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.

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

deaf stone alone. Carine." — Leo Tolstoy ".. I want to tell you something. but to feel strong. Education of A Wandering Man. to find yourself at least once in the most ancient of human conditions. I am going to take stock of that. but you are wrong if you think that the joy of life comes principally from the joy of human relationships... I don't know much about the sea.. secluded life in the country with the possibility of being useful to people. occasionally. 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. From bits and pieces of what you have told me about your family.." Leo Tolstoy.. Christopher McCandless: 12 years? Twelve years ... how important it is in life not necessarily to be strong. facing blind. it is in everything and in anything we can experience.. to measure yourself at least once." — Bear Meat by Primo Levi (thanks to K. than faith. A quiet. War and Peace "I have lived through much and now I think I have found what is needed for happiness.. give me truth. than fame. 2003.. And when you love. rather than love. a book Chris had with him in Alaska) Christopher McCandless: I read somewhere. They walk away quietly into empty spaces. your mother and your dad. 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.to paddle down a river? Ron Franz: I'm going to miss you when you go. But when you forgive. outside the restaurant) "If we admit that human life can be ruled by reason.. Christopher McCandless: I'm supertramp. than money... Christopher McCandless: Holy shit! . God's place is all around us. trying to close the gaps of the past.the sea's only gifts are harsh blows and. Chris reads this to his sister. Ron Franz: Yeah. with nothing to help you but your own hands and your own head. but I do know that that's the way it is here. Christopher McCandless: Some people feel like they don't deserve love.(In the movie.. God's light shines through you. 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.. Christopher McCandless: The core of mans' spirit comes from new experiences. 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. then all possibility of life is destroyed. the chance to feel strong. Now. Christopher McCandless: I will miss you too. You know I am. Christopher McCandless: I'm going to paraphrase Thoreau here.. And I know you have problems with the church too. [looks at apple] Christopher McCandless: and you're super apple! Christopher McCandless: If we admit that human life can be ruled by reason. you love.. And I also know how important it is in life not necessarily to be strong but to feel strong. the possibility of life is destroyed. People just need to change the way they look at things. than fairness.

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

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

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