life not necessarily to be strong. God's place is all around us. I want to tell you something. A quiet. it is in everything and in anything we can experience." — Bear Meat by Primo Levi (thanks to K. then all possibility of life is destroyed.the sea's only gifts are harsh blows and. facing blind. your mother and your dad. than money.to paddle down a river? Ron Franz: I'm going to miss you when you go. Hill for the book reference!) Death's a fierce meadowlark: but to die having made Something more equal to the centuries Than muscle and bone.. than fame.. Christopher McCandless: The core of mans' spirit comes from new experiences..(In the movie.. Christopher McCandless: I'm supertramp.. I am going to take stock of that.. with nothing to help you but your own hands and your own head. Christopher McCandless: Holy shit! . you love. Christopher McCandless: What if I were smiling and running into your arms? Would you see then what I see now? Rainey: You're an industrious little fucker aren't cha? Ranger Steve Koehler: Next available is May 17. but to feel strong. rather than love. Education of A Wandering Man. to find yourself at least once in the most ancient of human conditions.. trying to close the gaps of the past... but I do know that that's the way it is here.. [looks at apple] Christopher McCandless: and you're super apple! Christopher McCandless: If we admit that human life can be ruled by reason. War and Peace "I have lived through much and now I think I have found what is needed for happiness. deaf stone alone. From bits and pieces of what you have told me about your family. but you are wrong if you think that the joy of life comes principally from the joy of human relationships. And I also know how important it is in life not necessarily to be strong but to feel strong. Christopher McCandless: 12 years? Twelve years ..

where's the best place to launch out of? Ranger Steve Koehler: To *launch* out of? Christopher McCandless: [written into book] Happiness only real when shared. Christopher McCandless: When you want something in life. Just on my own. The city of Alaska. why every fucking person is so bad to each other so fucking often. no fucking watch. You know. they have markets. Christopher McCandless: No. Maybe when I get back. But I promise you this. Alex. a hell of a young guy. God has placed it all around us. Why not? Christopher McCandless: You know. . All that. And I . What's your fascination with all that stuff? Christopher McCandless: I'm going to Alaska. in that moment. no nothing. 'cause "the West is the best. An aesthetic voyager whose home is the road. Not in Alaska. Wayne Westerberg: Yeah. Alaska? Or city Alaska? Because they do have markets in Alaska. big mountains. man. Just be out there in it. Christopher McCandless: Just wild! Wayne Westerberg: Yeah. Now I don't know much about the sea. and walks alone upon the land to become lost in the wild. and occasionally the chance to feel strong. Ten days and nights of freight trains and hitchhiking bring him to the Great White North. Just be out there. it just. Christopher McCandless: If I wanted to paddle down the river. man! You know. Wayne Westerberg: What "people" we talking about? Christopher McCandless: You know. you know what I don't understand? I don't understand why people. Wayne Westerberg: Outdoorsman. It doesn't make sense to me. Society! Wayne Westerberg: [coughs] Society! Society! Christopher McCandless: Society. Control. Just be out there in it. No phone. sky. in that special place and time. no cigarettes. about getting out of this sick society. you're a hell of a young guy. Thou shalt not return. The climactic battle to kill the false being within and victoriously conclude the spiritual pilgrimage. you know? In the wild. Alaska. Well. all the way fucking out there.. game. Escaped from Atlanta. I can write a book about my travels. no pool. the whole spectrum.Christopher McCandless: Mr. pricks. you just gotta reach out and grab it. Christopher McCandless: You are the apple of my eye. man. what are we doing? Christopher McCandless: You're just living. It's a mistake to get too deep into all that kind of stuff. no axe. No longer to be poisoned by civilization he flees. Ultimate freedom. Franz I think careers are a 20th century invention and I don't want one. parents." And now after two rambling years comes the final and greatest adventure. society! Cause.Alexander Supertramp May 1992 Christopher McCandless: The sea's only gifts are harsh blows. but I do know that that's the way it is here. I'm gonna be all the way out there. You know. Judgment. In the city of Alaska. Wayne Westerberg: Alaska. An extremist. Alaska. politicians. no map. No nothing. Wayne Westerberg: [taps Chris' head] This is a mistake. Wayne Westerberg: In the wild. What are you doing when we're there? Now you're in the wild. hypocrites. You're a young guy! Can't be juggling blood and fire all the time! [laughs] Christopher McCandless: You don't need human relationships to be happy. no pets.. You're just there. rivers. Christopher McCandless: Two years he walks the earth.

also know how important it is in life not necessarily to be strong but to feel strong. where none intrudes. / There is society. and music in its roar. I mean. I'm Supertramp and you're super apple. [This self-portrait was found undeveloped in his camera] Title Card: On September 19. so natural.August 18. 1992 Title Card: Two weeks after Chris's death. To measure yourself at least once. a hundred thousand times better than like any apple I've ever had. ha! . Christopher McCandless: You are really good. Ron Franz: What does the "N" stand for? Christopher McCandless: North. 1992. It is associated in our minds with escape from history and oppression and law and irksome obligations... She carried them with her on the plane. / There is a rapture on the lonely shore. 1968 .. you're so organic.. / . / By the deep sea.. And the road has always led west. you're like. I'm not Superman. with nothing to help you but your hands and your own head. Billie. [first title card] Title Card: There is a pleasure in the pathless woods. but Nature more. [last lines] Christopher McCandless: What if I were smiling and running into your arms? Would you see then what I see now? [last title cards] Title Card: In memory / Christopher Johnson McCandless / February 12. moose hunters discovered his body in the bus.. / I love not man the less. Carine McCandless flew with her brother's ashes from Alaska to the eastern seaboard. Absolute freedom. Ron Franz: [sounding surprised and frustrated] Alaska? Rainey: That poor girl's just about ready to vault herself onto your fencepost. Christopher McCandless: It should not be denied that being footloose has always exhilarated us. Carine and the entire McCandless family for their brave support in the making of this film. To find yourself at least once in the most ancient of human conditions. You're so tasty. Title Card: The filmmakers thank Jon Krakauer for his guidance and gratefully acknowledge Walt. in her backpack. Facing the blind death stone alone. You are the apple of my eye. Christopher McCandless: The freedom and simple beauty is too good to pass up.Lord Byron [first lines] Christopher McCandless: Mom! Mom! Help me.

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