"A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading."
"People should be doubted. Many people misunderstand this concept. Doubting people is simply a part of trying to get to know them. “Trust.” That act is without a doubt a very noble one… But you know, what many people do, that they call “trust”, is actually giving up on trying to understand others. And that has nothing to do with “trust”, but is rather… apathy. There are countless people out there who fail to realize that apathy is a far more devastating act than doubting others."
"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 damaging 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 McCandless (via sekumi
"People, I have discovered, are layers and layers of secrets. You believe you know them, that you understand them, but their motives are always hidden from you, buried in their own hearts. You will never know them, but sometimes you decide to trust them."
"I don’t want to be perfect. I want to be useful, I want to be good, and I want to sound like myself. Trying to be perfect gets in the way of all three."
"I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."
"Sometimes I wanted to peel away all of my skin and find a different me underneath."
"In this world, there are only two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it."
"My ambition is handicapped by laziness."
"Imagining the future is a kind of nostalgia…You spend your whole life stuck in the labyrinth, thinking about how you’ll escape it one day, and how awesome it will be, and imagining that future keeps you going, but you never do it. You just use the future to escape the present."